Santa Barbara Wine featuring Kessler Haak Vineyard, La Montagne Winery & Tercero Wines

Posted on March 10th, 2016 by vinogger  |  No Comments »

    Phil Carpenter is a true believer and lover of Santa Barbara wines and under his guidance and that of Tina Morey of Protocol Winestudio I was introduced to Dan Kessler from Kessler-Haak Vineyard and Wines, Kimberly Smith of La Montagne Winery and Larry Schaffer of Tercero Wines and had the opportunity to taste […]

Aruba, One Happy Island

Posted on January 14th, 2016 by vinogger  |  1 Comment »

My husband and I decided to take a babymoon before the arrival of our first child.  We wanted to go somewhere warm to relax, get away and enjoy each others company before the craziness of having a baby changed our lives  so, when I was 6 months pregnant, we decided to  take a trip to […]

Is Orchard Cider the Next Big thing?

Posted on October 25th, 2015 by vinogger  |  No Comments »

#WineStudio is an educational program on Twitter which includes tasting and discussion of producers, grapes (or in this case apples) tourism, terroir, regional culture, food and wine matching and what all this means to wine (or cider)  drinkers.  For the month of August, I had the unique opportunity to learn about and taste several orchard ciders […]

An Exposé of Viña Montes

Posted on August 12th, 2015 by vinogger  |  No Comments »

Montes Wines began in 1987 when Aurelio Montes and Douglas Murray decided to create premium Chilean wines for export made by Chileans and marketed and sold by Chileans.  The focus at Vina Montes is on creating wines that reflect the land and the vineyards they come from. Kaiken Wines was founded in 2002 by Aurelio Montes […]

South African Winelands

Posted on January 27th, 2015 by vinogger  |  No Comments »

South Africa has many amazing areas for wine tasting and many delicious wines which are a great value for their quality. Perhaps the most known wine region in South Africa is Stellenbosch which has glorious views, amazing wines and is a must stop for an oenophile but there are also several other wine regions worth […]

Unique Sparkling Wines

Posted on December 29th, 2014 by vinogger  |  3 Comments »

Champagne often comes to mind as a necessity for ringing in and toasting the New Year.  And while many refer to any sparkling wine as Champagne, technically speaking for a sparkling wine to be called Champagne  it must come from the Champagne region of France,  it must be made using secondary fermentation of the wine in […]

Sake and Cheese Pairing

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

Sake One is an Oregon based sake producer and importer. They make 3 sakes in the United States for the Momokawa, G Saké, and the fruit-infused Moonstone brands at their own kura in Forest Grove, Oregon. SakéOne is focused on expanding the enjoyment of premium saké in the United States and they not only make […]

Willamette Valley Chardonnay

Posted on December 2nd, 2014 by vinogger  |  No Comments »

The Willamette Valley in Oregon has a maritime climate and volcanic soils providing amazing conditions for growing Pinot Noir which is the wine the region is most known for. In fact, the founding winemakers in the Willamette Valley focused on Pinot Noir because the terroir in the Willamette Valley is similar to Burgundy and they […]

Cape Town South Africa, a Food and Wine Lovers Paradise

Posted on November 25th, 2014 by vinogger  |  No Comments »

  Cape Town is a jewel in South Africa and a city you definitely must visit at least once in your lifetime.  Home to people of diverse origins, cultures, languages, and religions Cape Town provides the opportunity to taste amazing food and wine, meet lots of diverse people and see some breathtaking and beautiful scenery including […]

Top 5 Reasons to visit South Africa

Posted on November 14th, 2014 by vinogger  |  No Comments »

1. Wine South Africa has some amazing wines from multiple regions including Stellenbosch, Robertson Wine Valley & Hemel-en-Aarde all of which produce amazing wines both red white & sparkling!  If you want a really memorable experience stay on a wine farm.  I highly recommend L’Avenir Lodge & Eikendal Lodge.  Both are located in Stellenbosch on working wine […]