Archive for the ‘varietals’ Category

Malbec, the Pride of Argentina

Posted on April 16th, 2017 by vinogger  |  No Comments »

Malbec is a deep dark purple colored grape that originated in the southwest of France and is one of 5 varietals used in Bordeaux blends.As a varietal, Malbec has generally not done well growing in French climate and has been susceptible to rot and pests.  In France, 100% Malbec is only made in Cahors. Malbec […]

Sonoma Rosé perfect for summer and the rest of the year too

Posted on August 14th, 2016 by vinogger  |  No Comments »

    Rosé wine used to get a bad wrap from serious wine drinkers. I am not sure if that is because of its pink color or because in the U.S. the rosé that was available was often not of the highest quality, but these days there are some amazing Rosé wines worth trying. Rosé, […]

Wines of Hungary & Slovenia

Posted on June 26th, 2014 by vinogger  |  No Comments »

  Have  you ever wondered how wines from overseas are brought to the United States for consumers to taste and enjoy?   The wines don’t just magically appear on store shelves instead they are specially selected and brought to the United States by importers who seek out wines of amazing quality that they want to […]

Finger Lakes Wine

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

The Finger Lakes wine region is located just south of Lake Ontario in Central New York.   The four main lakes of the Finger Lakes AVA include Canandaigua Lake, Keuka Lake, Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake.  The large deep water lakes of this region were carved out by glaciers and the soil deposits surrounding the […]

There’s more to German Wine than Riesling…

Posted on April 13th, 2014 by vinogger  |  2 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

4 Tips for Picking a Thanksgiving Wine

Posted on November 14th, 2013 by vinogger  |  1 Comment »

Thanksgiving generally means turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, so what wine will make a good pairing and compliment a traditional Thanksgiving meal?  To be perfectly honest there is no one wine that will pair perfectly with all of the different and diverse flavors of Thanksgiving but there are many wines that will not […]

Merlot, a Varietal Worth Putting back on your Radar

Posted on October 13th, 2013 by vinogger  |  No Comments »

Merlot is believed to be an offspring of Cabernet Franc and a sibling of Carmenere and Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot originated in the Bordeaux region of France and is the most widely planted grape there which makes sense since Merlot is one of the primary grapes used in Bordeaux wine.  With approximately 720,000 acres of Merlot […]

SOMM: a documentary film about wine worth watching

Posted on July 6th, 2013 by vinogger  |  2 Comments »

The Master Sommelier exam is offered once a year in the United States over the course of 3 days in Texas. This year’s test is actually set to take place in just a few days July 8-11. The Master Sommerlier test consists of 3 parts, theory, service and tasting.  Only advanced sommeliers are invited to […]