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