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7 Unconventional California Wines to try in 2022

7 Unconventional California Wines to try in 2022

January 17, 2022

Sometimes we fall into a rut. Same old Pinots, Cabernets, and Chardonnays. We forget that there is a whole world of cool and delicious wines out there, just in California alone...

But hey!… It’s a new year. It is time to try new things, reinvent yourself, and get that gym membership that you will use a few times in January and abandon come February. But, more importantly, we think it’s time to step out of your comfort zone and try some unique California wines from winemakers who are subverting the norm and challenging the status quo of what wine is.

This blog will give you our recommendations for some unique wines from here in California you should sip on in 2022. We will tell you what makes this wine unique and what we like about it.

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4 Differences Between Cheap Wine and Expensive Wine

4 Differences Between Cheap Wine and Expensive Wine

December 13, 2021

You're in the wine isle, looking for an good wine to buy. A wine with a cool label catches your eye, you read it’s made with a suitable grape variety and learn it only costs $17 - perfect for your budget! Directly to the right of that bottle, you notice another neat wine label. Take a closer look...it’s $100! “Wow,” you think, ”that is pricey.” Yep, $100 wine exists and people are willing to pay for it. Does the $100 price tag mean that the wine is objectively almost six times better than the less expensive $17 wine? Or is it just marketing mumbo-jumbo and the wines are equally tasty? 


This blog will give you insider info...the secret on what separates a cheap wine and an expensive wine. We’ll help you decide how to determine the best option for your taste buds AND your bank account.

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Wine Ratings vs Lucky Rock

Wine Ratings vs Lucky Rock

December 02, 2021

At Lucky Rock, we have had a…let’s say complicated relationship with wine ratings.
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Wine Pairing for the Holidays (Rules of Thumb and Suggestions)

Wine Pairing for the Holidays (Rules of Thumb and Suggestions)

November 12, 2021

Overly oaky buttery wines 

Big ass, tannic wines

High alcohol wines

Natural Wine

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Dry Wine vs Sweet Wine: What You Need to Know

October 20, 2021

The topic of dry wine and/or sweet wine is very common in the wine business. Having worked in tasting rooms for years, I would often hear the statement, ‘Wow, this wine is really dry!’, when someone would be drinking a big heavy wine like Cabernet Sauvignon or Petite Sirah. This statement is both correct from a ‘feeling’ perspective and wrong from a wine vernacular sense. Below, I will discuss the following to help shed some light on this topic:

  • Dry vs Sweet
  • Can dry wines be sweet?
  • Sugar in your average wine
  • Adding sugar to wine
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Grilling Meat, Smoking Meat, and Pairing Wine Oh My!

Grilling Meat, Smoking Meat, and Pairing Wine Oh My!

August 13, 2021

So, to clear things up a bit, here is a quick break down of the basic differences in grilling vs. barbecuing vs. smoking + Some pairings that will not fail you when you pick your technique. 
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Who the F**k is Lucky Rock?!

Who the F**k is Lucky Rock?!

June 29, 2021

What makes Lucky Rock stand out in a sea of generic wine brands?

This question of identity and differentiation is something that most businesses should evaluate. What brand characteristics stand out in the infinite sea of wine brands — of all shapes and sizes? Even wineries that historically stood out as the best wines are now tossed in with the rest (and beers, and spirits, and seltzers).

So, what makes Lucky Rock special? Is there anything that makes us unique? Why should you, the consumer, even care?  We want to get real with ya...

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Chilled Red Wines- What To Know

Chilled Red Wines- What To Know

June 09, 2021

Chilled Red Wines

If you have not had a chilled red wine, it can be quite the mental pivot. Truth-be-told, most people drink red wines too warm and white wines too cold. As they say...“the worse the beer, the colder you drink it”.

Today we’ll discuss a couple of questions regarding red wine and chilled red wine:

  • What is the optimal temperature for drinking wine?
  • What happens when you drink outside of the suggested temperature for red or white wine?
  • When is it best to flip the script/go outside of the box and drink red wine on the dark side...chilled red wine? Coors Light has blue mountains to tell you when it will taste less shitty…we’ll work on the wine label equivalent and get back to you soon.
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Fermented: The American Dream Is a Tough Road For Craft Spirts

Fermented: The American Dream Is a Tough Road For Craft Spirts

May 25, 2021

The American Dream is a tough road for many up and coming wine brands. But it is also a challenge for distillers as well. Generally, being in the alcohol business is valiant and can be fun as hell, but also as rough as one-ply toilet paper. We interviewed our buddy, co-conspirator, and fellow alctrapreneur (entrepreneur in alcohol) Josh Opatz, to see what he thinks on hunkering down in the distillers game and making the best local bottles out there.
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4 Wine Cocktails (with recipes) Around The Globe

May 10, 2021

Wine cocktails have a bad rap and we can think of a few folks to blame for that. Maybe the culprit is your wine cooler swilling Aunt Karen who conveniently brings two and and a half bottles of Bartles & Jaymes to family gatherings and decides it’s the perfect time to hop on an emotional rollercoaster (awkwaaard). Or maybe it’s because of trendy, millennial influencer Saraa (note: no “h”, double “a”) that frequently posts IG pics of “the squad” draining bottomless mimosas at brunch.

Either way...it’s time to take back wine cocktails from the hands of hammered Aunts and trendy influencers.

How are we gonna do that you ask? Well, by showing you some great options for mixing wine with booze and mixers.

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Top 8 of The Best California Sauvignon Blancs that we dig

Top 8 of The Best California Sauvignon Blancs that we dig

April 28, 2021

...as Sauvignon Blanc catches fire, more and more brands start producing said wine to capitalize on the wave of interest. Turns out, not everyone should be producing one. Some brands straight up suck at it. Others try to make wines with sub-par fruit or from places that don’t grow high quality grapes.

Now that we’re on the Sauvignon Blanc subject, we thought we would do some of the leg work for you and pick some of the best Sauvignon Blancs in California.

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5 Easy Steps to Keep Your Wine Chill...with Wine Cubes!

5 Easy Steps to Keep Your Wine Chill...with Wine Cubes!

April 13, 2021

Why use wine cubes?

In this post, we’ll be sharing our super easy “wine cubes” hack to keep your glass of white wine chilled from your first sip down to the closing guzzle. By the end, you’ll be wondering why the heck you didn’t think of it in the first place!

Basically, this idea is clutch because once your glass of wine is warm, it is nearly impossible to get it cold again. But, plop a couple wine ice cubes in your glass and you keep that bad thang chill for longer than it takes to drink it.  It sounds easy, and it is, but there are a few details worth knowing. Read on my thirsty friends.

 

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