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Claudio Delfino
October 15, 2023 | Claudio Delfino

The Craft of Decanting: Unlocking the Full Taste of Your Wines

Wine appreciation is a life pleasure that starts with careful selection and ends with tasting, but it is not all there. To truly savor the complexities and nuances of your wines, you must treat your bottles well and then unlock their full potential upon opening them. One classic way to do this is through decanting. In this blog post, we'll dive into the craft of decanting and explore how it can enhance your wine appreciation.

The Purpose of Decanting

Decanting is a centuries-old practice with a simple yet profound purpose: to separate wine from sediment and allow it to "breathe" (release any solution gases formed with time, and oxygenate). While this may sound straightforward, the impact on the wine can be truly transformative and elevating.

1. Sediment Removal:

For older wines or those that have been aging in the bottle for an extended period, sediment can naturally form. Decanting carefully separates the liquid from this sediment, ensuring a clean pour.

2. Aeration:

Young wines, on the other hand, often benefit from aeration. As wine comes into contact with oxygen, it begins to "open up" (oxidate) enhancing its bouquet and revealing a broader spectrum of flavors and aromas.

The Ritual of Decanting

Decanting is not merely a functional step; it a graceful ritual that adds an element of ceremony to your wine service.

1. Choosing the Right Decanter:

Select a decanter that allows for a broad surface area of wine-to-air exposure. This enables effective aeration and showcases the wine's evolution. You may chose an elegant and beautiful decanter, or you may use a simple carafe or similar container for an everyday situation. Glass is often the most available choice, a ceramic carafe would also work, and sometimes even a plastic pitcher, for informal uses where the function is more important than the presentation. 

2. Pouring with Precision:

Pour the wine slowly and steadily into the decanter, being mindful of the sediment at the bottle's base. Stop pouring just as the sediment reaches the neck of the bottle.

3. Patience:

Let the wine rest in the decanter for an appropriate duration. Younger wines may need 30 minutes to an hour, while mature vintages might benefit from several hours; however, very old wines may oxidate very, very quickly. Experiment and take note!

The Art of Serving

When it comes to serving decanted wine, care and precision are again key.

1. Temperature Matters: Ensure that the wine is served at the right temperature to fully appreciate its character. Whites and lighter reds may be at cellar temperature (50-60 °F) or slightly chilled, while fuller-bodied reds should be at "old-times room temperature" (60-72 °F - note that wine at a room temperature of higher 70's or 80's is not recommended).

2. Enjoy the Experience: If no deposits are present, and to further enhance aeration, you can gently swirl the wine in the decanter. In some cases, you may choose to return the wine back into the rinsed original bottle, allowing it to breathe further or temporarily re-closing the bottle, while preserving the original presentation of your wine. Savor the wine with all your senses. Inhale its evolving aromas, admire its color, and let the flavors dance on your palate. Each sip reveals a new facet of the wine's personality.

Conclusion: Decanting as an Act of Appreciation

The craft of decanting is a captivating part of the wine experience. It may enhance your appreciation of the wine's character and expression. At Delfino Fine Wines, we believe in mindfully savoring every drop, and decanting is one of the many ways to unlock the full potential of your carefully selected wines (bottles, or other container!) So, the next time you open a special wine, consider the art of decanting, and watch as it reveals its secrets in a glass.

Cheers to the beauty and tradition of wine, where every step, from selecting the bottle to decanting it, is a celebration of the senses and the joy of life.

Time Posted: Oct 15, 2023 at 2:38 PM Permalink to The Craft of Decanting: Unlocking the Full Taste of Your Wines Permalink
Claudio Delfino
September 22, 2023 | Claudio Delfino

Wine Collecting 101: Tips for Starting and Managing Your Wine Collection

Wine collecting is more than just a hobby; it's a passion that allows you and your guests to explore the world from the comfort of your home, through the lens of flavors and aromas, terroir and winemaking traditions. Even if you're new to the world of wine, building and managing a wine collection can be a fulfilling and rewarding endeavor. In this blog post, we'll guide you through Wine Collecting 101, sharing tips and insights to help you begin, curate and enjoy your own wine collection.

