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Tips for Collecting and Storing Wine

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There seems to be a historical connection between the production of musical masterpieces and large amounts of wine. Maybe, then, it wouldn’t be a stretch to speculate that Dave Matthews’ introspective lyrics may have been inspired largely by the contents of his 17th century Vineyards, or that Sting’s reflections on Jung had to be the results of many a wine soaked evening in his 16th century Tuscan estate, but would you think Mike D of the Beastie Boys (RIP) may have been drinking a fine Burgundy when he wrote, “You’ve Got to Fight For Your Right To Party?” And what about Duran Duran who actually once toured with a full wine cellar and included Sassicaia on its contract rider? Would you guess that rocker Pink’s inspiration came from reds and whites?

If you are an aspiring wine collector, it is safe to say that you are certainly in good (or at least glamorous) company. Whether you are looking for inspiration for your next great book or album, big bucks, or just for some real good wine at hand, here are tips you may want to keep in mind.

Budget Yourself
One of the first things you may want to do as a novice collector is to establish a reasonable budget. Alder Yarrow, creator of venography.co says, “Aspiring collectors may be surprised to know that as little as $300 or $400 can be enough to buy some excellent bottles that will last the next 20 years.” While you may want to spend a little more on collectible bottles, wine writer Leslie Sbrocco says that there are a lot of good values in the range of $25 to $35 and with a budget of $1000, “you can do some nice things.

Professional Refrigeration
If you’re not looking for long term investments, you don’t really need a storage locker or expensive refrigeration. However, if you plan to sell your bottles down the line or do some long term storing, you should keep your wine at a constant 55 degrees. Joe Padulo, owner of Portland wine Storage says, “fifty-five degrees allows a wine to develop and age gracefully.” If you are in it for the long haul, small storage lockers start at about $40 per month, but your wine cravings will have to keep business hours, depending on the storage facility.

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Storage
When it comes to storage, it’s a good idea to estimate the number of wine bottles you want to collect and multiply it by three. Basements are generally the best places for maintaining the temperature your wine will require, but you should read the thermostat at different times of the day to ensure constant optimal temperature. The kiss of death for wine? Storing wine on top of the refrigerator or over the laundry area and stove. Humid areas are also bad news and dryness will make the cork dry out, ruining the wine.

You can buy relatively inexpensive racks to hold your wine and there are also kits available if you are handy. You may also consider purchasing a small refrigeration unit for the bottles you want to keep on hand for entertaining.

Finding Deals
Prior to bottling wines, wineries sometimes offer “futures,” and sell their upcoming vintages at 10 or 20 percent below final cost. Keep apprised of such events by joining winery clubs and signing up for mailing lists. You never know where and when you will find tomorrow’s superstar.

Be wary of the Internet and wine auctions. There is no guarantee that the wine was handled properly. Yarrow says, “It’s just too easy to get ripped off.” He suggests getting the wine from the wine make directly or establishing relationships with reputable retailers. Sbrocco recommends looking for deals at large retailers such as BevMo or Costco.

Buy Wines You Like
Although the best wine collections are varied, you are best advised to start by buying what you like. Know that new World Wines are usually best when drunk within three to seven years, whereas Old World Wines are meant to be aged.

Decide whether you lean more towards reds or if you prefer whites, With a few exceptions, whites don’t age as long as reds, which can be stored for decades before reaching their peak. Think about whites for drinking and reds for storage.

So for all you budding wine collectors, good luck, and good drinking, and let us know all about your adventures. Bottoms up!

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Summer Wine List

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Ah, sweet memories of summer. You and your significant other drinking wine slushies on the back porch watching the sun go down. You and your significant other drinking pineapple moscato sangria in bed watching the sun come up. You and your significant other drinking rose spritzers on the beach watching the sun go down again. Summer just wouldn’t be summer without wine. So, whether you’re barbecuing, throwing a little get-together, or just sipping for enjoyment, here are some of the wines you need to have on your summer wine list.

