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Thursday, March 12th, 2020

Learning to be a wine connoisseur. Choosing the Right Bottle The US produced over 800 million gallons of wine last year. There are almost 10,000 wineries in the US generating 18% of alcohol sales and $665 million in revenue. We consume, on average, almost 3 gallons a year per person. […]

Friday, February 28th, 2020

Gewürztraminer’s (pronounced guh-voo rts-truh-mee-ner) pink-skinned berries produce an aromatic, slightly dry, distinctive, white wine. Often underestimated and overlooked, Gewürztraminer is surprisingly versatile with a remarkable range of pairings, still complex enough to stand alone. Gewürztraminer History “Gewürz” means herb or spice so Gewürztraminer literally translated is “spiced Traminer.” Gewürztraminer is also […]

Friday, December 6th, 2019

Self-proclaimed foodies look for variety, quality products, and delicious flavors in the foods they eat. Presentation and taste are equally important. A gift basket with high-quality food items that you can’t get anywhere, make great gifts for the foodies in your life. Heart of the Desert products and gift baskets […]

Monday, November 18th, 2019

With temperatures dropping and the holidays approaching, it’s the perfect time for a great mulled wine recipe. What is mulled wine? Mulled wine is simply wine that has been spiced, sweetened, and served warm, often with a shot of hard liquor. In the USA, that liquor is often Brandy. In […]

Friday, November 8th, 2019

If you are buying gifts for multiple-people households this holiday season, a gift basket may be a great option. Especially, if you don’t know everyone’s likes, need to save a buck and want to save yourself from running all over town trying to find just the perfect gift for everyone. […]

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

Giving wine over the holidays is a popular option especially as a host/hostess gift. It can be a great gift for a boss or friend as well, if, you know enough about them to choose wisely. Wine really isn’t your best option as a generic gift, but we’ll get into […]

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

Wine can be very daunting, especially when you first start sampling it. There are so many to choose from! Where do you start? How will you know if you’ll like it? Does cost matter? When should you choose a white or a red? How are you supposed to discern these […]

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

We are in the middle of grape harvest in Southern New Mexico. We tend to start a little earlier than other places because the summer heat ripens the grapes a bit faster. It’s a great time to talk about harvest! How do we know when the grapes are ready to […]

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019
how wine is made

With Spring in full swing, it seems like a great time to learn about the growth of the wine grape. Grapevines go through an annual growth-cycle. The process begins with bud break in the spring and culminating in leaf-fall in autumn followed by winter dormancy. From a winemaking perspective, each […]

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019
types of glasses for wine

Not only do you have to figure out what kind of wine you like you also need to know what kind of glass to drink it from. The nuances of being a wine connoisseur are so complicated. There is a wine glass for just about every kind of wine. To […]