A Taste of Wine-Inspired Vacations

A Taste of Wine-Inspired Vacations
Let’s face it. We all need a break some point in our hectic, busy lives. We all need that one week to ourselves to unwind from all the stress that being an adult gives us and hear me out when I tell you, I have the most perfect vacations lined up in store. What better way to relax and unwind on a special vacation then with the ultimate stress reliever known as wine? Wine has so many amazing benefits to it and one of those super, helpful benefits is its potent ability to sedate and calm the mind and soul. It seriously is a glass of magic. Before I hit you with all the hot spot vacation places where you can live out all your wine fantasies, let me hit you with some hard facts on just how calming wine can be for a person, and why planning your next vacation with an inspired wine get-away is the perfect solution to all your stress and problems.
Wine’s Stress Melting Abilities

It’s not a crazy, surprising fact that wine or any other alcohol is perfect for unwinding on difficult and challenging work days. The majority of the world is very aware of this fact. Jacob Teitelbaum, an M.D. and board certified internist/author of health and wellness books has pointed out that “Drinking wine-and alcohol in general-is one of the most time-honored ways for disconnecting our brains at the end of the day.” David L.Katz, M.D. and the founding director of Yale University’s Research Prevention Center says “Alcohol, including wine, calms transiently because it is a central nervous system depressant.” It’s no wonder that so many Americans turn to wine to calm and rid themselves of the anxiety and pressure that they can feel on a day to day basis. Wine can actually relieve the strain and tension you feel way better than any of those anxiety pills you take, and not only does it relieve your anxiety, but it also has the magical ability to make you happier and content. With that in mind, it seems to make logical sense that one should plan their next fun, vacation surrounded by the very drink that is known to keep people calm and jovial! So what are you waiting for? Check out these super popular cities around the world that are notable for their great tasting wine and their absolute picturesque beauty. Visit one of these beauties, drink in the wine, devour the food, admire the sights in front of you, and be appreciative of all the beauty that life has to offer you!
Top Places to Carry Out a Wine-Inspired Vacation!
California
Sonoma County

Sonoma County is known as one of the best wine counties globally and in the nation, winning numerous national and international wine awards. This charming county region is located on the northern edge of the greater San Francisco Bay Area, and is the most well known wine county of the entire Northern California region. This panoramic county possesses acres and acres of famous wineries that you can taste and tour, with over 400 wineries to choose from! In addition Sonoma County has many cool wine festivals that you can join in on such as the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend in September, a Wine and Food Affair in November, Winter Wineland in January, Barrel Tasting in March, and many more! You can check out the Sonoma County website for more information about cool wine tasting events that you can be a part of, in order to make your wine-inspired vacation even more memorable! Sonoma County is notable for producing a large variety of grapes from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and more! Some notable wineries to check out when there include Charles Creek Vineyard, Kenwood Vineyards, D’Agostini Winery, Cline Cellars, and more!
Napa Valley

Next up on our top Wine-Inspired Vacations is the infamous Napa Valley in Northern California. Napa Valley has risen in ranks to its first rank as a wine region with other regions such as France. Its top two wineries, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and Chateau Montelena won the Judgment of Paris wine competition in 1976. This scenic wine city is located in Napa County, California and is surrounded by bright, rugged views of valleys and hills that make you feel like you have landed into a golden paradise. Napa Valley is known to be the producer of many different grapes such as the Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Syrah, etc. as well as many famous wineries such as Alpha Omega, Beringer, Cade Estate, Caymus, Long Meadow Ranch, Pine Ridge and more! You can expect great tasting wine and delicious food pairings to try along with country style views of beautiful valleys and mountains! It will definitely be a place you won’t forget.
Santa Barbara

Another unforgettable city to make the best wine pit stop would be none other than the beautiful Santa Barbara located in Central California. This city offers beautiful mountains and ocean views, coupled with a Mediterranean and Spanish architecture and heritage. Santa Barbara is truly a breathtaking and artsy place where one can enjoy the beauty the city has to offer while checking out some famous wineries and sipping some great tasting wine. You can try out all the surf and sun at the lively, vibrant beaches and then head out to the 26 self guided urban tasting rooms. Some notable wineries to check out while you are in this one of a kind, resort style city include Bedford Winery, Carivintas Winery, Crown Point, Melville, Silver Wines, Westerly and more!
France
Burgundy

Have a little more cash to burn and yearn to go somewhere overseas for your vacation? Look no further, France is one of the top producers of wine globally and is home to the best of the best wineries, coupled with vibrant, European charm, and a captivating history. Burgundy is one of France’s two powerhouse winemaking regions. This region is located in East, central France near the slopes and valleys of the Saone. You can try out one of their legendary night tours over dazzling rivers and passing rustic churches and rolling hills. Burgundy is truly a charm and beauty worth exploring and admiring as you sip up on their full bodied, and flavorful wine. Make sure to check out their top two wines known as the burgundy wine from the Pinot Noir grapes and the white wines made from their Chardonnay grapes.
Alsace

Not feeling Burgundy, but definitely feeling a different region in France to play out your wine and Europe vacation dreams? Look no further! Alsace is another great wine making region that would be the perfect destination for your stress free wine-inspired getaway. Alsace is the region of France located in the northeastern side of France, bordering Germany and Switzerland. This rustic region is located along the Rhine River Plain and is seriously a city that you only see in fairytales, with its tiny architecture and homes along cobble stone streets, fairy lights, and historical bridges. This city region is truly the epitome of a beautiful European city full of vibrancy and life and their wine is no different. Alsacian wine is known for their aromatic floral aromas. Their wine is characterized by peachy and floral smells that jump out of the glass and straight at you captivating your senses. Alsacian wine is also characterized by a light, moderate acidity and a flavor balanced by ripeness and alcohol rather than oak aging or spice. Check out Alsace, France for another great wine-inspired vacation that will be positively unforgettable.
Bordeaux

Ahh Bordeaux, another great wine tasting region to calm your senses and keep you satisfied and cool. The Bordeaux region is located in Southwestern France. This lively city is characterized by historical, European architecture, lights that fill up the city, gorgeous rivers and bodies of water, as well as numerous wineries where you can try your luck at a myriad of rich and lavish wines. This region is famous for being another large wine producer in France. In terms of the flavors that Bordeaux wine has to offer, many state that a young Bordeaux wine offers a deep, dark ruby color. From the left bank, Bordeaux wine delivers fruity notes such as blackberry, dark cherry, vanilla, black cherry, coffee bean, spice, and licorice. The right bank on the other hand delivers notes of smoke, floral, blueberry, jam, and more! Come visit Bordeaux and see for yourself all the unique flavors that this wine has to offer!
La Rioja, Spain

La Rioja is a rich province located in northern Spain, with a renowned wine industry. This beautiful province is located below the Cantabrian Mountains and offers many scenic vineyards and wine tours for wine lovers to enjoy! This city carries green rolling hills, followed by a pastoral beauty and architecture that makes it truly a site to behold. Rich green vineyards and bushes along with charming creeks and streams, make this region a truly gorgeous getaway. Come join in on some of the festivities with La Rioja’s very own Rioja Wine Harvest Festival or La Batalla del Vino (Wine Fight) or come in and relax with your very own wine tour appointment. Whether you are self guided or joining in on the festivities, La Rioja is surely a wine region you don’t want to miss on your next wine vacation.
Piedmont, Italy

This superb European city located at the foot of the Alps and bordering both France and Switzerland serves up its own individual beauty and originality. Piedmont is popularly known for its unique architecture as well as its delicious cuisine and wine! The best wines known from this region include Barolo and Barbaresco, both of which are made from the Nebbiolo grapes. Some other notable grapes to try out include the Barbera and Dolcetto grapes, which are both used for the Piedmont’s famous red wine. Of all wine regions in Italy, Piedmont is definitely the most popular region to visit and experience the magic behind wine making and flavors. The ice cold Alps combined with the warm Mediterranean weather provide a tug and pull on temperature variation in the region of Piedmont, making the land burn off the morning fog, creating more heat(which is ideal for the happy grape!) Don’t hesitate to consider this majestic region as part of your wine-inspired vacation dreams.
Some Other Notable Wine Regions to Try From!
-Central Otago, New Zealand
-Willamette Valley, Oregon
-Douro Valley, Portugal
-Barossa Valley, Australia
-South Africa
-Mendoza, Argentina
-Mosel, Germany
-Tuscany, Italy
-Champagne, France
-Greece
-Sicily, Italy
-Finger Lakes, New York
Wine Vacation Tips

Tip #1 Make sure to know the place’s notable wines and the style of that place! If you tend to not be a big fan of Red Wines, but book a vacation near Burgundy, France, the experience won’t be as great as you intended it to be! Be sure to know what kind of wines are notable and offered in each region and plan accordingly! Also make sure you dig the vibe and mood of the wine region as well, as that will enhance the experience of the wine tasting.
Tip #2 Plan ahead! Many wineries require appointments or reservations! Plan those ahead of time and think about their regular hours of operation. A wine vacation can really suck when you realize the wineries you planned for won’t accommodate you because you didn’t set up an appointment in advance. Research areas you plan to visit and have your plan set and ready to go when you get there!
Tip #3 Don’t rush! Part of the relaxing and amazing experience of tasting wine, is being able to savor the flavor and enjoy what you are tasting. Trying out too many wines at once while in a rush can make the whole experience of tasting wine, not so memorable. You want to remember what you tasted and savor those flavors in your memory. Give yourself time and plan for a limit of no more than 4 wineries in one day.

