The wine side of our house is informed by our Master Sommelier and his team. With their expertise, we source excellent wines from an exhaustive list of suppliers, to ensure your portfolio is exactly where it needs to be.
Wine is typically made from the fermented juice of grapes, mostly from the European vine family Vitis vinifera. Popular varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Syrah for red wines and Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc for white wines. Some wines are made from a single variety and others are blends of two or more varieties.
Many wines are named for the variety(ies) while others are named for the region in which they are produced. Wine is made worldwide; France, Italy, Spain and the US are the largest producing countries. Most wines are white, red or rosé table wines and range in style from dry to sweet and contain 8-14% alcohol. Other categories are sparkling wine and fortified wine.
Organic vs. Non-Organic Wines
The category of organic wine is attracting a lot of attention, but it remains pretty confusing. Getting organic certification for a vineyard is a lengthy and costly process. So many producers just use organic grapes and forgo the right to use the organic USDA seal on their bottles.
Much of the organic wine discussion has been centered on the use of additional sulfites during the wine-production process, which consumers think can cause headaches. Sulfites naturally occur in the wine-production process, so no wine is free from them. However, organic and other subsets of “natural” wine production do not permit additional sulfites to be added during the production process. This can be a catch-22 as sulfites also help to preserve wine so those produced without their addition can be unstable and prone to oxidation.