sogno winery

The Sogno Winery Has Officially Closed It’s Doors

Picking grapes at Sogno WineryToday is a sad day because the Sogno Winery of the Sierra Foothills has officially closed it’s doors. There were many great years of amazing wine being poured and so much great media coverage of the winery and all the wine tasting that was offered.

Special thanks to all the people that covered the winery, including ActiveRain, BOTW, Sacramento, Snooth, Wine Country This Week and Wine Geeks. If I could go back in time, I would do everything I could to keep the Sogno Winery open just a little bit longer.

While the Sogno Winery will be forever missed, hopefully this website can become something more than just a reminder of all the great wine that was enjoyed at the vineyard, and become something new and better than what is used to be. Only time will tell, but I’m hopefully the Sogno Winery website will live on in one way or another.

If you would like to leave a message for us about what you liked best about the Sogno Winery, we would love to hear from you. Feel free to contact us today.

Buying Wine

Good Wine Doesn’t Have to Cost a Fortune

Does wine really need to be of a certain standard or quality to get the most out of it? Well, the ago old question still lingers with an aftertaste of uncertainty (pun intended) What exactly certifies wine as a good vintage?

From research and personal experience, I can most certainly assure you that you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg to be able to enjoy a good bottle of wine. Although the low prices of wine might lead you to believe that quality is being compromised, the question is – is this really true? Ever considered that perhaps our minds have already been molded with the assumptions that the greater the price, the better the quality and taste? Lets break this cycle of thought by considering  a few facts.

Distinguishing between vintages

Sure, expensive wine is great, to an extent, perhaps, however, you would have to be a true connoisseur with a remarkable palate to be able to distinguish between the most subtle differences. Which – let’s just be realistic, most of us aren’t. At the end of the day choosing a good wine all depends on your own personal taste.

Blind taste tests

A few blind fold tests conducted on the average person revealed that most people were not able to differentiate between the quality of the luscious juice, when given the option of a cheap wine in comparison to an expensive wine. I myself have done a few test runs, and being a wine lover myself, I must admit that I too could not discern between the both.  Here is a video showing you that most can’t tell the difference between expensive and lower priced wines.

The secret to choosing a good wine is not in the quality, but in the taste. Wine has a range of hints from floral,oaky, chocolate, to fruity and much more. What you mostly pay for in wine is the age, and the oak barrel used to age the wine in. However, simply choosing the right wine is all that is required.

If you have dinner guests over, simply pairing the right wine to accompany particular dishes is all that it takes really bring out a real culinary experience. This will have your guests impressed and talking about your dinner party for days! Remember to do some research on which wine notes complements the food being served, and Bob’s your uncle! You have just saved a ton of money for those new pair of shoes.

Whether it be a simple wine party or evening dinner, all that really matters is the aroma, taste and quantity (rather than quality) that would really end off a bitter – sweet evening.

European Wines

The Wine Regions of Italy

Italy is one of the oldest wine-producing countries in the world. Demand for wine within Italy and internationally has gone up so far and therefore it is no astonishing that there are so many unique Italian wines. A very large portion of the Italian countryside is set aside for production of Italian wines. Following are the top and famous wine production regions in Italy.

VENETO

Veneto wine region is located in Northeastern Italy. It is one of the most crucial regions of wine production. This region is popular for producing more wine than the rest of the region. This wine region produces many brands of wines from many different varieties of grapes. The best known are Prosecco, wine made from the Glera grape, white wine made from Garganega grape, red wines made from a blend based on Corvina grapes.

TUSCANY

Tuscany wine region has a romantic landscape of rolling hills, country roads and wonderful villages. This wine region is one of the most fecund in all of Europe and it is internationally-recognized because of its wines of all styles. Wines here range from dry whites to full-bodied reds to sweet wines. The top levels of Italian wines here are recognized as DOC and DOCG. Sangiovese grapes flourish in Tuscany and it goes under a number of names hence used in the production of a wide range of Italian wines.

PIEDMONT

The Piedmont wine region is located at the foot of the Alps hence making it the leading grape growing country. It is the competing wine region for Tuscany. It produces more DOCG wines than any other wine producing region. It is the base to some of Italy’s most well known wines and wineries that range from long-lived Barolo to the pleasant and light sparkling Moscato d’Asti. Due to its diversity of small vineyards, the region has been named Italy’s Burgundy.

LOMBARDY

Lombardy is located in Northern Italy. It is one of the largest of the Italian wine regions because of its highest population. It only produces two sparkling famous wines; Franciacorta and Lambrusco. Because of its location it gets most of its water from four massive lakes. The Lugana region in Lombardy straddles the line between Lombardy and Veneto. The Lugana wines are of good quality due to the fact that the vineyards surround the Lake Garda, which moderates the temperature.

SICILY

Sicily wine region is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and this makes it the southernmost Italian wine region. Due to its constant sunshine and reliable rainfall, wine production in Sicily is continually flourishing. The red wines from Sicily are dark, rich and fruit forward because of the warm climate.

Other wine production regions in Italy include;

  • Abruzzo
  • Umbria
  • Marche
  • Puglia
  • Calabria