Tips for Creating the Perfect Wine Tasting Party

Its summer time everybody. You know what that means. Heat, parties, wine, and good times with friends. That is what summer is all about. Letting the good times go and sharing amazing memories with friends that you will cherish forever. With the intro to summer also means the beginning of party planning. I mean with all that hard work that is being put throughout the year, it’s only a necessity that you create a place where everyone can come together and relax, and what better way to relax then with a glass of wine? Even better what is a better way to relax then an actual wine tasting party? You know a party with good wine, great food and appetizers to enjoy? Can you think of any better way to have fun? I think not! Check out these seriously helpful tips that will leave you the talk of the season. You will be the best wine tasting party host in the neighborhood no problem!
Tip #1 Gather up that Wine!

Of course what is a wine tasting party without a great collection of wine to choose from? The collection of wine is what will make the party the hit of the century. When gathering up wine for a great party, think of the varieties of wine to choose from. It is wise to stick to just one region of wine, but branch out when it comes to the types of wine that comes from that region and the prices of the wine. Half of the fun of wine tasting is actually being able to compare different wines with each other and maybe discovering a cheap wine that you never knew would taste so good! Splurge on wine from $10-$70 and see what the big difference is. Try keeping your collection together with different types of wine such as red wine, white wine, or a rose. In addition to this, try to sample popular wines from a specific region such as California, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, etc. Choose a region and zone in on the many wines that they have. Having different varieties of wine present at your party will make for a whole lot of surprise and conversation to keep the guests sipping and talking. For a general rule, don’t exceed past a variety of 5 wines or else it will overwhelm the palate. Make sure that if you are serving reds that you put it into the refrigerator, 15-30 minutes before guests come. When it comes to whites or roses, take those wines out minutes before serving. Make sure to serve the wines in the correct order going from lightest wine to darkest wine, as going out of order can sometimes disturb a person’s palette and make other wine tasting harder.
Tip #2 Make Sure to Know How Much Wine to Buy

It is of utter importance that with a wine tasting party you have enough wine for everyone to sample. It would be a complete disaster if some guests are left without wine to sample, and can put a damper on the festivities. Keep in mind that every person should receive around 2-3 ounces of wine to sample each, and that one bottle of wine carries around 25 ounces of wine. With this in mind, that means about one bottle can at most serve up to 8 people with at the least being about 12 people. Depending on whether you will serve each person 2 ounces of wine or 3 ounces of wine, you will want to generally buy 2 bottles of each wine to be on the safe side (unless your gathering is quite small). This is due to the fact that some people may want to have a second go at the wine for taste and some may love it so much they will want a full glass to drink from.
Tip #3 Avoid Other Aromas

When throwing a wine tasting party, you most definitely want the focus to be on the wine. Part of the enjoyment of wine, is being able to smell the different aromatic fragrances that wine can give. These aromatic fragrances; however, can be tampered with if too many other aromatic fragrances cancel it out such as strong smelling perfumes or candles. Refrain from lighting candles in the room or party area to keep the smells of the wine and try to encourage guests to go easy on the perfume. Try to stay away from decorations with heavy smells that may overpower the fun smells of the wine.
Tip #4 Make it Fun!

To make the wine tasting even more fun for everyone, have everyone blind taste the wine. Merely put numbers on pitchers of wine and have them try the wine before being notified on what kind it is, where it comes from, and how much it costs. It will be even more fun if you have the party guests try to guess what region they think it is from and how much they think it costs. Maybe hand out some party favors to those who guess correctly! This is a great way to keep the conversation and laughs going, while also keeping all the guests entertained.
Tip #5 Stock Up on Some Needed Supplies

Try to buy enough glassware so that each guest has 2 glasses for an easy contrast and comparison. Leave out crackers and breads as a way for the palate to be cleansed so that people can try the different wines without having the flavors of the previous wines affecting their taste buds. Keep out spit buckets handy for those who cannot stand the taste of a wine or don’t want to become too tipsy. Make sure that when decorating your wine table that you stick to a white background as it offers subtle elegance to the décor of the party.
Tip #6 Set the Mood with Some Music

A party isn’t complete without some good music to set the mood. Set up a playlist ahead of time with some elegant classy songs to help set up the relaxed vibe of the party. When choosing music try to choose music that is calm and relaxed and not very loud to the ears. If you are having trouble with deciding on the right kind of music you can always download a readymade wine tasting playlist off of apps such as spotify or youtube. The music will be a surefire way to make the guests feel the vibe of the party.
Tip #7 Serve Some Delicious Snacks

No wine tasting party is complete without some delicious food and snack pairings to go with it. When doing research on what types of wines to buy, make sure to research the best appetizers and snacks to go with those wines as doing this will make the overall experience of tasting the wine a lot better. If you are having a hard time deciding on what kinds of appetizers and snacks to consider, remember that you can never go wrong with cheese, fruit and bread! Here are some examples of appetizers you can serve to help get you started!
Three Cheese Fondue
Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almonds
Baked Brie with Figs and Walnuts
Assortments of cheeses
Assortments of fruits
Parmesan artichoke spread
Warm, soft bread
Prosciutto Wrapped Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates
Olives
Bleu Cheese and Honey Dip
Bruschetta
Remember that unlike normal functions, barbeques, potlucks etc. where dinner and dessert is the norm, the trend for wine tasting parties isn’t necessarily full on entrees and heavy dinners, rather a great selection of wines, and an endless amount of appetizers and snacks for the guests to dig into. In addition to this, remember that the wine is the star of the show. Upon guests arriving don’t bring any juice or soda to the mix. You want guests to have a clean palate for when they taste their wine. Water will be the best supporting drink in this case!
Tip #8 Commentary is Needed!

The whole focal point behind a wine tasting party is (of course besides the wine) the interaction of guests with the wine and their ideas on it! Make sure that when throwing a wine tasting party you have a lot of cute stationary pens and paper for guests to write up their favorite wines that they have tasted as well as their least favorite. Maybe encourage guests to write what they liked about the wine in terms of the smell and taste and what each wine’s main flavor was. Make sure for a blind tasting wine party that you have cards or lists that guests can take home with them of the wines they tasted for their own reference! This is a great way for your guests to get more involved and talking during the whole process of the wine tasting and even offer your guests the chance to share their input on each wine.
Tip #9 Teach Your Guests How to Taste Wine Properly!

This tip is so very important when it comes to a wine tasting party. It is important that all guests are aware of the correct way to taste a sample of wine, as doing so will ensure the best experience that each guest will have with the overall flavors, body, and aromas of each wine. With every sample of wine tell your guests that they must first assess the wine. Have them look at the wine under neutral lighting and assess the color, appearance, and overall body of the wine. This process alone shouldn’t take more than 5 seconds but it will help your guests have a fair idea of what they are in for before they have tasted the wine. The next step is to have your guests smell the aromatic smell of the wine. Have them focus deeply on what smells appeal to them. Wine is divided into 3 aromas. The primary aroma is the fruit, herbal, or floral notes of the wine. The secondary aroma is the yeast derivative of the wine such as nut husk, cheese rind, or stale beer. The tertiary aroma is the aging of the wine from the bottle that can be accompanied with notes such as baking spice, vanilla, roasted nuts, tobacco, mushroom, etc. Smelling these aromas can also further help you to understand the individual tastes and aromas the wine has to offer. The next part is to taste the wine. Use your taste buds to observe the taste and see whether the wine has a salty, sour, bitter, or sweet taste. Observe the texture of the wine. Our tongue can understand the texture of the wine through whether it is richer than water or not. Our tongue can also distinguish the tannis of the wine, meaning the sandpaper texture that the wine can offer. Assess the length of the flavor. How long does it take for the flavor to dissipate in your mouth? The last step of wine testing is the analyzing and thinking. What do you think? Is it memorable or not memorable at all? Do you like it? Was it too much of this or too little of that? Assess how you feel about the wine and write down your commentary to share with others!
Tip #10 Don’t Make it Serious!

