Make sure your wine is fridge cold. Using a bottle opener over the sink, SLOWLY pry the crown cap up on your sparkling wine to let a little oxygen in and listen for a hissing sound. Once the sound dissipates or you are not seeing any wine bubbling out, remove the cap fully.
If you forget to take the cap off slowly and find wine bubbling over, hurry and put your thumb over the opening and grab a glass to catch any excess wine spilling out.
You've heard to serve red wines at room temperature but this fluctuates a lot throughout the seasons and from house to house. Red wine is actually BEST at slightly cooler than room temp, between: 62-68 degrees F
Whites are honestly great straight out of the fridge but if you've purchased a really special bottle it's actually BEST served slightly warmer than fridge cold, between: 49-55 degrees F
This temperature for whites helps you smell and taste more of the aromas the winemaker worked hard to preserve. If you're swirling and inhaling your wine in the glass and are not smelling anything straight from the fridge, wait for the wine to warm up a bit and try again. You'll be surprised how it can change.
A corked wine is one that has had a negative reaction between naturally occurring bacteria in a cork and the wine leading to very "off" aromas: wet dog, musty cardboard, wet gym socks. Corked wines are not possible with screw caps, crown caps or synthetic corks. Our wines use synthetic corks so you're in luck, it's not corked!
Tartrate crystals are naturally occurring in wines that are not cold stabilized. Cold stabilizing wine involves keeping the wine below 40 degrees F for 2-4 weeks and some wine operations don't have a way of "refrigerating" such large quantities of wine. Many wineries will set their wines out during the winter months to attempt to achieve cold stabilization. In the future we hope to be able to do this but in the meantime, know that these pretty glass-like crystals at the bottom of your wine bottle are completely harmless and even drinkable! If you spy any in our wines you can simply keep enjoying the wine until you reach the bottom of your bottle or glass, then you can dump them out and inspect them under a magnifying glass and educate your friends, how cool!
If you started a tab with us during your recent visit, our Clover Point of Sale System preauthorized your card in the amount of $25. This WILL DROP OFF of your bank statement and if it is showing up as a debit do not be concerned, this will disappear in a few days if it shows up at all. You are only charged for what you purchased. Please don't hesitate to call with any questions, concerns.