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What is Sancerre (Sauvignon Blanc)?

What is Sancerre (Sauvignon Blanc)?

What is the difference between Sauvignon Blanc and Sancerre? This a frequently asked question in the wine world and for good reason. Wines from Sancerre are distinctive and synonymous with classic, elegant, French winemaking. That said, the grape may not grace the...

The Ultimate Guide to South African Wines

The Ultimate Guide to South African Wines

Granted, South Africa may not the first place that comes to mind when you think of impressive wines and vineyards. You probably don’t even give South African wines a glance when you’re in But the country is beginning to garner attention around the world for its high...

Learn to Pair Wine With Food (Video!)

Four Rules for Pairing Wine with Food In this video, sommelier, wine consultant, and DiVino founder, Annie takes you through her 4-step guide to food and wine pairing. Balance The most important aspect of food and wine...

Pair Wine with Food (July 4th Special) Video!

July fourth is a perfect time to talk about pairing wine with food. The holiday is packed with all kinds of traditional and regional American flavors and classic recipes. It's also a great excuse to explore American wines...

4th of July Food and Wine (Recipes and Wine Pairings)

4th of July Food and Wine (Recipes and Wine Pairings)

Pair American Food with American Wine. On July 4th, All across the United States, friends and families will gather in parks and yards, on decks and patios, poolside and beachside, to celebrate Independence Day and enjoy traditional July 4th dishes. What do you think...

How to Pair Food and Wine (A Guide)

How to Pair Food and Wine (A Guide)

4 Rules for Pairing Food and Wine As we discussed in the VIDEO GUIDE, the fundamentals of food and wine pairing can vary, but there are some basic rules we can agree on. We put together this guide to help you get started and learn more about food and wine pairing. 1)...

Learn About Sauvignon Blanc (Video!)

Where is Sauvignon Blanc From? Sauvignon Blanc (Grape and Wine) traces its roots to parts of Western France, in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. The actual origin of the grape is unknown. Sauvignon gets its name because it was growing...

Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon Review (Music Video!)

Château Lafite Rothschild and Viña Los Vascos In 2010, DiVino was commissioned to write, produce, and star in a music video as part of a creative marketing campaign for Viña Los Vascos, in particular, their Cabernet Sauvignon TASTING NOTES...

Chilean Wine Guide: History and Wine Regions of Chile

Chilean Wine Guide: History and Wine Regions of Chile

Early Days Wine and grapes, vitis vinifera, arrived to Chile on boats  with the Conquistadores  and missionaries as early as the 16th Century. They began with a black (red) grape called Pais, known as a “common black grape” used for table wines and the Catholic...

All About Etna Bianco Wine

Old Vines: Lost and Found In the last twenty years, the wines of Etna, in the northeastern part of Sicily have gone from virtually unknown, to celebrated and even a little trendy. In a part of the world that has been making wine for about...

DiVino Wine School at Sottocasa Pizza in Harlem!

We're excited to join forces again for an into to wine tasting with a focus on Italian wine. TUESDAY April 9th, from 6-7:30pm. Location: Sottocasa Pizzeria - 227 Lenox Avenue 10027 This class is for beginners, casual wine lovers, and anyone curious about some basic...

Love Note to Puerto Rico

Love Note to Puerto Rico

https://youtu.be/NVD2i1gOaoE People keep asking if it is "ok to travel there now?"  The answer is yes. Unless you're venturing to to the middle of the island which is still largely without power. Sending supplies and financial aid is very much appreciated, but the...

Great Pair…Part 2: Wine & Lingerie – NOV 7th!

Great Pair…Part 2: Wine & Lingerie – NOV 7th!

We're at it again! We had such a nice time at our last exclusive wine and lingerie experience, Journelle and I are putting on a autumn-themed wine-tasting, this time with spicy, intense flavors to match three featured lines from their private Collection. I'll be there...

#Pour4PR –  Puerto Rico Relief by the Glass!

#Pour4PR – Puerto Rico Relief by the Glass!

Following the success of our event on October 11th, at Peque Tapas Y Vinos, we're officially launching the #Pour4PR initiative, as a way for hospitality professionals to engage suppliers, patrons, their dynamic beverage programs, and special events to send urgently...

Sweet Morningside Tea

Sweet Morningside Tea

If you're uptown today, join me at Morningside Park to celebrate our shared green space!  The free festival starts at 1pm. Nez Café will be there serving  up a little preview of what's to come. We researched indigenous flowers like rose, yarrow, and clover and added...

Great Pair….Lingerie and Wine August 8th!

Great Pair….Lingerie and Wine August 8th!

Join me for an an absolutely sumptuous evening of wine-tasting (with Divino's signature scent notes to help you along) all inspired by the gorgeous collections at Journelle. The ladies of Journelle will be featuring three lines: Bianca, Lana, and Yasmine, and  I have...

Italian Craft Beer Tasting & Pairing: Tuesday 20 June

Join DiVino for a night of Italian microbrewery tastings and pizza pairings from Sottocasa Harlem. Birra Follina was founded in 2012, but their roots in winemaking, and especially secondary bottle fermentation extend for a half a century. Located in the province of...

Italian Wine Intensive CHICAGO | SATURDAY 14 MAY | 3-6PM

Italian Wine Intensive CHICAGO | SATURDAY 14 MAY | 3-6PM

After three sold-out successes, DiVino returns to Chicago for an Italian Wine Intensive at Sentieri.  A long-time partner and supporter of DiVino, Sentieri offers courses based on language and the integral aspects of Italian culture for the most immersive experience...