Like any type of party you throw, don’t make anything serious! When you perceive everything as laid back and chill than the overall party vibe is laid back and chill. Taking everything too seriously can cause stress and anxiety that your party guests will perceive and this will set a damper to the party mood. Remember this is all for fun and memories, so let the cork pop, the conversations start, and the good memories roll for a night of fun and festivities that you and your party guests will always remember!

Pinot Noir in the Spotlight

Pinot Noir in the Spotlight
Ahh wine. the infamous, elegant drink that has decorated and littered parties, gatherings, and social events for centuries. The drink used to bring people together and forget their troubles as they sip the sometimes satin like beverage among their other peers and close family members. Wine is the go to for many Americans as a little reward when out with loved ones on a quiet dinner or even in the comfort of home when life seems to weigh its burdens. Wine is cherished by many as a drink notably famous for its versatility and bold flavors. This drink comes in so many varieties with delicious and soothing flavors for everyone to try. One wine stands out in a particular, and that is the infamous Pinot Noir. A light and crisp wine that is gaining its fame among many Americans for its unique flavor and shining ability to pair perfectly with a myriad of delicious meals and dinners. Today the spotlight is on Pinot Noir and I’m going to walk you through the basics and everything you need to know about this one of a kind drink.

What is it?

Pinot Noir is French for the black pine cone. Both of these words allude to the physical appearance of the grape that this wine comes from. It’s a red wine that originates from the grape species of Vitis Vinifera and is said to be a dark, almost black color with a shape similar to that of a pine cone. These grape vines are native to the regions of the Mediterranean, central Europe, and Southwestern Asia. It’s predominately known in the Burgundy region of France with some other regions including the Russian Rivers of California (also known as American Viticultural Area), Adelaide Hills, the Yarra Valley in Australia, wine regions of New Zealand (known as Marlborough), Oregon and other regions of the area. It has gained a notable reputation as the wine of the toughest grapes to cultivate, with constant round the clock care and maintenance as well as warm conditions to ensure optimum flavor and growth. Due to the tough upkeep needed by the grapes, Pinot Noir is often sold in considerably smaller quantities than other red wines, and is the belle of all wines in the region of Burgundy France, often being coined the term Red Burgundy by the French. In addition to the difficulty of successfully growing the grapes for this wine, it also tends to age quicker than other red wines with an age of 4-5 years if stored only the slight bit improperly, in comparison to its competitor, the well known Cabernet Sauvignon, which has an age of about 10-20 years. Even being a wine that originates from the hardest to grow grapes, coming in small quantities, and having an extremely small age date coupled with its strict storage maintenance, this red wine no doubt has still become a popular, world class favorite for its distinctive flavor.

History

Believe it or not, the grape of the Pinot Noir has been coined the grandparents or even great grandparents to other grapes as it is said to be about 2,000 years old! That’s incredibly old in comparison to the Cabernet Sauvignon, which is thought to be about only a couple hundred years old. It is said that the grape of the Pinot Noir was cultivated around 1,000 A.D in the vineyards of France that were, at that time, under the authority of the Monks. The monks had a fervent belief in the idea of hard labor as they thought that doing so would bring them closer to God. As a result these monks cultivated the hillsides of the Burgundy region. They made meticulous reports on all the grapes they came across, including where they grew best, where they withered and died, and what each grape tasted like. They, however; never really made monetary gains from the grapes they discovered as the Monks were more so into religious devotion. The region of Burgundy was also home to another grape known as the Gamay. This grape was quickly outlawed in 1395, making the Pinot Noir, the reigning grape of the region. It gained popularity for both its astounding quality and scarcity. It even was so popular that Pope Urban V refused to return to Italy from the region of Burgundy during the Middle Ages for the reason of “You can’t get wine like this in Italy.” Soon enough it gained esteem by both Kings and Commoners of France as the “noble grape” with magical abilities when paired with food. This wine gained some serious popularity in the European and Asian area, and it wasn’t until Post Prohibition that Americans started to discover and recognize the esteem behind this valuable grape. It wasn’t long before American vineyards begin to plant the grape themselves, and the wine became a hit for Americans to heftily spend their money and enjoy.

Flavor

Despite the wine’s paucity when in comparison to red grapes, Pinot Noir is surely a distinct flavor like no other and is deserving of its name as an esteemed wine. The flavor of Pinot Noir is dry and is noted as having many different fruity and earth like qualities to it. Each glass seems to spark a new flavor for every individual person. When noting fruity flavors, it is said that Pinot Noir can have the characteristics of a strawberry, blackberry, cherry, or raspberry. Others, when referring to its earth like qualities, nail the flavors as being herbal, mushroom, or leather. The drink itself can also take on a warm spice flavor with notable spices being cinnamon, clove, or a smoky tobacco flavor. Some report characteristics of a rose, plum or currant. In addition to being a fruit forward wine, Pinot Noir is known to have a medium to high acidity level and medium to low tannins. Tannin, for those who are confused, refers to the astringency or dry flavor that wine can bring along. They are naturally occurring compounds found in grapes and grape stems. The wine itself is also known to have a lighter color than traditional red wines.

Pairings with Food

Of all the qualities that encompass this grape, probably the most notable quality of this grape other than its flavor and scarcity, is the fact that it can truly be paired with an abundance of different foods and meals. It’s practically perfect with almost all foods and for this reason this wine has such a booming popularity and a not so pretty price. The ability to pair with almost everything probably comes from the fact that the wine has a bright acidity and complexity, in addition to its rich, fruity flavor. When opting for light and fresh Pinot Noirs (that are probably way more inexpensive) try to steer towards dishes with cold meat, creamy sauces, or refreshing spring vegetables with goat cheese. Food like this really pair with the light subtly sweet fruit notes that the wine provides. If you’ve splashed some cash on a good Pinot Noir from California, Chile, or New Zealand, expect a taste similar to that of a bright berry fruit. These types of Pinot Noirs are extremely sweet and fruity and go amazing with a slight flare of spice such as grilled meats and seafood. Tuna, salmon, pork, or other meats that are barbecued or roasted with a light sweet and tangy flavor go great with sweet and fruity Pinot Noirs. You can also try to opt for meat dishes that are paired with fruit like cherries or figs. If you have gone for a top red Burgundy Pinot Noir that holds very silky notes then try pairing your glass with some roasted chickens, lambs or lobsters. Aim for some creamy mushroom and pair it with other meats such as turkey or chicken sausages. Try out dishes with a lot of herb or garlic flavorings to really bring out the silky texture of the drink. Other pinots can include rich and full bodied pinots that come from hot vintages or Central Otago. This type of Pinot pairs greatly with cheeses such as blue cheese, Brie or other milder cheeses such as Gorgonzola. Aim for a nice steak venison, roasted goose, or glazed ham, where the sauces for these meats are made of Pinot Noir. Last but surely not the least (because there is no such thing as least when it comes to Pinot Noir), if one has gone for a much older vintage Pinot Noir with a more mature taste, go for feathered game such as pheasants, grouse, or partridge. Go for some nice truffles on the side as well. After you’ve eaten up your delicious dinner and are ready to have a go at the dessert with your next glass of Pinot, try out desserts such as oatmeal raisin cookies, or caramel and chocolate (dark chocolate will be even more heavenly). Of course if you are drinking your Pinot Noir and do not have a big appetite but are feeling like you need a snack, there are some amazing cheeses that will truly intensify the experience of drinking Pinot Noir altogether. When drinking such a wine like this, one should aim for washed rind cheeses or nutty medium firm cheeses. This includes cheeses such as gruyere, Swiss, Brie, Camembert, Taleggio and more. Try these cheeses out with some grilled bread and you will swear that snacking has never tasted better!

Fun Facts about Pinot Noir- A little extra fun reading on the diversity and uniqueness of such a grape!

The HeartBreak Grape- Pinot Noir has been coined the term by many winemakers as the heartbreak grape. Of course with what I have stated earlier in the article, you can take an easy and quick guess as to why that is. It no doubt points to the complexity of growing such a grape. The Pinot Noir, needs optimum and strict climate conditions to be met in order to be good enough for wine making. The grape has an extremely thin skin which makes picking it an utter nightmare. One wrong pick and the grape won’t be good enough anymore to use for fine wine. Ripening such a grape is already hard on its own, so imagine the heartbreak when after all the careful maintenance and the utter happiness that it has finally been ripened to perfection, one wrong pick and it’s game over.

Italy Doesn’t Make the Cut- Despite being extremely notable for producing the Pinot Noir, Italy is not even in the top three producers for growing and producing this fine wine. It’s knocked down by France-which duh it should be since it originates from France, as well as the United States, and Germany, which one would definitely not expect.

It Has it’s Own Celebration – With the United States being in the top 3 producers of this grape and Americans going absolutely crazy for this wine, it’s no secret that the US would have its own yearly celebration in Oregon in which it invites producers from all over the world to join in on the celebration. This annual fun has been going on for about 30 years and with the way Americans seem to love it, it definitely will not be stopped anytime soon.

