The State of the Vine: What’s New in California?

JGrady Select is dedicated to the global pursuit of exotic varietals. In the past, to pursue them, one would need to explore the vineyards of the wine regions of the world. To try a Torrontés wine, you would have to try a wine from Spain or Argentina, the same with Tannat, you would have to try a wine from southwestern France. But, that would have been somewhat difficult since it...
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November 2009 Newsletter

This is our inaugural e-newsletter and we are quite proud. JGrady Select is dedicated to “A Taste of the Finer Things”. We specialize in rare and exotic wines, artisan farmhouse cheeses and the finest wine accessories and decanters from Barcelona, Spain and Poland. Our goal is to be continually expanding our offerings to bring you the leading new products in each of our categories. Your journey will be thought provoking,...
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Holiday Celebrations – Which Wine is Right for Me?

Now that Thanksgiving is set, guests have been invited, shopping is done, the preparation of the bird is planned, and Thanksgiving wines have been selected, you are half way through the energetic joy and excitement of the holiday season. You are now left with a few more festive challenges to tackle. Let’s now focus on Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or your customary celebration. We all celebrate holidays with family and friends,...
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Thanksgiving Dinner – The Great Pairing

Thanksgiving is the largest family and friends gathering of the year next to Mother's Day. But, no other gathering creates more anxiety or frustration with what to make, who to invite and what to pour with the "Big Bird". Today you are inundated with more ways to fix the turkey than bottles of wine in your favorite corner market. We can prepare our turkey in the Southern Comfort style, the...
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Cheese of the Month – Cashel Blue

Being Irish and a lover of blue cheese, it's only fitting that I start my ‘Cheese of the Month" with a cheese that is near and dear to my heart, Cashel Blue, a semi-soft blue cow's milk cheese. It is unique, as it is Ireland's first farmhouse blue cheese. Cashel Blue is made on the dairy farm at Beechmont, by Jane and Louis Grubb near Cashel in the valley of...
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Winery of the Month – Viñedo de los Vientos

Atlántida, Uruguay Viñedo de los Vientos (Vineyard of the winds) has been in the Fallabrino family since 1947 but the story starts way back in 1920. Angelo Fallabrino migrated to Montevideo, Uruguay running away from the First World War. A native of Alessandria, in the Italian Piedmont, Angelo knew how to make great wine and he founded one of the largest wineries in Uruguay. His son, Alejandro, followed in his...
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How to Taste and Enjoy Wine Part Two “The Bottle”

Now that we have tackled the fear of “the Glass”, it’s time to move onto the bottle. “The Bottle” is less daunting and much easier to control, just by following a few simple rules. Today, we will dispel some local myths and review some ways to handle those annoying problems, such as how to order, store and enjoy your next bottle...
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How to Taste and Enjoy Wine – Part One “The Glass”

The ability to taste and enjoy wine at home or at a restaurant is no great secret. Most of us feel intimidated and self conscious when at a party or giving a party or at a restaurant with friends or associates. The etiquette of the glass can strike fear in the most stalwart of us, reducing us...
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Wine Tips and Tidbits

When serving a red wine that has not been cellared: Always put the wine in the refrigerator for 15 to 30 minutes depending on that day's temperature. This will subdue the alcohol that wafts from the glass when you swirl and sniff. Alcohol is volatile and evaporates from the wine the warmer it gets, so by bringing the wine down to cellar temperature, about 55 to 60 degrees, you subdue...
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Cheese Tips and Tidbits

Did You Know? The word "artisan" or "Artisanal" implies that a cheese is produced primarily by hand, in small batches, with particular attention paid to the tradition of the cheesemaker's art, and thus using as little mechanization as possible in the production of the cheese. Artisan, or artisanal, cheeses may be made from all types of milk and may include various flavorings. ... The American Cheese Society Cows are from...
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