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

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…

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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…

Make Lodi Your Next Wine Country Destination

Sep 2nd, 2016 Regions, Uncorked Von Vino 4 min read

When you think of wine regions in California, what’s the first place that comes to mind? Is it Napa Valley? Sonoma? What if I told you there is a less-famous region producing some world-class wines? Over the summer I attended the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference in Lodi, California. Prior to my visit, I had tasted only one wine from this region. I hadn’t come across…

6 Things to Look for on a Wine Bottle Label

Jul 22nd, 2016 Wine 101 Von Vino 6 min read

When you step into a wine shop or the wine section of your local supermarket, you may feel bombarded with a plethora of options, each having its own unique label on the bottle. So, how do you decide which to buy? Most of us should be familiar with the old adage, “never judge a book by its cover.” Well, the same holds true for a…

The Wine Industry is Growing More Than Just Grapes

Jun 17th, 2016 Uncorked Von Vino 3 min read

The wine industry is growing more than just grapes… It’s cultivating sales as well. Direct-to-Consumer (DtC) sales increased by 30% in May 2016 compared to May 2015. DtC shipments are a fast-growing segment of wine sales and larger wineries are getting more involved in the action. The DtC sector is not the only one showing positive growth. Wine Industry Metrics reveals total U.S. wine sales…

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