Pinot Noir Coins the Term – Upon being discovered and cultivated by the monks almost 2,000 years ago, it is said that when the monks were writing up details about the lavish grape, they used the term “terroir” (which is an extremely popular term in the wine industry, meaning the wine tastes like where it came from). The term terroir is now used in the wine industry as a selling point for other wines. In addition, the cultivation of Pinot Noirs and their difficult upkeep, paved the way for the creation of single vineyards to keep those grapes out of harm’s way.

Conclusion
It’s no secret that the Pinot Noir, is truly a grape of immense interest and distinctive uniqueness, that sets it apart from its red wine competitors and other wines in general. The scarcity, difficulty in ripening, paired with its long, old history and magical food pairing abilities makes this wine a sure show stopper and most definitely deserving of its own spotlight. Now that you understand the craze behind this crazy dark, pine conned grape, what are you waiting for? Try yours now and join in on the craze this grape has brought to winemakers and fine diners all over the world.

Americans Learning to Love Wine

It is no secret that America loves their alcohol. Alcoholic drinks show to be all the rage here in America, gracing food articles, movies, restaurant commercials, and even those driver ed documentaries about the effects of drinking and driving. Drinking alcohol is extremely common for the average American and it’s something that Americans enjoy doing, whether it be having a glass every night after a stressful work day or sipping a beer with a friend for social reasons. It showed to be even more of a craze, during prohibition, in which alcohol became a deadly dealing and speakeasies were the secret, forbidden talk of the town. We surely saw that Americans didn’t react too kindly to having their alcohol taken away from them and the horrible crimes and violence that took place during prohibition is proof of that. Analyzing sales post prohibition and somewhere in the 70’s, beer took the lead in dominating alcohol sales with liquor coming in second and wine coming in third. Yet, a 2016 report now shows that wine has definitely kicked its game up a notch for fellow Americans and is now the 2nd quickest selling in house intoxicant, knocking liquor down to 3rd place. Why is that? What has changed in the mindset of Americans (or possibly the wine industry) that has caused wine to gain a sure popularity and knock down liquor over the past couple of decades? It’s quite an interesting question to ask, so here I’ve listed some intensive reasons that could possibly be the explanation as to why wine sales have switched dramatically over the years.

Wine Production and Sales in the US

Before we get ahead of ourselves and dive into the why’s of just how Americans are starting to love their wine, we must approach the statistics that are telling us this telltale fact. A statistic report from Dr. Liz Thach states that wine sales approached a revenue of about $60 billion dollars in 2016, $39.8 billion of that being from domestic wine, and the remaining $20.2 billion coming in from imports. It’s reported that the amount of money Americans now spend per bottle of wine is about $10. The reported $39.8 billion made from domestic wine in 2016 was a 5% increase from sales in 2015. In 2015, about 375 million cases of wine were sold in the US, while in 2016, that number increased to 399 million cases sold in the US. There’s no doubt about it that wine sales have experienced a tremendous soar in sales and popularity and will see a steady increase and growth in sales and production in the future years to come. In addition to this, beer sales have been seeing steady decline from year to year. Of course not enough to knock beer sales as being the #1 seller among alcoholic drinks, but definitely enough for wine sales to catch up with the growth and revenue that they are bringing. Of course this begs the question of why?

Health Benefits of Moderate Wine Consumption

Maybe the reason why so many people are shifting to a preference for wine over beer could be due to their listed health benefits? Yes that’s right. Drinking wine in moderate consumption can actually have some added health benefits. For starters, a Finnish study was conducted over a period of 29 years in which 2,468 men were observed and studied in terms of mortality rate and whether they drank wine or beer. It turns out that the occasional wine drinkers have a 34% lower mortality rate than their beer and spirit drinkers. Wine has also been linked to lowering the risk of heart attack. This finding comes from a Harvard study that was conducted with 11,711 men over a 16 year period. It turns out that moderate wine drinkers with high blood pressure, in comparison to nondrinkers, had a 30% less chance of getting a heart attack. Red wines consist of tannins that contain an ingredient that has been linked to lowering the risk of heart disease. Wine consumption in moderation can also lead to lowering depression. A study was done with 2,822 women and 2,683 men aged 55 to 80, in which they were analyzed over a seven year period and were carefully observed in terms of their dietary habits, mental health, and wine consumption. It turns out that those who had moderate doses of wine in their life (around 2-7 glasses per week) were less likely to be diagnosed with depression. It was reported by Scientists from the University of Leicester in UK that regular consumption of wine actually had the ability to reduce bowel tumors by about 50%. Wine also contains an important ingredient known as resveratrol. This ingredient is commonly found on the skin of grapes, cranberries, and nuts and when given to mice, they actually showed evidence of improving the life span of the mice. Harvard and other notable schools have conducted research that proves the connection between resveratrol and anti aging properties. Of course now talking about all the great benefits of consuming a moderate amount of wine, that begs the question, exactly what is a moderate amount of wine? Of course this all is going to depend on the body’s absorption of alcohol (which can be affected by gender). The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) has placed guidelines on what moderate alcohol consumption is and it turns out that moderate pertains to about one glass a day for women and two glasses a day for men. With health benefits like this, wine makes beer and other alcoholic drinks look like a life sucking nightmare. It’s no wonder that Americans are making the switch.

Affordability of Wine

Maybe America’s growing interest in wine cannot just relate to the health benefits it provides, but also the affordability that wine can bring. Yes, we know wines can come in very hefty prices, costing about $50 or over at restaurants (if you really want to try the best of the best), but the thing is that good wine can cost less than $20 and bad wine can cost over $50. I mean you can’t even really put a label on bad wine anyways since wine is just so diverse and distinctive in flavor that everyone’s taste buds can see good in what others may say a “bad wine.” The point is that delicious and flavorful wine can most definitely beat the taste of regular, old beer and good wine is not something that you have to pay an arm or a leg for. There are actually really amazing, flavorful wines that can beat the same old taste of beer and be just as cheap. Yes, this is what I’m saying. Wine is not just for the rich and snobby who have hundreds of dollars to blow. Cheap wine from stores can still carry better flavors than those $100 bottles and the ability to know what kind of cheap, good wine you can buy really only comes down to some studying. There are some wines with a rep of being absolutely great in flavor and under $15! If you are looking for some good red wines, that are rich and fruity in flavor, check out wines such as the 2014 Bogle Petite Sarah, 2012 Lockhart Pinot Noir, 2014 Woop Woop Shiraz, a 2014 Mazzei Badiola and more. If your palette is feeling white wines, which have a bit more of a citric flavor, then check out wines such as the 2015 Inama Soave Classico, 2015 Hugel Alsace Gentel, 2014 Giesen Marlborough Rising and more. If your heart contents a more flowery and fruity taste, check out some rosés such as the 2015 Muga Rioja Rosada, 2015 Château Guiot Costières de Nîmes, NV Freixenet Cordon Brut Cava Rosado and more! All these great tasting and diverse flavored wines offer something totally new from beer and spirits and are under $15, making it just as cheap but way more great tasting.

Spontaneity Behind Wine

Wine is most definitely not like other alcoholic drinks. Many Americans will agree that wine can be a hit or miss. You either are going totally love that Pinot Noir from the restaurant down the street and then you are going to try the same Pinot Noir, across the country and pucker your lips in disgust. This is the fact of wine. Every wine is different even when you order the same wine over and over again. Each new bottle is going to taste either slightly or completely different and that’s going to depend on a lot of factors such as how the wine was packaged, where it was packaged, what cork was used for the wine, and other factors. You can buy a wine for home and it’s going to taste dramatically different from a year to year basis. Drink it too soon and it will taste rough, drink it too late and it will taste bland. Yes these are true of wine and yet despite all these factors it’s still becoming an American favorite. Why is that? It’s spontaneous. Wine is adventurous. It’s getting out of your comfort zone and going past your average, weekly burger and beers that are going to taste the same everywhere you go. It’s getting a new surprise and a new flavor with a new bottle. It is learning what you love and what you hate. There is absolute fun in discovering new things. There’s something exhilarating behind not knowing what you are going to expect from something. Americans love this. They crave this, and that reason easily could be why wines are slowly blowing other alcoholic drinks out of the water.

Wine and Food Pairing

It could be that America’s new obsession with wine could be linked to the way wine and food just go so well together in a manner that is highly breathtaking and superior. Wine truly has the potent ability of bringing out flavors in food, that make eating and dining so much more intense. The many diverse flavors of wine from smoky, fruity bitter, silky, flowery, sweet, sour, citrus, to aromatic and spicy, makes practically any food go extremely well with wine. Americans could now be realizing the endless possibilities and fun wine can bring to regular lunches and dinner. Here are some examples of the best foods to pair your wine with.

