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The Sparkling Side of Spain Sparkling wine lovers, take note! Cava Discovery Week is here, and we are celebrating all that Spain’s leading sparkling wine has to offer from its various styles to seemingly endless food pairing abilities.  Based on the numbers, Cava’s global popularity is massive. In 2019, over 249 million bottles of Spain’s …
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With mixed fanfare, school is back in session. Finally, those of us of drinking age can setting back into more practical routines, and maybe(?) get some actual work done. I mean, sure, vacation was great. The road trip was absolutely necessary and welcomed, but the pull of home, and whatever normal is, has some gravity.  …
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 Summer is here, the kids are done with school, and we’re released into the great outdoors to soak up as much sunshine as possible. Most excitingly, it’s time for summer-y barbecue wines.  Whether you’re doing some simple grilling of brats and burgers, or channeling your inner southerner and smoking a giant chunk of meat, there …
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Prosecco week is here! Together with the Prosecco DOC Consortium, we’re celebrating the world’s most popular sparkling wine. Prosecco’s growth has been tremendous, and it’s no wonder! It’s the perfect sparkler to enjoy for any occasion and it makes for an excellent addition to fizzy cocktails, too. Let’s learn a little more about it.  How it’s different All sparkling …
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Sustainability is top of mind for us in the wine business these days. The way a producer chooses to use their resources, including their soils, production needs, and people, has become more and more important to us as retailers, sommeliers, and restaurateurs because we have begun to understand how our love of wine has impacts …
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At long last Premiere Napa Valley 2021 is finally upon us!   Premiere Napa Valley is one of our favorite events at Gary’s Wine and Marketplace and we’re so excited that the event has been rescheduled to June this year. It’s the perfect opportunity for us to grow our long-standing relationships with winemakers in Napa …
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The modern history of Oregon wine is centered around the Willamette Valley, where David Lett established Eyrie Vineyards in the Dundee Hills in 1966, after an extensive search for the right combination of soils and climate for Pinot Noir. His pursuit for the perfect place to plant Pinot would prove to be pivotal, and firmly set the path for …
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Celebrate Earth Day, with Wine! Sustainable, Organic, Biodynamic, Natural, Clean, and Vegan wines are everywhere, but what do these terms mean? These wines still taste like wine, so it all comes down to how they’re made. Sustainable wines are produced with limited environmental impact in multiple aspects of production. Wineries reduce chemicals in the vineyard and …
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Aligoté is the second white grape of Burgundy, with a reputation that has long been eclipsed by that of Chardonnay. However, its reputation of only producing simple, lean and acid driven wines is beginning to change with the advancement of technology and know-how in the vineyards, not to mention climate change, providing growers an opportunity …
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This year’s gatherings for Thanksgiving might be smaller in 2020, but having great food and wine that day should remain the same and they also should be extra delicious this year!  We’ve included the usual suspects for a traditional Thanksgiving feast, and wine pairings.  But we have to consider the sides also since Thanksgiving is not just about the meat, the sides are …
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No other country has a variety of climates that Chile can boast. From the hot and arid Atacama Desert in the north where star gazing through clear desert skies has shaped our view of the universe beyond our own Mother Earth; to the Arctic tundra in the south were penguins roam about like short waiters …
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Gary’s Wine Team Member & Educator, Julie Margolis recounts a special trip to the Champagne region… In the late 17th century, Dom Perignon—largely credited with creating champagne, famously uttered the phrase, “Come quickly. I am tasting the stars.” Fast forward 100 years, champagne is a world-renowned symbol of luxury and celebration! On a recent trip …