Little Known Wine Tidbits

I was reading an article written by Nolan Moore, August, 2014 on ListVerse and wanted to share some rather interesting, lesser known facts about wine. For example, while we don’t really think of wasps as being our friends (the author calls them hypodermic needles with wings), they are critical to the…

Did You Know? Interesting Facts About Wine

I thought, in this newsletter, I’d share with you some fun and/or unusual facts about wine. Away we go. Did you know… Oenophobia is an actual fear of wine. We, of course, hope none of our members has it. It is always best to store wine laying down. If the bottle is standing upright…

Additional Uses for Left-Over Wine

If you remember, last month I wrote about using left over wine to make a wine vinaigrette. I hope that some of you are tying it with me. I started mine on April 29th, so it has sat in a dark room for nearly a month now. I posted pictures of my soon-to-be red wine vinaigrette on…

What To Do With Left-Over Wine

We at Celebrations would like to think that every drop of our delicious wines is drank by you, our wonderful customers. We do understand, however, that sometimes, perhaps after a night of libations and merriment, one of our bottles may be left out overnight uncorked. Should that happen, I thought I would provide you..

Wine and the Weather

With all that is happening in our world with climate change, I wondered its impact on the development of the grapes and ultimate flavors of the wine we drink. We all know that flavor is largely determined by the grape itself. But, what effect does a warming planet, unpredictable weather cycles, and increasing wet vs. dry…

Wine’s Great Future

I wanted to share some happy news for all my fellow wine lovers out there. The future of wine is looking fantastic. It is quickly becoming the alcoholic beverage of choice for Millennials. 37% of Boomers (that’s me) report drinking wine at least once a month. 33% of Millennials report the same thing. In fact, wine threatens to…

Tips to Help You Look Like a Wine Snob

Hey, I said it. Being a wine snob is not a bad thing. We all want to be perceived as being knowledgeable about wine when in the presence of other seasoned wine drinkers. Gone are the Boons Farm and Solo cups days, right? It makes for some fond college memories, but hopefully…

January 2018 Hot Topic of the Month

Francois was very open with Barbe-Nicole when it came to discussing the business. This is believed to be in part because Francois father did not feel comfortable with his son traveling the globe, attempting to sell luxury wines to people who were just overcoming severe…

Why So Many Winery Dogs

For me, the avid dog lover, one of the greatest joys I have had over the years in our many vineyard visits and tours are the wine dogs. Typically large, lovable, and burly, they have provided me endless sessions of ear and belly rubbing moments, ball chasing games, and wine row romping entertainment.

Francois and Barbe-Nicole

So, last month we had a bit of background surrounding Francois and Barbe-Nicole who were secretly married in the caves under the city of Reims. Francois was a dreamer. His every intent was to reinvent his family’s business. They too were a textile family. They were also minor wine merchants.