Red Wines

Cabarnet Sauvignon
Flavors: Plum, black currant, blackberries, mint, eucalyptus, cedar
Food Pairings: Braised stews, sauces with lots of peppers or mushroom, pot roast, marbles beef, marinade soy sauce

Pinot Noir
Flavors: Cherries, cloves, cinnamon, smoke, violet, plum
Food Pairings: Lamb, fruit sauces with meat, many cheeses, lentils, mushrooms, salmon, tuna, poultry

Merlot
Flavors: Blackberries, blueberries, chocolate, tobacco, cedar, black olive, dried cherries
Food Pairings: Lamb, fish, meaty sauces, tenderloin, mushroom, herbs, black olives

White Wines

Chardonnay
Flavors: Pear, Melon, Green Apple, Peach, Lemon
Food Pairings: Corn, risotto and pasta, creamy/buttery sauces, nuts, chicken/turkey, shellfish

Sauvignon Blanc
Flavors: Tropical flavors, melon, tart lemon, grapefruit
Food Pairings: Cheese (like goat cheese), green vegetables (peas, artichoke, zucchini), pesto, herbs, vinaigrettes, oysters

Viognier
Flavors: Tangerine, peach, apricot, citrus
Food Pairings: Mild curry, fruity or spicy condiments, Moroccan foods with aromatic spices, braised vegetables such as carrots, turnips, and squashes, crabs, prawn, lobsters

Rosés

Flavors: Cherries, flowers, herbs, strawberries, spices
Food Pairings: Grilled Buttermilk chicken, spicy seafood, curried salmon cakes, spring aioli, chicken with sweet onions and peppers, prosciutto panini

Give some of these delicious pairings a try and you will see why all of America is learning to love the exquisiteness and beauty wine can bring to food, flavors, and fun!

Conclusion
We already know that alcohol is a favorite among the average American. Americans love the idea of good, mouthwatering food and a great tasting drink to go with that. That is already a known fact, but now we’ve explored the possible reasoning behind why so suddenly wine is now becoming the new drink, knocking other alcoholic drinks off the market.We’ve already established that wine has great health benefits, endless food pairings, affordability to that of average alcoholic drinks, and it offers a pleasant surprise every time. Whether these reasons be the support as to why wine is creating a storm amongst Americans or other unforeseen circumstances have been the cause, one thing is for sure; Wine has exotic qualities that surpass other drinks and Americans are finally catching on to this gem of a drink.

Wine And Social Settings: A Love Story That Never Ends.

There are certain things that have brought joy to mankind for centuries. One of them is red wine. Red wine is as old as humanity itself. The significance of red wine to people over the centuries cannot be overemphasized. You cannot think of special occasions that are not graced by the presence of red wine. The art of winemaking has been a trade that men have taken as a noble profession for centuries.

Red wine has been associated with class and good health. Red wine has both physical and psychological impact. Red wine makes you feel things. Red wine has inspired men over the years and it has changed lives over the years. Red wine has graced several prominent occasions and has portrayed its magic over the past centuries.

It has both social and health benefits. Let us look at exactly how red wine has impacted lives.

Before, let’s have a look at what this article will be about:

Why You Should Drink Red Wine?
1. Good for your heart:
2. Sharpens the mind:
3. Increases life span:
4. Obesity? Hell no:
5. Gets you out of a bad mood:
6. It speaks of class and status:

What Prominent People Have To Say About Red Wine?

Social Benefits Of Red Wine.
1. The best part of social events is the red wine:
2. Fine wine is the soul of romance:
3. A taste like no other:
4. Drinking red wine with pasta:
Red wine + tomato based pasta:
Red wine + cheese pasta:
Red wine + seafood pasta:
Red wine + pesto pasta:
Red wine + vegetable pasta:
Conclusion:

Why You Should Drink Red Wine?


Red wine gives you both health benefits and social benefits. Let us have a look at the health benefits of red wine.

Health benefits of red wine.

1. Good for your heart:

Taking a glass of wine at least 5 ounces a day has been attested to be very good for your heart. Research has indicated that moderate consumption of red wine daily reduces the chances of cardiac failure and help improve your blood pressure. This special feature can be attributed to the antioxidant herbal compounds like flavonoids present in the grapes that are used to make red wine.

2. Sharpens the mind:

Drinking red wine is as American as Apple pie. Another benefit of drinking red wine is that taking it on a regular basis lowers a person’s chances of getting Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline. The flavonoids present in the wine serves as a defense for the body and support the healthy blood vessels. Keeping the blood vessels healthy has key psychological benefit such that it can improve the blood flow to the brain and suppress harmful pathogens from entering the body.

3. Increases life span:

Drinking more red wine, you tend to relax. Research conducted by several by institutes have reported that moderate drinking of red wine leads to a longer life. Those who take red wine in moderation have been observed to have other moderate healthy behaviors. They eat moderately and emphasize more on healthy foods. So, drink your wine and watch it too as it helps you leave a healthy life.

4. Obesity? Hell no:

If you take red wine on a regular basis, then your chances of being obese is very low. This move will impact your health as you will not be affected by obesity-caused diseases like diabetes. You should watch it though, accumulating it just like anything will ultimately have a negative effect on your health.

5. Gets you out of a bad mood:

Simply raising the glass can change your mood. Red wine has the ability to alter mood swings and put you in a jovial mood. We don’t need any reminder that a happy spirit is a happy body. A research conducted in 2014 indicated that people who had a glass of wine in an unpleasant environment experienced the same level of mood improvement as people who tee totaled in a more pleasant environment. So, next time you’re feeling down, drink up.

6. It speaks of class and status:

If you are of high class and status, then you don’t need further explanation of the benefits of red wine. Throughout history, red wine has been associated with people of high class and status. They are premium and therefore are consumed by those who value quality.

What Prominent People Have To Say About Red Wine?

The sense of joy and happiness that you get when you taste red wine is immeasurable. You cannot put a price to it. The wine has been a form of inspiration and joy to men for centuries and it still continues to have that effect. Alexander Fleming, the Scottish bacteriologist who discovered the famous penicillin attested to the fact that fine wine makes people happy.

Penicillin might cure, he said but only fine wine can make people happy. Fine wine has been a source of inspiration to countless writers, scientist, aficionados, intellectuals and countless other people over the years. Let us see a few quotes from great men about the joy and happiness they get when they drink fine wine.

“Beer is made by men, wine by God!” — Martin Luther.

“Nothing makes the future look so rosy as to contemplate it through a glass of Chambertin.” — Napoleon.

“Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of the life’s most civilized pleasures.” – Michael Broadbent.

“Wine … offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than possibly any other purely sensory thing which may be purchased.” – Ernest Hemingway.
These men and countless others before them have testified to the joy and fulfillment they get when they take fine wine. The best part of it is that you can relate to that. Sipping fine wine has the ability to just melt away all problems and bring instant joy and enjoyment to you. There are several fine wines out there and anyone you choose to drink will yield the same result; joy.

Social Benefits Of Red Wine.

The qualities of red wine go beyond just health. The social impact that red wine has on occasions cannot be matched by any other singular product in the world.

1. The best part of social events is the red wine:

Social activities organized is different people and for various reasons. They can be a family reunion, fundraiser, club events, engagement or more. They all have something in common though, red wine. People know the value of red wine on such occasions. They appreciate the joy, inspiration, and the magic they get by drinking red wine. For this reason, a social event is not complete if red wine is not present. Social events have a purpose, that is, people who have a common goal attend these events and there is nothing that illuminates the mind beyond the rich taste of Silk wines. No matter what your social event might be, offering red wine will make a great success. There are many other fine quality wines to add more value to us and to our relationship with others. Still, enjoy your brand of wine with pasta and be assured that the magic and joy it brings will always be with you. It is a product that you can trust “always and forever”.

2. Fine wine is the soul of romance:

from the ancient Greeks and Romans to the classical times and the modern ages, red wine has been the soul of every romantic story. Try thinking of a romantic story and see if red wine isn’t part of it. Do you want to carry your lady for a romantic dinner? It is not complete without red wine sitting at his table. Do you want to propose in a romantic way? Then red wine will be companion all the way. Treating your lady with fine wine is one of the most romantic gestures of all time because it implies that like good wine is magic and brings joy, a woman has the same effect on a man. If you are a lover of red wine and want to have a romantic date with your wife, you know what to do.

