What Makes A Wine Natural?

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There are all sorts of wine buzzwords on the wind these days, but one that you might hear floating around more than usual is the term “natural wine.” Um, what?! The word “natural” means different things to different people. And it also applies to all sorts of different things in the world. So...what makes a wine natural? Let’s dig in.

I like to tell my wine students and friends that they should think about wine in the same way that they think about food. Some foods are whole, untouched, and come from pesticide-free land. Like an organic Honeycrisp apple! Other foods are processed and packaged, include preservatives, lots of salt, and other things that might enhance the food’s flavor or shelf life. Like, say, Cheez-Its!

Now whether you reach for the Honeycrisp apple or the Cheez-Its (or both!), you make your decision based on having lots of information about how each food is made. Right? It’s the same with wine!

There is a group of wines out there that are made to taste exactly the...

5 Wines to Grill and Chill With This Summer

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Sure, you could have beer at your next barbecue. But why not play the wild card and pair your smokey outdoor eats with WINE?

Pairing wine to grilled meats and vegetables is a lot easier than you think. Just make sure neither the food nor the drink overpowers the other. So, if you've got a super savory marinated steak, you'll need a heartier wine--like a Cabernet or Zinfandel--to stand up to its big ole flavor. Similarly, try a lighter bodied wine that's full of fruit when enjoying the more delicate flavors of grilled zucchini or pork chops.

Pro tip: Try chilling light-bodied reds (Pinot Noir, Gamay, Frappato, lighter Nebbiolos) before serving them. They'll taste extra fresh and keep you cool while you man the grill.

Below are some of my favorite red wines to grill and chill with in the summertime, complete with some handy little pairing ideas:

1. Elk Cove 'Estate' Pinot Noir Rosé | Willamette Valley, Oregon
This sunset-colored rosé of Pinot Noir is all juicy, tart cherry and rose petals...

#RoseAllDay

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He calls me the ‘Royalty of Rosé’, the ‘Mistress of Merlot’ and ‘The Princess of Pinot’. I am, after all, his WINE DIVA and am so so happy to always be a part of his monthly wine finds. He is the lovely + very talented host of his own daytime show, The Jason Show. He is Jason Matheson.

Today, we chatted about National Rosé Day, which will take place on Saturday, June 9th. I shared a slew of delicious wines + all my favorite snacks for making your #roseallday one for the books.

Take a look!

A list of the wines shown:

Later this week, all of these wines will be for sale on our public site at Sip Better — here!

Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé ~ Germany (tasted on the segment) — paired on the show to France 44′s smoked Potato Salad

Zoë Rosé ~ Greece (tasted on the segment) — paired on the show to France 44′s smoked salmon spread

Domaine de la Patience Rosé ~ France (tasted on the segment) — paired on the show to France 44′s pimento cheese spread

Amestoi Txacolina Rosé ~ Spain (tasted on the segment)...

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