I had the pleasure to visit the Grand Wine and Liquor store in Astoria today and purchase a bottle of wine to pair with a casual steak dinner. The Amarone Della Valpolicella 2012 is made primarily from the Corvina grape located in the Veneto region of Italy. After harvest the grapes are air dried through a process called “appassimento” which allows them to shrivel into raisins, which results in making the sugar and flavors in the grapes to get more concentrated producing a distinctive and full bodied wine ideal for aging. (Vivino) I cannot wait to taste this wine!

Week 5: Wine of California-Sonoma Country


On Thursday, March 2, 2017 in class we discussed about California Wine Regions. The 3rd largest state in the U.S and not quite 3/4th the size of France, California produces more than 90% of all wine made in the country. California wine regions
are divided into American Viticultural Areas (AVA’s) and within California there are more than 100 AVA’s. As we learned in class, the major wine growing regions are Napa and Sonoma Valleys, but within each of these regions there are also several AVA’s (sub-appelations), ranging from tiny to large. Below is our in class group assignment on Sonoma County. Week 5-Wine of California (Sonoma County)

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

At the 2015 Society of Wine Educators Conference, Will Costello, MS told the audience how New Zealand is a “land like no other,” during his presentations titled “New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc: Breakthrough Approaches and Individual Expressions.” You can download a copy of the presentation here: NZ Sauvignon Blanc presented by Will Costello


Expand Your Palate, One Circle at a Time

Different Types of Wine Infographic Chart

Which Path of Circles Will You Follow on Your Personal Exploration of Wine

As you expand your understanding of wine and the options you have take a look at this infogram from Wine Folly. Think about flavors you like and then choose some wines to taste between classes. Let me know what you tried and what you like and did not like. I will do the same!

Click here to view Wine Folly’s website.