New and Rising Wine Trends You Should Know About

Friends Toasting With Wine

The great generational shift has shaken up several industries, and the wine industry is no stranger to this concept. As baby boomers retire and the next wave of consumers develops a passion for wine, quite a few new and exciting wine trends have emerged. Continue reading…


A Novice Wine Lover’s Starter Kit

Rack Of WineMany people enjoy wine and want to learn more about it, but feel that this knowledge is reserved for the elite or those who are already experts. It turns out that nothing could be further from the truth. You can start collecting and tasting wine with just a few essential accessories. If you’re looking to dive deeper into the hobby and find out what you will need to start your journey, the Columbia Distributing blog has you covered with this wine lover guide for novices. Continue reading…


A Bit Spicy: Enjoying Syrah Wine

Syrah Sign By GrapevinesAre you looking to spice up your wine experience? Look no further than Syrah wine, a full-bodied red that is packed with strong flavors and will accentuate the taste of many of your favorite foods. Originating from the Rhone region in France, Syrah wine has been around for centuries and held in high regard in many parts of the world. To help you learn more about this bold wine, Columbia Distributing provides an in-depth profile. Continue reading…


Breaking Down Wine’s Many Health Benefits

Pouring Wine Into GlassWhile not only delicious and refreshing, wine can also help you live a long and healthy life. When consumed in moderation, wine can help fight cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis. The Columbia Distributing blog is here to outline some known wine health benefits to help you make the most of your favorite beverage. Continue reading…


On the Joys of Zinfandel

Zinfandel Grapes On Vine

If you’re searching for a food-friendly wine that both red and white lovers will enjoy, look no further than California’s famous Zinfandel. Originating in Croatia, the grape takes advantage of the state’s warm climate and accounts for 10 percent of the vines planted in all of California’s vineyards. For anyone who hasn’t tried Zinfandel wines yet, or who would like to know more, Columbia Distributing offers a closer look at this varietal. Continue reading…


A Summarized History of Wine Grapes

Bottle Of Wine Near Map of FranceIt’s hard to imagine a world without wine. But believe it or not, the wine industry was once nonexistent. How exactly did such humble beginnings turn into the booming wine industry we know today? It all begins with grapes. Here, Columbia Distributing takes a closer look at the history of wine grapes to make you further appreciate every sip. Continue reading…


Top 3 Wine Countries

Red Wine And Globe

Dozens of countries across the globe grow grapes and produce wine, but which can be called the best of the best? While you’ll find standout wines from every country, Columbia Distributing has identified the top three wine countries in the world. Chosen for their extensive history and notable varietals, these nations offer timeless wines and exciting new options to explore. Whether you’re new to wine or an experienced connoisseur, we’ll cover the essentials on grapes and wine from each of these countries. Continue reading…


A Beginner’s Guide to Wine and Meal Pairing

White Wine With Seafood DishWhen you’re hosting a dinner party or special event, there is already enough pressure to ensure everything runs smoothly. The last thing you want to worry about is whether the wines you chose will pair well with your intended menu. While the wrong wines can taint the flavors of your hard work in the kitchen, pairing your meals with the right wines can complement those flavors and create lasting memories. To help you choose the best wines for your best dishes, Columbia Distributing offers a simple introduction to the world of wine pairings. Continue reading…


What Are the Marks of a Good Winter Ale?

Winter Ale in Snow- Columbia Distributing

Throughout the year, breweries introduce seasonal beers. One of these recurring brews is the winter ale, otherwise referred to as a winter warmer. Read on to learn what defines this cold-weather beer and how to determine the quality of a winter ale.

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The important relationship between drinks and snacks

Drinks and snacks at bar

Many times when people hear the word “pairing” they think of snobbery and a stuffy aristocrat picking a cheese for his wine. The truth is that we all pair our food and drinks, perhaps without even realizing it. We pick the best snacks for drinks all the time. Think about it, when you go to the movies, you carefully select your drink and your snacks so you get maximum enjoyment.

Food plays a role in the flavor of a drink, it can enhance or inhibit.

Finding the perfect drink to go with your favorite snack may not be easy and it may take several tries before your find the best relationship, but don’t give up because when you do finally find the right match your snack or mealtime will be forever improved.

Here’s what to consider when searching for the best snack and drink combination: Continue reading…