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Boxed Wine Top 5 Questions & Answers

Boxed Wine Top 5 Questions & Answers

Boxed, or bag-in-box, wines have become increasingly popular in recent years. While boxed wine has long been thought of as cheap wine, the rise of quality and premium boxed wines has led to a shift in perceptions about this type of wine.  The reality is that the bag-in-box design offers...

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Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) Wine Trends

Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) Wine Trends

DTC, or Direct-to-Consumer, wine sales are simply those that go directly from the winery to the consumer. Traditionally, wine sales in the United States have gone through the three-tiered system which involves three phases before reaching the consumer. In this system, wine bottles go from the winery to the wholesaler...

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Boxed vs Glass Bottles for Wine: What’s The Difference?

Boxed vs Glass Bottles for Wine: What’s The Difference?

As a wine drinker, you probably know that boxed wine comes with a stigma.  Show up to a dinner party with boxed wine and you’ll most likely be faced with statements like--“That stuff tastes awful, the box can’t keep the flavor the way a bottle does.” or “It’s cheap, poorly...

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What is Winery Direct?

What is Winery Direct?

When you hear the phrase “winery direct” from retailers, it simply means that they offer wines that have been shipped directly from the producer. Generally, wines are distributed through the three-tier wine system, where they go from wine producers to distributors and wholesalers before going to retailers. Winery direct takes...

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How to Ship Wine: A Complete Guide

How to Ship Wine: A Complete Guide

You just visited a vineyard, stopped into a miraculous wine store while on vacation, had a great bottle at a restaurant while on a business trip, found the perfect bubbly to remember your honeymoon with -- now you want to send a few bottles of wine home or to a...

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750 ml Wine Bottles: History and Marketing

750 ml Wine Bottles: History and Marketing

The standard size for wine bottles is currently 750 milliliters (ml). It’s an unusual size, yet one that most people don’t think too much about. The interesting thing is that there’s no clear answer as to why this size became the standard bearer. Perhaps more interesting is the reality that...

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Boxed Wines in the US vs Europe

Boxed Wines in the US vs Europe

Boxed wines or bag-in-box wines have historically been met with resistance by American wine companies and American consumers. While they’ve long been thought of as downmarket wines, more consumers are beginning to recognize the benefits that come from this type of packaging and appreciate that quality wines can be enjoyed...

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Bag-in-Box Wines: Better Than You Think!

Bag-in-Box Wines: Better Than You Think!

Boxed wines have long had a negative stigma, often associated with low-quality wines. However, as more quality box wines are produced and more consumers have seen the benefits that come with this packaging, this stigma is beginning to disappear. The reality is that boxed wines offer a variety of benefits...

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Grandma Pauline's Sunday Sugo

Grandma Pauline's Sunday Sugo

Great Grandma Pauline would make her signature sugo for the family every Sunday. This classic spaghetti and meatballs dish was something everyone looked forward to each week and it continues to be a staple in our families and homes today. This is a traditional Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe with the...

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Dinner

Dinner

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Wine Three-Tier System: An Introduction

Wine Three-Tier System: An Introduction

What Is The Three-tier System? Alcohol distribution in the United States has historically been highly regulated, resulting in an inefficient system adding consumer costs. Interestingly, the added costs are not just a consequence of this structure, but actually was one of the primary goals when the system was created.  A quick look...

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Simple Italian Salad

Simple Italian Salad

This is a staple in our house. It's our go-to salad that is quick to make and is always a crowd pleaser. People always ask how we make it and are surprised at the simple process and minimal ingredients. This is a classic Italian-style salad that can be served on...

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Pistou Sauce

Pistou Sauce

Pistou is akin to pesto. Pesto originated in Genoa, which is located in the northern region of Italy. Pistou is basically the same sauce without the addition of nuts. Pistou originated in France but is used throughout Europe and in the U.S. We love pesto too and to make pesto, simply add...

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AFTER DINNER WALK

AFTER DINNER WALK

When its time to walk off dinner, enjoying the evening air with friends and the right tunes can bring the night to a beautiful end, inspiring laughter and discussion... and hopefully a bit more vino! These are some of our favorites for those special post-dinner strolls through wherever you choose.

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Uncle Charlie's Sicilian Pizza

Uncle Charlie's Sicilian Pizza

Sicilian pizza is a bit different and has an almost bread-like quality to the crust. It's thicker and chewier, similar to it's cousin the Detroit-style pizza. Not short on cheeses, this style of pie gushes with sauce and cheesy goodness in every bite. It's a bit thicker and heartier than than...

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How to Keep Wine Fresh: The Complete Guide

How to Keep Wine Fresh: The Complete Guide

Drinking wine is one of life’s greatest pleasures, but nothing disrupts a great meal or relaxing evening quite like a stale, foul tasting glass of wine. We’ve put together this complete guide to keeping your wine fresh and delicious to help you avoid just such a situation, and you’ll be...

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