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Allison from the winery here! I get a lot of questions about wine and I get it. Wine seems complicated. So many types, so many "rules." So i'm answering them here!

What do you want to know about Forest Edge? Or wine? Or making wine? Submit a question below and I might answer it here. If I don't know the answer, i'll enlist the help of our winemaker, staff, or industry people. Don't be surprised if you see some posts about wine cocktails, or about how cute our cat Ava is.

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Okay, so Ava is a cat, but she's really cute with her half mustache, and she has an important job at the winery. She's our pest control manager, and when she's not sleeping, a greeter to all!

Ava came to us a stray when she was about a year old (estimated), and was too darn friendly to turn away. She has been a lovely part of the Forest Edge family for 4 years.

A cat-loving guest told us that she is at least part Turkish Van, a cat breed known for being mostly white with distinctive markings on it's head and full colored tail.

Her favorite part about working at the winery is all the pets and treats and warm laps to sleep on.

Be sure to say hello to Ava next time you stop by!

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Old Vine Zinfandel is the wine of the month. It may seem like a heavy red wine to warm you up on a winter night (and it would), but it is fabulous to pair with any of your grilled summer meats, tomato based sauces, and bbq.

Or you could make it lighter with this delicious summer cocktail. Use any berries you have; raspberries, blackberries, cherries, or any combo. This recipe makes one drink but it would be easy enough to make it in a larger batch.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 strawberries sliced
  • 4-5 blueberries
  • 1/2 tsp Honey (to taste, add more if you want a sweeter drink)
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Two parts red wine (2-3 ounces, or more if want it boozier)
  • One part club soda (1-2 ounces)
  • Sprig of Mint to garnish

Instructions

  1. In a glass with ice, add the fruit, honey, and lime juice. Stir to combine.
  2. Add the wine and stir again. Taste and add more honey, lime, etc. if desired.
  3. Top with the soda, add the mint to garnish....
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Alright, first blogging experience for me, but with era of covid it's fun to try something new.

I thought i'd start with a question we hear a lot. Pairing food and wine. It can be complicated. The best rule is to drink the wine you like with the food you like. If it's not perfect, at least you'll like both things! You can get to a point where you really pick out particular elements (acid, salt, fat, etc) in your food to match with wine, but here is where you start:

  • Match the wine to the most prominent element in the dish. Red wine tends to go better with bolder meats, while white wine tends to go better light meats or green vegetables.
  • Match the weight of the wine to the weight of the food (light wine with a light meal or heavy wine with a heavy meal).
  • Match the wine to your sauce. Consider a pasta dish or bbq where the meat or veggie might not be the star flavor.
  • Keep high acid (sour) wines away from salty or spicy dishes. Try it with sweet or fatty dishes instead.
  • The wine should be sweeter than the food; especially important...
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