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Sommelier’s Pick: Kelly Prohl Loves this Napa Cab

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This article was originally published in the Houston Chronicle and is reprinted here with permission. 

Who: Kelly Prohl, owner of Double Decanted, a by-appointment-only wine-retailing business at 11311 Richmond, Suite L104. She grew up north of Boston and later lived in Boston and New York before moving to Houston in 2005. Prohl was working for American Express but left in 2008, she said, “to pursue my passion for wine.”

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Champagne Region

True or False: Champagne is a Must for Holiday Celebrations?

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The holidays are here, which means it’s the season for festive fun and fancy fetes! And there’s no better way to celebrate this magical time of year than with a glass of Champagne.

But how much do you really know about bubbly?

Read on for a little true-and-false quiz, and learn everything you need to know about toasting with Champagne this holiday season.

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Holiday Turkey

Raise a Glass (& Money) for a Cause

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Thanksgiving and the holiday season is a time to give thanks. It’s a time to celebrate with friends and family. And it’s a time to raise toasts to the year’s joys, triumphs and experiences. This means lots of food, fun and, of course, wine!

As you prepare for the upcoming holiday festivities and shop for gifts, why not help out a worthy cause by filling your glass with a charitable wine?

Several wineries donate part of their proceeds to charitable causes that support medical research, wildlife conservation and more! And these wines are just as delicious as they are generous.

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View of Lake Hennessey from Pritchard Hill

Out of the Fog: The Magic & Mystery of Pritchard Hill Wines

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This article originally appeared in the October 2014 issue of Royal Oaks Living and it is reprinted here with permission.

Located on the east side of Napa Valley in the Vaca Mountain range, Pritchard Hill is one of the most picturesque wine regions in California. The vineyards offer stunning views — some overlook Lake Hennessy, while others feature breathtaking views of the valley floor vineyards. The hill was named after Charles Pritchard who settled and made wine there in the late 18th century.

Today, Pritchard Hill is a preeminent site for growing Bordeaux varietals, especially Cabernet, which accounts for 92% of the region’s vines. And the wines that hail from the area are some of the best in the state.

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100 Shades of Rosé

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This article originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of Royal Oaks Living and it is reprinted here with permission.

What was the last rosé wine you tried? Was it Lancers, the wine sold in a stone crock from Portugal? Or maybe America’s own Sutter Home white zinfandel, the popular sweet, pink wine from the 80s? If it was either one of these, I have news for you: rosé wines have changed. And if you’re not drinking rosé, you are missing out.

A Rosé in the Making

The grape varieties commonly used to make dry rosés include: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Cinsault, Sangiovese, Cabernet and Pinot Noir. Most rosés are a blend of two or three of these grape varieties. Although, in New World wine regions, like the U.S., rosés made exclusively from singe grape varieties are also common.

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