Rosés For Summer
When most people think of summer wines, rosés inevitably come up first. However, most wine aficionados would agree that any time can be a good time for any wine, and most who have had rosés in the winter would agree. As long as you pair the wine with a complementary dish, the weather kind of fades into the background. In fact, according to Allie Poindexter from Henrietta Red in Nashville, “During the summer months when there is a wider array of produce available, our menu gets lighter, with heavier items replaced by simple and seasonal offerings that pair will with subtler wines.'” Below are a few favorites that Poindexter says are, “all perfect for sipping on hot summer nights;” and she’s not necessarily limiting her selection to rosés:

Corvezzo Terre si Marca Prosecco, Veneto, Italy
Pondexter point sour that this prosecco, naturally fermented and made from organic grapes, may be a little different from what you expect from the typical sparking. Poindexter says its,”subtle effervescence and floral, funky quality…makes it the perfect pairing for cheese and charcuterie.”

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Christoph Hock Kalkspitz Pet Nat, Kamptal, Austria
Pet-nats are made using a traditional method of producing sparkling wine in which the wine is bottled without additives before the primary fermentation is finished. The result is an unfiltered naturally carbonated wine with a taste comparable to apple cider.

Pouillon And Fils Premier Cru Brut Rose, Champagne, France
This rose and sparkling wine combo is unique in that the Pouillon family grows their own organically farmed grapes; a process not normally used in the region. The result is a pleasurably drinkable wine perfect for summer nights.

Quinta do Montalto Medieval de Ourem Rose, Lisbon Portugal
Poindexter notes that, while the dark ruby color of this wine may not be typical of most roses, drinking the wine will clarify it as pure rose. “It drinks like a rose with lots of red berry fruit and a soaring acidity,” she says, “It has an interesting woodsy character, the result of being aged in chestnut barrels.

Mica Vinho Verde, Minho, Portugal
Made from biodynamic, organic grapes, Poindexter described this vinho verde as, “super light and drinkable, ” adding that it has a “pronounced mineralogy and a low ABV of 10 percent.” and is a “fantastic pairing for oysters and crudos.”

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Arndorfer Kamptal Vorgeschmack White, Niederosterreich, Austria
Poindexter informs, “Vorgeshmack means appetizer in German, and like an appetizer this wine is meant to be an introduction into the Arndorfer family vineyards.” Apparently, it’s an enticing one. The chef says, “Reisling lands fruitiness and dynamism while Gruner Veltliner brings florals and spice.”

What are you drinking this summer? Cocktails? Or are you more of a strict wine purist? Let us know!

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Travel Outfits For New Moms

You love everything about being a new mom, but you have to admit, since the baby arrived, it’s given a new meaning to the word luggage. In fact, you’re pretty sure that your diaper bag alone would probably qualify as “over-sized” by most airline standards, and that’s the one without the built-in changing station. And now you have to travel. Your relatives are dying to meet your newest addition and your dying show off your latest accomplishment. But the last thing you want is more to pack, and comfort is a top priority. Here are some simple travel outfits to keep things easy and fashionable.

Post Pregnancy Clothes
You don’t want to spend a ton of money on clothing you won’t wear for very long, but you need comfy and cute items to accommodate your figure and make nursing easy.

Leggings
Two of the best outfits for new moms are leggings with a loose, long top, and elastic waist jeans with a peplum shirt. Since your main concern right now is probably your middle, look for a top that will cover the hips with a thin fabric to avoid adding bulk. Horizontal stripes will add width, and should be avoided, while a belted shirt will keep large breasts from looking bigger.

Travel Outfits For New Moms

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Flared Jeans
Flared jeans can help to balance out hips and make them look less noticeable. Your tops can be a little shorter than the ones you would pair with leggings, but you will still want to find ones that cover the hips a bit without totally eliminating your waistline. Flared jeans with a flowing shirt can make you look bigger in general. Add a belt to cinch the waist. Elastic belts tend to provide the most comfort.

Maxi and Midi Dresses
Maxi and midi dresses are really on trend right now and a great easy option for the new Mommy. They’re easy to adjust and you don’t have to worry about length issues when you’re reaching up or bending over.

