Live from our first tour stop, Bridlewood Estate Winery. Posted by 50 Shades of Grape on Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Spend a few minutes with Amanda in the barrel room at Zichichi, as well as the Zichichi winemaker Michael Moore, as we learn about barrel tasting in Sonoma County.
Our beautiful Zinfandel grapes are finally arriving at the winery, where they will be de-stemmed, crushed and made into wine!
Ride along on the top of a machine harvester as we tear through a Zinfandel vineyard collecting up all the beautiful fruit!
When the grapes are harvested, whether by hand or by machine, they get put into huge bins and loaded on a flatbed truck to be delivered to the winery.
Come into the vineyard with us and watch as grapes are skillfully hand-harvested in the cool hours of darkness overnight and into the morning.
This is our 5-Part Series, Behind the Wine, which will take you on the journey of the grapes as they go from being tiny buds on the vine to being harvested and taken to the winery to be made into that delicious elixir we all know and love. This video is Part One in the…
Ooooh Strawberry Cheesecake! We explore the warmer Rhone region of France and taste a white and a red from Chateauneuf du Pape. Say that three times fast!
Well it was bound to happen sooner or later. We asked for a recommendation from someone we thought we could trust and well, you’ll have to wait to see how it all shook out.
If you haven’t seen the Darth Vader “round-a-bound” video… YouTube it. You’re welcome. Now onto the wine.. Merryvale is her name and she is mighty fine!
Hey hoser, how about you take a minute to put down that back bacon, take off that hipster tuque and watch this new Vintner Vignette with our friend (and Canadian extraordinaire)…
You don’t want to miss this quick and dirty Vintner Vignette in the grapes with Erik Miller, owner and winemaker at Kokomo Winery in Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County California.
We like it, we don’t like it, but wait.. this is something that seems right up your alley. We’re a bit out of sorts for this Bordeaux. #thattimeofthemonth
We’re just so proud of this one. You will be too once you try it. YUM-O-RIFIC!
Come along on our magical mystery red wine tour and see if you can figure out what the heck we were drinking. We couldn’t (at least for a while anyway)
Blind leading the blind. Snow blind. You’re on the big blind. Blind luck. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes. Blind Melon. Three Blind Mice and Blind Willie Johnson. All cool, but none
Have you ever had a summer romance? We have. In fact, we’re in the middle
“Czech” out this blended bottle of deliciousness we discovered during
We took a little road trip to Music City Tennessee and you’ll never believe
If you want to find out which of us is wearing ass-less chaps in this
We’re waxing poetic and wistfully about one of the first and
Two of us were kinda mean to
Did you know the name FELICE has a very
This Breggo Pinot Noir review from our secret location taught us a few important things: 1. Check your damned white balance before hitting ‘RECORD.’ Our skin really isn’t that sick freakish color. Zoinks, Scoob that’s gross. 2. The “no-edit rule” isn’t viable long-term. Eventually you’ll be drunk enough that your video requires edits. I…
Que Syrahhhhh Syrahhhh… (sing along with me) Whatever will be will beeee…
Normally Ed is our Eye Candy but he got stuck down in the crawl space while putting away Christmas decorations, so we had to replace him for this episode. Ed will be bummed that he missed the Pech Merle review, but we’ll rescue him just as soon as we finish this bottle. And in…
Happy New Year! Yeah yeah, we’re a week late but you were all wrapped up in post-holiday cleanup, so we thought we’d wait until things settled down and you could pay attention again. You’re welcome!
Ho Ho Ho and off we go to our secret bunker in an undisclosed location somewhere near some pine trees. Join us as we dip our toes into the icy cold waters of the Riesling not once, but twice at Christmas!
Yay another blind tasting! We love doing these! The only thing that would make it more fun would be if next time we wear blindfolds and hired a band!
