The Grapevine Vegetative Cycle Part III

The Grapevine Vegetative Cycle Part III

Over the past few months, we have been following the development of the grapevine. March is truly the beginning of the growing cycle, following the pruning. A Recap of the Vegetative Cycle: • Bleeding of the vines between February and … Read More »

WineShop At Home's Winemaker - Alex Reble

Meet Our Winemaker

I grew up in the Bordeaux region of France, which is well known for its vineyards, the coastal climate of the Atlantic and its historical towns. My family’s only remote connection to wine is through my grandfather. Indeed, I inherited … Read More »

The Secrets Behind Sparkling Wines

The Secrets Behind Sparkling Wines

The creation of sparkling wine follows the same main principle as all other wines: fermentation. However, of all wines, sparkling wines are considered the most technical in the world to produce. Why? The reason is due to a secondary fermentation … Read More »

Winemaker's Holiday Food & Wine Pairing Guide

Winemaker’s Holiday Food & Wine Pairing Guide

The time has come to start preparing for holiday celebrations and festivities. Pairing food and wine for you and your guests can sometimes be challenging, especially if you’re planning a buffet or potluck. Our number one tip? Serve an assortment … Read More »

Smokey and the Barrel

Smokey and the Barrel

Last year, I was celebrating my wife’s birthday at a restaurant in Napa. Among our guests was my longtime friend Pierre, winemaker at Signorello. Nobody was expecting that only a few hours later, the wine countryside of Sonoma and Napa … Read More »

Wine Mythology

Wine Mythology

One thing that I have always been very interested in was Egyptian, Greek and Roman mythology. Learning about the interactions and stories of the gods and their creations on earth has always been fascinating to me. A more recent definition … Read More »

Corky - to Be or Not to Be

“Corky” – to Be or Not to Be

One day, when I retire from the wine business, I hope to be remembered for being lively, bubbly and generally fun to be around, in a word: “corky.” Well, it might be okay to have a corky personality, but when … Read More »

The Grapevine Vegetative Cycle Part II

The Grapevine Vegetative Cycle Part II

The cool days and mornings are pretty much behind us. The spring frost has packed up and left. Weather patterns have become increasingly harder to predict. For example, four weeks ago, a weather event with cold temperatures and hail decimated … Read More »