3. A taste like no other:

Wine is not just about the emotions and feelings it gives, but that’s the taste you get when you drink red wine. The feeling of red wine on the tongue and how your tongue responds to it is one of those feelings that cannot be explained in words. The taste of red wine has eliminated several problems and proffer solutions offer many people. No problem can be big enough for you to surmount. Your brain opens up to possibilities after you taste red wine and you begin searching for answers instead of giving up. The feeling of motivation that red wine stirs up is purely magical. Nothing beats that. Sir Robert Scott Caywood once said that “Compromises are for relationships, not wine.” Very true. The taste that comes with good wine cannot be compromised for anything. The most incredible part of all this is that red wine improves with the years. Other products tend to get rusted over time but not red wine. It gets better with age. For most folks, the day is not complete without the taste of quality red wine. The excellent taste serves as a remedy to all problems that life throws your way. If you are a lover of red wine, then continue that way as it cannot get better than that. The taste cannot be rivaled by any other drink in the world. Raise the glass and sip the wine, let it hit your tongue and feel the magic.

4. Drinking red wine with pasta:

This is a recent trend that will leave you absolutely speechless after the experience. Drinking red wine with pasta is another feeling that offers a whole new positive taste. To get the best feeling from comparing the two, there are some combinations that are great for you.

➔ Red wine + tomato based pasta:

This is perhaps the best amongst all the pairings. Its taste is immaculate and you will crave for more once you have tasted it.

➔ Red wine + cheese pasta:

The recipe alone will tell you how yummy this combination is. It gives you the opportunity to try some more texture based pairing and the taste is just magical.

➔ Red wine + seafood pasta:

There can’t be a better combination than this. Red wine has a rich historical connection to Rome and they are the pioneer consumers of sea foods.

➔ Red wine + pesto pasta:

Red wine is perfect for all class of people. This combination is perfect for vegetarians as it is both nutritious and has medicinal capabilities.

➔ Red wine + vegetable pasta:

This one just like the one above has similar feel and properties.
Where do I get the best red wine in California?

You have read through this entire write up and at this point you are thinking about where to get quality and premium wine close to you. If you live in California, then you are lucky because you have a wine company that will give you quality wine to satisfy all your needs.

The 1849 wine company California has been serving the people of the city with premium high-quality wine for decades. They do not only offer you premium high-quality wine, they complement it with services that are unrivaled anywhere in the city. They have been one of the pioneers of urban art and wine movement in the city. They have been driven by the belief that California deserves nothing less than the best.

Among their top wine production includes:

Iris by 1849 wine co.:

From the best vineyards in the country, the iris red wine by 1849 wine co is one that not only speaks of class and elegance, it also tastes like it. This is by far one of the best red wine that you could ever taste.

Au jus by 1849 wine co:

This red wine is the very definition of perfection. It is used in virtually all occasions in combination with other nutritious foods like an herbed rib roast. Want to have a good time, then you should definitely consider this. The combination looks salty, herby and overall yummy.

Triumph by 1849 wine co:

Another master class. The manufacturing process of this red wine makes it stand on its own. For increased health benefits and other advantages, this red wine is perfect for you. Lay back, take a sip and enjoy.

Anonymous by 1849 wine co:

The name might be anonymous but the drink is surely not. The taste and the feeling this drink stirs up will make it unforgettable. You will even crave for it more. Don’t hesitate, let it become a habit, after all, it is a good one.

The 1849 wine co. has been a source of inspiration and motivation to both great men and women over the years. Notable amongst them is the legendary street artist, Saber who relishes nothing more after graffiti than a taste of red wine by this renowned company.
This company has mastered the arts of wine making. It is not just a job for them, it is an art and like all artists, the staff seeks perfection. They do not stop in their quest for more knowledge to improve the quality of your wine. The staff that are fully dedicated to brewing the best possible wine, you are sure of getting only the best in this regard.

Conclusion:

There you have it guys. That’s my take on wine, its benefits and the its love affair with social settings. What do you guys think of wine? Are there any other benefits you can provide? Let us know in the comment below. We are more than happy to hear from you.

Bringing Art And Wine Together

Art can generally be defined as a skill that not anyone can understand, no matter how much he or she is trying to. Everyone can make a table and start practicing with the right tools, but not all attempts become successful art. Others, however, are the very embodiment of art in design and construction, and they should be applauded for that huge success.

Just like not everyone gets at, the same goes for wine. You can drink wine for all you want but having a deep understanding of what wine does is one of the most complex things in life. It takes years of passion, knowledge and several failed attempts to successfully get the artist feeling of wine. You don’t just become a wise ass in wine just because you are drinking it. When you finally understand the art in wine, then you will always cherish the feeling that wine brings. Not just the taste and the joy, but the deeper connection to what it all means.

Before we go into deep details about wine and art, let’s first get you through what the whole article will be:

What’s Art To Begin With?
How Then Does Art Connect To Wine?
1849 wine co
Inspiration From Our Wine:
Conclusion:

What’s Art To Begin With?

You can ask what art is. Art to me combines the power of the five senses. They are unique and complex and you must know how to navigate them to fully understand art. To an observer, he just gets emotionally attached to wine or art, but to the true artist of both, the combination of these two is miraculous and brings a stimulus unlike any we will ever feel before within us.
Have you ever wondered why we are able to be brought to tears by certain melody or that our passion fuels a particular combination of colors to move us into a deep state of passion and care? However, not all stimuli are considered as art. It might interest you to know that only certain combinations done in the right order has the potential to become something bigger than the individual sum. This in definition is what art does.

No human has ever been moved by a single note, yet the combination of those strings produce notes that have being otherworldly and we view them as beyond the creation of just a single person.

Again, not all piece of art is considered as art by the observers. Observers only see the art that their situation and perspective lets them perceive. What one person will view as art will be viewed differently by another. We all see art from different emotional set ups and beautiful backgrounds. If we are not connected to that moment, then the magic of that art will be lost to use forever.

The way we view art is shaped by several things in our lives like; people emotional state, their history, their relationships, their experiences up to that moment in life, all help to shape the perspective from which they view this stimulus.

Additionally, subtlety plays a crucial part in shaping emotions and responses to art. The experienced viewer who has analyzed and studied thousands of paintings may understand the subtle crafting that goes into a particular piece and can “see” its nuances and feel the statement it is trying to make, whether consciously or unconsciously. The naïve will miss these subtleties and thus the art will fail to inflict its full emotional impact.

Underlying all of these types and means of art, there is a common thread. All true art has a soul, an intangible vibration of life and individuality that holds all its components together and gives them presence. If the sounds, the colors, the words and/or the tastes make up the rim of a wheel, then the soul of art is the hub and spokes holding it all together. It is not something that can be described or pointed at. It is not a color or a taste or a sound. It is an ethereal shimmering personality that shines through and one cannot help but notice it lurking in the background. It may take experience to appreciate.

It is not difficult to create physical stimuli that are pleasing and these may be misinterpreted by the uninitiated as true living art. Salt and sweet taste good. A major chord sounds good. A happy ending makes us feel good. Yet simple sensory satisfaction does not true art make. The stimuli must be tempered with a unique personality and life in order to transcend to that elusive realm of art. Behind this soul is always something real and familiar that makes the emotion poignant and genuine.

Whether it is the fond memory of an experience, the familiar pain of love lost, or even the recognition of natural beauty, something in true art touches us and will not let us look away. It is so natural and innate that it is as if it is an eternal truth that will endure for all time. Who has not felt that Mozart’s Requiem Mass must have always existed, that it was not created by a mortal man, that it is a part of this earth and universe that we discovered and have cherished? The religiously inclined may describe it as god speaking through that man. For no mortal man could possibly create such a pure expression of emotion and truth. Such is art.

Yet, art can come from such diverse sources. From the learned and the self-taught, from the rich and the poor, from the happy and the sad, from those who struggle at it and those for whom it is second nature. Art can even be from a natural source as filtered through man’s manipulations.

How Then Does Art Connect To Wine?

So how does all of this apply to wine? Wine, unlike most generally accepted forms of art, is not entirely man-made. It is an expression of the Earth (not soil, but Mother Earth herself). Is it not therefore that much closer to being a true and unadulterated expression of a natural truth? Yes, it certainly is.

However, just as it is infinitely difficult to create from nothing a true work of beauty, so is it a daunting task to let that natural beauty shine through in a wine unadulterated and pure. At so many steps in its evolution there is the risk of meddling with that natural expression and marrying it with artificial and wholly un-artistic (un-soulful) taint. Therein lies the true art of the winemaker, to allow the wine to fully express itself without hiding its true personality and life behind the masks of manipulation.
The great winemaker recognizes that life and uniqueness in his wine and struggles from vine to bottle to preserve and protect that natural beauty. For, to strip a wine of its ability to express itself is a crime.

Just as all sound or color is not art, not all wine is art. Only the perfect combination of grape varietal, site, climate, upbringing and storage allow the true soul of a wine to shine through. How often does this happen? Rarely. It is easy to make a wine that tastes good. Make a wine taste like fruit or butter and you will have people singing its praises. For who is not pleased by fruit or butter? But when one is searching for a wine experience that transcends the rest and that evolves into something more than a simply tasty beverage, we look for something more than these easy wines. Tasting good is no longer the goal.

