Meet Ash, one of our resident foodies:
Meet Britt, one of our resident foodies:
From a small farm town in So Cal to the big city of Los Angeles, Britt is living the life (on a budget but it's fabulous). You can catch her shopping her life away at Buffalo Exchange or Instagramming the latest trendy cafe in town. Not to mention a sucker for a killer Chai Tea Latte!
Meet Bianca, one of our resident foodies:
Bianca is a Southern California sista living her dream in Los Angeles. Keeping up with trends is what she lives for and she chases everything fun, fab and happening! You’ll probably spot her checking out a new restaurant, at a concert, or chatting with an upcoming designer. She loves Coca-Cola in a can...not in a bottle.
Meet Julie, our Vineal Vixen:
Julie Gauvin, accredited Junior Wine Expert and current serving Spokeswoman and Retail Director of Vine Winery, will be here to lend her expertise regarding all things wine. But most importantly, she’ll keep it interesting, light and fun for your drinking pleasure. Stay tuned as she helps you figure out what you like, where to find it, and what to pair it with. This newfound knowledge will give you that extra edge at the dinner table with friends, family or even on that hot date you have tonight. Check back every Wednesday to see what's new!
Meet Kasey, our LA Food Blogger:
This East Coast girl has recently traded in her New England Clam Chowda for California Rolls! Kasey has been whipping up delectable dishes in her kitchen since she was 10 years old. Combining ingredients and trying new concoctions became her favorite hobby. Kasey is a fabulous food blogger representing Kasey's Kitchen, her self-proclaimed food blog! Kasey attends a ton of fun food events around town and she is sharing her fun, healthy recipes with us every week!
1. Honor Thy Best Friend
It’s always more fun to drink with a partner in crime!
2. Do Thy Research
Take 20-30 minutes to educate yourself on the vineyard, winery or tasting room you’ll be visiting. Having a basic understanding of their geographic location, the grape varietals planted and history of the label will allow you to pick & choose wines to experiment with, and other’s you like to revisit. It’ll prepare you for a conversation with winemakers, and staff while showing a great deal of respect for their craft.
3. Thou Shalt Not Wear White
For the stubborn hearted, read “Don’t Cry Over Spilt Wine.”
4.Thou Shalt Not Chug Before Swirling
Allow the wine to ‘breath.’ Swirling helps to aerate the wine allowing the aromas to come forward.
5. Thou Shall Memorize Varietals Characteristics
90% of taste is smell, therefore, the most important aspect of wine tasting is to smell the juice. This will help you to identify certain characteristics of grape varieties. By memorizing these notes you will develop a personal preference for individual styles that will form the foundation of your wine knowledge. I suggest beginning with three major white grapes (Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay) and three major red grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir).
6. Savor Thy Juice
Wine has three tastes: sweet (residual sugar), sour (acidity), and bitter (high tannin or high alcohol). By letting the wine linger before swallowing you will become more aware of the sensations of taste and where they occur on your tongue and in your mouth.
*Sweetness- tip of tongue
*Acidity- sides of tongue, cheek area, back of throat
*Bitterness- back of tongue (ex. olives, coffee, arugula)
*Tannin (gritty, tactile sensation)- middle of tongue
7. Honor Thy Spittoon
General rule of thumb: spit at tastings, swallow at dinner. It’s
8. Thou Shalt Not Cup The Bulge
Consider a bit of tasting etiquette, and hold your wine glass firmly by the stem. Not only is it classier, but also you’ll have better leverage to swirl your wine, and will avoid disturbing the wines temperature.
9. Honor Thine Own Rules
Ask questions, be social and consider basic wine tasting guidelines and techniques, but don’t take yourself too seriously.
10. Remember To Call Thy D.D.