Wine Tastings Hosted by Encore Florals by Jake


Encore Florals & Gifts Wine Tasting Event - There is no charge for these events and bottle cases are sold at a discount. Call 843.488.4086 for additional information.

These pictures are from our Summer Wine Tasting hosted by Sara Brewer, Appellation Wine Company East Coast Sales Director.


The following wines were featured:

Tangent Albarino
Tangent Sauvignon Blanc
Zocker Gruner Veltliner
Baileyana Chardonnay
Paraiso Pinot Noir
True Myth Cab

Appellation Wine Company is a unique portfolio of family estate wineries, proudly working together to grow and market world-class wines that reflect the historic soils from which they came and the passionate commitment of the families involved. We strive to deliver success for our clients, distributors, and customers.

Wine Profile - Pinot Gris by Jake

Pinot Gris

“Pee-no Gree” (aka Pinot Grigio)

 Taste: Delicate citrus (lime water, orange zest)  and pomaceous fruits (apple skin, pear sauce), white floral notes, and cheese rind (from lees usage)
 Style: Light-bodied White Wine
 Description: Pinot Gris is a dry light-bodied white grape that is planted heavily in Italy, but also in France and Germany. Wines are light to middle-weight and easy drinking, often with some bitter flavor on the palate (bitter almond, quinine)
 Food Pairing: Salad, delicate poached fish, light and mild cheeses

Pinot Gris Alternatives

Albariño: from Spain is similar, but has more acid and more citrus-driven aromatics (tangerine, orange juice) and floral aromatics

Soave: The grape is Garganega, but often more bruised and oxidized apple-y character, still relatively bitter

Muscadet: The grape is Melon de Bourgogne, and the wine is from France. It’s much higher in acid, but still with heavy lees use and relatively neutral flavor

Source: Common Types of Wine (the top varieties) by Madeline Puckette, Wine Folly

Do you have a favorite warm weather wine? by Jake

"More than any other season, summer seems to require rethinking one's approach to wine. While a crisp white can have an icy snap that's equally appealing in July or January, the reds of winter—brawny Cabernets, rich Zinfandels, powerful Bordeaux—feel overwhelmingly heavy when the sun is high and the weather's hot. During the summer, lightness and a refreshing simplicity trump almost any other consideration."

"These characteristics may be why Pinot Grigio, to take one example, has become such a popular warm-weather wine (It has now become America's fifth-largest-selling wine in terms of volume, according to the Nielsen Company.) Like Pinot Noir, it's originally from Burgundy, though it has taken a far different path than its cousin. While the Pinot Grigio grape produces full-bodied, aromatic wines under the alias Pinot Gris in Oregon and France's Alsace region, the best-known versions are crisp, relatively simple ones from northern Italy."

Click here to learn more about W. Blake Gray from Food & Wine's take on the best warm-weather wines.

Encore has a great selection of Pinot Grigio wines ready for you to try. Even if you're not a fan of Pinot Grigio, Encore offers a large selection of other great warm weather wines.

Autumn and Harvest Season are Here; Consider Harvest Season at a Winery...... by Jake

The winemaker's universe centers on a series of critical decisions, and one of the most important is figuring out when to harvest. They must delicately assess how the fruit has ripened and determined each vineyard block’s average sugar content, or Brix. Every two degrees Brix equals a degree of alcohol, so grapes harvested at 26° become wines with an average of 13-13.5%  alcohol

From there, it's all about getting fruit to the winery quickly. Grapes are harvested in the early morning and rushed to the winery where they are crushed and de-stemmed (a process that liberates individual berries).

Wineries must then choose whether to utilize cold temperatures. A "cold soak" or "cold maceration" extracts more nuanced flavors and aromas from fruit. Extraction happens during fermentation, too, but a cold soak lets winemakers extract flavor without producing alcohol, harsh tannins, or astringency. It's a gentle process used mostly in the production of red wines.

White wines are immediately pressed after crushing (and before fermentation) so the juice doesn't pick up color from the grape skins. For reds, pressing occurs post-fermentation, when wines have reached dryness (aka, when all the sugar has been converted to alcohol by the yeast)

Once the wine has been pressed, it's either aged in oak barrels or stainless steel. Finally, this is the point where everyone at the winery can breathe a sigh of relief. With another harvest safely behind them, most wineries and their staff take a much-needed rest before moving on to the important business of... the holidays.

By Christine Havens
2nd Nov 2016

Published in:
Vivino News
Wine 101

Welcome to the Encore Florals and Laura's On Kingston blog by Jake

We are a full service florist and gift shop,  and also a wine pantry.  Some weeks we will blog about flowers and all things green; other weeks we will discuss all things wine.  We will offer all types of useful, entertaining and important information, and hope you will enjoy.
We all remember learning about the birds and bees, and now we know that pollination is vital to plant survival.  Bees are the largest pollinator,  and they are disappearing at abnormally high rates.  There are many theories as to why, but the real reason is unknown.  There is also little research being done. 

The Society of American Florists has called for the planting of 500,000 pollinator gardens in the next few years.  We need your help.  The following is a list of good pollinators. They are mostly full sun, require very little care, and are very colorful and fragrant.

Butterfly Bush
Butterfly Weed
Bee Balm
Sweet Alyssum
Lion's Tail
Red Hot Poker
Gloriosa Daisy
Pincushion Flower
Blanket Flower

Check out the US Fish and Wildlife or The US Forest Service websites for more specific information.  There are also many other sites out there with tons of good information if you'd like to learn more.

Happy planting and may Mother Nature begin to restore our bee populations!