Author Archives for Ken Hoggins

Wines From The Cellar: How Do They Perform?


Since I review new release wines most of the time, some of my cellar wines frequently get ignored.  However, I pulled out a couple a bottles to review and share with family and friends on a recent vacation in upstate New York.  The two bottles I chose where the Plumpjack 2000 “McWilliams Oakville Vineyard” Cabernet […]

Roussanne Blends From Paso Robles


When this month’s Great Grape was declared as Roussanne and Marsanne, I knew I would have a small sample to choose from.  These 2 grapes originate from the Rhône Valley in France.  Neither grape is particulaly easy for winemakers to grow and use in making wine.  Both are usually blended with each other or other […]

Chenin Blanc from South Africa


With wine popularity growing exponentially these days, folks are starting to experiment with different wines and wine regions.  I am going to suggest that you give Chenin Blanc from South Africa a try.  I am sure you will be delighted.  Did you know that South Africa is the 9th largest producer of wine in the […]

Aussie Grenache Rocks!!


I love Grenache from Australia! Grenache is grown in the Rhône Valley in France, throughout Spain, in Australia, and in California. I like New World styled Grenache as it really expresses the grape’s terrific fruit flavors. For my taste, Australia and Southern California producers do a great job extracting the flavors I love. I went with […]

Dashe Cellars 2004 & 2005 Zinfandel Vertical Tasting


I thought for this post I would try a mini vertical of some highly acclaimed Zinfandel from the Dry Creek Valley in California. I personally think that the Dry Creek Valley is one of the premier Zinfandel growing regions in the world. Saturday night we tried the Dashe Cellars 2004 Dry Creek Zinfandel and […]

Discover Rosé Wines This Summer


1967 was the “Summer of Love” in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district.  So I’m declaring the summer of 2007 as the “Summer to Love Rosé.”  Perhaps we can even have a theme song.  Maybe AC/DC can re-issue one of their famous songs as Whole Lotta Rosé.
O.K., enough AC/DC Rosé wine fun.  What is Rosé?.  Why is […]

Riedel offers a special limited edition glass to benefit Living Beyond Breast Cancer


Since we are doing Rosé wines this month, I thought it would be good to mention this offer from Riedel as it contributes to a very good cause and will enhance our Rosé tasting later this month.
I recently attended a tasting in Boston hosted by Maximillian Riedel at the Federalist Restaurant in Boston. It was […]

Sémillon – A Great Grape For Dessert Wines


Sémillon is a golden skinned grape used to make dessert wines in both Australia and France.  Sémillon is the major white grape in Bordeaux, Graves, and Sauternes, France.  In Bordeaux, France Sémillon is frequently blended with Sauvignon Blanc and Muscatdelle.  The most famous and expensive wines that are made from Sémillon come from Sauternes and […]

Paso Robles Wines Are Stunning


I recently attended a wine tasting of Paso Robles wines at Anthony’s Pier 4 Restaurant in Boston, MA.  The wineries present were on tour with the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance. 
Their website states that Paso Robles has more than 170 wineries and 26,000 vineyard acres focusing on premium wine production.  Their micro-climates and diverse soils, […]

Sangiovese - 2004 Pieri Rosso di Montalcino


Welcome to my great grape post on Sangiovese. 
This post has been a bit of an adventure for me.  As someone who reviews wine for a living, it shouldn’t be so hard.  First, the wines I requested didn’t show up until today.  I was supposed to have them on Saturday.  The only wine I requested that […]