Your Greek Wine Guide

4000 Years of Winemaking History The mountainous, Mediterranean country in the sun-drenched southeast of Europe is often considered the birthplace of Western civilization. Archaeological evidence suggests that winemaking  exisited in parts of Greece for more than 4000...

Jean-Marie Rimbert of Domaine Rimbert

The Defender of Carignan Jean-Marie Rimbert, the self-proclaimed defender of the Languedoc’s native Carignan grape, is a benchmark grower for the region and also a maverick. As defender and champion of Carignan, his cuvées show just how pleasurable and vibrant this...

Native Red Grapes of Sicily

2500+ Years of Wine History For more than 2500 years Sicily (Sicilia in Italian) has been a significant center of Mediterranean viniculture. Blessed with consistently bright sunshine and reliably moderate rainfall, Sicily's classic Mediterranean climate is ideally...

Your Piemonte Wine Guide

More than Barolo and Barbaresco When wine geeks think of Piemonte, they immediately think of Barolo and Barbaresco, which are famous for their Nebbiolo-based wines. Surprisingly, Barolo and Barbaresco only account for 3% of Piedmont’s production, so there’s quite a...

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Sunday School: California’s Central Coast

Sunday School: California’s Central Coast

Sunday May 29th • noon pm to 1:30 pm Join us for a look at the Central Coast of California and our recent travels to the region. We will learn what makes the Central Coast different from other regions in California, what grapes are grown, and the winemakers turning...

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Your Greek Wine Guide

Your Greek Wine Guide

4000 Years of Winemaking History The mountainous, Mediterranean country in the sun-drenched southeast of Europe is often considered the birthplace of Western civilization. Archaeological evidence suggests that winemaking  exisited in parts of Greece for more than 4000...

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Jean-Marie Rimbert of Domaine Rimbert

Jean-Marie Rimbert of Domaine Rimbert

The Defender of Carignan Jean-Marie Rimbert, the self-proclaimed defender of the Languedoc’s native Carignan grape, is a benchmark grower for the region and also a maverick. As defender and champion of Carignan, his cuvées show just how pleasurable and vibrant this...

Your Greek Wine Guide

Your Greek Wine Guide

4000 Years of Winemaking History The mountainous, Mediterranean country in the sun-drenched southeast of Europe is often considered the birthplace of Western civilization. Archaeological evidence suggests that winemaking  exisited in parts of Greece for more than 4000...

Your Greek Wine Guide

Your Greek Wine Guide

4000 Years of Winemaking History The mountainous, Mediterranean country in the sun-drenched southeast of Europe is often considered the birthplace of Western civilization. Archaeological evidence suggests that winemaking  exisited in parts of Greece for more than 4000...

Native Red Grapes of Sicily

Native Red Grapes of Sicily

2500+ Years of Wine History For more than 2500 years Sicily (Sicilia in Italian) has been a significant center of Mediterranean viniculture. Blessed with consistently bright sunshine and reliably moderate rainfall, Sicily's classic Mediterranean climate is ideally...

Your Piemonte Wine Guide

Your Piemonte Wine Guide

More than Barolo and Barbaresco When wine geeks think of Piemonte, they immediately think of Barolo and Barbaresco, which are famous for their Nebbiolo-based wines. Surprisingly, Barolo and Barbaresco only account for 3% of Piedmont’s production, so there’s quite a...

Sunday School: California’s Central Coast

Sunday School: California’s Central Coast

Sunday May 29th • noon pm to 1:30 pm Join us for a look at the Central Coast of California and our recent travels to the region. We will learn what makes the Central Coast different from other regions in California, what grapes are grown, and the winemakers turning...

Summer Wines Tasting

Summer Wines Tasting

Thursday May 26th • 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Join us for a tasting of six wines that are sure to light up your summer. These are wines you can drink poolside, at your summer BBQ and at the beach with all your friends. Stop by and enjoy this tasting of your summer go-tos!...

Night School: Alpine Whites

Night School: Alpine Whites

Tuesday June 7th • 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm We are going to keep cool in this Night School class as we head to the mountains to sample white grape varieties grown in alpine regions. These high acid, light whites are perfect wines to try as we head into the hot tropical...

Sunday School: Napa Valley

Sunday School: Napa Valley

Sunday June 19th • noon pm to 1:30 pm This Sunday School will be looking at the Big Daddy of American wine regions, Napa Valley. We will take a journey through the history of the valley, the people who turned the region into a destination, and the wines that make Napa...

Wine and Vinyl Thursdays at Small Wine Shop

Wine and Vinyl Thursdays at Small Wine Shop

EVERY Thursday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (ish) Let's breakout those record collections! Dust off your old faves and bring them into the shop so we can all enjoy them. If you don't have a record collection of your own choose a record from our collection and we will play...

Future Noble Grapes

Future Noble Grapes

What Are Noble Grapes? Noble wine grapes. Have you ever heard that term before? For decades, generations of wine authorities referred to a group of six grapes considered to stand above the rest: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and...

Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

Its that time again. We are partying and schmoozing after all this time and that means it is time to jump into the gifting game. Don't dispair though, we have tons of gift ideas for you for every wine and food lover in your life.The Essentials I mean who doesn't love...

Where Did You Go, Trousseau

Where Did You Go, Trousseau

I love oddball grapes. Grapes that are not on the shelves in your supermarket. Grapes that you may have you wondering how to pronounce. Ones that come from places you don’t expect. These are the ones that still bring excitement to my wine journey. And one of those...

Why I Love Chenin Blanc

Why I Love Chenin Blanc

I love chenin blanc. I should get a tattoo that proclaims this. You have your cult wine snobs. People who only drink cabernet sauvignon or malbec. Those that swear by buttery chardonnays or grassy sauvignon blancs. Not me. Give me chenin blanc anytime and I will be a...

