What are Unicorn Wines?



Perhaps you’ve seen the hashtag #UnicornWine floating around twitter. Or maybe you’re just totally curious why in the world they’d name a wine after a mythical creature! Turns out the title is appropriate because it refers to any wine that is hard to find.


You’ll most often see sommeliers using this term, usually with a photo of said Unicorn Wine as their bragging rights that they got a hold of a bottle of the elusive wine. According to the Wine Spectator, a few criteria for determining a true Unicorn Wine are:


• The wine must have a production of fewer than 200 cases.

• You feel genuinely uncomfortable when opening because it may never happen again.

• The winemaker is no longer with us or retired.

• If you have to ask, it ain’t Unicorn.

So chances are, unless it’s one of your goals in life, you won’t run across one of these rare finds. But at least now you’ll now how special it really is when you see someone post that they’re drinking a #UnicornWine!

If you want to do more reading, here’s a list that Eater made of some well known Unicorn Wines.

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Why is a Wine Glass... shaped like a Wine Glass?

It’s a question lots of people have wondered. There are a few different kinds of wine glasses  – which can especially vary for dessert wines – but we are talking our typical white and red wines here. They retain more or less a similar shape. What’s the purpose of that shape?

A lot of it has to do with the aroma. I found this article pretty good at summing it up. Take a look:



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Fall Wine Club Event!

SeptemberWineClubReleaseHello Wine Club!

Your 2013 Zinfandel Reserve is finally here! It’s a Zin unlike anything you’ve ever tasted in Oregon. It has a distinctive jammy character with full body expression. Like many of our wines, it’s going to be a sell out and FAST, so make sure you get your share. We’re so excited, in fact, that Rosella’s will be opening up Fall Wine Release for the entire month of September. Mark your calendars, for the “no frills” release all month long. Don’t forget to partake in the pairing of Orecchiette with Spicy Italian Sausage from Pomodori (www.bit.ly/1J3aZvG) & Ukulele Playing & performance at our official Wine Club Event – September 26 & 27 from 1-4pm. Extra Ukes will be on hand, should you be lured by the Ukulele Siren! Few can resist her. We look forward to seeing you in the tasting room.


Sandi, Rex, Rowdy & Lola

**Note to Wine Club Members: If you are on our “shipper” list, your wine will arrive shortly. Pickup available early by contacting us at 541-846-6372. Release available for the month of September. If wines are not picked up, wine release will be charged to payment card on file and held for their convenience.  Contact Us: Ph: 541-846-6372  Email: rosellas@apbb.net

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Wine Refreshers to Beat the HEAT

A few weeks ago we posted a recipe for a wine smoothie on our Facebook page. We thought it was such a great idea that we’ve complied a few recipes of delicious wine chillers! Try them out and let us know which is your favorite.


image by dailydishrecipes.com

Author: Melyssa Griffin {The Nectar Collective}
Serves: 3
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  1. Pop everything in your blender
  2. Press the “on” button
  3. Drink
Author: Nicole Cook {Daily Dish Recipes}
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 bottle (750ml) of white wine
  • 2 cups of  frozen mango chunks
  • 2 cups of frozen pineapple chunks
  1. Throw it all in a blender together and blend until smooth or the consistency that you like.
  2. Serve with fresh fruit slices or add maraschino cherries for some color.
Author: Becky Hardin {The Cookie Rookie}
Serves: 4-6
  • 1, 12 oz bag of frozen raspberries
  • 2 cups milk chocolate wine (or a red whine)
  • 1 cup almond milk (optional)
  • 3 cups ice
  1. Blend all of the ingredients together
  2. Try to not drink the whole thing at once. Brain freeze!



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  Author: Bobby Flay {Cooking Channel}
  Serves: 4
  • 1 small orange, peeled and segmented
  • 2 large ripe mango, diced
  • 2 cups fresh pineapple chunks
  • 2 cups very cold fruity white wine
  • squeeze of honey
  • 2 cups crushed ice
  1. Add the orange, mango, pineapple, wine, honey and crushed ice to a blender
  2. Puree until smooth and creamy.
  3. Pour into white winegoblets and serve.


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"Battle of Wine" Festival

Ever felt so in love with wine you wanted to bathe in it? Well, the attendees at La Batalla del Vino did yesterday – literally.

An annual festival in Haro, Spain, the “battle of wine” takes place on June 29 and involves dunking, throwing and water-gun-squirting wine at everyone. According to Decanter, 130,000 litres of wine were used, and all but 3,000 of which are donated by the participants. The tourists and locals who participate arrive in white clothing and leave, well … purple.



Before the fun and games, the festival is a bit more serious as it follows century-old traditions such as a procession with the mayor and pilgrimage to the patron saint of Haro. And of course, as with any good party there is great food involved too!

So how did this crazy and awesome festival originate? According to Decanter:

“There are various tales for the reason that wine is thrown at the celebrations…. Some claim it pays homage to a 13th century land dispute between residents of Haro and those of neighboring Miranda de Ebro, which ended with a wine fight.”

Whatever the reason, it looks like a lot of fun… and a lot of wine.

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