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WINE DONATED TO FRONTLINE WORKERS

An Initiative to Donate Bottles of Wine and Messages of Encouragement to Frontline Workers.

Signor Vineyards and their employees are sending personal notes of encouragement and a bottle of wine to family and loved ones who serve as frontline and essential workers.
 
-Signor Vineyards is a boutique family vineyard nestled in the Texas Hill Country that features world-class charcuterie and wine, French country gardens, and farmhouse shopping at Joanna’s Market. 

-Due to COVID-19 Signor Vineyards is closed for tastings but wine can be purchased through their drive-thru and online. 
 
 
Signor Vineyards and their employees have launched the Bottles for the Frontline campaign. Bottles for the Frontline is an initiative to share some liquid relief and words of encouragement to workers who are a part of the front line and relief efforts in fighting COVID-19. 

The Signor team have sent bottles and taken to social media to share personal notes to their loved ones. Bottles from the family vineyard are being distributed to brave men and women throughout the country. Among them are a COVID ICU Nurse at the University of Chicago, Store manager at Texas grocery store chain, HEB, Surgical RN, and many others. 

“We understand how much our frontline workers are sacrificing and putting at risk for our community. Many are working through such stressful situations and do not have the comfort of hugging their children and being around their family. We thought this small gesture could help instill a little hope and relaxation in this time.” – Will Coker, General Manager 

Typically, Springtime brings the Bluebonnets and thousands of visitors from across the country to Fredericksburg, Texas. 

Like many vineyards in the Texas Hill Country, Signor Vineyards has closed their tasting room doors until further notice and have switched to drive-thru and online sales. This has been a change of pace for the vineyard, which has become a destination where friends and family come from all over to congregate.

“A big part of what we do is bring people together. And even though we cannot do that at this time, we can carry on the feeling of joy and fellowship that comes when you open a bottle. We know that our frontline workers deserve much more than but it’s the least we can do.” Clay Signor, Owner/ Proprietor 

In the spirit of giving back, Signor Vineyards is taking nominations for frontline workers. People can nominate and share stories of the heroes in their lives by commenting on their Facebook or Instagram post. Signor Vineyards is also encouraging other wineries and vineyards to join their cause and share their photos using #bottles4frontline. 

Signor Vineyards is located at 362 Livesay Lane, Fredericksburg, TX. Visit www.signorvineyards.com or follow them on facebook or Instagram @signorvineyards

 

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Visit Panama City Beach × UNwinD

Visit Panama City Beach has announced that the show will go on for their premier springtime event, UNwineD. Held on March 20-21, the fifth annual event will feature craft beer, wine and spirits from around the world in addition to mouth-watering creations from some of the area’s leading chefs. The Gulf of Mexico serves as the backdrop for this stylish garden party and live concert, which showcases Panama City Beach’s contagious passion for the people, places and cuisine that make the city worth celebrating.

The weekend’s festivities open on Friday night with a celebratory soiree. Ladies and gents arrive from all over the country outfitted in their finest fashions to the elegant affair. Held under the festival’s signature white tent, this exclusive, curated experience for 200 food and wine aficionados will feature Chef Kelsey Barnard Clark, the most recent winner of Bravo’s “Top Chef.” Born and raised a “Gulf Southerner” from nearby Dothan, Alabama, Kelsey got her start in the food industry as a middle school student with a baking obsession and catered her first wedding at age 15 before attending the Culinary Institute of American in Hyde Park, New York. Today, Kelsey runs her restaurant and catering company KBC, creating dishes inspired by southern classics with her French techniques sprinkled throughout. She will be joined by mixologists from the region who will delight the crowd with their specialty cocktails, as well as other local chefs who will be showcasing their signature items in inventive ways.

UNwineD’s Grand Afternoon Tasting takes place on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. and features more than 40 purveyors sampling craft beer, spirits and wines from North America, South America and Europe. Guests will have the opportunity to discover new brands and meet regional brewers and wine vendors. Throughout the day, Panama City Beach restaurants will be offering tasty bites ranging from Southern classics to fresh seafood caught locally. In between noshes, guests can browse local shops and boutiques at the Art and Vendor Row or stop by a southern themed tent brimming with home décor, cookbooks and more. UNwineD culminates with an evening Picnic in the Park & Concert at the Aaron Bessant Park amphitheater from 5-7 p.m. This year’s headliner, American alternative rock band Death Cab for Cutie, will take the stage following opening entertainment from Joywave. Panama City Beach’s UNwineD festival is not-to-be-missed, especially with Death Cab for Cutie on the mic.

Panama City Beach continues to closely monitor updates from federal, state and local officials regarding COVID-19. The festival is taking precautionary measures at this time, including providing more hand-sanitizing and hand-washing stations.

