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Wine Education: Adega Fall Wine Classes

Developing your own personal wine palate is not a very easy concept for most people to wrap their minds around. It’s easy to pinpoint why we like a certain type of food. But ask most people to speak ad nauseam about why they like a […]

Cooking with Wine: 101

Just as there is a lot of confusion about what types of wines to serve with a meal, there is an equally large cloud of confusion that surrounds the idea of cooking with wine. Here’s what I want you to do. Take a deep breath, […]

New Summer White Wine: Viognier

Voigner (pronounced VEE-OHN-YAY) is a grape varietal from the Rhône Valley in France.

Outside of the Rhône, Viognier can be found in regions of North and South America as well as Australia and New Zealand. In some wine regions, the variety is co-fermented with the red wine grape Syrah where it can contribute to the color and bouquet of the wine.

Like Chardonnay, Viognier has the potential to produce full-bodied wines with a lush, soft character which makes it a nice winter white that hints at the upcoming Spring time.

In contrast to Chardonnay, the Viognier varietal has more natural aromatics that include notes of peach, pears, violets and fresh minerality.

Sparkling, Bubbly and Fizzy Wines

There’s no doubt that there is a certain cachet surrounding sparkling wines. Wines with bubbles are fun and lively and remind us of special moments in life. As I always think of wines as a simple luxury in life, wines with bubbles up the ante […]

Pinot Noir: A Timeless Classic

Love them or hate them, Pinot Noir is a classic grape varietal that hails from the Burgundy region of France. It has found new homes all over the world, however it is a finicky, challenging and troublesome grape to grow. It needs a long, cool […]

Charles & Charles Rosé – A Rosé So Nice, It Had to be Named Twice

Now that the warmer weather is around the corner, one of the things more and more wine lovers are looking forward to is rosé season.

There has been a steady uptick of interest in rosé wines. I’m not sure if it comes from individuals traveling to areas around the world where drinking rosé wines during the spring and summer months is the thing to do or if it’s influenced by wine makers and popular vineyards. But the consumption has definitely increased and I believe will continue to increase in years to come.

The most popular rosé wines tend to come from the South of France, but there are some from the United States that have become quite popular too. Take the Charles & Charles 2013 Rosé, for example.

The Charles & Charles rosé and wine project is a collaboration between Charles Smith and Charles Bieler of Three Thieves, Bieler Père et Fils, and Sombra Mezcal. The rosé is a blend of Syrah (86%), Cinsault (6%), Grenache (4%), Counoise (2%) Mourvedre (2%).

It boosts hints of strawberry, watermelon and tangy pomegranate with a good dose of stony minerality.

I know the most popular consumer trend in rosé wines is to drink anything and everything from Provence, France. Those are amazing wines: light, delicious and elegant! But there are tons of other options too. The Charles & Charles rosé is produced in the Columbia Valley of Washington State, but it definitely gives you a taste of Provence in the glass – a lovely mix of New World spirit with Old World styling.

This melding of the two wine worlds is even evident with the abstract play on the American Flag featured on the labels, showcasing the intent to provoke thought of the future while honoring the past.

This rosé is definitely different, delicious and affordable, coming in under $12 a bottle. I would definitely recommend exploring the wide world of rosé wines and not getting stuck on wines of a certain color or from a certain region. There is nearly as much variety in the rosé category as there is in the red wine category.

Opening of the New Adega Website

Welcome to Adega’s new Website. Use this as a resource for information about in-store wine tastings, wine classes, wine seminars and helpful tips that can help enhance your personal enjoyment of wine and spirits.