Button-Down Shirts
A button down shirt tied around the waist is a blessing in disguise for new moms. It helps camouflage problem areas, while doubling as an accessory. It can also make for a quick cover up when you’re feeling shy, or when the air conditioning is a little high.

Kimono
If you’re traveling in the heat, you may feel a bit exposed in loose shorts and a tank top. Kimonos or drapey vests are fashionable ways of getting some extra coverage on those scorching hot days.

Travel Outfits For New Moms

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Sundress
A sundress is a light to pack and easy to throw on. Bring that kimono along for some extra style and a last-minute cover-up. Look for interesting details and eye-catching colors to make the focal points of more revealing clothing.

Accessories
If you’re trying to keep your packing list low, it may be necessary to include a few accessories to keep your pieces looking fresh A watch is a functional accessory that will spare you the trouble of digging through your purse for a cell phone while dealing with your other accessory.

Cross body bags are smart alternatives to handheld purses, and will leave your hands free to tend to the little ones. Their style will also prevent you from setting them down unconsciously and forgetting to pick them up.

Stud earrings can add flash without becoming a plaything for small hands and hats are always great for blocking the sun and covering frizzy locks.

If you’re a new mom with plans to travel, great excitement is in store. Make sure to keep comfy and prepared. Let us know how you gear up for travel.

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Your Holiday Wine Tasting Party Plan

Enjoying a holiday wine tasting party
You finally landed your first real world job, and you want to throw a party and invite some of your new coworkers and you’re concerned about making a good impression, Alcohol needs to be involved, but you want to keep it classy. No keg parties here. Something more organized, more civilized, inviting quiet conversation. How about a wine tasting party? Perfect! You can keep it intimate, maybe six to twelve people, some elegant decorations, something with a soft subtle glow, maybe some winter garlands and some candlelight shining on the wine glasses. You can see it now….

Themed Party
Creating a theme for the party is a good idea. it will help direct the party conversation and will also serve as a guide line when you are stocking up. Some theme ideas include;

  • Variety: Invite your guest to sample wines from different regions. You can have them compare a Pinot Noir from New Zealand to one from California and another from Burgundy.
  • Blind Tasting: This is a sure way to guarantee entertainment. Pour wines into decanters labeled with a number or wrap bottle in foil to hide their identities and see if your guests can guess what they are.
  • Style: Select wines with a similar style. Your party can feature an array of crisp whites or bold reds for a taste comparison.
  • Region: Choose a region and offer wines which are unique to the area to let your guest see how location can effect the taste and body of wine.
  • Vintage: Find a few different vintages of the same wine. This may be a pricier and more ambitious theme to fulfill, but it may provide some enlightenment for novice wine tasters.

Keep the Party Small and Purchase in Accordance
Six to twelve is a good number of guests to have at your party. It will encourage conversation and keep the wine pouring more manageable. Also, by keeping the headcount low, you will avoid the need to provide duplicates of the wines to ensure everyone gets some. A good guideline for determining how much wine yo want to buy is about half a bottle to a bottle per guest, unless you invite the office lush, or if you are the office lush. A bottle of wine is about 24 ounces which yields 12 two-ounce tastes per bottle, but be prepared for guests wanting to re-taste. Start small, by pouring short tastes for your guests and provide spit buckets for those who may not want to overdo it.

Wine selections
Supplies
Glasses and Background. One glass per person is perfectly acceptable, although two glasses are better for taste comparisons. While the more creative among us may be inspired to decorate elaborately, color is an important consideration in wine tasting, so clear glassware, optimal lighting and a white background will work best.

Palate Cleansers. Set out a simple bread plate or water crackers for palate cleansing between pours and make sure to have plenty of water on hand.
Writing Materials. For some added polish, set out some pens and papers for tasking wine notes. You may even consider providing a printed grid with the names of the wines and a scoring scale.

How did it go? We want to hear how your event went? Was it a hit? What would you suggest for a successful wine party. Let us know!