1. Define Your Goals

Before you start collecting, consider your goals. Are you collecting for investment, personal enjoyment, or a combination of both? Understanding your objectives will help shape your collection and guide your purchasing decisions.

2. Start with a Diverse Selection

Variety is the spice of wine collecting. Begin by selecting wines thta you like or are curious about, from different regions, grape varietals, and vintages. This diversity not only enriches your taste and your collection but also ensures you have several options for various occasions and cuisines.

3. Establish Proper Storage

Proper storage is essential to preserving the quality of your wines. Invest in a wine cellar, wine refrigerator, or wine storage service that maintains consistent temperature and humidity levels. Keep wines away from direct sunlight and vibrations.

4. Keep Detailed Records

Maintain a meticulous record of your wine collection. Include information about each bottle's origin, producer and vintage, purchase date and price. This helps you track your collection's value and ensures you enjoy wines at their peak.

5. Learn About Wine Aging

Understanding how different wines age is fundamental to collecting. Some wines are meant to be enjoyed young, while others benefit from years of aging. Research and consult experts to learn when to open each bottle, and consider purchasing multiple bottles of a wine that you select for your collection, allowing you to taste it at different stages of its development and appreciate its evolving character over the years. 

6. Join Wine Clubs and Attend Tastings

Wine clubs and tastings are excellent ways to discover new wines and expand your palate. Joining a wine club or attending local tastings can introduce you to unique selections and connect you with fellow wine enthusiasts.

7. Budget Wisely

Set a budget for your wine collecting journey and revise it periodically as possible. Collecting doesn't have to break the bank, but it's essential to be mindful of the financials. Allocate funds for both purchasing and storage costs.

8. Seek Expert Advice

Don't hesitate to seek advice from professionals, experts and fellow collectors. Their insights can be invaluable in making informed decisions and navigating the world of wine.

9. Enjoy the Journey

Always remember that wine collecting is much more about the journey than it is about the destination. Savoring mindfully each bottle and sharing them with friends and loved ones will make the experience truly memorable.

10. How DFW Can Help Wine Collectors

At Delfino Fine Wines, we understand the passion and dedication that goes into wine collecting. We're here to support collectors at every stage of their journey. Our curated selections includes age-worthy classics right out of the winery, as well as rare and vintage wines professionally sourced and stored, offering you the opportunity to discover hidden gems and coveted bottles for your collection. We can provide personalized recommendations, sourcing and US importing assistance, and access to unique wines that align with your collecting goals. Whether you're a seasoned collector or just starting, DFW is your trusted partner in building and managing a wine collection that reflects your tastes and aspirations. Explore our offerings, and let us elevate your wine collecting experience to new heights.

Time Posted: Sep 22, 2023 at 7:45 PM Permalink to Wine Collecting 101: Tips for Starting and Managing Your Wine Collection Permalink
Claudio Delfino
September 13, 2023 | Claudio Delfino

Crafting a Memorable Wine Tasting Experience for Your Home Parties or Special Events

At Delfino Fine Wines, we believe that enjoying wine in a social setting should be an immersive experience that can transform your friends and family gatherings into unforgettable occasions. In this blog post, we'll share our insights on how to create a wine tasting event that leaves a lasting impression on your guests, whether you're hosting a cozy evening with friends or planning a special celebration.

Setting the Stage: Creating the Right Atmosphere

Transform your home into a welcoming wine oasis. Whether in your living room, garden, or a special event space, consider the ambiance. Lighting, music, and decor can all contribute to a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere that allows your guests to focus on the wines and the moments they create together.

Curate a Diverse Wine Selection

Diversity is key to a successful wine tasting at home. Choose a range of wines that span different varietals, regions, and styles. This not only may introduce your guests to new flavors but also spark conversations and curiosity.