Not to say that simple, tasty wines don’t have their place, they do. But making a wine that is soulful and shimmering with life is not easy. Nor is it easy to appreciate. We must have tasted a thousand non-artistic wines before we can recognize the thrilling burst of energy and presence that hits your palate when it is presented with a truly artistic wine. It is something deep at the wine’s core, apart from its flavors and structure and balance (yet all great wines will certainly have that, for what defines balance if not nature) that you feel, not taste.
This brings us to the notion of terroir. As most describe it, terroir is the unique profile with which a wine is blessed when it truly expresses those things that influenced the growing of the grapes, the soil type, the exposure, the elevation, the microclimate, the surrounding wildlife, etc. However, I see it slightly differently. To me, terroir is the absolute and ultimate necessity of a great wine.

Only when a wine truly and fully expresses its terroir (be it in Burgundy or California, the Mosel or Australia) do we see a wine with passion, soul and grace. Manipulation can make a wine from Burgundy taste like a Bordeaux. Yet it will be bland, one-dimensional and without depth and interest. When a wine is accurately expressing its place, only then, the natural beauty of that site can shine through and speak to the observer. A Chevalier-Montrachet has nothing to tell you about Hermitage and visa-versa. Would you ask an African bushman to teach you about life in the Australian outback? We cannot force a wine to make a statement it is not prepared to make without obliterating its soul. We would strip it of its spirit, personality and individuality.

Some tasters simplify the idea of terroir by saying that it lends an earth or dirt flavor to wines but I disagree. The terroir of different sites will have profoundly different flavor profiles. Yes, some of these will include earthy aromas and flavors but not necessarily so. The presence of earthiness in a wine does not necessarily imply it has more terroir than another, they are just different. Terroir implies a particular personality and flavor profile unique to a specific vineyard, not any one exact smell or flavor that is universal for all wines.

Some say that this grape varietal or that lends itself to expressing terroir

1849 wine co

1849 wine co. embodies all of that…

This has been a long epistle but for lovers of art and wine, then you should know what the article was emphasizing. American wine history goes way back. The United States wine has been associated with class and quality and no company embodies all that like 1849 wine co. Los Angeles

We have brought art and wine together. We produce premium red wine blend, blending art with wine. You understand what I mean?

Our vineyards.

Our red wine is only produced in the finest of vineyards worldwide. Our foremost vineyards Sonoma coast, Monterey County Chardonnay and Napa Valley are filled Pinot Noir grape, the best of its kind in wine production.

Art isn’t easy to understand, but upon perfection, the results and the emotions gotten from it is like nothing ever experienced before. So also, our wine production. Pinot noir is very difficult to cultivate and even harder to turn into wine. The grape has a tendency to cluster together tightly and thus makes it susceptible to so many viticulturally hazards such as rot. It therefore requires diligent management of its canopy.

Lack of proper understanding of this grape makes it go through uneven and super aging phases due to the phenolic compounds in it. When young, wines made from Pinot Noir tend to have red fruit aromas of cherries, raspberries and strawberries. As the wine ages, Pinot has the potential to develop more vegetal and “barnyard” aromas that can contribute to the complexity of the wine.

Inspiration From Our Wine:

1849 wine co. has been a source of inspiration to the home of artist Los Angeles for several years. The red wine label can be simply described as inspiration. To fully get in groove with your art, then you need the wine to oil your brain engines. Nobody will understand you at first but 1849 wine will be there, all through the way. The number one fan of this is the graffiti masters saber. His various works of art has been achieved with his favorite companion by his side, 1849n wine.

So, next time you seek inspiration to overcome all challenges and bring out the creativity within you, then you know who your biggest supporter and partner is; 1849 red wine.
Just like the artist is patient with his project, handling pinot noir requires patience. And still similar to the end result of most art, beauty and utter satisfaction, that is what we get from pinot noir after we have brewed it.

The premium brand 1849 wine co. can be considered as the artists in the USA wine industry. They do not look for the easiest way of red wine manufacture, they look for the best way that will ensure consumer satisfaction.

Conclusion:

If you are not an artist or a wine lover, you will not understand this. Maybe wine and art are one after all, 1849 wine co. just proved that to us with their amazing and yet quality techniques.

Craft Ideas with Wine Bottle Corks

Sustainability has been a controversial topic for a good few years now and designers are increasingly looking for materials that have a lesser impact on the environment. Materials that are recycled, recyclable, or come from renewable sources are gaining in popularity and really starting to make their mark in design and architecture. Earlier this year, there are studies that have shown consultation with innovation consultant and materials specialist who told us about 10 innovative materials to look out for in 2017 and some of these materials really are at the cutting edge of  material development. However, there are also some sustainable materials that have been around for years and that have, until now, been somewhat overlooked. One of these materials is cork, an impermeable, buoyant, elastic and fire resistant material that is harvested from the cork oak forests of Southern Europe and North Africa. When people talk about cork, the first thing it comes to mind is wine stoppers, but in fact cork is being used for every purpose we can imagine like flooring, walls, furniture, tableware, clothing, even NASA uses it for the isolation of their space shuttles. The industry is realizing that cork is a very resistant waterproof material and of course eco-friendly since its extraction doesn’t harm trees. So all these attributes take cork to another level of importance for every kind of application.

Traditionally, wine bottles are sealed with a cork, nowadays screw top caps are a popular choice, especially for wine that are sold at a lower price. Americans in 2013 downed nearly 30 million hectoliters of wine, according to the International Organization of Vine and Wine. A standard wine bottle has a volume of .75 liters, so that means nearly 4 billion bottles of wine were consumed in the U.S. during 2013 – or 12 percent of the wine consumed worldwide. France is on track to produce 45 million hectoliters of wine in 2014, up from 42 million from 2013, according to France 24. While this isn’t necessarily indicative of improved wine drinking habits, France’s wine output could land it the title of the world’s biggest wine producer. Italy, a historical powerhouse in terms of wine production, suffered from a harsh winter and only expects 41 million hectoliters of Italian wine by year’s end, according to France 24. The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment reports Spanish wine production at 51 million hectoliters in 2013, so France will still need to unseat Spain to claim an international winemaking title.

The most recent estimates of U.S. wine production from America’s Wine Institute estimated domestic wine production to be 28.5 million hectoliters annually. So with this large amount of consumption for wine, where do all the wine bottles and wine corks go?

There are many ways 1849 Wine Company support to save environment by recycling and making the empty bottle and cork to be craft projects to be fun. With creativity in mind, wine bottles are not boring anymore! When it comes to craft and decorating projects, wine corks are always crowd pleasers. They’re so versatile and have such great texture that adds a touch of nature to any room. If you’ve got a pile of wine corks hidden away, pull them out and get crafting! If you are a regular wine drinker, you can always try saving up the corks on the side to create crafts. If you are not a regular wine drinker, there are many good chances you might try local restaurants and bars and see if you can take some of their corks off their hands for them.

Below are many different ways for you to craft and decorate with your wine cork stash. Here are some ideas we are suggesting you could possibly be having fun with our 1849 Wine after opening the wine.

  1. Use wine corks to create wine glass charms- simply by cutting the cork down into a flat surface, you can draw, paint, put glitter and decorate the cork. Afterwards, simply use a nail to screw in the cork and tie a string around it. Next you have all different wine charms for free.
  2. Creating a festive wreath with wine corks- Whether it is Christmas or thanksgiving, having a wreath by the door is always part of America tradition. Now with your stash of wine corks, you can pile them up with wire into a circular form, or simply use hot glue and glue them at the bottom. For Christmas, you can add leaves on the side or behind the corks. For Thanksgiving, you can paint the corks orange and black for a festive vibe.
  3. Use wine corks as vase fillers with candles or flowers- Simply purchase a big container, then put a smaller candle in the middle, and fill the gap in between with corks to make a classy home décor.
  4. Create bulletin board push pins with wine cork- use a two-way nail to pin in the cork leaving one side available as an actual pin. With the cork top, there are million ways to decorate it, one can even add numbers on top of the cork to pin as calendar or date reminders.
  5. Create whimsical sculpture with wine corks- have a fun project with children or family member by collecting corks and wires. Then use the wire to help poke through the corks to create different forms and shapes. Simple art craft could be a heart, more complex art work could be an dinosaur.
  6. Use wine corks to make place business or place card holders- Decorate the cork first by paint or simply leave them as they are. Then use a sharp knife and slide in the middle of the cork. Next thing, place your business or place card on them.
  7. Create a monogram letter with 1849 Wine corks- Use a card board, trace a shape of a letter you would want to create. Then use hot glue to secure the corks together into that letter’s shape.
  8. Carve wine corks to create mini stamps- trace a shape for example into heart, star, four leaf clover. Then carefully use a sculpture and carve the shape out of the wine cork. With some paint, you can create art work with your children.
  9. Build a wine cork jewelry organizer- purchase a simple frame with possibly soft clothing back. Use nails to screw into the cork, then pin the nail against the back of the frame. With the texture of corks, you can pin your earrings in, or hang bracelets or rings. If you pin the cork higher on a bigger frame, you can even hang necklaces.
  10. Upgrade old kitchen cheese knives with new wine cork- for the knives that are broken from the handle, you can stick the end part into a cork to secure it and use the cork as a handle.
  11. Use 1849 wine corks as herb garden markers- many planters use the 1849 wine bottles to decorate their yard such as using the bottle as bird feeder or water planter. One can simply use the cork to label herb names and stick the cork to a metal stick on top of your plants. It is an environmental friendly way to differentiate all the plants and herbs in your yard!
  12. Use wine corks to make floor matte- Use old rug or tower, then use hot glue to place wine corks on top of the rug. It would be a great location to put outside of your door to help prevent dirty shoes and mud.
  13. Use wine corks to make coasters- same way as making a mud rug, place them together with hot glue and then cut off half of the corks to make them shorter.
  14. Use wine corks to make a door stopper
  15. Turn wine corks into drawer and door pulls

