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…

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…

How Wine is Made: From Vine to Wine

Apr 6th, 2016 Science Von Vino 8 min read

Humans have been making wine for thousands of years. The first wines were produced well before recorded history and likely stored in clay pots or animal-skin containers. Science and technology has advanced the wine-making process over the centuries and today we store wine in bottles, not animal skins. However, the basic principles of wine-making are the same. This article discusses the process of how wine…

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