Knowledgeable Host or Wine Enthusiast

You don't need a sommelier to host a memorable wine tasting at home. However, having a host who is informed about the wines and can share insights will elevate the experience. Offer tidbits about the wines' and producers' origins, winemaking techniques, and flavor profiles to engage your guests.

Food Pairings: Elevating the Tasting Experience

Enhance your wine tasting with carefully selected food pairings. Small bites, cheese boards, or charcuterie platters can complement the wines and add a culinary dimension to your event. A well-matched pairing can make each wine shine.

Engage the Senses: Beyond Taste

Encourage your guests to engage all their senses. Provide different wine glass shapes to highlight specific wine characteristics. Share visual aids such as maps and images of the wineries. And remember, taking the time to swirl the wine in the glass and enjoying its aroma should be a delightful part of the tasting journey.

Interactive Elements: Games and Challenges

For added fun and engagement, consider incorporating interactive elements like blind tastings, aroma recognition challenges, or even a wine-themed trivia game. These activities can create a lively atmosphere and make your home tasting more interactive and enjoyable.

Memorable Keepsakes

Sending your guests home with a keepsake adds a thoughtful touch to your wine tasting event. Customized wine glass charms, tasting notes, or a small gift related to the wines they've sampled can serve as a pleasant reminder of the wonderful time they had at your gathering.

In summary, crafting a memorable wine tasting experience at home is an art that combines the right wines, ambiance, engaging elements, and your unique personal touch. Whether you're a homeowner hosting friends or a party organizer planning a special event, a well-executed wine tasting can create lasting memories and a deeper appreciation for the world of wine.

At Delfino Fine Wines, we don't stop at providing exceptional wines; we're here to assist you every step of the way. From helping you choose the perfect wine and food pairings to offering advice on creating the ideal atmosphere, we are dedicated to ensuring your event is a resounding success. We can provide insights on selecting the right glassware, share tips and offer tools for engaging your guests with interactive wine-themed activities, and even recommend memorable keepsakes to send your attendees home with. Our mission is to transform your gathering into an unforgettable wine experience that will leave everyone talking about it for years to come.

Cheers to the joy of learning to appreciate wine, discovery and celebration in every glass!

Time Posted: Sep 13, 2023 at 6:45 PM Permalink to Crafting a Memorable Wine Tasting Experience for Your Home Parties or Special Events Permalink
Claudio Delfino
September 6, 2023 | Claudio Delfino

The Art of Wine Pairing: Elevate Your Restaurant's Wine List

In the world of fine dining, a meticulously curated wine list can be the crown jewel of a restaurant's offerings. It's the perfect complement to a sumptuous meal, elevating the dining experience to new heights. At Delfino Fine Wines (DFW), we understand the importance of crafting a wine list that not only impresses but also delights your guests. In this blog post, we'll explore the art of wine pairing and how you can take your restaurant's wine list to the next level.

Why Wine Pairing Matters

Wine pairing is more than just a fancy term used by sommeliers. It's the science and art of selecting wines that harmonize with the flavors and textures of the dishes on your menu. The right pairing can enhance the taste of both the food and the wine, creating a memorable dining experience that keeps your patrons coming back for more.

The Fundamentals of Wine Pairing

Wine pairing is an art that can be approached in two fundamental ways: by affinity and by contrast. When pairing by affinity, the goal is to find wines that share similar aromas and flavors with the dish. For example, a Vermentino can beautifully complement a citrusy seafood ceviche, as both exhibit vibrant, zesty characteristics. The Vermentino's crisp acidity and citrus notes harmonize with the dish's flavors, creating a delightful pairing. On the other hand, pairing by contrast involves selecting wines that offer a counterpoint to the flavors and textures of the food. An example is the pairing of a rich, tannic Taurasi with a succulent, fatty grilled steak. The Taurasi's bold structure and dark fruit notes contrast with the meat's richness, creating a harmonious balance. Understanding these two approaches, along with your menu's nuances, is the elementary foundation for creating memorable wine pairings that delight your guests and enhance their dining experience at your restaurant.

