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Ah, Italia! One of the world's leading producers of wine, Italy is unique among wine regions because vines are cultivated nearly everywhere in the country. We often associate Italy with red wines – Chianti, Brunello, Barolo, Valpolicella – but the country’s white wines are as diverse as their reds.   The range of Italian whites is rather staggering, and range from top quality sparkling wines, to beautifully balanced dry wines and rich dessert wines. There is certainly an Italian white for every occasion. Too often when we think about Italian whites, we think Prosecco and Pinot Grigio. While they are important to the Italian wine scene, they are not Italy’s

Most of the time, we spend each month discussing a specific varietal or region. However, this month we are going to do something a little different, but is so perfectly in line with the message of Girls on Grapes – celebrate the history of women as winemakers! Some of the world’s top winemakers are women – join us this month as we find out why. Women, as they do in most industries, have a long history of innovation in both the vineyard and the cellar for as long as wine has been made.  This month, our featured winemakers come to us from around the globe – from California to

Pinot Noir is a noble grape capable of making some of the world’s finest, most complex and longest-lived red wines. Its name is derived from the French for “black pinecone,” alluding to the tightly clustered, dark purple, somewhat pinecone-shaped bunches of grapes. The wine itself should be highly aromatic, with higher acid and lower tannins on a light and velvety palate. A red fruit profile of cherries and raspberries is the most recognizable hallmark of the varietal, but depending on age and where the grapes are grown, it can also take on more earthy, vegetal flavors. Though it can produce absolutely stunning wines, Pinot Noir is a finicky grape

Sure, winter officially starts in December, but we’ve all been in Baltimore long enough to know that the real weather hits in January, which is why we’re looking at richer reds and warming whites. Come, escape with us to the Rhône Valley. Following southeastern France’s Rhône River, the Rhône Valley runs north to south and drains into the Mediterranean Sea. Divided into North and South regions, each producing distinct styles of wine, and though there are stellar rosés and white wines from top notch sites, the vast majority of Rhône wines are red. The Rhône is an Old World producer of wine, meaning location and producer take precedence on the

It’s the most wonderful time of year, when Girls on Grapes devotes a magical month to the most festive, joyful wines in the world - bubbly! Get ready to pop some corks, ladies, because we’re gonna be drinking some sparkling wine. But don’t let the timing fool you into thinking that bubbles are only appropriate for holidays and celebrations - sparkling wine is the perfect beverage anytime, anyplace. (And we mean anytime - don’t underestimate the breakfast pairing abilities of Champagne!) We at the Bin have dedicated our lives to fighting that unfortunate misconception, and promoting the versatility of these astounding wines. Our manifesto is, simply put, that

Marvelous May to you ladies! This month we will dive into one of the most important and significant wine regions in the world, Bordeaux! Located in Southwest France, Bordeaux is the world’s largest fine-wine district on earth and it is the largest supplier of profoundly complex, high-quality, and age-worthy wines. Many Bordeaux are known to have great intense flavors, elegance, and personality. We know Bordeaux can be a slightly confusing and a bit intimidating, but this month we’ll show you that it doesn’t have to be! And sure, they can be very expensive, but we will focus on getting to know some of Bordeaux’s good everyday value wines -

This month we are traveling to the land of castles, romantic hills covered in mist and quite possibly Italy’s finest red wines! Piemonte, often described as “the Burgundy of Italy,” is home to more DOC zones that any other Italian region, the two most notable and revered being Barolo and Barbaresco. But there is much more to this region that we can’t wait to show you! The region is often referred to as Piedmont or Piemonte and it is not uncommon to see it spelled both ways on labels, but in Italy, it is referred to as Piemonte (pee-ay-MON-tay) Piemonte translates to “at the foot of the mountains,” referring

We had such fun exploring the sunny south of Italy, but it’s time to head back stateside and visit one of our most renowned winemaking regions – the Pacific Northwest! The Pacific Northwest includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho (good for more than just potatoes, ladies!) and Canada’s British Colombia, and turns out world class examples of classic varietals like Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Riesling and Pinot Gris among others. The wines encompass a wide range of styles and stand up as some of the best examples of certain grapes not just in the United States, but the world! These wine regions are characterized by diversity. Oregon’s most famous wines

Sauvignon Blanc is a grape that produces some of the world’s most popular and distinctive white wines. This refreshing white always hits the spot on warm summer evenings, and is particularly apt for light food pairings. The Sauvignon Blanc grape is known for producing wines that are zippy, light-bodied, dry, and citrusy. Sauvignon Blancs are always highly reflective of the terroir that they came from. While all good juice made from this varietal is highly expressive, these expressions can range from tropical-fruited with bright citrus flavors, to grassy with fresh herbal tones and complex minerality. Of course, we can go on and on about how tasty good Sauvignon Blanc