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Tips For Collecting and Storing Wine

Wine collection

There seems to be a historical connection between the production of musical masterpieces and large amounts of wine. Maybe, then, it wouldn’t be a stretch to speculate that Dave Matthews’ introspective lyrics may have been inspired largely by the contents of his 17th century vineyards, or that Sting’s reflections on Jung had to be the results of many a wine soaked evening on his 16th century Tuscan estate. If you are an aspiring wine collector, it is safe to say that you are certainly in good (or at least glamorous) company. Whether you are looking for inspiration for your next great book or album, or just for some real good wine at hand, here are tips you may want to keep in mind.

Budget Yourself
One of the first things you may want to do as a novice collector is to establish a reasonable budget. Alder Yarrow, creator of vinography.com says, “Aspiring collectors may be surprised to know that as little as $300 or $400 can be enough to buy some excellent bottles that will last the next 20 years.” While you may want to spend a little more on collectible bottles, wine writer Leslie Sbrocco says that there are a lot of good values in the range of $25 to $35 and with a budget of $1000,” you can do some nice things.

Professional Refrigeration
If you’re not looking for a long term investment, you don’t really need a storage locker or expensive refrigeration. However, if you plan to sell your bottles down the line or do some long term storing, you should keep your wine at a constant 55 degrees. Joe Padulo, owner of Portland wine Storage says, “fifty five degrees allows a wine to develop and age gracefully.” If you are in it for the long haul, small storage lockers start at about $40 per month, but your wine cravings will have to keep business hours, depending on the storage facility.

Storage
When it comes to storage, it’s a good idea to estimate the number of wine bottles you want to collect and multiply it by three. Basements are generally the best places for maintaining the temperature your wine will require, but you should read the thermostat at different times of the day to ensure constant optimal temperature. The kiss of death for wine? Storing wine on top of the refrigerator or over the laundry area and stove. Humid areas are also bad news and dryness will make the cork dry out, ruining the wine. You can buy relatively inexpensive racks to hold your wine and there are also kits available if you are handy. You may also consider purchasing a small refrigeration unit for the bottles you want to keep on hand for entertaining.

Finding Deals
Prior to bottling wines, wineries sometimes offer “futures,” and sell their upcoming vintages at 10 or 20 percent below final cost. Keep apprised of such events by joining winery clubs and signing up for mailing lists. You never know where and when you will find tomorrow’s superstar. Be wary of the Internet and wine auctions. There is no guarantee that the wine was handled properly. Yarrow says, “It’s just too easy to get ripped off.” He suggests getting the wine from the wine maker directly or establishing relationships with reputable retailers. Sbrocco recommends looking for deals at large retailers such as BevMo or Costco.

Buy Wines You Like
Although the best wine collections are varied, you are best advised to start by buying what you like. Know that new World Wines are usually best when drunk within three to seven years, whereas Old World Wines are meant to be aged. Decide whether you lean more towards reds or if you prefer whites, With a few exceptions, whites don’t age as long as reds, which can be stored for decades before reaching their peak. Think about whites for drinking and reds for storage.

So for all you budding wine collectors, good luck and good drinking, and let us know all about your adventures. Bottoms up!

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What Goes Well With Red

“Red, red wine, Go to my head, Make me forget that I, Still need her so.” These were the lyrics to “Red, Red Wine” as they were first written by Neil Diamond. Many GenXers will be more familiar with the UB40 edit which expanded to include lines such as, “Red, red wine, you make me feel so fine, You keep me rockin’ all of the time” and, “Red red wine, you make me feel so fine, Monkey pack him rizla pon the sweet dep line.”

Whether you prefer the more conventional Diamond version or the slightly more upbeat jams of UB40, one thing is clear, there are a lot of people who give red wine a lot of credit. If you are one of these people and are looking to incorporate red wine into your diet, remember, your tongue is your best judge of what goes well together, but dark to light is the general guideline. Red wines are normally served with heavier foods and are not usually paired with opening courses and appetizers. There are some food choices you may want to consider to complement your red wine choice.

