A Beginner’s Guide to Wine Terminology

When you’re first getting involved in the world of wine, it can be overwhelming to try to understand the different words used to describe wine and the process of making it. At our tasting rooms, we have a laid-back environment and we believe that the most important characteristic of wine is simply whether or not…

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Varietal Spotlight: Cabernet Franc

Although our winery specializes in Spanish wines, other varietals can also thrive in Sonoita’s complex terroir. These include French wines such as Cabernet Franc, which is sometimes simply called Cab Franc. This is one of the most popular red wines in the world and its herbaceous notes create an intriguing and enticing flavor. Wilhelm Family…

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The Basics of Wine Sweetness

Everyone has slightly different preferences when it comes to wine. There are five basic characteristics of wine: sweetness, acidity, tannins, alcohol, and body. Sweetness is one of the easiest to identify and many people have a strong preference for sweet vs dry wine. Understanding wine sweetness can help you more easily describe and find your…

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Vegan Wines: What Makes Wines Vegan?

Many people are surprised to find out that not all wines are vegan wines. The assumption is that wine is made from grapes, so all wine should be vegan. However, the process of making wine is more complicated than simply letting grape juice ferment. In some cases, animal products are used during the creation of…

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Varietal Spotlight: Albariño

Albariño is one of the most popular Spanish white wines. Its name comes from the Galician word “albar” meaning white and it originates from coastal regions of Spain and Portugal. This refreshing wine is also called Alvarinho, Albarina, Alvarin Blanco, or Galego in some regions. This varietal is dry, acidic, and a favorite among Spanish…

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What is Glühwein?

Warm mulled wine is a delightful drink to enjoy during the winter season. Different cultures have their own variations and the version served in Germany and Austria is known as Glühwein. This festive drink is a holiday tradition in our household and we are happy to share it with you. Glühwein Basics The word “Glühwein”…

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