While in Panama City Beach, visitors can experience endless dining options, arts offerings and a myriad of water sports and outdoor activities, including chartered fishing excursions, airboat adventures, dolphin cruises, exploring secluded Shell Island or camping, hiking or biking in St. Andrew’s State Park. With 320 days of sunshine annually, this resort town is a destination that suits families, retirees, couples and adventurers of all ages and is located within driving distance to major southern metropolitan areas.

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Festival Napa Valley

Festival Napa Valley Announces Its 15th Anniversary Season

Featuring Jennifer Hudson, Joshua Bell and Larisa Martínez, Roberto Bolle, the Young People’s Chorus of NYC with Thomas Hampson, and the World Premiere of Gordon Getty’s Opera Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Festival Napa Valley, recognized for transforming California Wine Country into a cultural destination, announces its 2020 summer season, July 17– 26. The Festival’s 15th anniversary will be commemorated with more than 40 concerts and events in an inspiring season of reflection, celebration and enthusiasm for the years to come.

Now in its 15th year, Festival Napa Valley offers a rich range of programs—from symphonic concerts, opera, film, and dance, to chamber music and jazz.

In addition to presenting the finest performing arts, Festival Napa Valley is committed to supporting underserved members of the community by providing free tickets to students, veterans and seniors. The Festival’s extensive educational program includes master classes for local college students; Arts for All camps, which serve more than 1600 Boys & Girls Club youth ages 6-18; and a tuition-free music academy for 60 pre-professional musicians from around the world.

“This anniversary season is dedicated to recognizing and honoring all of the outstanding artists, chefs, vintners and partners that make this Festival so special,” says Richard Walker, President & CEO of Festival Napa Valley. “We are equal parts inspired and reflective, and both of these feelings have found expression in the programming for our 15th Anniversary Season. We are excited to create a little magic for our audience and supporters this summer.”

Festival Napa Valley 2020 Highlights:

International opera star Thomas Hampson kicks off the 15th season at Castello di Amorosa with his bountiful Song of America: Beyond Liberty. Hampson will be joined by acclaimed pianist Lara Downes, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, and a chamber ensemble in this concert pairing music, poetry, rhetoric, and history.

Grammy and Academy-award winning singer and actress Jennifer Hudson headlines Wine Country’s biggest arts charity event, the Arts for All Gala at HALL Napa Valley.

The Festival presents the world premiere of Goodbye, Mr. Chips, the highly anticipated opera by acclaimed composer Gordon Getty.

High-energy cover band Brickhouse headlines Taste of Napa, Festival Napa Valley’s signature celebration of food, wine, and music, at Vista Collina.

Violin virtuoso Joshua Bell and radiant soprano Larisa Martínez perform music inspired by Bell’s chart-topping CD, Voice of the Violin at Charles Krug Winery. To commemorate Beethoven’s 250th birthday, Bell and his two distinguished colleagues, pianist Jeremy Denk and cellist Steven Isserlis, perform Beethoven’s masterpiece “Triple Concerto” with Festival Orchestra Napa, under the baton of Joel Revzen.

Brilliant American violinist Chad Hoopes performs Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the Blackburn Academy Orchestra under the baton of acclaimed conductor Carlo Ponti at Far Niente, accompanied by poetry written by Napa County high school students on the theme The Four Seasons of Napa Valley.

Renowned pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet performs a private recital at Darioush.

Maestro Joel Revzen and Festival Orchestra Napa bring Disney’s seminal film, Fantasia, to life while the film plays on the big screen.

Opera Under the Stars at Meadowood Napa Valley features Festival favorites soprano Nadine Sierra and tenor Michael Fabiano performing arias and duets with Festival Orchestra Napa, led by the eminent conductor James Conlon.

Ballet superstar Roberto Bolle brings his celebrated show, Roberto Bolle and Friends, to Napa for the annual Dance Gala.

Festival Live! Chamber Series returns with 12 free concerts at locations throughout Napa Valley.

The popular Bouchaine Young Artist Series showcases the next generation of classical music artists.

The Festival’s Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra shines in an admission-free Monday at the Symphony concert featuring works by Beethoven, Stravinsky, and Karen LeFrak at Lincoln Theater.

Single concert tickets starting at $39 are now on sale. For an elevated Festival Napa Valley experience, Patron Passes including access to exclusive lunches, dinners and lounges are also available. To view the full schedule and to purchase passes, visit http://www.FestivalNapaValley.org.

