Buying Wine, sogno winery

Hi It’s Sarah here and today I just wanted to share with you some of my insights into what we love to do here at the Sogno Winery: make great wines. But before jumping into things, I wanted to let all of you know that while our vineyard may be down for renovations, we are still open for weddings. Please keep us in mind if you are looking for an amazing place to hold your wedding in the Sierra Foothills.

Good Wedding Venues Don’t Have to Cost a Fortune

Does a wedding venue or wine for that matter really need to be of a certain standard or quality to get the most out of it? Well, the age 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.

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.

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

On a recent tour of Italy, my husband and I encountered some of the great old wines of Italy and I just had to share. Enjoy! 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 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 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.


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 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 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