Monday, November 27, 2017

California Wineries Owned & Operated by Women

It's a well known fact that most women love wine. They have wine parties, go on wine tasting trips, and are members of wine clubs. So it's obvious that some of the best wines would be produced by women and some of the most successful wineries would be owned by women. Here is a list of some California wineries that are owned and operated by women:

Abiouness Wines - Nicole Abiouness is an American female entrepreneur and winemaker. She owns and operates Abiouness Wines, in Mendocino County, Napa Valley, California where she makes Pinot Noir and Sangiovese wine. [1]

• Carol Shelton Wines - Carol Shelton is an American winemaker and entrepreneur. She has been called the most awarded winemaker in America and was the San Francisco Chronicle's Winemaker of the Year in 2005. [1]

• Kathryn Kennedy Winery - Kathryn Kennedy (July 28, 1927 – August 23, 2009) was a California wine grower, establishing her vineyard during the growth phase in the California wine history known as "The Wine Boom of the early 1970s". While not the first woman winemaker (Zelma Long and others), Kennedy was one of the very first owners of a brand to bear a woman's name in California, and one who came to the scene independent of the young women graduates of the University of California-Davis. [1]

• Lane Tanner Winery - Lane Tanner is an American winemaker and consultant. She was the second woman winemaker in Santa Barbara County when she started working in the industry in 1981. She goes by the nickname "Pinot Czarina." [1]

• Selene Wines - Mia Klein is a Californian winemaker and entrepreneur, founder of Selene Wines in Napa, California. Her career has spanned decades in the food and wine industry in both Northern and Southern California. [1]

[1] Wikipedia

Monday, November 20, 2017

California Wine Club

"Since 1990, we’ve been delivering monthly wine club adventures to thousands of wine club members across the country. The majority of our wine club members have been with us for 7 years or more. There are no membership fees; just pay as you go and cancel any time. Try us for a month or two and see what you think!

With five wine of the month club levels to choose from, we have wine selections and wine gifts to suit all tastes and budgets. Keep in mind, there is no reason you can’t subscribe to all five - many of our members enjoy multiple wine club levels!" - California Wine Club

As a member of the California Wine Club, you will receive hand selected wines from real working family wineries. Your Personal Wine Consultant is available to help you discover delicious wines and if you're not happy, the Love It Guarantee allows you to cancel at any time. Along with the wine, you will get entertaining stories of the wineries that provide them. You can also reorder your favorite wines at up to 50% off!

With 5 different wine club levels, you have option on what kinds of wines, how many bottles per month, and how much you'd like to spend.

Sign up to be a member of the California Wine Club at AWineryReview.com! Just click the icon at the bottom of our page!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Flora Springs - Napa Valley Family Estate

"Flora Springs was founded in 1978, but our legacy dates back to the late 1800s when wine grapes were first planted on the Napa Valley property that is now our estate home. The depth of this history reminds us that as stewards of this land, our family’s commitment to its health and vitality will be felt far into the future." - Flora Springs

Founded by Jerry and Flora Komes nearly 40 years ago, Flora Springs winery in Napa Valley contains over 500 acres, with 300 acres being vineyards. With their high expectations, the family run winery is focused on quality. They use a small percentage of their yield for their own wines and supply other local wineries with the rest of their grapes. Their properties are located all over the area, including Carneros, St. Helena, and Oakville. To find all of their vineyard locations, click here.

"Our family’s goal is to over-deliver on every aspect of our business, particularly when it comes to the quality and consistency of our wines. As farmers and winemakers, our dedication to quality begins in the vineyards and continues through every aspect of winemaking.” - General Manager, Nat Komes

Through listening to customers and tasting wine, Flora Springs has honed their palate to create the best quality wines available. They keep up with new vineyard technology, equipment, and barrels to fulfill their pledge to "over-deliver" wine quality.

For more information on the amazing Flora Springs, visit their website.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Did You Know? Wine Facts

There are so many facts about wine that are little known. For example, did you know that grapes are commonly referred to as "fruit," but they are actually classified as a berry? Here are some more of our favorites facts:

• The earliest known traces of wine are from China (c. 7000 BC), Georgia (c. 6000 BC), Iran (c. 5000 BC), and Sicily (c. 4000 BC) [1]

• In the United States, for a wine to be vintage-dated and labeled with a country of origin or American Viticultural Area (AVA; e.g., Sonoma Valley), 95% of its volume must be from grapes harvested in that year [1]

• The UK was the world's largest importer of wine in 2007 [1]

• Most wines are sold in glass bottles and sealed with corks (50% of which come from Portugal) [1]

• The world’s biggest red wine consumers are the Chinese [2]

• Wine Names Usually Indicate Location or Grape Varieties [2]

• Women get drunk faster from wine because of their water to fat ratio [2]

• Grape skin is especially rich in antioxidants [2]

• Red Wines are well attributed to positive health benefits. It lowers your chances of having a stroke compared to nondrinkers. For men and women who drink moderately, it lessens their chance of developing Type 2 diabetes by 30% [3]

• “Oenophobia” is the fear of wine [3]

• Wine glasses should be held by the stem as to not raise the temperature of the wine with your hand [3]

• Wine bottles are generally stored on their side so the cork doesn't dry out [3]

• Wine contains no fat and no cholesterol [3]

• To get the same amount of antioxidants you find in wine, you would need to drink 20 glasses of apple juice or seven glasses of orange juice [3]

• The Romans are believed to be the first to call different grape varieties by different names [4]

• There are more than 8,000 grape varieties known to scientists, and more than 1,300 varieties are currently used to make wine around the world [4]

• Research shows that white wines keep lung tissues healthy [4]

• White wines generally have less alcohol and fewer calories than reds [4]

• Grapes grown in warmer climates, like the Napa Valley, are usually more ripe when picked, making for sweeter wines [4]

• California is the fourth-largest wine producer in the world, just behind France, Italy, and Spain [4]

• The first aromas to hit the nose are associated with aspects of the grapes, while later aromas are connected to the winemaking process and how the wine aged [4]

• Some wineries will print food suggestions on the wine’s label [4]