About Festival Napa Valley:

Blending the beauty and bounty of Napa Valley with the very finest performing arts, Festival Napa Valley offers programs that enrich the economic and cultural vitality of the region. The Festival’s central mission is to make the arts accessible to all. The Festival presents world-class performances staged in iconic Napa Valley venues and inspiring educational programs offered at Napa County public schools year-round. It is presented by Napa Valley Festival Association, a nonprofit organization governed by a board of prominent vintners and local leaders. More than 200 artists, wineries, resorts, theaters, restaurants, chefs and vintners participate each year. Festival Napa Valley 2020 takes place July 17 – 26. To learn more, visit http://www.festivalnapavalley.org.

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WINE ENTHUSIAST

Today, Wine Enthusiast – the leading authority on all things wine – released its highly anticipated travel guide. Unlike years past, the completely rethought feature showcases seven wine experiences, rather than destinations, to give readers an immersive perspective on wine and wine travel from those that know vino best. The digital feature is available online here and the print issue will be on newsstands in February.

Curated by Wine Enthusiast’s intrepid global editors, the list takes readers on a journey from the vineyards of Mendoza, Argentina to the soils of Piedmont, Italy to the rolling surf breaks of Margaret River, Australia, and beyond. A quick list of experiences include:

  • Touring the Storied Cellars of Champagne, France
    • Located beneath the picturesque landscapes of Champagne lies a cavernous network of tunnels and caves known as Champagne’s crayères. Originally constructed by Romans to quarry chalk, the system has had many uses over the years, including wine storage for Benedictine monks and housing for hidden cities of French citizens when Germany occupied the area during World War I. 
  • Safari and Wine Experiences in South Africa
    • As South African wine entered a new era, so, too, did the safari experience—especially once legacy and avant-garde wine producers who raised quality began to capture the attention of beverage directors at game lodges. If an ideal vacation includes a Kruger game drive followed by sunset sips of the country’s best Chenin Blanc, guests can now turn that dream into a reality. 
  • Wine and Surf in Australia’s Margaret River Region
    • This Western Australia wine region, located about three hours south of Perth, offers a number of welcoming wineries set amid beautiful beaches. Featuring a plethora of surf schools, tasting tours and an annual professional surfing competition, Margaret River offers the perfect locale to sip and surf the day away.
  • Be Winemaker for a Day in Napa Valley, California
    • Step into the shoes of a winemaker during a trip to Napa Valley, California – known as one of the world’s top wine destinations. Whether considering a career change or looking to hone a new skill, guests will have the opportunity to learn from successful wine makers at some of the most breathtaking vineyards.

“This year, we focus on specific wine-centric experiences that aren’t just about location, but about the deeper insight and excitement that wine lovers in the know can find in those regions,” says Susan Kostrzewa, Editor-in-Chief of Wine Enthusiast. “Our editors travel extensively and have access to incredible insider adventures; this list makes those available to anyone eager for discovery in and beyond the glass.”

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JETBLUE × ARCHER ROOSE

Wheels Up for Canned Wine JetBlue and Archer Roose Team Up for Formal Partnership 


Archer Roose’s Sauvignon Blanc Will Be the First-Ever Canned Wine Served on JetBlue 


Wine lovers, prepare for take-off: Archer Roose Collective, the Boston-based wine brand that produces worldly wines for the curious in planet-friendly formats, is excited to announce that it has formally partnered with JetBlue to serve its wine onboard flights nationwide – making Archer Roose the first-ever canned wine served inflight on JetBlue. Launching with Sauvignon Blanc on flights this month and transitioning to Provence Rosé in the late spring, travelers will get to experience two top demand offerings from Archer Roose.  


Archer Roose and JetBlue’s partnership is a seamless fit given the core values and natural synergy between the two brands. Archer Roose’s mission is to deliver high-quality wine varietals imported from the world’s most iconic winemaking regions to consumers at an accessible price point via eco-friendly alternative packaging formats, with the brand’s most popular format being aluminum cans. The brand also partners exclusively with winemakers that implement all-natural growing techniques and boasts an end-to- end, fully sustainable supply chain, from before the grapes are even harvested to the moment cans hit shelves. What Archer Roose delivers to market is a quality-driven wine in a sustainable vessel that has an undeniably positive impact on global wine consumption. Every single Archer Roose can is the product of previously recycled aluminum, a process proven to be significantly more efficient than recycling glass from both a time and energy perspective. The global recycling rate on aluminum cans is 69%, and aluminum is infinitely recyclable – meaning cans can be recycled over and over, and in Archer Roose’s case, back in the hands of wine lovers in just 60 days. Whereas contrary to popular belief, glass is recycled in less than 40% of municipalities around the U.S. and wine bottles are rarely made of recycled materials.  


