One of the most intimidating things about entering the world of wine lovers is wine jargon. The wine world has its own vocabulary. They have words to describe flavors. They have words to specify winemaking processes. I am pretty sure they make up a few words they trot out at wine events to impress and…

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Zooming In On the Wine Industry Last week, I participated in three Zoom gatherings of friends – all of us trying to pretend that this is almost as good as getting together. There are two things that inevitably get said by someone in each group. The first is, “Hey, this is kind of cool…maybe we…

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We are so excited to welcome you to Grapes & Grains, Temecula’s new and improved wine bar and wine store! Over the years, locals have known us as “Wine on a Dime.” With the growth of our wine bar and offerings, though, we enlisted your assistance to help us create a new identity, and that’s…

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I recently had a great lesson in winemaking and wine tasting when I had the opportunity to taste seven different wines made with Grenache grapes. All from the same region in Spain (Terra Alta) and by the same winemaker. It is believed Grenache grapes originated in Spain so it makes sense that some of the…

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Craft Wine Cocktails? About 15 years ago a good friend and cocktail connoisseur made me a “proper” whiskey sour. He vigorously shook the usual citrus, sugar, bitters and bourbon I was used to with an egg white. The thick, frothy concoction was the closest thing to cocktail heaven that I ever drank. Sometimes re-ferred to…

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In my first blog post I quoted the movie “Sideways” when citing disparaging remarks about Merlot and other wines. When Sideways came into US theaters in 2004, I knew little or nothing of wines and winemaking. In fact, I first heard of Merlot (and Pinot Noir, for that matter) while watching the movie in the…

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I had lived in Temecula for almost twenty years when I accepted a temporary position here at Wine on a Dime. My only wine experience came from drinking socially with friends, going to visit local wineries to listen to music, or sharing our treasured Wine Country with out of town guests. It’s no secret I…

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