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Ask a seasoned, Passover-celebrating wine drinker what kosher wines they recommend. Expect an ironic laugh and a “life’s too short to drink kosher wines” response. In fact, the kosher wine category has improved dramatically since Manischewitz became the Passover table cliche. A major contributor to kosher wine’s bad reputation is boiling, so it can be mevushal (‘cooked’), and thus handled by non-Sabbath-observing Jews while remaining kosher; not surprisingly, boiling wine, as with boiling anything, kills the complex flavors. Innovations in technology over the last decade have helped. A new process called flash détente quickly heats and cools grapes after they’re...

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If you’ve ever taken a drive through California’s picturesque vineyards and pastoral farms, you know it’s impossible to imagine the Golden State without them. But California wouldn’t have become a dream destination for foodies and oenophiles without research from the University of California. Today, California rivals France, Italy and Spain as a global wine producer, contributing billions of dollars each year to the economy. California also produces a majority of the nation’s fruits, vegetables and nuts, and a large portion of its livestock and dairy, with yearly production valued at $45 billion. That wasn’t always the case. In 1860, New...

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Last Friday night we went out for a little wine tasting at place called Urban Press Winery and it was fantastic! Tucked right in the heart of downtown Burbank there’s winery that offers all the charm of small town wine country. While still bringing a hip and modern vibe. Keep reading to find out all the details from their private barrel tasting room to the live Blues music, and find out why it’s our new favorite place in Los Angeles! Hidden Gem We honestly can say Urban Press Winery is one of the hidden gems here in LA! Situated in the most adorable little walking strip in downtown Burbank. Urban Press Winery...

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The differences between red and white wines go far beyond just the choice of grapes and the color. Here are several fascinating facts about the real differences between red and white wines. Made with Different Grapes Fundamentally speaking, red wines are made with red grapes (Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, etc.) and white wines are made with white grapes (Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, etc). What’s interesting, though, is that nearly all wines we find in the marketplace were originally made from one species of grape called Vitis vinifera. Ampelographers believe that the first Vitis vinifera grapes were black grapes (e.g. red wine grapes) and that a natural mutation...

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Photo by Pixdeluxe A BRIEF history of my wine world introduces us. When I was young there were only two types of wine; red and white. Then around 1980 I discovered chablis, a premier cru French chardonnay, and I suddenly understood a little about what the fuss of wine was all about and why wine was prized and aged wines so venerated. Many people in their early years find a sweet style wine more approachable as an introduction to wine, but in the end, it is the slightly aged dry white and long aged reds which really deliver the pleasures...

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