Friday, September 2, 2011

Cameron Hughes in Top Wine Blog

Promoting Cameron Hughes Wine for the best value in the marketplace today, please call me for your wine consultation for your Wedding Reception Wine.  Jan Manni, Certified Sommelier 415-625-0280 

You can try some of our wines at Bloomingdales in SF on 9/21 at their Bridal Registry event.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Join Cameron Hughes Wine at Unveiled 2011 - Terra Gallery

We had a great time meeting all the guests at the Unveiled 2011 event at Terra Gallery this past Sunday.  We also had the pleasure of being across from The Whole Cake.  Kelsey Robinson, a Sculptress, design very unique and creative cakes - certainly a centerpiece of conversation.  Kelsey tried our Moscato d' Asti, Lot 228 with a bit of her cake samples and it was a match made in heaven. This delicately sparkling wine is slightly sweet and is a very pleasant sipping wine as well. $13/bottle - Brides receive 20% discount on their case orders.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Unveiled 2011 at Terra Gallery August 28 - Discount Code FF11

Please stop by and see me at the Unveiled 2011 Bridal event of the year.  Come view Vera Wang gowns and the top designers in floral, photography, and much much more.  Cameron Hughes Wine will be pouring their top wedding reception wines.

From a right-off-the-runway fashion show of the latest Vera Wang gowns, a State of the Union Address from Stanley Gatti and a co-hosting sponsorship by Martha Stewart Weddings, this event is sure to impress.....

Friends and Family Code: FF11

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Join Cameron Hughes Wine at Unveiled 2011 Bridal Style Revealed

Sunday, August 28, 2011
Terra Gallery
511 Harrison
San Francisco

11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
I will be pouring 6 outstanding wines for you to taste for your wedding reception.  Call me if you want a personal Sommelier consultation.  See you there!  Jan Manni 415-625-0280.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Monday, July 18, 2011

30 Ways to Wow Your Wedding Guests -

30 Ways to Wow Your Wedding Guests -
Wow your guests also with your favorite wine choices. They will appreciate your attention to detail and will more enjoy the wonderful day you put together.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Wedding Reception Wine

Our new July Wedding Wine Sampler Kit is now available for $70.  This includes a variety of 8 bottles (750 ml) of wines to taste, 4 whites and 4 reds.  The kit is perfect for a wine tasting party with your friends and family.  Everyone can help you decide on your choices for your wedding reception.  It's a great way to sample Cameron Hughes Wine and get to know the value of these great wines.  In addition to the discounted price, we ship the kit FREE.  The Kit also includes my services as a Wine Consultant where I can help you with wine/food pairing ideas, planning wine for all the venues you will have surrounding your wedding events such as rehearsal dinners, gifts, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, brunch after the wedding, saving wine for your 1st anniversary and so on.  As a Certified Sommelier, I can help you with quantities needed and which wines to serve with which foods.  Click here to see the the contents, tasting and pairing notes for the Wedding Wine Sampler Kit.  I look forward to working with you on your special occasion.  Don't leave the wine for your reception to chance!

To order, please call Jan Manni, 415-625-0280.  I can also discuss the Cameron Hughes Wine wedding discount program with you. I coordinate all the shipping; so you don't need to worry if the wine will show up or not for your special day.  We ship nationwide.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

JUST RELEASED TODAY - Lot 256 2010 Atlas Peak, Napa Valley Rose

Cameron Hughes releases a fine cabernet rose
You need to snag some of this up for your wedding before it's all sold out. A great summer wine, but ideal for a wedding reception - it's delicious and I highly recommend it. Call me for discounts.
Jan, Certified Sommelier.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Bridal Galleria, San Francisco, Trunk Shows

Bridal Galleria, San Francisco, Trunk Shows
Don't miss the next Lazaro trunk show at this beautiful wedding gown salon in SF. June 23 - 26, 10a- 7p. Appointments recommended.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Cameron Hughes Wine at Stonebrook Mansion Los Altos Hills

The Palo Alto Film Festival (PAIFF) had its recent launch party at Stonebrook Mansion in Los Altos Hills.  The wine being served was Cameron Hughes Wine Lots 240 Albarino, 238 Chardonnay and 184 Cabernet.  Stonebrook is a beautifully restored 30,000 square foot home.  Please call us if you have an event planned. We would provide you with our Sommelier to advise on the selections of wines and the quantity you would need.  We handle all shipping details.  Call Jan directly at 415-625-0280 for discounts and promotions.