“Archer Roose brings you and delicious wines in sensible packaging. We carefully source our grapes from specific growers, working with winemakers who focus on sustainability, organic growing methods, and natural wine making practices… from around the world,” shares Marian Leitner, co-founder and CEO at Archer Roose. “We are thrilled to be partnered with JetBlue who have consistently demonstrated a dedication to bringing their customers a premium experience at an accessible pricepoint which is core to Archer Roose’s values. With their support of the can format they’ve shown their desire to be sustainable in every area of their offerings.”  


Archer Roose joins JetBlue’s diverse roster of inflight food and beverage offerings available for purchase, alongside the airline’s always complimentary, unlimited brand-name snacks. The addition of Archer Roose is the latest from the airline that’s dedicated to inspiring humanity by 
embracing consumer trends, allowing customers to enjoy the products they love on the ground, while they’re in the air.  


“At JetBlue, we want traveling to be an enjoyable experience from takeoff to touchdown, which is why we’re always looking to bring new and unique products onboard for our customers to enjoy,” shares Mariya Stoyanova, director of product development at JetBlue. “We are thrilled to toast our new partnership with Archer Roose and offer our customers delicious, premium wine in an exciting new format.”  


Archer Roose Sauvignon Blanc, a bright, citrus-forward classic from Chile’s revered Casablanca Valley, is now officially available for purchase on all flights for a price of $8 per can. In late Spring, JetBlue customers will have an opportunity to enjoy Archer Roose Provence Rosé inflight as Sauvignon Blanc transfers to Rosé on all flights during this period.  

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Top 100 Wines for 2019


Wine Enthusiast’s expert tasting panel has officially released its definitive list of Top 100 Wines for 2019, after sampling over 22,000 wines from around the globe, exploring a multitude of regions, styles and price points. The Enthusiast 100 is a best-of-the-best list that illustrates the fantastic variety of wines available to the consumer today.

The top recipient at #1 is the Nino Franco NV Rustico Brut (Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore) (94 points, SRP $18) from Valdobbiadene, Italy. Coming in at a close second is Sonoma County wine, Williams Selyem 2017 Pinot Noir (98 points, SRP $39). 

Beyond these wine’s high numerical ratings, this list showcases excellent quality-to-price ratios, drinkability, and availability, with an average score of just over 93 points and an average price of $33, showcasing that great wine comes from all over the world and there is a wine to satiate every palate.

The Enthusiast 100 of 2019 Fast Facts:

  • This year’s top spot goes to Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco Superiore from Italy – an incredible value wine at only $18!
  • There are a total of 16 countries represented on The Enthusiast 100.
  • The average score checks in at 93 points.
  • A median price of $33 makes it a wonderfully accessible list for wine enthusiasts of all levels
  • American wine is largely represented with 30 wines in the list
  • Most expensive wine showcased on the list is $114 – a Domaine de la Janasse 2016 Vieilles Vignes Red (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

The list also carries many ‘discovery-driven’ selections for consumers who enjoy exploring off the beaten path. These items include wines from not-well-known wine regions like the countries of Georgia, Israel or Uruguay, wines from re-emerging regions in Italy like Puglia, Abruzzo and Emilia-Romagna, or from growing regions in the US, such as Virginia and New York.

However, there are many other grapes represented that are either classic to the region where they are grown or interesting abnormalities that might speak to a growing trend in the region. (i.e. #7 – Napa producers are experimenting with white grapes beyond Chardonnay).

Please find the full list here

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TIN CITY

WATCH BRILLIANCE COME TO LIFE FOR REVOLUTIONARY WINE, BEER & SPIRIT MAKERSIN THE PASO ROBLES, CA FILM “TIN CITY” – AVAILABLE ON VIDEO FOR THE HOLIDAYS

This full-length documentary film that follows artisan makers who’ve changed their lives and risked it all to create their own brandsis currently open for pre-order and available on demand November 26, 2019

Calling all foodies, oenophiles and travel junkies, this inspirational film is a must for your holiday bucket list, not to mention your friends and family gift list. Alluring and heartfelt, Tin City tells the story of passionate wine country craft makers whose permanently stained hands, aching backs, and barrels of dreams weigh heavy on the mind. These are the proud battle scars of Paso Robles’ small lot wine, beer, spirit, and cider makers making a name for themselves, and a home for their barrels, in Tin City, USA. Watch the trailer here.

The film takes place inside the concentrated industrial village of Tin City hidden away in the heart of Paso Robles Wine Country—a wine region within a wine region. Over the past five years, this industrial epicurean playground has grown into a mecca for food and wine travelers from around the world. Ever watchful, director Dina Mande of Juice Media has caught it all over the last couple of years. Anyone who yearns to quit their job, risk it all, strike out on their own, and live the dream will appreciate the stories of these passionate entrepreneurs.

