52 Weeks of Wine – Week 47: Sylvaner (September 14th – 20th 2019)

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Even as I learn more about wines, I’m still guilty of making assumptions about a varietal based on the sound of the name. The Italian and French varietals innately sound romantic, whereas the Eastern European-originating varietals project a strong and intimidating image in my mind. Zweigelt, Veltliner, Blaufrankisch….none of those are very approachable names in my opinion. So, when I came across Sylvaner, I again approached with caution.

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52 Weeks of Wine – Week 46: Pinot Noir (September 7th – 13th 2019)

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Sometimes after trying many unusual wine varietals, I find myself questioning, “could I even identify a Pinot Noir/Chardonnay/Cab Sauv/Sauv Blanc?” Fortunately, the 52 Weeks of Wine Training Program concept works. You’re not inundated with too many varietals in too short of time to forget some of the classics. But to restore the confidence with trainees, I’ve included the common varietals sporadically within the program to offer that reassurance.  Continue reading “52 Weeks of Wine – Week 46: Pinot Noir (September 7th – 13th 2019)”

52 Weeks of Wine – Week 45: Picpoul (August 31st – September 6th 2019)

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The whole premise behind The 52 Weeks of Wine Training Program and truly the best way to expand your wine palate is to taste more wine. That seems quite easy but it also needs to be a deliberate effort. For optimal results, one should taste only up to a few wines per sitting, not overwhelm ones palate with many different types in a concentrated time frame, take notes on the details of the wine and the tasting experience. Since wine tasting is growing substantially more popular outside of wine production regions, it’s likely that you’ll find a wine tasting venue near your home or in many places that you might vacation. And even better – many establishments recognize that complimentary wine tastings often result in a significant increase of purchases and revenue. Maybe it’s just me but I tend to be more likely to buy a wine that I’ve already tasted and I tend spend a little more money after drinking wine…

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52 Weeks of Wine – Week 44: Lacrima (August 24th – 30th 2019)

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Whenever I go to a new wine bar, tasting room or wine shop, I’m always looking for opportunities to try new varietals or wines from new regions. A great technique that I have developed is that any time I see a new varietal that I am not familiar with, I add it to a list in my phone. This has helped in developing this schedule for the 52 Weeks of Wine Training Program but also encouraged a bit of education on each varietal to better understand the attributes of each wine. Lacrima is a result of this process and a wine that I saw on a wine bar list while visiting Vail, Colorado this past ski season. 

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52 Weeks of Wine – Week 43: Torrontes (August 17th – 23rd 2019)

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When I host private wine tasting events, I walk all attendees through the steps of wine tasting: look, smell, taste, think. Undoubtedly the most challenging step is “smell”. The most common response is “it smells like wine”. I get it – there was a time that wine only smelled like wine to me. Palate development and refinement doesn’t only apply to the taste, but the whole experience. 

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