Understanding Tannins in Wine

There are many components that join together to create the unique flavors in a glass of wine. Tannins are one of the chemical compounds that are present in wine. These molecules can also be found in tea, dark chocolate, and pomegranates. Knowing what tannins are and how they influence the way wine tastes can help…

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Varietal Spotlight: Syrah

Syrah, also known as Shiraz, is a rich, full-bodied red wine varietal that originated in Southeastern France. Its bold dark fruit flavors and spicy finish make it a favorite for those who prefer complex wines. We offer a 2012 Barrel Select Syrah that is sure to intrigue and delight your palate. More information about this…

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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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