“The documentary pulls back the curtain and allows viewers to dive past the average wine tasting room banter,” Mande said. “You actually get to meet these creative souls and understand the vision behind true boutique wine, cider, and craft beer. This is the unmistakably human element within the bottle. Once you know their stories, it only deepens what’s in your glass.”

Roll up your sleeves and lean in. A through-line of rebellion connect this motley crew of artisans, and their stories, and sips, are born of grit, risk, and irreverence. Fierce in their passion and prolific in their execution, these oft misunderstood masterminds are the beating heart of this film.

“There is an allure; putting a vine in the ground and, many years later, having that thing be so much bigger. There is a linear component to the moment of consumption, going all the way back to the field,” says Aaron Jackson, winemaker and proprietor at Aaron Wines, in the opening scene. “There are very few things we consume in this world that give people that much joy and connect those two processes.”

Recently celebrated at San Luis Obispo Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival and LA’s LaFemme Film Festival, Tin City was acquired for North American distribution by Gravitas Ventures, is currently available for pre-order on iTunes, and will be available through VOD on Amazon.com November 26th, 2019, the perfect film to inspire holiday wine and food pairing!
More than “spirited,” these artists are pushing the bounds of the status quo. From small lot wine to dry hopped cider, each workspace is a universe unto itself. Craft producers interviewed and featured within the film include Aaron, Benom Wines, Brian Benson Cellars, Clos Solene, Desparada, Field Recordings, Giornata, Jacob Toft, Lefondusac, Levo, Nicora, ONX Wines and Turtle Rock Vineyards. Tin City is also home to a clutch of unique cidermakers (Tin City Cider), brewers (BarrelHouse Brewing Company), distillers (Wine Shine), and foodie artisans (Negranti Creamery and Etto Pasta).

About Gravitas Ventures

Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, is a leading all rights distributor of independent feature films and documentaries. Founded in 2006, Gravitas connects independent filmmakers and producers with distribution opportunities across the globe. Working with talented directors and producers, Gravitas Ventures has distributed thousands of films into over a hundred million homes in North America – over one billion homes worldwide. Recent releases include Armstrong, directed by David Fairhead; Above the Shadows staring Olivia Thirlby, Megan Fox and Jim Gaffigan; The River and the Wall, directed by Ben Masters; Score: A Film Music Documentary; California Typewriter; Legion of Brothers; Katie Holmes’ feature directorial debut; All We Had, Colin Hanks’ All Things Must Pass; and Being Evel from Academy Awardwinning director Daniel Junge and producer Johnny Knoxville.

More about Dina Mande and Juice Media

Dina Mande a multidimensional director, editor and producer who lives to discover energetic visual stories that connect heart and mind. Mande has filmed interesting people, fantastic places, lush vineyards, and spent years working in entertainment and advertising with clients like HBO, Warner Bros, Paramount, Discovery Channel, Lifetime, Disney, Sony and Fox. Having made the move from Hollywood to Paso Robles in 2009, and as founder of Juice Media, Mande has continued to expand her horizons, winning over 20 Addy Awards and 2 Telly awards. She’s the director behind the popular viral web series “Paso Wine Man,” which has become a cult phenomenon within the wine world. She’s also directed over 80 episodes of the hit web series “California Dream Eater” for Visit California out of Mering Carson, garning over 100 million views. With an unwavering love for telling bold, unforgettable stories, Mande continues to chase down inspiration, camera first. For more on Dina Mande and Juice Media, go to www.hellojuice.com.

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New Year’s Wine Resolutions

By Pallavi Gupta

Did you line up your new year’s resolutions? If not, here is one for you. Many think that New Year’s resolutions are all about diets, kicking out a few bad habits, or even changing wardrobes. Whatever it is, you are planning to commit, ensure to follow your heart.

Honestly, I hardly make it to the third month with my resolutions. And this is no reason to beat me up. However, this year, I am sure I will commit till the last month with my new year’s wine resolutions. For a wine enthusiast, these are the New Year’s resolutions one would love to undertake. Only focussing on keeping fit, is not a bad thing, but do you know wine can help you stay healthy? Here’s I am going to share with you in this wine article. The main intention behind these is pleasureful drinking rather than depriving yourself of your next pop-up.

Don’t Go for Appearance

Here’s the first mistake that most wine lovers make. Good wine would not be all about appearance. Begin next year by approaching a bottle of wine soberly. Focus on its content, not the bottle. You should look beyond the aesthetically pleasing label and read the details on the wine. Check out for three aspects of wine that makes it unique. These are region, grape, and producer. With these, you can go ahead with building your preferences based on the event or your emotions. Some research will help you make your wine experience pleasant throughout the year.

