There’s more to German Wine than Riesling…

Posted on April 13th, 2014 by vinogger  |  No Comments »

When one thinks of German wine, Riesling most often come to mind and that makes sense considering 22 percent of the wine produced in Germany is Riesling.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good dry Riesling but there is more to German wine than just Riesling.  After all, 88 percent of German wine produced […]

April Wine Events

Posted on March 30th, 2014 by vinogger  |  No Comments »

Spring is here, there are buds breaking on the vines, and after some much needed rain, vineyards are starting to grown.  As we head into April next week, there are some amazing food & wine events this month definitely worth checking out.   The events span San Francisco, Calistoga, Napa & Sonoma and take place at wineries, resorts, the CIA and Mercedes-Benz […]

Hungarian Wine

Posted on March 23rd, 2014 by vinogger  |  No Comments »

Blue DanubeWine Company is an importer focusing on the wines of Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia and Montenegro. On 3/18/14, I participated in a winechat and tasting on Twitter hosted by Protocol Wine Studio focusing on Hungarian Wine. The tasting focused on three traditional Hungarian grape varietals Kadarka, Furmint & Olasrizling. Wine has been made in Hungary since […]

Lodi Wine & Cheese Pairings

Posted on March 16th, 2014 by vinogger  |  No Comments »

Wine has been grown in Lodi since around the time of the Gold Rush and today there are still many multi-generational winegrowers and winemakers . In fact, when you talk to the winegrowers and winemakers of Lodi you often hear passion and a sense of pride about the history of the region and their family’s […]

Is a $15 bottle of wine three times as good as a $5 bottle?

Posted on March 9th, 2014 by vinogger  |  1 Comment »

I am often asked by friends, “how much should I pay for a nice bottle of wine” and my answer is typically, “whatever you are willing to spend.”  So that inevitably leads to another question, “if I pay more for a bottle of wine will it be better?” and the answer to that is, “it […]

Bubbly Options for Valentine’s Day

Posted on February 13th, 2014 by vinogger  |  No Comments »

Celebrate Valentine’s Day and toast your sweetie with bubbly.  Bubbly comes in many forms and can be found at many price points from inexpensive to very expensive.  Champagne comes from the champagne region in France and ferments in the bottle which is called methode champenoise. Champagne  is generally the most pricey of bubbly options.  Louis Roederer Cristal, which is quite […]

Around the World in 80 Sips

Posted on February 9th, 2014 by vinogger  |  No Comments »

It’s not often that one is given the chance to taste some of the best wines of the world all in one place. Last Friday at Bottlenotes Around the World in 80 Sips in San Francisco, the Sherry Suite provided one of those unique opportunities. Sherry Lehmann wine merchant of New York brought together some […]

Fun Winter Wine Events

Posted on January 12th, 2014 by vinogger  |  No Comments »

It’s winter, temperatures are cold outside and the vines in wine country are dormant and desperately hoping for some rain to allow nice growth and blossoming in the spring.   Don”t be fooled into thinking there’s nothing going on in wine country.  There are actually plently of reasons to visit wine country which is actually quite peaceful and beautiful this time […]

3 Fun Gift Ideas for the Wine Lover on your List

Posted on December 5th, 2013 by vinogger  |  No Comments »

The holidays are just around the corner and that means  lots of great food and wine,  crazy shopping malls and the need to come up with unique and fun gifts for everyone on your list.  If  you are buying a gift for a wine lover, besides wine of course,  consider wine gadgets, tickets to wine events […]

6 Thanksgiving Wine Picks from CA Under $20

Posted on November 22nd, 2013 by vinogger  |  No Comments »

The components of a traditional  Thankgiving  dinner are typically quite diverse and usually include turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry and pumpkin pie, therefore it is a bit difficult to find just one wine to complement all of these diverse flavors  but there’s really no need to stick with just one wine.  Because the Thanksgiving meal usually includes lots of friends and family it is a perfect excuse […]