Black Wine Lovers – A Seat at the Lunch Table

Dec 15th, 2017 Uncorked Von Vino 15 min read

I grew up in Augusta, Georgia, a small southern city with a history deep-seated in racism, oppression, and segregation. My parents divorced when I was nine years old. My mother, sister, and I moved around for a few years before we finally ended up on the other side of town – The white side. I went from sitting in classrooms full of black students to…


Etude Winery – The Pursuit of Pinot Noir Perfection

Dec 3rd, 2017 Reviews Von Vino 10 min read

Etude means, “Study.” It’s certainly a suitable name for a winery dedicated to perfecting Pinot Noir, the ever so fickle and elusive grape. Pinot Noir is difficult to grow. Unlike Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s a thin-skinned grape, not as adaptable and more prone to rot. It requires a considerable amount of patience, commitment, and, well… Study. This is the second winery I visited following my Stags’…

Stags' Leap

Stags’ Leap Winery – The Wine, The Myth, The Legend

Nov 19th, 2017 Reviews Von Vino 9 min read

It’s been a week since returning from my trip to Santa Rosa for the 2017 Wine Bloggers Conference. After some reflection and much needed rest, I thought it would be fitting to share my experience with the first winery I visited. Upon arriving to the conference hotel straight from the airport, with just enough time to grab a quick lunch, we loaded on to a…

Sonoma County – Birthplace of California’s Wine Industry

Sep 29th, 2017 Regions Von Vino 8 min read

September, California Wine Month, is coming to a close and I’m feeling excited about my upcoming trip to Santa Rosa for the 2017 Wine Bloggers Conference. Santa Rosa is the largest city in Sonoma County, one of the most diverse wine regions in the world. It is located directly north of San Francisco and neighbored by the famous Napa Valley. With an area of nearly 1,800…

Italian Wine

Getting to Know Italian Wines

Jun 22nd, 2017 Regions Von Vino 24 min read

Ask any wine enthusiast and they’ll probably tell you Italy is one of the toughest and most intimidating wine regions to learn. The vastly abundant variety of Italian wines alone is enough to make your head spin. There are more than 900,000 registered vineyards, 20 regions, and 1,000 grape varieties in Italy. It is the world’s leading wine-producing country, overtaking France’s number one spot in 2015….

Styles of Wine

Learn the 6 Different Styles of Wine

Feb 15th, 2017 Wine 101 Von Vino 3 min read

Wine can be categorized into six main styles with hundreds of varietals within each. Red Wine Red wine is a style of wine produced using red or black-skinned grapes. When the grapes are crushed, the juice is left in contact and fermented with the skins allowing the pigment and tannins to transfer to the wine. The color of red wines can vary from purple or…


Valdivieso of Chile

Jan 31st, 2017 Regions, Reviews Von Vino 3 min read

Wine grapes were first planted in Chile as early as the 1500s. However, it wasn’t until the 1980s when Chilean wines began to receive international recognition. Within the last few decades Chile’s wine industry has grown rapidly, making it one of the world’s top wine producing regions. Chile initially gained a reputation for producing low-cost, bargain wines with relative ease due to its ideal growing…

Wine Tasting

How to Taste Wine in 5 Easy Steps

Jan 3rd, 2017 Wine 101 Von Vino 4 min read

Tasting wine and drinking it are not one and the same. “Drinking” wine brings to mind images of people sitting around a table guzzling glasses of fermented grape juice while eating, talking, and laughing. There’s nothing particularly wrong with this. In fact, I find this a highly enjoyable activity. “Tasting” wine, however, requires a little more concentration and analysis. There’s a method to wine tasting that…

Live a Little More: Livermore Valley Wine Country

Dec 8th, 2016 Regions Von Vino 11 min read

Livermore Valley is a wine region located just 30 miles east of California’s San Francisco Bay Area. Surrounded by picturesque coastal range mountains, and having a unique east-west orientation, it presents an alluring scenery as well as ideal conditions for winegrowing. It’s home to some of the state’s most significant and historic wineries. I visited several during my recent trip to the Golden State. Not…

Klinker Brick

Klinker Brick Winery: Lodi, California

Sep 21st, 2016 Regions, Reviews Von Vino 3 min read

During my recent visit to Lodi, California for the Wine Bloggers Conference, I had the pleasure of going on multiple excursions to visit different wineries in the area. However, there was one in particular I enjoyed the most. It was one of several surprise excursions in which attendees were broken up into smaller groups and each taken to different wineries. It was a suspenseful moment…

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