Learn Wine Terminology

In wine tasting, the distressful thing is tasting wine without any idea of basic wine terminology. If you are not conversant with wine terms such as terroir, Bacchus, decant, Acidity, etc., you need to make an effort and find out what they mean. It’s tricky especially if you don’t know where to start. Unless you’ve tasted their soils, how else would you know what earthly, or damp forest floor mean? You can simplify by tasting more wine till you make sense of wine vocabulary, or better yet, conduct extensive research to see what they mean. Primarily, this will help you start picking up on various smells and flavors that make up different wines and wines styles. Gradually, you will find yourself using these fancy wine terms to describe your wine.

Become a Wine Experimenter

Make 2020 a wine experiment year. Whether it’s a variety you have never tried or an unfamiliar blend from your locality, you should have room for new wine. If you have the time and resources, travel the world or different region, and sample various wines that you are not familiar with. This year will be more thrilling than scaling a mountain gear-free with a bottle of Moscato, Sangaria, or any variety you haven’t yet tried. Being a wine explorer doesn’t mean that you should abandon your favorite wines, just create more space for a new wine.

Try new wine recipes.

Another way to make this year an exciting one is by finding a recipe with wine as an ingredient and give it a try. You can also have some wine while baking or cooking. Anything can work provided it gives you a new angle of wine experience. You can even seek wine recipes on our blog.

Try some Wine-Food Pairings

Not satisfied yet? Wait, there is more. You can try pairing wine with your favorite foods and see how it pans out. The pairing will expound your wine taste in terms of acidity, tannin, alcohol content and overall how food pairing works. Perfect food wine pairing is achieved by flavors that complement each other. For the ideal match, plan dishes according to wine and not the other way round. This maintains the wine’s purpose on the table, and that is to complement the food.

Try Out Different Wine Glasses

This year, if you’ve not been caring about your wine glass, it’s time you do. You may not know, but the shape of your wineglass affects the overall wine tasting experience. Pairing wine with the right wine glass maintains its original taste. The right wine vessel means the size, shape, and opening. If you got all these right, it would maximize the flavor of the wine. So, start researching the most appropriate wine glasses.

Treat Yourself with Expensive Wine

It’s good that you become extravagant once in a while with your wine. If you’ve been a tightwad while spending a certain amount on a bottle, spoil yourself with some expensive stuff that doubles your usual amount. Who said it isn’t meant for you? Don’t put yourself down and start enjoying the best things life has to offer, including expensive wine. I am sure you will cherish enhancing your wine experience while you elevate your wine status to the next level.

Hold Wine-Tasting Parties

If you love good company when drinking your wine, this year, make it better by organizing and holding a wine tasting party. Invite your close friends and colleagues to your home, do some wine sampling fun. Another way to do this is to ask each one of them to bring different bottles of wine from various regions at different prices as well. You can then taste them all to get an explosion of wine moods and flavors. Make an impression of being the first to introduce them to their new favorite vino.

Be Part of a Wine Club Subscription Service

Any wine lover wants to enjoy their favorite bottle at their convenience anytime and anywhere. Luckily, several wine subscription services offer excellent wine delivery services. This is the best way of having award-winning wines delivered at your door. Sweet Wine Club offers the best wine subscription services with each shipment chosen out of quality wines of San Antonio Winery. You also get to taste different varieties and wine styles like nowhere else.

Chill and Toast more

The best way to enjoy your wine is to hold your wine glass up high to toss for a celebration that life has brought you. Wine tastes better with company, so ensure you have your loved ones and friends as you pour out a bottle of wine. This also ensures an excellent opportunity to relieve stress. Whether it’s just a happy hour, game night, or matching food and wine, make time for people you love, and you will enjoy a swell time as you gulp down your wine.

Final Remarks

By now, your taste buds are looking for the promising year 2020. Whether you are a wine critic or just starting, take time to know your wine as you usher in the year with a new year’s wine resolutions to make the best out of wine. Cheers To The New Year And Please Remember To Drink Responsibly!

Wine Enthusiast Restructures

In its continued efforts for robust growth across all media platforms, Wine Enthusiast Media, the leading source for modern wine content worldwide, is excited to announce a strategic restructure in its senior editorial teams.

Former Executive Editor Susan Kostrzewa has been promoted to Editor-in-Chief, increasing her focus on content partnerships, digital expansion, editorial brand awareness and diverse audience growth. Kostrzewa will expand her role in the consumer and trade market as a speaker, panelist and advisor, in addition to continuing management of all top-line editorial content strategy. She will also continue her role as a taster on the Greece and Cyprus wine beats.

