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What wines to get for Thanksgiving

Everybody drinks loads of wine at Thanksgiving and the following weeks. And I’m going to share the secret behind my specialty dish: the wine. 😀 If you’re in charge of the Thanksgiving wine (and somebody should be in charge or it might be complete chaos!) then you should remember a few basic ground rules. And I’d honestly take any advice […]

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Behind the Wine

Pecorino wine? Isn’t Pecorino a cheese?

Our customers made us promise to find more hidden gems for our Angels, special wines that are a bit off the beaten path and taste like a hundred bucks. And one of them is about to be released: it’s a Pecorino. Firstly, we’re sure it’s not cheese Pecorino is a wine grape too. Every single person we’ve spoken […]

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An Open letter to the 3 Tier System from Scott Peterson, California Winemaker

This is a guest post written by Scott Peterson, California winemaker. He’s writing an open break up letter to the devilish 3-tier system which he’s toiled in for years. It’s a good one! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I do. Letter from a California winemaker to the 3-Tier system Goodbye 3-Tier System, […]

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We made 3 promises to our customers

Last July, we asked our Angel customers what they wanted us to focus on this year. And then we promised to do those things. The three winners were: More killer wines under $10 Angel price More hidden gems that you wouldn’t discover without our help Updates when your favorite wines are back in stock, running out […]

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Winemaking freedom – Sin Fronteras by Macario Montoya

This is a post about how Angels empowered Macario Montoya to break some rules, make a wine he’s proud of, and become one of our biggest success stories. Macario had a vision – to make a wine that matched California’s mixed heritage. Growing up in California, Macario was surrounded by Spanish influences. Working in the fields […]

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How to read a restaurant wine list like a wine pro

Picking wine off a wine list can be very very intimidating, so this post shares a few tips on how professionals often do it. As a winemaker, people constantly expect me to pick wine when I’m out at a bar or restaurant. This is problematic, because I have not tasted every wine on earth and […]

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Famous wines that nobody realizes are single varietal

There’s a commonly held belief that Americans and the “New World” focus on single-varietal wines almost exclusively while “Old World” winemakers like the French and Italian are obsessed with blending varieties. But the truth is that some of Europe’s most famous wines are single varieties, and a shocking amount of New World wines are actually blends. […]

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6 myths about expensive wines

Every day, I see people falling for the same old tricks that marketers use to pry folks from their hard-earned cash. To earn their salaries, they have to convince wine drinkers to spend a lot more money for a little bit more wine. And these are the six most egregious tricks they use to do it. […]

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The truth about Merlot and the Sideways effect

Back in 2004, a movie came out with a funny little man screaming about how he didn’t want to drink Merlot, and the wine industry has been squirming ever since (even 10+ years later). I’m sipping a delicious glass of the newly released 4th vintage of Bridget Raymond’s Intertwine Merlot, a Napa Merlot that she’s made […]

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85% of Australian winemakers are losing money?

It’s hard to believe that an entire industry can be so bad off. I’ve previously written about how tough it is for wineries to make money and how even the guys who sell wine for $800 a bottle can still lose their shirts, and the vintage report from this year’s Winemakers’ Federation of Australia drives the […]