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Late Harvest Wine Defined

Late Harvest Wine Defined

What is a Late Harvest Wine? Late harvest wines are made from grapes that have a high level of sugar content because they have been left on the vine for an extended amount of time. The longer a grape remains on the vine the sweeter they become as each individual grape...
What is sur lie ageing, and what does it do to wine?

What is sur lie ageing, and what does it do to wine?

To fully grasp the concept of sur lie ageing, one must first understand what lees are (sur lie is French for ‘on the lees’). Simply put, lees are mostly dead yeast cells that exist as the byproduct of fermentation. Two main types of lees exist in wine: gross lees and...
How to Understand Your Palate and Taste Wine Like a Pro

How to Understand Your Palate and Taste Wine Like a Pro

The Step-by-Step Guide to Understand Your Palate and Taste Like a Pro     “I know what I like, I just don’t know how to describe it.” Does this sound familiar? If so, you’re not alone. You know your own wine preferences, but it seems like every time you step...
Which Appellation of the Napa Valley is Right For You?

Which Appellation of the Napa Valley is Right For You?

There are 16 distinct appellations located in the Napa Valley. These districts are known as American Viticulture Areas, also referred to as AVAs. An area of land is classified as its own AVA when it has scientifically distinguishable geographic and climate...
Pan-Seared Lobster Tail with Tropical Fruit Salsa

Pan-Seared Lobster Tail with Tropical Fruit Salsa

TIP FROM THE CHEF | This recipe is part of a five-course progressive dinner. If you are using this as a stand-alone dinner, I recommend doubling the portion size. Substitutions or omissions can be to create a gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegan option. I recommend...
The Art of Disgorging Sparkling Wine

The Art of Disgorging Sparkling Wine

Sparkling wine is part of the history of Frank Family Vineyards. Beginning in 1958, our historic winery was home to the first sparkling wines in California using the French méthode champenoise. Today, Frank Family continues to honor the heritage of our iconic winery...