Food and Wine Pairing by Geography of Origin

Another obvious but exciting dimension of food and wine pairing lies in considering the geography of the wine's origin and its synergy with regional dishes. This approach taps into the concept of "terroir," where wines acquire unique characteristics from the climate, soil, and traditions of the region where they are produced. For instance, picture a luscious bowl of pasta with a rich Bolognese sauce—pairing it with a full-bodied Sangiovese from Tuscany can create a profound connection between the wine and the dish's traditional origins. Likewise, if your menu showcases the flavors of Provence, France, consider serving a delicate Provencal rosé with a fresh seafood salad. The regional harmony between the wine and the cuisine can transport your guests on a culinary and cultural journey, making their dining experience truly exceptional.

Understanding Your Menu

Before you embark on the journey of wine pairing, it's crucial to have an intimate knowledge of your menu. What are the key ingredients, flavors, and cooking techniques featured in your dishes? Are there signature items that demand a special wine pairing? By understanding your menu inside and out, you can begin to identify wines that will complement and enhance the culinary creations your chef has crafted.

Engaging with Your Guests

A well-crafted wine list is just the beginning. Train your staff to engage with guests about wine pairing options. Encourage them to suggest pairings based on the diners' preferences and the dishes they've ordered. A knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff can make all the difference in the dining experience.

Experiment and Refine

Don't be afraid to experiment with wine pairings. Hosting wine and food pairing events or offering tasting flights can be a fun way to introduce your customers to new flavor combinations. Pay attention to feedback and use it to refine your wine list over time.


Elevating your restaurant's wine list is an ongoing process that requires dedication and a commitment to excellence. By understanding your menu, offering exclusive wines, and fostering a culture of wine knowledge among your staff, you can create a wine list that sets your restaurant apart. Wine pairing is not just a skill; it's an art that can transform an ordinary meal into an extraordinary experience.

At Delfino Fine Wines, we're here to support you on your journey to creating an exceptional wine list. Contact us to explore our exclusive selections and services, and let's work together to delight your guests with the perfect wine pairings. Cheers to elevating your restaurant's dining experience!

Time Posted: Sep 6, 2023 at 11:19 AM Permalink to The Art of Wine Pairing: Elevate Your Restaurant's Wine List Permalink
Claudio Delfino
August 28, 2023 | Claudio Delfino

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Time Posted: Aug 28, 2023 at 7:00 AM Permalink to Our wines are available online to Oregon and California (as well as Florida and Washington DC) Permalink
Claudio Delfino
August 21, 2023 | Claudio Delfino

Food for Wine, Wine for Food

Food and wine have a fascinating interplay that can significantly influence each other's flavors. When paired thoughtfully, the combination of food and wine can enhance and elevate the overall dining experience. Here's how food can change the flavor of wine and vice versa:

1. Complementary and Contrasting Flavors:

Complementary Pairing: Certain flavors in food can complement the flavors in wine, creating a harmonious blend. For example, the fruity notes in a wine can complement the sweetness of a dish, enhancing both the wine's fruitiness and the dish's flavors.

Contrasting Pairing: Contrasting flavors between the food and wine can create a balance that highlights specific characteristics. For instance, a high-acid wine can cut through the richness of a fatty dish, providing a refreshing contrast.

2. Enhanced Sensory Perception:

Food can affect how you perceive the flavors of wine. For example, a wine might seem more acidic when tasted alone, but when paired with a dish that has a slightly tangy sauce, the acidity might balance out and appear more integrated.

3. Texture and Mouthfeel:
The texture of food can impact the perception of a wine's mouthfeel. Creamy foods can soften the tannins in a wine, making it feel smoother, while a wine with high tannins can provide structure to a fatty dish.

