Where Are The Black #Wine Enthusiasts?

wine_cheese pairingsLast week after work; to work a little bit more, I patronized a wine bar in uptown Dallas — it’s one of my favorite franchises — they have one I used to frequent in Milwaukee. I ordered a glass of Barnard Griffin Cabernet-Merlot — it’s a red blend Washington State wine — and it was fabulous! I paired it with the Euro Trip Cheese Plate.

WHY? “Beguiling nose of vanilla spice, dried fruit, herb and raspberry candy. Straightforward plum, cherry and orange fruit on the palate.”

The texture was so robust and pleasing. When I tell you that Washington State wines are the absolute best! It’s all about the quality of soil in where the grapes are grown, and because it rains a lot in that region — you can see why its dirt is so rich!

SHE WALKS IN!

Unfortunately, I was the only black person there, until this sista’ with a backpack walked in — perused around — and then went outside — awaiting the wine server. I was so pleased to see her there — that I felt compelled to go outside; introduce myself, and just chat about the one thing that we had in common. I didn’t 😦  But I wonder what she got.

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Euro Trip Cheese Plate

Soon after another sista’ walked in looking for her girlfriend, which was a young asian woman. And in that moment, it got me to thinking, Where are the black wine enthusiasts?! They have to be out there… right?

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What are You Drinking? Holiday Wine Guide

What do people usually drink for the holidays? Check out the most traditional and classic holiday wines for Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s. By learning the classics you can either adopt them or pave your own holiday wine drinking tradition. We also included several value-priced alternatives

Not everyone eats turkey on Thanksgiving or roast beef on Christmas, but the theme of winter seasonal vegetables and roasted foods are common. So what are the best wines for the holidays? Instead of listing brands, this article focuses on the food pairing methodology that leads to the best pairings. You’ll be able to choose your holiday wine like a pro!

Thanksgiving Wine (or Friendsgiving)

There are basically 4 fundamental components that go into a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

  1. Protein usually Turkey
  2. Dry spices including cinnamon and clove
  3. Roasted dishes anything that’s prepared in the oven
  4. Winter Fruits & Vegetables including potato, onion, cranberry, squash and Brussel sprout

When you add all four elements together, you start to realize each food eliminates several wines. For instance, a white wine won’t pair with roasted foods as well as say, a Rosé wine or a Red wine. Additionally, turkey pretty much eliminates a Full-bodied red wine, because of it’s more subtle flavor. If you want a wine that pairs well with exotic spices or baking spices, it’s great to seek out wines with similar tasting nuances. For example, many Barbera wines have nuances of nutmeg, vanilla and anise.

 Selected Thanksgiving Wines

Keep your eyes peeled the following wines, perfect with a classic Thanksgiving dinner

  • $ Barbera Will do very well with meals that include meats other than Turkey such as roast beef, venison and roasted pork. Learn about Barbera wine
  • $ Gamay Will pair perfectly with turkey, chicken or other lighter proteins. An ideal wine with cream and cheese-based dishes. Look for Cru Beaujolais
  • $ Zinfandel or Primitivo Will pair perfectly with Turkey and spiced cranberry sauce or other dishes with dry spices. Find out what regions make the best Zinfandel
  • $ Lambrusco Will pair awesome with turkey. Slightly sweet Lambrusco will hold up to sweet side dishes such as yams or the saccharine American classic: sweet potato marshmellow casserole
  • $$ Pinot Noir Will pair perfectly with turkey, chicken or other lighter proteins. An ideal wine with cream and cheese-based dishes. Read up on Pinot Noir
  • $$S Châteauneuf du Pape Will pair nicely with turkey and ham. Will work wonderfully with roasted root vegetables. Learn about wines from Côtes du Rhône
  • $$$S Amarone Will pair nicely with turkey and ham. Amarone works great with dry spice like cinnamon and clove and dishes with inherent sweetness. Learn more about Amarone wines

The origin of Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving is a holiday to celebrate the year’s harvest. In it’s first iteration at the Plymouth plantation in 1921, Thanksgiving included corn, wild turkey and venison. It was enjoyed by about 90 people; both Native Americans and Pilgrims.

Today, Thanksgiving is the 2nd most popular holiday behind Christmas. Over 50 million turkeys will be for sale around the US and nearly a half million vegetarian ‘tofurkeys’.
My personal pallet varies from mood to mood, but here are some labels of my delicious picks for Thanksgiving!

My personal pallet varies from mood to mood; however, here are some labels for my delicious picks for Thanksgiving!

