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Allison Sheardy

Allison came to wine as a second career about five years ago and has truly found her calling. She has created a niche for herself working in unique wine regions around the country (Texas Hill Country, historic Livermore, CA, and now Minnesota) and specializes in boutique, family-owned wineries. Allison's love for wine goes beyond her career; it is truly her raison d'etre. As such, she loves learning as much as she can about the ever-expanding world of wine – Allison has earned the WSET Level 3 Certification in Wines and is almost finished with the WSET Diploma.

How to Store Cabernet Sauvignon (A Complete Storage Guide)

Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted and one of the best-known wines across the globe, and it is especially renowned for its ability to age and mature in the bottle for decades. For anyone getting into serious wine collecting, understanding how to best store Cabernet Sauvignon is important.  Cabernet Sauvignon should be stored around …

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What if You Don’t Like Wine You Ordered? Ordering Etiquette

We’ve all been there – you’re in a fine dining establishment with a wine list as long as a novel, trying to decipher wines in multiple languages (French, Italian, Germany, Spanish…the list goes on) with different labeling terms, and it can be a bit…overwhelming. Enter the sommelier (aka ‘somm’), a wine professional tasked with walking …

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A Complete Storage Guide for Mulled & Spiced Wine

Mulled wine is a spiced red wine beverage, served warm, often around the holidays. Mulled wine can be homemade or purchased pre-mixed and ready to heat up. But not many people know how to properly store mulled wine. Unopened mulled wine should be stored at 55°F, lying flat, in a dark location with humidity of …

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How to Store Wine With a Cork (Natural & Synthetic Corks)

When buying wine with the intention of laying it down for storage, one is making an investment – whether in their own personal future enjoyment of said wine, or the potential resale value. However, improper storage of those precious bottles could lead to tragedy. Wines finished with a cork enclosure are especially delicate and require …

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Should You Store Wine in the Garage? (A Complete Guide)

Wine drinkers often look to their garages as a safe place to store wine long-term. These out-of-the-way locations seem like viable locations, but are they really a good option if you want to keep your wine in great condition? Garages are not ideal for wine storage because of temperature fluctuations, sunlight exposure, and vibrations. Long-term …

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How Well Does Bordeaux Wine Age? Learn When to Drink It

One of my favorite wines to drink is a nice Bordeaux but knowing how long to age it was a bit hazy to me. Some vintages are made with premium grapes and can age much longer than other lesser-quality grapes. Bordeaux wine is one of the best aging wines displaying a slow, gentle rise in …

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