Cameron Hughes Wine Weddings

Wedding Reception Wines - a wide selection to choose from at
Have a Cameron Hughes Wine Wedding - think of the possibilities........

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

2008 Antolino Brongo Cryomalus Iced Cider for Wedding Reception Cake

Cameron Hughes Wine - 2008 Cryomalus
…this rich, gold color, with hazelnut and apricot flavors is iced cider!  It has 10% alcohol; so it is perfect for a wedding toast or dessert course.  It is delicious on its own or with a wedding cake that is made of cheesecake with white icing.  This wine is more pricey because of the low yield of the juice at pressing.  The apples are pressed frozen and so there isn’t much juice to make up a large quantity of cider-wine.  I recommend this wine for smaller weddings because of its cost -   $30 for 1/2 bottle (375 ml bottle).  This wine is  from Saint-Joseph-du-Lac, in the region of the Basses-Laurentides, Quebec, Canada.  Volume discounts apply if you order some with your other wedding reception wine. It certainly is worth trying a bottle.  It's so delicious.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Vera Wang at the Bridal Galleria in SF

Go see the gorgeous Vera Wang gowns at Bridal Galleria from May 19 thru Sunday May 22.  Book an appointment if wish to try on any of these beautiful designs at At the time you are carefully choosing your gown is also the time to look at caterers.  Let me help you with your wine pairing.  It's never to soon to complete the numerous details of planning a wedding.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Spa Wine Sampler

Do you really want to go out, get drunk and make a fool out of yourself at your Bachelorette Party, right before your wedding?  Who needs a hangover after you have worked so hard to make yourself look great for your wedding day?  The new Bachelorette Party is now a Spa Day for the girls.  Pampering is just what you need right now.  Let me put together our best White Wine Sampler  for you to take for your Spa Day with your entourage.  Relax, enjoy, be pampered.  Call me for 20% off and free shipping.
Best wishes, Jan Manni, Certified Sommelier, 415-625-0280

Friday, April 8, 2011

Heidi and Frank: Stuff from Today's Show

Heidi and Frank: Stuff from Today's Show
While you are Costco picking up your wedding dress (yes, I said wedding dress) you can pick up all the your wine for the reception - Cameron Hughes Wine of course. Costco is trying to create a "one-stop-shopping" experience for your wedding day.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

How much wine do I need for my wedding?

I'm on a budget.  So how much wine do I need for my wedding?  That is the first question anyone asks me.  Here is a rule of thumb I use - for the four or so hours your guests will be at your reception, a wine drinking guest will have 3 glasses.  Some will have 2 and some will have 4 glasses.  One bottle of wine holds 4 glasses.  For 100 guests, order 5 cases of wine and for 200 guests order 10 cases of wine.  Order 1-2 cases more just in case.  Any left over bottles are great gifts for those that have helped you with all the planning.  Also save some for your 1-yr anniversary.  40% of the wine should be white and 60% should be red.  The easiest thing to have on each table is one bottle of Chardonnay (white wine) and one bottle of Cabernet (red wine).  Then your guests can help themselves.  For a bit more interest, ask a wine consultant to help you pair wines with your food menu.

When to choose wine for your wedding?

Well, no one ever tells you that you need to think about wine for your wedding.  There is never any mention of it.  Only when to choose a caterer.  I think this detail should be exposed!  When planning a wedding, believe it or not, you should be interviewing caterers 9 to 12 months from the wedding date.  And, at 6 months before the wedding, you should booked your caterer.  Food is always mentioned in the planning but why not wine when there are so many wine lovers out there?  Today's wedding guests will want to have a glass of nice wine that goes with the nice food that you so meticulously choose for your special guests.

Think about flow of the day, when your guests arrive at the reception location.  They are thirsty and want to have a refreshing glass of wine.  Think about having some other white varietals such as Albarino or Torrentes.  These are light and refreshing wines.  Sauvignon Blanc is also a  great choice and a wine that your guest will recognize.  Chardonnay that is crisp with fruit on the palate is also nice.  Leave the creamy, buttery, oaked Chardonnays for the dinner with entrees of fish or chicken.