1. Barbera
When Billy Joel sang, “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” he was probably drinking Barbera, the standard red wine found in Italian restaurants and pizza places. Its low tannins go well with tomatoes and the acidity is good for breaking down rich, fatty foods like salami and cheese.

Pouring a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon

2. Cabernet Sauvignon
Known for its nobility, the medium or full bodied taste of Cabernet Sauvignon goes well with hearty dishes like roast beef lamb and coq au vin. Recipe suggestions include slow roast lamb with cinnamon, fennel and citrus and beef fillet.

3. Gamay
Tossing some meat on the barbie? Break out the Gamay. It goes well with veggies from the griddle or sardines and sausage. Store in the refrigerator one hour prior to opening and serve lightly chilled. Try it with a sizzling sausage salad or some spare ribs with barbecue sauce.

4. Merlot
Merlot is a traditional holiday staple. Serve it with your Christmas turkey, road chicken or duck or winter casseroles or just open it up for a Friday night dinner in front of the T.V.

Glass of Pinot Noir

5. Pinot Noir
Another holiday classic, Pinot Noir goes perfectly with roast turkey and lamb and also works well with mild, creamy soft cheeses.

6. Shiraz
Enjoy the full bodied taste of Shiraz in the winter with roasted veggies and grilled steak. Enjoy its hints of mocha and blackcurrants with herbed pork fillet.

7. Zinfandel
Bring on the Zin as a fabulous complement to sautéed field mushroom or succulent roast or braised venison. California’s historic wine, Zinfandel was immortalized by leading producer Joel Peterson who characterized it with the slogan, “no wimpy wines here.” Get tough with this American classic and bring some class to the party.

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London Wine Festival

Wine glasses in an event

If you’re someone who buys and/or chooses the wine for your business, then you’ll likely be interested in learning more about the London Wine Fair. It takes place May 3 – 5, 2016, at Olympia London in West Kensington, London, England. It is a trade only event and you must be 18+ to enter, so if you happen to fit in that category and you’re debating whether or not you should go, the following are some reasons why attending could be well worth it.

The Event is Free to Visit
No, you’re not reading that incorrectly. One of the best wine trade events is free to visit, so all you have to do is just consider travel and accommodations. That’s a pretty big plus considering how expensive some events could be, especially if you’re thinking of sending more than one person.

It’s a Great Chance to Network
Let’s be serious; when you go to certain events, there’s usually not a substantial amount of people there and there’s only so many you can meet in a small crowd. That’s not necessarily a bad thing at all, but it can be limiting to those who want to meet a lot of people. Considering it’s expected that there are going to be around 18,000 in attendance at the London Wine Fair, there’s a pretty good chance that you’re going to be able to do a huge amount of networking. It’s your opportunity to meet people from all over the world that you might otherwise may never have met.

You Can Find Some Incredible New Wines
So just how high are your chances that you’re going to fall in love with some new wines while you’re at the event? Let’s put it into perspective. There are expected to be around 700 exhibitors in attendance at the London Wine Fair this year and it’s anticipated that they’ll be bringing 13,000 wines. That’s a lot of wine to get to know and it’s very likely you’ll connect to quite a few of them.

You Can Advertise Your Own Business
You have to give people a reason to want to get to know more about your business, and it’s not always about the products or services you’re offering. Look at it this way; if you attend an event and you’re hiding in a corner, don’t say anything, or you’re rude, how much are people really going to want to learn more about the business? When you’re kind, personable, approachable, and you interact with those around you, it’s a reflection of the business itself, and what better chance to get the word out about your business than in the midst of thousands of people at the London Wine Fair.

It’s an Entire Weekend Devoted to What You Love
Sure you could surround yourself with wine at home, but it’s nowhere near the same experience you’re going to have at the London Wine Fair. It’s thousands of incredible people in your industry, fabulous wines, and – depending on where you live – a completely different environment. Yes, it’s a working trip, but it’s one that’s certainly going to be a great time.

The aforementioned are just some of the reasons why you should consider attending the London Wine Fair if you’re in the industry, but frankly I could just keep going. Check it out for yourself and see if it’s right for you.