During her 13-year tenure at the company, Kostrzewa has led a comprehensive rebrand of the legacy media group, including a complete redesign of the print magazine, website and expansion of the editorial team. Under her leadership, the media brand has launched successful editorial franchises such as the 40 Under 40 industry tastemakers list, the Wine & Culture editions, the Wine Enthusiast Podcast and the BIE online industry hub. She was awarded Folio’s Changemaker of the Year award in 2018 for her endeavors in inclusive coverage, innovative media expansion and California wildfire support.

Reporting to Kostrzewa, Managing Editor Lauren Buzzeo’s role has been expanded to oversee all digital and print editors in New York, as well as Wine Enthusiast’s global team of contributing editors, in efforts to better synergize operations and branding as well as advance cross-audience content. In her 13 years with the magazine, Buzzeo has been key in the development of the magazine’s international tasting panel as well as initiatives in new audience outreach such as the magazine’s first augmented reality (AR) cover in May 2019. As an author, taster, podcaster, educator and panelist, she has been active in growing awareness of beat regions such as South Africa and Languedoc-Roussillon, as well as the beer category.

Former VinePair Editor-in-Chief Emily Saladino has been recruited as Associate Managing Editor of Digital under Buzzeo and will focus on strategic content creation, WE Media digital audience growth and new online programs. At VinePair, Saladino doubled site traffic, overseeing a team of global freelance contributors as well as staff writers in New York. She launched the VinePair print magazine in May 2019. An accomplished writer, her work has been published in Bloomberg, BBC, Bon Appetit, Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler and others and she has also been a speaker at global industry events worldwide.

Further shifts in the editorial team, including the promotions of Layla Schlack to Associate Managing Editor of Print and Sarah Daniels to Senior Associate Editor, will support departmental synergies and growth.

These developments follow the recent ascension of second-generation owner and founder of wine registry start-up ThirstyNest, Jacqueline Strum, to the role of Associate Publisher, in which she will head the media company’s sales and events teams.

“The changes reflect a streamlining of the business and a 360-degree approach to delivering content,” says Publisher and CEO Adam Strum. “With this team’s progressive and comprehensive perspective on publishing, and Wine Enthusiast Media’s expanded emphasis on social media, digital media email marketing and direct marketing in addition to our legacy print platform, we are ensuring we’re everywhere in which the modern wine drinker can be found. We’ve long celebrated the vast potential of the wine sphere and the untapped audiences that are our industry’s future, and our moves are just another step for our brand in becoming the true voice of modern wine.”

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Beginner’s Guide to Tasting Wine

By Pallavi Gupta

Learning about wine for beginners don’t need a degree in rocket science. Otherwise, it would be so dull, lol! Life would sack big time! So, all you need is a good tongue and maybe a nose…just kidding. There are plenty of self-proclaimed wine professionals and enthusiasts who create wine tasting terms and descriptions to credit or discredit one particular grape, that a layman like us finds it hard to understand. For first-time wine tasters, don’t worry about complicated wine tasting vocabulary. The good thing is that you can simplify the whole process by having fun with an open mind while tasting wine. To expand your wine-tasting knowledge, all you need is a little effort and focus. 

Now let’s put on your wine tasting gear (if there is such a thing) and dive into the world of wine tasting to find out what makes a good wine, using these simple wine tasting tips for beginners. 

Now for the juicy part of wine tasting, let’s talk about the three different types of wines available for tasting.

To simplify things, let’s talk about wine color as an essential wine guide to achieve excellent wine-tasting results. Generally, there are three distinctive colors; red, white, and rose. Reds are what make my day if you ask me. But that’s just me. Here’s an elaborate on each type :

  • Red wines – these are made from dingy colored grapes. They have bolder, pleasant tastes than the white or rose wines.  You can serve this wine at your room temperature with either starchy foods, cured meat, or even your usual meatballs. 
  • White wines – these are made with green grapes, which gives them a yellowish color. They are served chilled due to their soft, lighter, and fruitier flavor. You can enjoy them with your favorite seafood, fruit, desserts, and also salads. 
  • Roses – when you blend the red and the green grapes, this is what you will get. You try this type of wine with anything either chilled or at room temperature. 

Now, talking about varietals. 

Varietals are the actual kind of grape that is used to make the wine. Each varietal has a unique flavor and smell which changes annually. Some of the well-known wine varietals for each wine color include:

  • Reds: Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Bordeaux, Merlot, Zinfandel, and Syrah.
  • Whites: Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Moscato, and Sauvignon Blanc. 
  • Rose: There is no particular varietal to speak of as most of the rose wines are blends. 

