50 Shades Hits Bridlewood Estates with Facebook Live

By Laura | September 20, 2016

Live from our first tour stop, Bridlewood Estate Winery. Posted by 50 Shades of Grape on Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Kokomo 2014 (AKA Papapietro Perry – DON’T PREACH!

By Monica | October 18, 2014

Guess Who Monica Visited in September?

By Monica | October 18, 2014

Vintner Vignette Michael Moore

By Monica | September 14, 2014

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.

Part Five: The Grapes Arrive!

By Monica | September 6, 2014

Our beautiful Zinfandel grapes are finally arriving at the winery, where they will be de-stemmed, crushed and made into wine!

Part Four: Machine Harvesting

By Monica | September 6, 2014

Ride along on the top of a machine harvester as we tear through a Zinfandel vineyard collecting up all the beautiful fruit!

Part Three: Taking Grapes to the Winery

By Monica | September 6, 2014

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.

Part Two: Hand Harvesting Grapes

By Monica | September 6, 2014

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.

Part One: Bud Break To Harvest

By Monica | September 6, 2014

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…

Wine with Dummies

By Laura | October 10, 2013

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!

Trust But Verify

By Laura | October 2, 2013

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.

The Big Grape Breakdown

By Laura | September 26, 2013

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!

Vintner Vignette: Rivino Winemaker Jason McConnell

By Laura | September 24, 2013

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)…

Vintner Vignette: Erik Miller, Kokomo Winery

By Laura | September 22, 2013

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’re Kickin’ It Old World

By Laura | September 19, 2013

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

Do You Have Pride?

By Laura | September 12, 2013

We’re just so proud of this one. You will be too once you try it. YUM-O-RIFIC!

Oopsy My Shirt Fell Off!

By Laura | May 12, 2013

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)

The Blind Leading The Blind

By Laura | May 7, 2013

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

Meet Our Summer Romance

By Monica | April 30, 2013

  Have you ever had a summer romance? We have. In fact, we’re in the middle

Czech Out This Little Sister!

By Monica | April 22, 2013

  “Czech” out this blended bottle of deliciousness we discovered during

We’re Kixin’ It Old School In Nashville!

By Monica | April 15, 2013

  We took a little road trip to Music City Tennessee and you’ll never believe

Chicks Can’t Hold Their Smoke

By Monica | April 9, 2013

  If you want to find out which of us is wearing ass-less chaps in this

We’ve Got A New Girl Now

By Monica | March 14, 2013

  We’re waxing poetic and wistfully about one of the first and  

It’s Just The Way It Is…

By Monica | March 3, 2013

  Two of us were kinda mean to 

OMG Streisand Poisoned Our Italian Village People Gelato! Or Something.

By Monica | February 27, 2013

  Unitevi a noi   

Hearts and Flowers

By Monica | February 21, 2013

  Did you know the name FELICE has a very

Dang, The Air Is Thinner Up Here

By Monica | January 28, 2013

  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…

Image Is Everything

By Monica | January 23, 2013

  Que Syrahhhhh Syrahhhh… (sing along with me) Whatever will be will beeee…

Eye Candy Switcheroo!

By Monica | January 14, 2013

  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…

And The Angels Sang

By Monica | January 7, 2013

  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!

It’s Two! Two! Two Wines In One!

By Monica | December 25, 2012

  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!

Nobody Sees Nuthin’!

By Monica | November 26, 2012

  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!

It’s A Threesome!

By Monica | November 4, 2012

  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

Vintner Vignette: Cliff Lede

By Monica | October 17, 2012

In the charming little town of Napa Valley’s Yountville, sits a lovely winery that TOTALLY

Woot, It’s Ladies Night!

By Monica | October 14, 2012

  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,

Vintner Vignette: Michael Talty

By Monica | October 3, 2012

  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

The Way We Were

By Monica | September 30, 2012

  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…

Rams Gate

Adieu to you and you and you…

By Monica | September 16, 2012

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

Who Has The Munchies?

By Laura | August 31, 2012

  The wine in our video review this week, reminded *some of us* of our youth and of a certain

Happy Cab Day

By Laura | August 30, 2012

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!

We’re On Fire!

By Monica | August 24, 2012

  This week’s video wine review is red, hot and nowhere near blue! You’ll notice we had entirely too much…

Shhhhh, It’s a Big Fat Secret!

By Monica | August 12, 2012

  Our most recent video wine review is a blind tasting! Fun! Ed decided Laura and I should

Movin’ Pictures About Wine!

By Monica | August 10, 2012

  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!

Blind Tasting

Counting Is Hard!

By Laura | August 5, 2012

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…

Is Costco Trying To Get Me Drunk?

By Monica | July 25, 2012

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

2010 Calera Pinot Noir

Calera 2010 35th Anniversary Pinot Noir Central Coast

By Monica | July 21, 2012

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

Salva Tierra

A $25 Cab with $50 flavor and an $8 Label

By Monica | July 18, 2012

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…

Pre-Trip Tasting: June Ray Ashlow Cabernet 2008

By Monica | July 16, 2012

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

Maipe Malbec Reserve 2010

Maipe, you found me!

By Laura | July 14, 2012

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

Winesicle

Wine Popsicles? Yes Please!

By Monica | July 14, 2012

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

Ona Anakena

Pre-Trip Tasting: Ona Anakena Malbec 2009 Rapel Valley

By Monica | July 13, 2012

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…

Pre-Trip Tasting: Matariki 2011 Sauvignon Blanc Hawkes Bay

By Monica | July 13, 2012

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

Grilled Wild Sockeye Salmon, Sweet Tater Fries and Swinto Malbec

Pre-Trip Tasting: Swinto 2008 Old Vine Malbec

By Monica | July 7, 2012

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

1975 Sav Blanc

Pre-Trip Tasting: 75 Sauvignon Blanc

By Monica | July 7, 2012

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…

Tiger Mountain Cab Franc

Pre-Trip Tasting: Tiger Mountain Cabernet Franc 2008

By Monica | July 5, 2012

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

Tiger Mountain Rabun Red 2008

Pre-Trip Tasting: Tiger Mountain Rabun Red 2008

By Monica | July 5, 2012

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

August Briggs

Pre-Trip Tasting: August Briggs Pinot Meunier

By Monica | June 16, 2012

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

Pre-Trip Training: TOCS Priorat Doq

By Monica | June 16, 2012

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…