Article appeared at winefolly.com

Wine + Networking = Always the Perfect Mix | Networking GOLD Wine Tips

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“Wine is the most civilizing thing in the world.” – Ernest Hemingway

  • WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE DRINK WINE?
  • YOU’RE AT THE WINE EVENT: REMEMBER THE 4 “S”s
  • WHAT TO TALK ABOUT?
  • SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE

I’d like to preface this post to my beautiful black people… Here we go… (DEATH TO MOSCATO!!) …LOL!! It is so much more to enjoyingNo Moscato wine than Moscato. Why do most African-Americans love Moscato? Because the African-American taste index skews toward sweeter drinks PERIOD. It’s true, I’m not making this up – I learned a great deal about consumers and their preferences working at a former PR agency with a high-profile client.

I want to show you how to make a lasting impression when you’re networking at a wine event, not just at an event where wine will be served, but specifically at a wine event. Wine Tastings, Wine Tours, Grand Opening events — where wine will be served, art galleries (this is my favorite) and Wine Bars.

WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE INDULGE IN WINE?

A Men’s Magazine article says by drinking wine it says that “You’re mature and discerning, and you’re likely an organized professional.”

Great! This is what you want while networking – people who are mature and discerning – these people are also decision makers with any said company, and are ripe in networking contacts – get it ripe? HA! I crack myself up. So keep a keen eye.

YOU’RE AT THE WINE EVENT: REMEMBER THE FOUR “S”s or 5 “S”

SWIRL: Release the aromas of the wine

SNIFF: Short and long sniff’s; savor, what do you smell?

SIP: Coat your palate completely, do the flavors match the aroma (Your palate is composed of a series of taste buds, tongue, and the most important sensor of all: your nose.)

SPIT: There are lots of wine to taste, and your tasting faculties will be reduced if you don’t spit (NOTE: Only if you’re at a tasting; however, it’s not my preference)

WHAT TO TALK ABOUT? This Is Your Networking Segue

  • When you’re interacting, First ask your networking target what their palate is? (NOTE: If you remember nothing else: people respond by you being genuinely interested in them.
  • Respond by disclosing your palate and what you smell.
  • Tell a wine joke.

Joke 1. What did the grape say after the elephant sat on it? Nothing, it just let out a little whine! **my fav joke

Joke 2. A woman was sipping on a glass of wine, while sitting on the patio with her husband, and she says, “I love you so much; I don’t know how I could ever live without you.”

Her husband asks, “Is that you or the wine talking?”

She replies, “It’s me…talking to the wine.”

You’re not starring on Russell Simmons Def Comedy Jam, but it’s appropriate and most people indulging in wine will laugh – it’s all in the delivery!

SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE

I’m not a wine expert, and you may not be either, so here are a few cheat tips to help you at your event.

“Chardonnay is the World’s Most Popular White Wine.”

“Pinot Grigio is the most Popular White Wine produced in Italy.”

“The Popular Wine maker Kendall-Jackson’s CEO was featured on CBS’s UnderCover Boss. It’s a great back-story, have you seen it?” (NOTE: make sure you’ve watched the episode)

“Majority of consumers drink their reds too warm and their white wines too cold.” Proper temps allow the wines to show their freshness

Red’s should be served between 65° – 68°
Whites should be served between 48° – 53°

Review or “ASK” the server in the company of your networking parties “…the rating points of the wine.” If it is rated in the 89 – 91 point range – 10 times out of 10 the wine is magnificent!

Now that you’re ready! Check out your local MeetUp.com Wine Groups, Google: Wine Tasting (in said city), Find your next Art Gallery Event (w/ a bar), Find your local wine bar – Make Networking fun, because it can be. Also. Please remember to drink in moderation and slow your pace down, networking inebriated has the opposite effect of what you’re there for.

Now that you have your wine networking arsenal – have your business cards ready! Remember to smile and have fun!

Let me know how it turns out!

‘Wine’ Down Friday

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It’s Friday… and all that is pervading my mind is wine. My favorite wines are Reds (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir) … I am absolutely enamored swirling it around into my nodes. Full-bodied red wines are my delight.  Sweet… Sometimes not… it’s like Calgaon ‘take me away’ in a glass. 🙂

This fun and social drink of choice can bring people together — people who typically do not convene or socialize; however, their commonality in that moment is wine, and it can even help cultivate relationships.

So here’s my Tip: Step outside of your wine pallet box (meaning your goto’s of Moscato, Riesling and Zinfandel). Try something NEW! Read the description label for the ingredient’s of smells that will soon dance around through your nose (is it cherries, is it oak-ed, strawberries, plum, pear)? Before you sip, swirl the glass around — close your eyes and sniff — then taste. Then ensures you savor every moment.

– Sab