The three of us are sitting in our three chairs, tasting and reviewing three sips each of three different wines! Pull up a chair for three minutes and watch. (Ok, it’s not really
In the charming little town of Napa Valley’s Yountville, sits a lovely winery that TOTALLY
They’re heeeeeere! Yes it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for! Or dreading. Our very first 50 Shades of Grape LADIES-ONLY Review. (Or should that be REVUE?) Who knows? Either way you spell it,
Woohoo it’s our very first Vintner Vignette, where we talk directly with winemakers to help you learn more about them, their wine and their clubs. We thought it would be fun to break the ice with one of our favorite
Fresh off the Napa/Sonoma 50 Shades of Grape Tour 2012, Ed, Laura and first-time video virgin Sara review an interesting blend from Salvestrin, one of our favorite wineries in St. Helena, California. You’ll learn a bit about Joy who guided our tasting experience, Salvestrin’s wine club and FYI, cut Ed a little slack, as…
The whirlwind tour of Sonoma and Napa Valley has come to a close but we think we left an impression and know an impression had been made on us. From the random giggles
The wine in our video review this week, reminded *some of us* of our youth and of a certain
And no.. We’re not talking the yellow kind. Cheers and to celebrate.. A little wine from Joseph Phelps and our lovely bartender Berly at Houston’s in Buckhead!
This week’s video wine review is red, hot and nowhere near blue! You’ll notice we had entirely too much…
Our most recent video wine review is a blind tasting! Fun! Ed decided Laura and I should
Woot! Lookie here, our first video wine blog is up! We reviewed a wine from August Briggs, one of our favorite wineries. Tell us what you think of August Briggs in the comments section and check back soon for a new entry!
We wanted to sharpen our palates in preparation for the epic 50 Shades of Grape wine country tour in September, so in a moment of idiocy, we said, “HEY I KNOW! LET’S DO A BLIND TASTING!” After six bottles, no food and choruses of, “Oooh awesome nose!”, “Smells like a barn!”, “Yummy notes of black…
We popped open a $27 bottle of wine (2007 Reserva Bodega Del Fin Del Mundo Special Blend from Patagonia Argentina) bought at Costco. We had high hopes thinking that we would be drinking a
Hinton’s Wine Store had a sale this weekend. 20% off cases. We took advantage of this offer to find some new gems and oh boy were we not disappointed. The 2010
Wine labels are like book covers. You most definitely cannot judge a wine by its label. As I was wandering through Total Wine yesterday, I spied a bunch of 2007 Napa cabernets (which are getting less and less available at retail). Salva Tierra Cabernet from Renteria Wines caught my eye for its non-descript label and $24.99…
According to their site, Paola Sordoni and JuneRay Wines are “dedicated to bringing you ultra-premium red wines of the highest character.” Their flagship wine, Ashlow, is limited to
About two months ago, in my quest to learn more about wine and discover what I truly like, my most awesome friends introduced me to a supremely spicy Malbec. My taste in wine
We 50Shaders love our wine and since it’s summertime and we’re all still kids at heart, why not grab some cool refreshment and beat the heat with a grown-up style popsicle? These fun wine-sicles featured on
Hanging out in the mountains this weekend, we decided we’d better keep up with our wine country training and with more than a few of our crew enamored of Malbec this year, we dived (dove?) into a bottle of 2009 Ona Anakena from Chile’s Rapel Valley. The deep garnet color on this wine is intoxicating…
We’ve been loving some New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs of late and this particular Matariki isn’t offending. But if we’re being honest (and we’re nothing if not honest), it was just
Yes, I cooked a fancy dinner of grilled wild sockeye salmon….and sweet potato fries from a bag (nothing but the best for the little woman). You can’t always cook like Tom Colicchio, right? It is a color coordinated dinner though. Orange on orange. The salmon rub was
Last night we dined at DiPaolo, one of our absolute favorite restaurants in Atlanta (and all of the world). We had a divine house-made mozzarella and Salame Varzi bruschetta to start followed by the most fabuloso halibut, but we’re not here to talk about the amazing food at DiPaolo. (Psst…but if you’re in Atlanta, give…
Since it’s the day after a holiday, we’re still celebrating by opening a bottle of Tiger Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Franc (2008)! Whoever thought sticking holidays in the MIDDLE of the week
First off, if you live in Atlanta and haven’t been to Tiger Mountain Vineyards yet, that’s a big fat mistake. I know Georgia isn’t supposed to have good wine but dang, these guys have been at it fifteen years and they’ve figured out a thing or two about viticulture. Tonight we’re trying
Hellooooo strawberry cheesecake! Our most recent training exercise involved a bottle of 2010 August Briggs Pinot Meunier. This bottle retails for roughly $40 but since we belong to
Jeff Dauler (of the Q100 Atlanta morning show team) is in the midst of intense training for his first triathlon in September in Malibu California, so we’re taking our inspiration from him, and training for our big September event in California. We’re all champions here, what can I say? Tonight we’re hanging on the deck…