Pinot Noir is excellent with salmon, chicken or lamb.  It's one of my favorite varietals.  The color of Pinot is beautiful, festive and goes well with a variety of food choices.  Merlot and Cabernet are excellent with fillet or roasted pork with a raisin chutney sauce.
So on my agenda, once the food menu is chosen, pair the wines with the flow of the day and the menus.  Have a wine consultant assist you in the wine pairing and order the wines to be delivered directly to venue.  Now that detail is finished and you don't have to worry any longer about wines, food, etc.  Isn't that a weight off your shoulders?  Great food, great wine - check.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Wedding Cake Wine

Cameron Hughes Wine has a delicious wine to serve with your wedding cake.  Our latest dessert wine is 2008 Antolino Brongo Cryomalus Ice Cider.
Appellation: Saint-Joseph-du-Lac, in the region of the Basses-Laurentides, Quebec, Canada
Apple Varietal: 57% Macintosh, 18% Empire, 18% Lobo, 9% Spartan
Alcohol by volume: 10%

With a rich gold color lightly red, has notes of hazelnuts and apricot at the nose. In the mouth, apple and apricot notes mixed with a long and persistent flavor of honey and citrus.  Cryomalus means frozen.  The apples are frozen and then pressed just like Ice Wine.  This would be an outstanding treat with the wedding cake and used for a toast as well.  So delicious - a refreshing blast to re-awaken your palate and get ready for dancing the night away.

Great Time at the SF Grand Hyatt Wedding Fair on Sunday 3/27

We all had a great time meeting all the brides, bridesmaids, mother-of-the-brides and grooms.  The grand ballroom was a perfect setting to gather all the resources one needs to put on a spectacular wedding day.  Our booth was quite busy - by the end we were out of wine. You can still order the sampler kit of 8 wines for $102.  The best way to sample wines is with friends and family.  You can plan a wine tasting party.  You buy the sampler kit and then have your guests bring a dish each that pairs with the wine.  Call me and I can help you plan your party.  As a wine consultant, I will assist you in your wine choices for your wedding day and can work with your chosen caterer.  I look forward to working with you.  If you send me a picture of you sampling Cameron Hughes Wine , I will send you a bottle of wine signed by Cameron - yes, Cameron Hughes is a real person.  Get your pictures in this week only! Thanks again for tasting with us.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Good Sparkling Wine for Toasting

Unless you are serving the finest of Champagnes, no one really drinks sparkling wines at a wedding.  But sparkling wine is very festival to have for the toast portion of the day.  You can get some very nice ones from $10 - $15 per bottle.  Try a CAVA, the Spanish "Champagne".  These are normally very dry (Brut) and made in the Methode Champenoise style just like the real stuff.  Gloria Ferrer from the Carneros region in California is also a good choice.  These wines look classy without breaking the budget.  Find other well priced sparkling wines at Costco. If you don't drink sparkling wine at all, most people simply pour wine for the toast and raise their glass.  In this case, we can recommend the wines that you are drinking throughout your dinner.  This is just as polite.

Choosing wines for your wedding reception

Don't leave choosing your wine for your wedding reception up to chance.  Even if you don't drink wine, don't know much about wine or only  like certain wines, choosing wine is an important detail that shouldn't be overlooked.  You want the food to be perfect so why not the wines?  Most guests now are wine savvy - so to treat your guests to a wonderful experience, wine and food pairing should be part of your planning.  Once you pick a  caterer and the menu, then a wine expert can assist you in pairing wines for the day.

Typically guests arrive and have choices of white or red.  Depending on the passed around appetizers such as scallops wrapped in bacon, there are a few choice such as Sauvignon Blanc or a bright Pinot Noir.  A good indicator of how much wine and style you should order is typically 40% whites and 60% reds.  There is normally more red wine only drinkers.  But if you are "styling" your wines with your menu, then most people will drink whites with seafood or chicken entrees. 