Nowadays, the world is living an ecological paradigm. Schools and universities are teaching designers not only to create beautiful and practical objects, but also ethical and eco-friendly ones. Therefore, when designers learn about these concerns for the environment, they tend to select eco-friendly materials over standard ones, which is great because we are going towards a green path, and the designer as an object creator, has a special kind of influence in the world and in the community. Besides designers using corks to create a perfect material for their creations, now we can all join this environment friendly action as well. one that responds to all of their concerns because it is aesthetically beautiful, functional and eco-friendly. With the ideas, above and few more brainstorming, we can all use wine corks and wine bottles to create many crafts to décor our house- not only is that practical, but beautiful and economical. By doing these projects, wine bottles are no longer boring and just for wine consuming. After opening the wine bottle, the fun follows.

Artwork in wine bottles- from boring to fun

A traditional wine bottle is a bottle usually made of glass used for holding wine. Some wines are fermented in the bottle while others are bottled after fermentation. Most wines are measured in a standard size of 750 milliliters. Traditionally, wine bottles are sealed with a cork, nowadays screw top caps are a popular choice, especially for wine that are sold at a lower price. The wine bottle itself usually come in a dark green color for red wine, light green color for dry white wine, and colorless for sweet white wines. On the bottle, there are always plain labels explaining what type of wine it is, the year of it was fermented, and location of where it was made. In Wine marketing, packing and labels undeniable influence with the representation of the wine itself. Labels help to provide the key recognition factor through the shape, the color, and position, and establishes the winery’s image to define the brands. At the time of choosing and purchasing a certain wine, the label delivers key information to consumers which appears to be main factor of wine consumption choice. Studies have shown that modern innovative and distinctive labels tend to attract younger consumers in the market verses older consumers, who prefers much more traditional style of packaging.

While most wineries present the label to define straightforward information to attract a wild range of consumers, 1849 Wine Company has a much simpler presentation with a piece of artwork and few explanation in the front. For 1849 Wine Company California, every bottle of wine is more than wine itself; it is considered to be a piece of art. First, the company name itself came with a story of the California State history. During 1849, many immigrants came to California hoping to achieve the dream of digging gold off the ground. However, not many were successful and the thirst of gold eventually ended and turned into the thirst for wine at the end of 1855. Many settlers ended up finding the liquid gold in California wine.

With this rich background story for our company name, the wine bottle itself is also not dull at all. In order to bring out the appreciation for urban art culture, 1849 Wine Company has collaborated with legendary street graffiti artist Saber. The notorious artist has started spraying paint at Belmont Tunnel since age 13. Later on, created the largest graffiti piece of his own name on the bank of LA River, which can be visible from satellites in space. Over the years, Saber help to push social reform through his artworks and majorly influence a generation of artists. His major goal is to let the public understand the concept of pushing the boundaries of what art should or should be confined to; which is an idea 1849 Wine Company stands by- pushing your boundaries and expanding your aesthetic horizon. From single varietal wines to custom made blends, all of our 1849 wines are carefully harvested, pressed and blended to deliver outstanding wine at a great value. Each bottle also has its own unique art piece by Saber as its label. Every handcrafted bottle of 1849 Wine reflects this artistic spirit and the dedication this company has for the art of wine making.

All the wines of California 1849 Wine have different pieces of artwork by Saber, each bottle is unique and never repetitive. For the 2015 Monterey County Chardonnay Au Jus, which means “with juice” in French has artwork “Drip” on the bottle. This artwork has bright buttery golden hue on it which reflects the very nature of this 2015 Chardonnay as this wine is the perfect accompaniment to any of your meal.

As for 1849 Wine Company’s Iris, which is a 2013 Pinot Noir made in Sonoma Coast. Saber created the graffiti artwork “Tool of Dissent” to go with this wine, which matches with this wine impeccably as the artwork is extremely vibrant. The taste of this wine reflects a cornucopia of flavors in kaleidoscope rainbow like façade. This 2013 vintage wine is rich with dark cherry aromas accented with notes of violets and spice, supported by toast and faint smoke from the barrel. “Tool of Dissent” is perfect artistic representation for this bottle. With the blaze of colored graffiti all over it, Saber truly captivated the essence of this 2013 Pinot Noir.

The Napa Valley premium red blend, Anonymous by 1849 Wine company, has a picture of Saber working his free-flowing strokes, with abstract graffiti conducted by materials such as fire extinguishers on the wall. This mural of poetic chaos blends with our multifaceted, Bordeaux style wine as it is made from a medley of grape varietals including Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Syrah, Merlot, and Zinfandel. The graffiti artwork is just as unique and complex as this 1849 wine, yet it is colorful and bold which you cannot have a dull moment with.

For Triumph by 1849 Wine Company, it is a Bordeaux-style Sonoma County premium red blend. The graffiti artwork by Saber on this wine is a beautiful Flag of America which illustrates the embrace of diversity, and champions democracy as together we will “Triumph”. In the spirit of our great Nation, this wine is a melting pot of distinctive grape varietals. With the right proportions this wine is formed as an exquisite flavor rich wine which is complex and sophisticated like the graffiti art work of the United States flag on it.

As each of 1849 Wine Company’s bottle has different art work on it, each bottle is individual and never boring. All of 1849 Wine Company’s wine bottle can be served as a piece of artwork whether you are drinking the wine or not. One might be surprised how the bottle itself can serve many different purposes. After opening a wine bottle, with some resources and a bit of creativity on mind, there are many easy crafts you can make with a leftover wine bottle and each wine bottle can be fun and never boring anymore! Gardeners love using wine bottles as decorative and practical tools for their yards. For example, many planters tend to cut the bottom of the wine bottle, and hang the bottle up to use it as a plant grower, this method works well especially for vine like plants. If one outfits the neck of the bottle with a special terracotta, the wine bottle can serve as a plant feeder which will water the plant by itself. Gardeners also love to flipping the bottle upside down, put a feeder nozzle on it, and turn it into a hummingbird feeder. An easier project can be done if you put candle inside the empty bottle, the wine bottle’s long neck ensures the candle will stay lit even with wind blowing hard. If you are looking for a new furniture piece, you can gather multiple of your used wine bottles, cut up half of the bottle, and create a chandelier out of it with light bulbs and perhaps an old bicycle rim. And if one doesn’t want to do any art work at all, you can simply use the beautiful 1849 Wine bottle with Saber’s artwork on it as a storage container. Glass wine bottles help to keep pantry item fresh in your kitchen while giving you a sense of style with all of Saber’s artworks. The simplest way to keep the bottle as a decorative item at your house, one can basically use the empty bottle as a vase. Coming up with these concepts and developments literally costs little to nothing, in the end of your artistic process, you will end up with a showcase of designs and original creations.

With all these creative ideas whether you want to be handy or not, wine bottles are not boring anymore but endless fun and entertainment. We do live in a consumerist society where money and assets have become our primary goal in life. However, just because everyone is purchasing new items on a daily base certainly does not mean the old purchases are impractical. Finding creative ways to reuse wine bottles, adapting their function from your innovation and obtaining new beautiful items for your home, garden, office and much more is a great benefit and an ethical hobby to have. Obtain beautiful wine bottle centerpieces or glass lamps and chandeliers; cut them to make candle holders and unique food plates. Push the boundaries of art as 1849 Wine Company and Saber believes, and be creative and have environmental awareness by having fun with crafting different artworks with our wine bottles today. After delighting yourself with our California wine with Saber’s graffiti, wine bottles should be fun and never boring again!