WINE 101

Wine expiration date.
Wine 101

How Long Does Wine Last?

Learn how long lasts and how to store it for optimal freshness.

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Wine 101

Tasting Tips

Not sure how to approach a wine tasting? Learn how with these helpful tips from Francis Ford Coppola Winery Winemaker Francois Cordesse.

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Wine 101

Does vintage really matter?

Learn how a wine can be made one year and the next year with the same varietal (grape kind) from the same place and turn out different!

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Barrel Aging

Learn what it means to barrel age wine and why it's so important to the winemaking process.

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A table full of empty wine glasses.
Wine 101

Why Do Wines Get Scored and Why Should I Care?

Learn about wine scores you see or hear about in the grocery stores and why they're important.

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Wine barrels.
Wine 101

What are Toast Levels?

Toast levels in wine barrels impart many different flavors and aromas in wine. This easy to use infographic will show you which flavors and aromas are imparted by various toast levels.

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A sunny vineyard.
Wine 101

Grape growing and seasonality

Learn what is happening every season and expand your understanding past harvest (crush) time of the year!

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Vineyard and sunrise.
Wine 101

Discover the Sonoma County AVAs

 Learn about the Sonoma County AVAs, what sets them apart and what wines thrive in which regions.

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Group toasting with wine glasses and bottles of Claret and Pavilion.
Wine 101

Wine Dictionary

Ever wonder what the wine terms mean? We have a list of some of the most common wine terms, what they mean and when to use them.

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Bottle of Virginia Dare Hard Apple Cider and a glass on a sunny patio.
Wine 101

Fermenting at Home

Discover the similarities of making wine, beer and cider and what makes each process unique.

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How Do You Drink Canned Wine?

Winemaker Tondi Bolkan discusses all things canned wine, including the story behind our Sofia Minis.

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