Showing posts with label wine imports. Show all posts
Showing posts with label wine imports. Show all posts

Friday, November 14, 2014

Wine Review: La Ferme Julien Rouge

La Ferme Julien Rouge is an everyday pleasure wine produced in France. As a red wine it is served with most meat, pasta, and spicy foods. Made from a combination of Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache Syrah it is well balanced option. Seasoned in oak barrels for 10 months it takes on a touch of sweetness.

Nose: Ripe berries, spices and tobacco
Taste: Subtle, cherry, ripe, vanilla, wet, and light aftertaste. Soft tannins.
Glass: Dark red and medium body.

The wine was grown and produced in France on the Mont Ventoux slopes that sits over 5,700 feet above sea level. The area supports high quality grape production and adds to the wines flavor. The type of soil also supports a solid production of mild wines.

According to Food Tourists the region is known for its interesting wines all the way over to mediocre wines. It was part of the Ancient Roman wine making system and still maintains its small town charm. Whites, reds and roses are produced here and exported to the rest of the world.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sogno di Vino and Their Little Italy Wine Tasting Charm

Sogno di Vino literally translates as “to dream of wine” and is located in San Diego’s bustling Little Italy district. It is an artistically designed establishment that offers multiple seating arrangements for private dining, living room socializing or night air patio eating. The southern wall is erected with considerable care as a scone lighted stone replica that contributes to the overall Renaissance decor.  The ambience lighting is low and advances a more elegant feeling while the music is just loud enough to create a soothing white noise to cover those awkward pauses in conversation.

The wine list is extensive and provides red, white and bubbles varieties.  You may want to try a white Feudo disisa Grillo from Sicily or a red Protos Tempranillo from Spain. Consider a Riesling with their Smoke Salmon salad made with bed of fresh spinach with orange slices, pecans and cherry tomatoes tossed in our orange vinaigrette. Another option is the Sauvignon Blanc matched with the Cheese Plate consisting of artisan cheeses served with accompaniments and a variety of toasted artesian breads and crackers.

Sogno di Vino does well in blending their atmosphere with their offerings to appeal to a trendy and fashionable crowd. Your Gorgio Armani won’t be a waste here. Customers are willing to pay for exceptional offerings in terms of food, service, fine cuisine, restaurant interior, friends, and the opportunity to be with customers cut from the same cloth (Andersson & Mossberg, 2004). At Sogno di Vino birds of a feather flock together to create a wine lovers paradise. 

Their extensive wine list is also a benefit to the enhancement of customer satisfaction. The type of cocktails and size of the wine list complements and enhances the overall impression of the restaurant (Flaherty, 2014).  Their core customers like to taste a variety of wine and try some of the exotic items on the list to explore their wild side. By both California and foreign varieties customers can experience the subtle impressions of the true wine tasking experience. 

Wine imports and local production are sold through complementary interests. Nearly 90% of imports come from five countries of Italy, France, Spain, Australia, and Chile (Seale, et. al., 2003).   This doesn’t seem to hurt American growers as local production increases more to meet the overall need. The restaurant is contributing to both markets through their domestic and foreign wine menu. 

Sogno di Vino is located in an area known for its Italian background that fits with its trendy and artistic d├ęcor. Their wine list is extensive and provides both American and imported wine offerings to maintain market appeal. The atmosphere is an enhancement and blends best practices to create a busy but social atmosphere. Sit under the low lighting and strike up a conversation while picking over a cheese plate or salmon salad that pairs with your wine selection.  

Sogno di Vino
1607 India St, 
San Diego, CA 92101

Andersson, T. & Mossberg, L. (2004). The dining experience: do restaurants satisfy customers needs? Food Service Technology, 4 (4). 

Flaherty, D. (2014). Setting the stage: bar menus that enhance your brand. Nation’s Restaurant News, 49 (7). 

Seale, et. al. (2003). Imports versus domestic production: a demand side analysis of U.S. red wine market. Review of Agricultural Economics, 25 (1).

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Wine Review: Graham’s 10 Tawny Port-Just a Touch of Portugal

If you are looking for a sweet wine that is so smooth it feels like silk on your taste buds and satin sheets on your bed you might want to sip a glass of Graham’s 10 Tawny Porto. At an affordable price of $23, it provides a great taste and the feel of luxury without having to pay heavy for it. The wine pours a smooth golden brown color when held to the light. The taste is nutty and dry with high alcohol content.  It does not take much to put a smile on your face.

Graham’s 10 is a 10-year old brandy fortified wine was stored in oak casts on the Douro River in Portugal. If it were designated as a 20, 30, or 40 it would mean the wine has been seasoned for a corresponding amount of years.  The longer the port wine has been stored the smoother the taste and higher the quality.  Of course quality doesn’t come free and one should expect the price to rise as well.

Tawny Port wine is often severed as a dessert wine after a meal. It is sweet, dry, and full of flavor. Such wines have higher alcohol content and can be quiet powerful in their spirit allocations. Generally, such wines are expensive due to the amount of years they have been kept in storage. This cellar time raises both its value and its taste.  The wine may equally be used as a toasting and sipping wine for long drawn out conversations.

W & J Graham’s was formed in the 1820’s from two Scottish families in Portugal. Since that time, the family vineyards have grown in both stature and quality. The Graham family had other interests in England and India making their empire wide and powerful. The families were seen as one of the “merchant princes of Great Britain”. Today the company maintains an important historical connection to the past. 

Port is a fortified wine that takes its unique genre from the town of Oporto in Portugal. Prior to this non-fortified wines became a major export after the establishment of the Kingdom of Portugal in 1143. The Treaty of Windsor in 1386 offered an ever large wine trading partnership between Portugal and England. Merchants moved to England and set up shipping establishments that created greater opportunities for maximum exports.

A trading conflict between England and France further pushed the development of Portuguese wine. Accordingly, in 1667 Louis XIV of France banned products from England. Not to be outdone the English retaliated by banning wines from France. The merchants from Portugal were so busy they ran short of supply and started to water down their products. 

Wine traveling such large distances needed to be fortified to maintain its taste. Merchants began to add a little brandy to each bottle just before shipping. Through this, they found that by fortifying their wines during the fermentation process it made the wines taste both sweater and more fresh.  The process not only created long bottles for storage like the ones you use today but also allowed for such wines to be stored longer. 

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Price: $24