4. Flavor Intensification:
Certain food components can intensify the flavors in a wine. Spicy dishes, for example, can make a wine's fruitiness more pronounced, or the wine's spice can amplify the heat of the food.

5. Aromatics and Aromas:
Food aromas can interact with the aromas in wine. Subtle herbal or spice notes in a dish can complement similar notes in a wine, enhancing the aromatic experience.

6. Balance and Harmony:
The goal of food and wine pairing is to create balance and harmony. The combination should feel like a unified experience where neither the food nor the wine overwhelms the other.

7. Cultural and Regional Influences:
Pairing wine with regional cuisine can enhance the cultural experience. Wines from a specific region often complement dishes that have evolved alongside those wines.

8. Experimentation and Personal Preference:
Ultimately, food and wine pairing is subjective. While there are classic pairings that work well, personal taste plays a significant role. Experimenting with different combinations can lead to discovering unique and enjoyable pairings that suit your palate.

It's important to note that there's no one-size-fits-all rule for food and wine pairing. While there are general guidelines, individual preferences and the specific characteristics of each wine and dish play a significant role in how they interact. The best way to understand the impact of food on wine and vice versa is through experimentation, tasting, and exploration.

Time Posted: Aug 21, 2023 at 7:00 AM Permalink to Food for Wine, Wine for Food Permalink
Claudio Delfino
August 17, 2023 | Claudio Delfino

Exploring the Fascinating Flavors of Pigato: A Hidden Gem of Ligurian Wines

Exploring the Fascinating Flavors of Pigato: A Hidden Gem of Ligurian Wines

When it comes to Italian wines, the spotlight often shines on classic varietals like Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Aglianico, etc. However, nestled along the picturesque coastline of Liguria, there's a hidden gem waiting to be discovered by wine enthusiasts - the Pigato grape.

Origins and Terroir: Pigato is a white grape variety native to the Ligurian region of Italy, particularly in the western part known as the Riviera di Ponente. The name "Pigato" is said to derive from "pigàu," meaning spotted or speckled, which could refer to the appearance of the grape clusters.

The terroir of Liguria plays a significant role in shaping the characteristics of Pigato wines. The vineyards are located on steep slopes overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, benefiting from the maritime influence that helps maintain the grape's vibrant freshness and distinct minerality, even imparting a touch of seabreeze in the flavors of some of the best expressions.

Aromatic Complexity: Pigato wines are celebrated for their aromatic complexity, capturing the essence of the coastal landscape. On the nose, expect a delightful blend of ripe stone fruits like peach and apricot, sometimes accompanied by zesty citrus notes of lemon and a touch of tangy pineapple. These fruit-driven aromas are interwoven in floral scents, evoking images of the Ligurian coastline adorned with yellow and white blossoms of wild flowers and mediterranean bushes in the summertime, as well as herbal elements - aromas of liguria-native basil are often distinctively found.

Mineral Elegance: One of the standout characteristics of Pigato wines is their pronounced minerality. The soils of Liguria, a mix of clay and limestone, lend the wines a distinct stony quality that adds a layer of elegance and depth. This minerality complements the fruitiness, creating a harmonious balance that makes Pigato a versatile companion for various dishes.

Food Pairing Pleasures: Pigato wines' versatility extends to the dining table, where they can be paired with a range of Mediterranean-inspired dishes. The lively freshness and mineral notes make them a natural match for seafood delicacies, such as grilled prawns, fresh oysters, or a simple plate of linguine with clams. Additionally, their aromatic complexity and structure allow them to hold their own alongside herb-infused dishes like pesto pasta and roasted vegetables, as well as white meat dishes.

Ageability and Exploration: While Pigato wines are often enjoyed in their youth for their vibrant freshness, some bottlings can also exhibit aging potential. With time, the fruit flavors may evolve, and the wine may gain more complexity while maintaining its refreshing character.

