Jody Bogle from Bogle Wines graciously answered a bunch more questions we had about wine (that you might have too) + gave us a tip we’ve never heard before! Here goes:
Do I have to spend a lot of money to get a good wine?
Absolutely not! Our grandfather once said “Sure, you can spend $100 for a special bottle for a birthday or anniversary, but we want to make a wine you can enjoy the other 364 days of the year.” There are a lot of little gems out there that are hand-crafted and delicious…the fun is in the discovery!
Do all whites need to be chilled and all reds sipped room temperature?
To really get the best flavors out of the wine, don’t serve whites too cold or reds too warm. We suggest taking a white wine out of the refrigerator 15 minutes before pouring a glass, and putting the red wine in the fridge 15 minutes before pouring. It’s the 15-15 Rule.
We keep hearing about tannins and would love to be enlightened. If someone prefers a wine with less tannins what does that mean?
You know when you are eating grapes and the skins taste dry and bitter? Those are tannins and they live in winegrapes too. The key is having the right balance. White wines have very little tannins, while some big reds are packed full of them. Someone who doesn’t like tannins might like a lighter, more fruit forward style of wine, like our Bogle Merlot or our Essential Red.
I got invited to a small dinner party, and I have no idea what to bring. Any suggestions?
The two most popular wine varietals are Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, so those are always safe bets. But if you want to amble down a different path, try something totally different, like a Malbec or a unique red blend. And if you bring a bottle of bubbles, you’re pretty much guaranteeing an invitation for next weekend too.
The wine snobs seem to scoff at years, “Oh you bought a 2013 Cab, what a waste of money, everybody knows that was a bad year.” Is this true? How can we know what year to buy and if it really matters?
There are certainly those in the wine industry who live and die by the vintage year, especially in French wines. We are really lucky out here in California that we are able to make wine pretty consistently vintage to vintage. For example, our 2014 Petite Sirah is just as good as our 2013 Petite Sirah, since it is from the same vineyards, the same farmer, the same winemaker. We try really hard to create wines you’ll love year after year.
Fancy schmancy wine tasting…does it really work? Are we supposed to slurp and do something weird when trying wine?
Just as H&G experiences the seasons through all five senses, wine can be enjoyed the same way. Look at the color in the glass—is it saturated, inky, incandescent? Smell the story of the wine—full of fresh fruit, toasty oak, or earthy notes? Feel the weight of the wine on your palate—crisp and refreshing or velvety soft and rich? Taste the flavors that have been coaxed and crafted—are there citrus fruits, blackberries, pipe tobacco, or vanilla? And sound? Didn’t your heart skip a beat when that cork popped?
And finally, if you could drink only one wine for the rest of your life what would it be?
Everyone has a different favorite, and if you drink wine long enough, that favorite will evolve. Mine changes with the seasons too. Today, it’s our Phantom, a blend of Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Cabernet. Ask me again tomorrow…
Thanks so much, Jody! Can’t wait for our travels to bring us to California.