Winemonger Talk

How To Read A German Wine Label

April 20th, 2016

Many are intimidated by German wines, and think those long words are impossible to understand. Besides, who knows what the wine inside actually tastes like? But it’s not so very difficult. You really only need to know two things to understand the basics of the German wine label. First, like Burgundy, place is the critical distinguishing mark. If there is a specific vineyard, it will be the first thing named. And, like Burgundy, there will be a town first and then the vineyard. Thus, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, the Sonnenuhr (sundial) vineyard ...

Holiday Shipping Transit Times for Wine!

November 19th, 2015

CAN YOU GET YOUR WINE ON TIME? HERE'S THE LOWDOWN: Wine orders ship out of our warehouse in Napa, California. Orders received by 1:00 PM PST will ship out the next business day. Approximate Transit Times via UPS Ground Service: ONE DAY: CA (Northern) TWO DAYS: AZ, CA (Southern), ID, NV, OR, UT, WA THREE DAYS: CO, MT (Western), NM, WY FOUR DAYS: AK, AL, AR, GA, IA, IN, IL,KY, KS,LA, MI, MN, MO, MS,MT (rural parts of Eastern), ND, NE, OH, OK, SD, TN, TX, WI, WV FIVE DAYS: CT, DE, FL, HI, ME, NH, MA, ...

Zalto Holiday Shipping Transit Times!

November 10th, 2015

Holiday Schedule for 2015/2016THANKSGIVING:Tuesday, Nov. 24- Normal pickup and delivery service. All UPS 2nd Day Air packages picked up today will be delivered on Friday, Nov. 27.Wednesday, Nov. 25- Normal pickup and delivery service. All UPS Next Day Air packages picked up today will be delivered on Friday, Nov. 27. All UPS 2nd Day Air packages picked up today will be delivered on Monday, Nov. 30 (except those processed and labeled for delivery on Saturday, Nov. 28).Thursday, Nov. 26, Thanksgiving Day- No UPS pickup or delivery service.Friday, Nov. 27- ...

La Quatrième Rosé

February 13th, 2015

St. Valentin, France
I am going to give it to the French. Not the battle of the rosés, but rather that they do have a bit of a reputation for romance, and this did begin as an ode to Valentine's Day. So they've got that. They also have the sparking wine thing kind of nailed down, with the whole Champagne and all of that. So here, the fourth and last entry in our War of the Roses, the Chapuy ...

The Third Man – Austria Enters the Battle

February 11th, 2015

With two rosés from Austria entering the battle, thus making them the second and third, how could we not think of The Third Man? The famous scene where Harry Lime and Holly Martins ride the Riesenrad (that's the big ferris wheel in the picture to the right) on the Prater in Vienna, talking about taking out all the dots (aka people) down below... pretty cold stuff. These two Austrian rosés may take down their competitors just as coldly. A side ...

The Valentine’s Day Massacre

February 7th, 2015

St. Valentine in TerniSt.Valentine Basilica in Terni, Italy
Our War of the Roses quartet would be incomplete without an Italian contender, so we are bringing this one out of the gate first. And of course (and with all apologies) as this is a battle of the rosés as we roll towards Valentines Day, and this one is Italian, a reference to the St.Valentine's Day Massacre of Al Capone was inevitable. But these things all come so neatly wrapped up together: ...

The War of the Roses

February 6th, 2015

The War Of The Roses
Bring it on. A quick bit of history first: Rather than being just one war, these were dynastic battles fought sporadically from about 1455 to 1487 between two rival branches in the royal House of Plantagenet, so should really be referred to as the Wars of the Roses. The name refers to the badges of the rivals: the White Rose of York and the Red Rose of Lancaster. All the big names were involved-  you've ...


December 9th, 2014

For your orders of Wine or Zalto Stemware, please see below for the approximate transit times. The maps are clickable for a larger view. Zalto orders received by 12:00 PST ship out the next day, excluding weekends or holidays. Wine orders received by 1:00 PST ship out the next day, excluding weekends or holidays. ZALTO STEMWARE Zalto orders ship out of our warehouse in New Jersey. Approximate Transit Times via Ground Service: ONE DAY: CT, DE, MA, MD, NJ, NY(Eastern), PA, RI, VT TWO DAY: GA(Northern), IN, IL(Northern), KY, ME, MI, NC,NH, NY(Western), OH, PA(Western), SC, TN, ...


December 3rd, 2014

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Introducing Tornesi le Benducce from Montalcino

December 3rd, 2014

TornesiLeBenducce   The Tornesi family has owned their estate, known as Le Benducce, since 1750: long before Brunello di Montalcino became known as a wine and even before Italy became a unified nation. The winery is still family operated, with Maurizio Tornesi at the helm of both viticulture and winemaking. He is a true Tuscan farmer-  as authentic as they come. Maurizio knows the land of Montalcino and the Sangiovese Grosso grape like the back of his hand. The estate has 7 hectares under vines, ...



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