Common Wine Faults and Flaws

Common Wine Faults and Flaws

Is a Natural Wine Always a Flawed Wine? I love natural wines. Heck, I sell natural wines! It is my job to promote natural wines. Most customers I sell to are very open to trying something new, whether it is a new grape, region, or wine style for them.  I answer...

For the Love of Obscure Grapes

For the Love of Obscure Grapes

Why Drink the Same Ole Same Ole? Why I love obscure grapes I have a hard time having or doing  the same thing over and over. I’m not one for leftovers. When traveling, I like to go somewhere new rather than somewhere I have been. I watch most movies and tv shows just...

What Did I Just Drink?

What Did I Just Drink?

What Happened to Me? A Wine Reaction... Thats what! This week I planned on writing about some often overlooked grape varieties, but something happened to me last night that changed my focus for this week’s post. One night a week I meet with a group of local wine...

Orange Wines: Gimme that Skin Contact!

Orange Wines: Gimme that Skin Contact!

Let's Chat About Orange Wines Our most popular wine category here at Small Wine Shop is orange wine. It is a distinctive style of wine that just screams low-intervention/natural to our customers. Orange wines may seem new to wine drinkers, especially here in the...

Work and Wine Wednesdays at Small Wine Shop

Work and Wine Wednesdays at Small Wine Shop

Every Wednesday from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm Work from Home? Pack up that laptop and join us for Work and Wine Wednesdays!$5 wine by the glass and $2 snacks!Come on by and read that report you've been putting off with a glass of wine in your hand. What better way to get...

What the Heck are Conservas?

What the Heck are Conservas?

I distinctly remember sitting/standing at a tapas bar in Sevilla many years ago. I was chatting with the nice couple next to me about all the shellfish available in the city. The quality and variety of shellfish in Spain blew me away. I had even eaten tiny little...

Dare to Pair

Dare to Pair

Easy Wine Pairing Tips for Everyone! Bianca Sanon, a sommelier and wine expert I respect tremendously, recently published an article that sums up how Tim and I feel about recommending wine. All that matters is what YOU the drinker of said wine like. The idea that we...

Is Vegan Wine A Thing?

Is Vegan Wine A Thing?

Many of the Wines you Know and Love are Made Using Animal Products Yes, I know it is counter intuitive. Wine does not seem like a product that includes animal products. I am sorry to tell you that in fact some techniques used in winemaking include animal products....

Jean-Marie Rimbert of Domaine Rimbert

Jean-Marie Rimbert of Domaine Rimbert

The Defender of Carignan Jean-Marie Rimbert, the self-proclaimed defender of the Languedoc’s native Carignan grape, is a benchmark grower for the region and also a maverick. As defender and champion of Carignan, his cuvées show just how pleasurable and vibrant this...

Frank Cornelissen Winery

Frank Cornelissen Winery

Cult Darling Frank Cornelissen Getting our Frank Cornelissen allocation is always a special time here at Small Wine Shop. These are cult wines. Small production wines of great quality. Little is imported to the United States and all of his wines are sought out by...

Domaine Christian Binner

Domaine Christian Binner

A Natural Wine Icon In our little corner of the wine world, there are winemakers, growers, sellers, and lovers of natural wines. Those who love wines made without adjuncts and harsh winemaking techniques. Those who want their wines to “taste alive.” Then some stand...

Chris Miller of Bold Wine Company

Chris Miller of Bold Wine Company

Bold Wine Company Earlier in December, Tracy and I had the pleasure to visit with Chris Miller of Seabold Cellars. Located in the small town of Marina, California, Seabold Cellars was established in 2014. The origin goes back further, to a shared bond between Chris...

Sylvain Bock: Playful Complex Wines

Sylvain Bock: Playful Complex Wines

Sylvain Bock  Pensive, introspective, yet prone to sudden bursts of enthusiasm, Sylvain Bock the person is much like the wines he makes. His wines project a careful complexity that is belied by their playful labels and Sylvain’s propensity to experiment through...

Franciacorta: The Champagne of Italy

Franciacorta: The Champagne of Italy

Italy Will Save Us from the Champagne Shortage As we head into the holidays, you’ve probably heard that there is a Champagne shortage this year. I’m not talking about all sparkling wines; I’m talking about true Champagne. You know, the real deal from France. Champagne...

The Wines of Valentina Passalaqua

The Wines of Valentina Passalaqua

You only need to spend a few minutes with the innovative winegrower Valentina Passalacqua to be enraptured by her smile and curious nature.  Passalacqua is a visionary vigneron who has overcome many challenges in the patriarchal winegrowing world, especially that of...

Tessier Winery

Tessier Winery

What do you want to be when you grow up? I was always perplexed by that question when I was younger. I think I still am to this day. When you are five, you may want to be a fireman, a ballet dancer, or an astronaut. As a teenager, you may wish to be a rockstar or a...

Bodegas y Viñados Pigar

Bodegas y Viñados Pigar

If you are a wine nerd like me, looking for low-intervention natural wines in Spain will take you to many different areas. Catalunya, Andalucia, and Castilla y Leon are a few regions to find such wines. One region that usually does not stand out is Valencia. Valencia...

Maloof Wines: Energetic Wines from the Heart of Oregon

Maloof Wines: Energetic Wines from the Heart of Oregon

From Pinot Noir and Beyond I moved to Portland, Oregon in the early 2000s after a weeklong visit to wineries and exploring the city on a vacation. The region hooked me instantly. After living in Texas most of my life, I welcomed the move to an area with actual seasons...

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