For wine enthusiasts seeking an exciting journey off the beaten path of Italian wines, Pigato presents an opportunity to explore a lesser-known yet incredibly rewarding varietal. Its unique blend of fruit, minerality, and coastal charm captures the essence of Liguria in every sip, making Pigato a true hidden gem waiting to be uncorked and savored.

Here's a link to our 2020 Pigato by Marcello Calleri, which was awarded the prestigious "3 bicchieri" Gambero Rosso (maximum score Italy-wide), an exclusive import of Delfino Fine Wines in the United States. 

Time Posted: Aug 17, 2023 at 9:23 AM Permalink to Exploring the Fascinating Flavors of Pigato: A Hidden Gem of Ligurian Wines Permalink
Claudio Delfino
August 15, 2023 | Claudio Delfino

Wine Cans

Sipping Convenience: The Rise of Canned Wine

In recent years, the world of wine has undergone a remarkable transformation, defying traditional norms and embracing modern trends. Among the notable changes, the surge in popularity of canned wine stands out as a symbol of innovation and convenience in the wine industry. No longer confined to glass bottles and corks, wine lovers can now enjoy their favorite vintages from the sleek, portable, and eco-friendly confines of a can.

Breaking the Mold

Canned wine, once met with skepticism, has swiftly evolved from a novelty to a bona fide trend. This innovation has challenged the longstanding notions of wine consumption, proving that excellent wine experiences need not be limited to traditional packaging. The shift to canned wine has effectively broken down barriers, welcoming a wider audience into the world of oenophiles. From picnics to pool parties, these easy-to-carry cans have seamlessly integrated wine into a variety of social contexts.

Convenience Redefined

The convenience factor is undeniably the driving force behind the rapid adoption of canned wine. With modern lifestyles demanding flexibility and adaptability, canned wine provides an ideal solution for busy individuals. The portability of these cans means that you no longer need to worry about carrying around a cumbersome bottle opener or fret about broken glass during outdoor activities. A quick pop of the tab grants you access to a refreshing sip of your favorite wine.

Preserving Freshness

One of the lingering concerns about canned wine has been its ability to preserve the freshness and flavor that wine enthusiasts hold dear. However, advancements in canning technology and techniques have addressed these concerns head-on. Many wineries now utilize specially designed cans that protect the wine from light and oxygen, safeguarding the integrity of the taste and aroma. As a result, the canned wine experience can rival that of wine served from a bottle.

Eco-Friendly Edge

Beyond convenience and taste preservation, canned wine carries an eco-friendly advantage that aligns with contemporary environmental consciousness. The lightweight aluminum cans generate a smaller carbon footprint compared to glass bottles, thanks to reduced transportation costs and energy consumption. Additionally, aluminum cans are more easily recyclable than glass bottles, adding another layer of appeal to environmentally conscious consumers.

Variety and Accessibility

Canned wine isn't just about convenience—it's about expanding the horizon of wine enjoyment. From classic reds and whites to effervescent rosés and even sparkling options, the world of canned wine offers a surprisingly diverse selection. These cans bring approachability to wine, dismantling the notion that wine appreciation requires a degree in oenology. With more wineries embracing this trend, the variety of canned options is only set to expand further.

The Verdict

As canned wine continues to disrupt the traditional landscape of wine consumption, it's evident that this trend is here to stay. The intersection of convenience, sustainability, and diversity has paved the way for a new era of wine enjoyment that appeals to both seasoned wine enthusiasts and those just starting their journey into the world of grapes and terroir. So, whether you're enjoying a picnic in the park or hosting a rooftop gathering, don't be surprised to see the unmistakable sight of canned wine making its mark on the scene. Cheers to innovation in every sip!

Time Posted: Aug 15, 2023 at 10:39 AM Permalink to Wine Cans Permalink
Claudio Delfino
August 10, 2023 | Claudio Delfino

Exploring the World of Wine: A Journey of Taste, Culture, and Terroir

Wine, a timeless elixir crafted by nature and nurtured by human hands, holds within its depths a rich tapestry of history, culture, and flavor. The act of wine drinking transcends mere consumption; it becomes a gateway to a realm where the senses are awakened, and the complexities of the world are distilled into every sip. Whether you are a seasoned sommelier or a curious novice, embarking on a journey through the world of wine is an endeavor that promises not only the enjoyment of a beverage but an immersion into a world of artistry and heritage.

