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How to host a wine tasting

My favorite part of this job has to be when I get to host a wine tasting, natty wine-focused or otherwise. Who doesn’t love that? Even as someone who is so into wine he started a business around it, I always feel like I learn something new when I hear the different perspectives from the […]

What is single varietal wine?

Why is single varietal wine the standard for RedThumb Natural Wines? Whenever we’re talking to customers, or doing wine tastings, the topic of single varietal wines inevitably comes up. Like any industry, the wine world is littered with buzzwords. And like a lot of buzzwords, single varietal can often be misunderstood. If you know what […]

5 French Wine Regions You Should Know

Country: France Regions: Bordeaux, Alsace, Champagne, Burgundy, Loire Valley Next up in our series on the world’s great wine regions is France. [ICYMI: We’ve already done one for Spain]. I bet when most people think of wine producing countries, France is at or near the top of the list, and for good reason. The grapes […]

5 Ways Winemakers Manipulate Wine

We talk frequently about the benefits of our approach to winemaking. We believe strongly that the best winemakers make wine with the least amount of intervention, and that the best winemaking is done primarily in the vineyard, before the grapes are harvested.  Why, then, do so many winemakers use additives? When winemakers add things to […]

How scent memories contribute to the wine experience

From first dates to birthdays to weddings, wine often is that je ne sais quoi for so many of life’s moments. That’s why so many people collect the corks from the bottles they enjoy on those milestone occasions (the scent of the cork can take you right back to the moment). Have you ever considered […]

How do I get a job in wine?

One of the questions I hear most often is “How do I get a job in wine?” From an outsider’sperspective, the wine business can appear very glamorous. While most of the day-to-day stuff is pretty typical [aka your life is governed by email inboxes and spreadsheets], there are moments where working in wine really sets […]

4 Wine Shopping Tips 

One of the biggest problems in the world of wine is how intimidating it can be for beginners. There is just so much information (not to mention misinformation) that even professionals disagree on many different topics. Many people hold the industry attitude that their job is to be gatekeepers rather than teachers, too, though this […]

Sustainable, eco-friendly winemaking & bottling

We recently sat down with RedThumb advisor Matt Cain for a roving conversation that ranged from topics like whether the old guard of the wine world stifles innovation in winemaking, to the fearlessness shown by younger wine-drinking generations, and how social media has impacted wine drinking culture. Why Matt Cain? With Yellow + Blue wine, […]

5 Wine Questions on Reddit, Answered

How do I find wine bottles that fit my taste? I wish there was a better answer to this wine question, but trial and error is the best way to go. Start with some basics, maybe one white and one red. Try to pay attention to what you like and don’t like about each one; […]

4 Wine Rules to Break

As we [thankfully] come to the end of another Dry January, which I have never and will never participate in, I’m reminded that absolutes are almost never a good idea, impossible to keep up with and ultimately rules that beg to be broken. There is a time and place for almost everything, including some much-maligned […]