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Wine on the Rocks?

Woman drinking wine with ice

There are many who consider it fine to add ice cubes into wine while the thought of doing so would make some others grasp their chest in terror. The issue is that the wine – when ice cubes are added – can get watered down regardless of whether you’re indoors or out. One of the main reasons people add ice is due to the changing temperature of the wine. When you’re in a restaurant or in your home, it’s relatively easy for the wine to stay at a consistent temperature, but what about when you’re outside on a hot summer day? Others just like the wine very chilled. If you’re home and you want to keep the chill to your glass of wine, the following are some ideas that can help you do so without tossing in a handful of ice cubes.

Make Ice Cubes With the Wine
Rather than use ice cubes made from water, consider making them from wine instead. If you know you’re going to be having a particular bottle of wine, buy two bottles so you can use one to make ice cubes and another to drink. Just make sure to make the cubes in advance so they’re ready when you want to open the bottle.

Give It an Ice Bath
If the bottle of wine is warm and you really want a glass of wine, there’s a quick way to chill it that doesn’t involve throwing in ice cubes. Fill a bucket halfway with water and mix in some salt. Put the wine bottle in the center and surround it with ice. Within ten minutes it’ll be at a much colder temperature.

Use Reusable Ice Cubes
Before you think of the colorful plastic fun-shaped ones you probably used as a kid, there are more “grown-up” versions (although the ones used as a kid are still pretty great and perfectly acceptable to use) that you could use with your wine. While some are plastic, others are made of stainless steel. Many on the market will keep a glass of wine nice and chilled for quite awhile.

Use Grapes
Wash off a bunch of grapes, put them in the freezer, and once they’re frozen they make for some great “ice cubes” to use in your glass of wine. Make sure to get the seedless variety so you (or one of your guests) don’t bite down on one and accidentally bite into a seed.

Just Throw the Ice In
If your glass of wine is warm and you really can’t stand when it’s not chilled, yet you don’t have any of the aforementioned on hand, just throw the ice in. Forget about what other people say if you’re okay with it. Chances are you’re not going to let the ice completely melt before you finish your glass of wine, and a little dilution is not as bad as not being able to enjoy the glass of wine at all.

If you’re looking to keep your wine chilled without diluting your wine, the previous ideas will certainly help with your quest, especially during hot summer days. Now go forth and get your favorite bottle!

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Bacchus: Roman God of Wine

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Initially, Roman gods and goddesses were conceptualized as divine manifestations without a face or form, but with immense power. With Greek and Etruscan influence, Roman gods were eventually anthropomorphized as beings. The Romans worshiped a pantheon of six gods and six goddesses: Jupiter, Juno, Mars, Minerva, Ceres, Diana, Vesta, Venus, Neptunus, Mercurius, Apollo and Volcanus. While there were 12 major gods and goddesses, there were many gods that the Romans chose to worship, one of whom was Bacchus.

Who was Bacchus?
Bacchus, the Roman counterpart of the Greek Dionysus, was the Roman god of wine, mirth and revelry. Bacchus was the son of Jupiter, the supreme Roman god who was called “shining father,” and Semele, a mortal woman. Bacchus was associated with mostly female followers and was sometimes described as feminine or “man-womanish.” The artwork that depicts Bacchus covers his life from childhood to adulthood: he was a curly-haired young child drinking wine, as a young man he was imagined as a nude man with a crown of vine leaves and grapes on his head and sometimes he was illustrated thoroughly inebriated and being put to bed by the nymphs and satyrs (goat-men) that followed him.

Secret Rites of Bacchus
March 15th and 16th were the dates on which the festival for Bacchus, also known as Bacchanalia, was held. This festival was introduced sometime during the third century and was held in the grove of Simila, near the Aventine Hill in Rome. Initially, the secret rites of Bacchus were open only to women, who were known as Bacchantes, but eventually, men were welcome as well. Bacchanalia celebrations were held five times a month, and were huge parties where partygoers could indulge their every whim. Bacchanalia festivals were famous for their intense debauchery and crime, and it was thought that Bacchanalia festivals were a place of severe political corruptness and conspiracies. Because of this poor reputation, the Roman Senate issued a decree in 186 B.C. that strictly prohibited the Bacchanalia throughout Italy. There were certain exceptions made, but the senate reserved the right to allow or disallow these festivals to occur.