The allure of wine lies not just in its taste, but also in the stories it tells. From the sun-drenched vineyards of Bordeaux to the picturesque hills of Tuscany, each bottle encapsulates a chapter of history, geography, and tradition. Every vineyard, every grape varietal, carries with it the imprint of its surroundings, a concept known as "terroir." As you raise a glass to your lips, you're not just tasting a liquid; you're experiencing the soil, climate, and expertise that have converged to create this unique expression.

The spectrum of wines is as diverse as the world itself. Reds, whites, rosés, and bubblies offer a kaleidoscope of flavors and aromas, from the bold intensity of a Cabernet Sauvignon to the delicate effervescence of a Champagne. The act of swirling, smelling, and savoring becomes an exploration of your own palate and preferences, each glass unveiling layers of fruity, floral, herbal, and even mineral notes.

But wine is more than just a drink—it's an accompaniment to moments and memories. Whether it's a candlelit dinner with a loved one, a lively gathering of friends, or a solitary evening of reflection, wine has the remarkable ability to enhance the experience. It's a conversation starter, a muse for thought, and a catalyst for connection.

As you delve deeper into the world of wine, you'll encounter a diverse lexicon that may seem intimidating at first. Terms like tannins, acidity, and body might appear daunting, but they serve as tools to articulate the nuances that make each wine distinct. Don't be discouraged by the complexity; rather, embrace it as an invitation to refine your palate and develop an appreciation for the intricate dance between flavors and textures.

Whether you're drawn to the elegance of Old World wines or the vibrancy of New World creations, the journey of wine drinking is a personal odyssey that invites exploration and education. From the vine to the glass, from vineyards to cellars, the world of wine is a tapestry woven with centuries of tradition, modern innovation, and an ever-evolving appreciation for the art of fermentation.

So, raise your glass with a sense of curiosity and reverence. Embark on a voyage through vineyards and vintages, and allow wine to transport you to lands both near and far. With every sip, you're not just tasting a liquid; you're savoring the essence of a culture, a place, and a moment in time. Cheers to the boundless world of wine and the endless adventures it promises to those willing to explore.

Time Posted: Aug 10, 2023 at 12:14 AM Permalink to Exploring the World of Wine: A Journey of Taste, Culture, and Terroir Permalink
Claudio Delfino
October 19, 2022 | Claudio Delfino

Vintage: Deep Roots, and the Passage of Time

We love to import fine, rare and vintage bottles of wine from Old Europe in to the United States. An extremely important task for so many, sure indeed!

Old vines have deep roots, the more they work down the ground, the wider the range of flavors and organoleptic complexity ultimately espressed in the fruit. These old vines have also learned with time to prioritize the stream of nutrients from the deeply grounded roots, across the plant and right to the fruit, in order to promote the maturation of the fewer grapes, which release this special juice of more concentrated flavors, when much less energy is dedicated by these expert vines to growing leaves and greenage shields, in their late lives.

Just as much, as the finest wine that is aged in barrels for later enjoyment, in say twenty, or fourty, or even 100+ years after making it - that wine which changes in ways that when you taste it, you are looking straight down and deep on those twenty, fourty or 100+ years, transported back in time and history in terms of aromas and flavors and sensations.

Here's a gallery with links, to just a few examples of our vintage imports, in consignment at and auctioned online by K&L Wine Merchants in San Francisco, California.

And here's another photo gallery with some vintage Original Wood Cases (OWC) that we have currently in the store.

Time Posted: Oct 19, 2022 at 12:01 AM Permalink to Vintage: Deep Roots, and the Passage of Time Permalink
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