To adequately sample how great a wine is, you need to incorporate all your five senses. Yes, that’s true!

Take a Good Look: 

Just like food, your eyes have to initiate the wine tasting process. Just like a beautiful woman too….lol The color of wine speaks volumes about the quality of the wine, especially in red wine tasting guide. Holding out a glass of wine and tilting it a bit of a white surface, allows you to get the depth of color. At this point, you will notice the depth of color by swirling the wine glass gently and observing it closely. If the beverage moves around like water, it means that the wine is lighter and fresh with less alcohol content. A syrupy wine shows that it is more full-bodied and is potentially has higher alcohol content. Whites, indeed, can vary in color, which can give you an idea of the quality of the grape.

The older the wine, the darker will be the color. It’s due to its natural aromas that tend to separate slightly over time. Newer wines, on the other hand, are more uniform in color. The last thing you need to observe in your wine is bubbles. Bubbles are quite evident in Champagne or sparkling wine. It is fascinating to see them floating on top of your wine glass as you enjoy its excellent aroma. Unwanted bubbles mean that the wine has gone bad and needs to be tossed. 

Swirl the Wine:

Wine swirling allows you to establish its texture. To follow this, carefully swirl your wine in the glass by holding the base on a smooth surface. Slowly move your glass in close circles on the table, as you gradually increase the speed for the wine to slide up along the inner surface of the glass. Continue for a few more swirls. It isn’t mandatory to swirl wine on top of a table. You can also hold the stem and circularly move the wine glass. Essentially, the benefit of wine swirling is to allow air to mix the wine to get its aroma, also displaying your love for the wine.

Smell the Wine:

As I said, you need a nose to suck all the aroma out of your wine…lol. Before the tasting, there’s the smelling part. If you master the art of wine smell, it will make it easier for you to establish the kind of wine before tasting it. You can gather lots of information from the smell, and it’s quite pertinent. If you get the smell of rotten egg or boiled cabbage, it means that reduction was used to make the wine. Alternatively, if you get the smell of toffee or honey, it means that oxidation is undertaken in the process of winemaking. 

Wine smells can be broken down into three categories, which are:

  • Type of Grape: Now that you all know about different grapes, judging the type of grape used to make the wine would be quite easy. You may feel herbal, fruity, or even floral aromas.
  • Baseline Flavours: These are the secondary kinds of flavors used to make a particular wine. You can smell of yogurt, bread, cheese rind, or sour cream. 
  • Over Time-lapse: These aromas culminate over time and can vary from mushroom, tobacco, leather, vanilla, or cloves smells. You may get confused at first, but this won’t deny you the pleasure of tasting wine.

Tasting the wine:

To taste the wine, take a small sip first and hold it in your mouth for a few seconds. You can even slosh it around like mouthwash for the wine to reach the entire mouth. It may sound grouse, but no, it’s not! If it gives the right results, it’s worth it. Another technique that requires a bit of practice is drawing a small amount of air into the mouth and over the wine. Follow this without dribbling. It allows the aroma up into the nasal passages in the back of the throat for you to smell the wine again.

  • Your nose is a perfect tool to give you accurate clues about the wine. The taste should complement the smell and not contradict it. You should ask yourself whether the smell advertised correctly what the mouth consumed. You will find out that the nose is more accurate than your taste buds once you’ve tasted the wine. 
  • Your Wine can be either sweet or sour like aspirin, mostly it depends. For a higher alcohol content or riper wine, the texture will be stronger towards the red color. Usually, In red wine, the presence of tannins also affects the composition of the wine. 
  • The freshness of wine comes from its acidity. To enhance the sharpness of the wine, odorless acids are infused at the winery. You will know your wine is acidic if your mouth waters. 

To conclude the wine tasting process, you can either swallow or spit the wine out. What you need to observe is how long the taste stays in your mouth. For a bottle of great wine, the flavor will remain in your mouth for long. 

Reaching your conclusion

After going through all the swirling, smelling, and tasting of wine, you would have probably concluded the type of wine you like or what doesn’t make your day. Think about the overall impression of the wine aftertaste. There are various questions you will need to ask and answer yourself according to the experience you had throughout the wine tasting process. Was the taste strong or quickly fade later on? Did the smell marry the flavor in your palate? Were you be able to distinguish between the various components like fruit, acidity, alcohol, and tannins. 

To relish a heavenly wine taste, all the components need to complement each other and find harmony from your nose to your palate. All that matters is you had that feeling of eternal bliss while tasting wine for the first time. At the end of your tasting, you can always write down funny wine tasting notes to describe your sensations, subjective comments, or perceptions.