Bacchus married Ariadne and had four children with this wife: Oenopion, Thoas, Staphylos and Pepartheus. Bacchus had an additional three children with the goddess Venus: Charites, Priapus and Hymenaios. His symbol was a bunch of grapes and a wine cup, though the bull, serpent and ivy are also associated with the Bacchian atmosphere.

Anywhere there was revelry, fun and hedonism, it was typically attributed to the dramatic and genial god, Bacchus. The Romans built many temples in which to worship Bacchus, and to offer up sacrifices to the god. Pigs were typically the offering, because swine are known to be destructive to the vine. Bacchus was not without his critics, but many Romans loved and worshiped his fun-loving ways and festivals.

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Best Moscato Wines

Moscato wines are most commonly white, but there are pink and red versions available. Made from the Muscat family of grapes, there are three major types of Moscato wines: Sparkling Moscato d’Asti, Still Moscato and Dessert Moscato. Moscato wine is most famously recognized for its intense, heady aroma of grape and other fruits and its distinctly sweet fruit and floral taste. Moscato wine has been enjoying a surge in popularity for several years and if you try the Moscato wines we’ve listed below, you will understand why this wine is receiving praise and recognition.

Dessert wines

Barefoot Moscato Wine
This award-winning moscato is produced by Barefoot Cellars in Modesto, California. Purchased by the E & J Gallo Family Winery in 2005, Barefoot is famous for their great tasting and lively wines. The Barefoot Moscato wine is certainly no exception and is one of the most popular brands of Moscato. This white wine is citrusy and aromatic with flavors of apricot, orange, peach and lemon.

Gallo Family Moscato
E & J Gallo Family Winery is the largest family-owned winery in the United States and it encompasses several brands, including the Barefoot brand as mentioned above. The Gallo Family Moscato is a white wine produced in Modesto, California and has citrus notes, a pronounced peach flavor and honey.

Robert Mondavi Moscato d’Oro 2014
The vast majority of Moscato wines are known for their sweetness, but this Robert Mondavi Moscato d’Oro is more balanced in flavors. While still sweet, this Napa Valley Moscato features peach and lychee fruit with the delicate flavors of orange blossom and jasmine to create a complex, silky Moscato.

Ecco Domani Moscato 2011
Hailing from the renowned Venezie region of Italy, the 2011 Ecco Domani Moscato has a sweet aroma that gives notes of mandarin orange, peach and honeysuckle. This white Moscato is easy-to-drink and features light bubbles (frizzante) with an acidity level that allows for a number of food pairings.

Jam Jar Moscato
The name itself gives an indication of what to expect from this white Moscato, and it certainly lives up to its name. Jam Jar Moscato is produced with Muscat grapes from Western Cape, South Africa. Jam Jar white Moscato opens with the aroma of peach and tropical fruits. The taste is very sweet with the flavors of peach, apricot with orange, mango and pineapple. Sweetness is balanced with the tiniest bit of fizz and a good acidity that gives the wine a crisp finish.

Martin & Weyrich Moscato Allegro
Using Muscat Canelli grapes from California, this white Moscato is an intensely sweet, but not cloying, wine that opens with the aromas of orange peel, honey, apricots and a touch of melon. This Moscato reveals tastes of honey, peaches, orange peel and vanilla with just a touch of effervescence. Despite all the sweetness, the medium length of the finish gives this wine a refreshing crispness.

Moscato wines are popular for a reason: they are easy-to-drink, sweet and yet crisp and refreshing. Sparkling Moscato d’Asti is perfect to accompany any celebration and dessert Moscato wines provide an aromatic and luscious end to your evening. With the plethora of fruit and floral flavors the Moscato wines have, there is certainly one that will suit your tastes perfectly. Salute!

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