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Archive for August, 2010


At long Last!

After about a trimester of brewing and percolating, today I’m happy to announce the unveiling of my revised, upgraded, updated and  just-plain-snazzy NEW website –  www.winerium.com

I think (as the admittedly biased, proud parent) the site not only looks really fun and cool.  What you’ll find is ALOT more information.  Like:

  1. Wine info: You’ll see I’ve added a trivia question that I’ll change monthly and of course there’s a link to this blog.  Let me know if you got the trivia question correct!
  2. Event info:  There’s also more a about the types of events we do – including special events like wine and chocolate tastings.
  3. My info: I’ve added more information about me, my consulting services and client feedback.

You may also notice that I’ve dropped the “188” from the web address and my email address for simplicity – be sure to make note.

Please take a look at the new website, share it with your friends and feel free to shoot me an email from the CONTACT page – tell me what you think of the new site, I’d love to hear from you!

In the next blog… I’ll get back to my wine escapades.  The topic: WILD with a Fetish!  Look for it next week.  Until then…

Enjoy and GO WILD


WILD for a change!

We are all creatures of habit. This weekend, I’m suggesting you break away from what may be the wine you buy out of habit.

Some stats you may find interesting…  While there are over 3,000 known grape varieties in the world, in the United States, 4 grape varieties account for 60% of total wine sales (imported and domestic).  They are: Chardonnay (25%), Cabernet Sauvignon (14%), Merlot (13%) and White Zinfandel (8% – I think my parents and my friend, Laura are responsible for at least half of this volume.).

So, step away from your routine Chardonnay, Cab, Merlot or White Zin and drink something that is well worth the break in routine.

NOTE:  For those of you who not only enjoy wine but also have a penchant for a lychee martini… this wine is for you!

It is… Gewürztraminer (pronounced Ga-vertz-tra-meaner) or just Gewürz for short.  This is a white grape and therefore white wine who’s home is in Alsace, France but you can also find it from California and Washington State producers.  Classically, this grape variety produces wines that have pronounced aromas and flavors of rose, white flowers, citrus and melons.

POINT OF INTEREST>>> Gewürz in German means “spice”. So, the wine usually has a subtle spicy somethin’  on the palate.

One of my favorites is:

Willm Gewurztraminer, Alsace, France, 2009

This wine is big on aroma and flavors of lychee (rose pedals), pear, apple, pineapple, honeydew and spice.  All this packaged in a smooth texture and refreshing finish and just a hint of sweetness.

No barrels were sacrificed in making this wine… no oak used!  This wine is just the pure expression of the fruit – citrus and floral.

This is one versatile wine.  It’s great as a summer sipper or paired with your favorite Thai or Asian dishes.  It’s also a great partner to shellfish and chicken.  Priced at $13-$15 a bottle, it makes for a low risk break from your routine.  And, who knows, you may have found a new habit!

Enjoy and GO WILD

W.I.L.D. for Shark Week!

Each year, the first week of August is SHARK WEEK on the Discovery Channel.  I have great respect and awe for Great White Sharks, specifically. And, during this week, the Discovery Channel does a great job of broadcasting really cool shark footage – breaching, feeding, awesome crazy stuff.

So, when I think of the Great White Shark of wine, I think of a wine that is…

  1. Blood red in color
  2. From a coastal location (Australia, South Africa, Northern California)
  3. Has a big bite – lots of spicy flavors, high alcohol, full body, lots of astringent tannins
  4. Made by Greg Norman (nicknamed “The Great White Shark” or just ” The Shark”)- he’s the Australian professional golfer turned wine producer

POINT OF GOSSIP>>>On June 28, 2008 Greg Norman married Chris Evert  (ladies tennis legend). Then on October 2,  2009 Evert and Norman announced they were separating.  Really?  16 months? Really?

Anyhooo….As it turns out, Greg Norman Estates makes a wine that fits my Great White Shark specs and as a matter of fact has been quite highly rated by wine critics – his Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon blend.

Greg Norman Estates Limestone Coast Shiraz Cabernet 2007

This wine is 77% Shiraz and 23% Cabernet Sauvignon.

This wine is a dark crimson color (my blood red requirement). It has big dark fruit aromas and flavors of plum, blackberry and cherry mixing with the more complex and savory – pepper, currant, leather with vanillin and smoky oak with (a big bite)  strong tannins, full body, good alcohol and a long finish.  For a $16-20 wine, this is an excellent value and will continue to evolve over the next 5-7 years.

Enjoy and GO WILD