It is best to make it simple, with not a huge array of choices.  My favorite varietal picks are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay for starters.  Then move on to Pinot Noir or Cabernet.  Sweet wine is not a good wine to pair the entre.  Although sweet wines such as Late Harvest Viognier or French Sauternes can be delicious with white cake or cheesecake and Late Harvest Zin with chocolate cake, these can be expensive and with all the sugar in those wines and the cake may make your guests feeling ill the next day. 

Again, this goes back to keeping it elegant and simple.  You have enough to worry about; so let a Sommelier assist you with the wine pairing with your menu choices.  If you have questions about wines for your wedding please feel free to email me. And, congratulations and best wishes,
Jan Manni
Certified Sommelier

Lot 214 2009 Los Carneros Chardonnay -- Cameron Hughes Wine Online Store

Lot 214 2009 Los Carneros Chardonnay -- Cameron Hughes Wine Online Store: " a delicious wine recommended for your reception.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

SF Grand Hyatt Wedding Fair - March 27 11a - 4p

Cameron Hughes Wines will be at the Grand Hyatt, downtown San Francisco, on March 27 from 11a - 4p.  Please come and join me for a tasting of 8 ultra-premium wines hand selected for you to showcase wines for your reception menu.  Certified Sommelier, Jan Manni, will be there to discuss with you how much you will need, types of wines and food pairing ideas.  You deserve to have fabulous wines that don't break the budget.  Ultra-premium wines at affordable prices. We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Modern Luxury Weddings - July 31 Ritz-Carlton, SF

Modern Luxury Weddings is hosting a Wedding Fair at the 5-Star Ritz-Carlton Hotel in San Francisco July 31 and Cameron Hughes Wine will be there for you to enjoy and discuss your favorites for your wedding venue.  Call and make an appointment to discuss the wines for your specific venue at 415-625-0280. Great discounts for weddings and events.  Ultra-premium wines at affordable prices.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Palo Alto Wedding Fair March 6

Please join me, your personal wine consultant, at the Palo Alto Wedding Fair at the Crowne Plaza on March 6 from 11:30a - 4:00p.  We will be showcasing 8 of our ultra premium wines at affordable prices for your wedding or event.  I look forward to meeting with you in person to discuss your venue.  Check us out at  Make an appointment with me by calling 415-625-0280.  Hope to see you there.
Thanks again,
Jan Manni, Certified Sommelier

Monday, February 7, 2011

February 20 - Concord Crowne Plaza Hotel

I just picked out 9 wines for you to try at the SF Bay Area Wedding Fair in Concord, from Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay to Pinot all the way to Cabernet and Zinfandel.  It will be a wonderful selection.  Please stop by the Cameron Hughes Wine table for complimentary wine consulting for your venue.  Thanks for being a CHWine fan.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Cameron Hughes Wine now on

We are excited to let you know that we are now listed on, a complete on-line resource for your special day.  You can always go directly to the Cameron Hughes Wine Wedding page for more information.  You can also contact me directly at Cameron Hughes Wine in San Francisco at (415) 625-0280.  Thanks again for being a CHWine Fan.

Cameron Hughes Wine at SF Bay Area Wedding Fair

I will be at four weddings fairs in the next couple of months.  Please stop by and see me.  I would love to meet you in person and  have some outstanding wines to try for your wedding.  Go to SF Bay Area Wedding Fairs website to sign up. This will be Cameron Hughes Wine first appearance doing wedding fairs.  Check the dates and let me know which location you will be.

Don't leave your wine selections to circumstance.  As a Certified Sommelier, I can help you pair your wines with your menu.  You will have a choice of outstanding wines but at prices that will fit your budget.  I look forward to working with you directly.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Wine for your wedding

Something that is way overlooked is choosing the wines for your special day.  You choose your caterer carefully, you choose your wedding dress with scrutiny.  So when most people are into drinking wine, don't let this detail be randomly decided by what a caterer can get the cheapest.

There are lots of resources that are available for you to choose an impressive wine list that will fit into your budget.  Over the past years, the wine industry has been forced to reduce its prices and now has outstanding wines available at much reduced costs. Full bodied Napa Valley wines for under $15? 

Cameron Hughes Wine offers free consulting with your very own Certified Sommelier for pairing wines with any venue. 

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding.