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’…

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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…


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…

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…

1976 Paris Wine Tasting: The Judgment of Paris

Mar 18th, 2016 History, Regions Von Vino 6 min read

The 1976 Paris Wine Tasting, also known as the Judgment of Paris, was a wine competition that took place on May 24, 1976 in Paris, France. The competition was organized by British wine merchant, Steven Spurrier, to see how California wines would prove against French wines made from the same types of grapes. The French long had been considered the wine industry’s top dog. Spurrier,…

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