Posts Tagged ‘Wine and Intimidation’

You Know You’re a Wine Snob When…

…you find yourself ‘aerating’ your milk by swirling it aggressively in the glass. Heather Hope
… you unscrew the bottle cap from a Bud Light. And you sniff it. Jerry Pierson
…you bring your own stemware to a restaurant.
…you refuse to drink out of the box and insist on putting the wine in a glass.
Carol Prucha Evans <— oh SNAP, Should I admit that Carol is my mom?!
….you use a points rating system for the drinking water: 98 points, 2010 vintage ala tap water, some mineral taste on the palate, little to no nose and not dry at all, very quaffable and inexpensive…. Gary Krimont
…you carry a corkscrew in your pants pocket! @WLarryC
… you take some of your wine bottles to a friend’s apartment for recycling so the garbage guys won’t think you have a problem. 😉 Naomi Whitmore Pollack
…you bring your own aerator to a restaurant @HipsForHire
…when its Riedel or nothing else! @abryksa
…when you won’t drink a bottle of wine less than $20. @DaveBenjamin
…When your friends refer to you as “The Cork Dork”Jeff Morrow
…you must precurse a statement by saying, “I’m not a wine snob, but…”Jason D. Brumley
…you start making cute things for the house out of all the corks you’ve collected. Steven Petersen
…when you scoff at the fact that a resturant only offers “house red” or “house white.”
… It takes you longer to take the first sip than it did to pour it in the glass. Ariana Emery Burgess
… you fly 1500 miles to drink your favorite wine instead of drinking it at home!!!! Scott Miller
…every time you purchase a bottle of wine, you then check Wine Spectator online for the rating.Emily Campen-Mrachek
… you post a question on FB and twitter asking what makes other people a wine snob 🙂 Tom Black <– Oh JAB!
THANK YOU Twitter and Facebook Fans For… well… writing this blog post for me! I put the question out there “You Know You’re A Wine Snob When…” and got an amazing response. Any response with an @ symbol and a name after it is the Twitter handle of someone I follow on Twitter. All other responses have a link to Facebook accounts. ‎What a stellar Social Media Community I am involved in!

Is the Type of Wine Glass You Drink Out of Important?

Over the years, I have collected wine stemware the same way I have collected wine itself- by the case. From ‘breathable’ glasses, to the entire Riedel Sommeliers series, which averages $100 a stem (note: there are about 15 glasses in the set). I never stopped and asked myself why it is that I enjoy stemware the way I do.

Is it the aesthetically pleasing  thin, perfectly hand-blown German, Austrian or Swiss made high end crystal or glass that appeals to me, or is it that it actually does make a difference in the way wine tastes?  I have, perhaps wrongfully, assumed that great wine needs a high-end, and varietal specific glass, to be enjoyed. Am I the product of someone’s clever marketing attempts? As a marketer myself, I have really stepped back to analyze my pre-existing beliefs and notions about wine stemware.

My order of 4 ‘The One’ wine glasses were delivered today. when I ordered them, I had no idea that the Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson, had only produced one glass for red wines. I figured this was the first glass of many of hers that I would end up adding to my collection. Here are the sentences on the side of the box the stems came in that have me so deep in contemplation right now.

“You Don’t Have to Add a Wing to Your House to Store Countless Confusing Glass Shapes. You Don’t Have to Spend More on Your Glasses Than You Do Your Wine”… “Blind Tasting After Blind Tasting Has Proven That [You Don’t Need a Different Stem To Get The Most Out of Each Type of Grape]”.

YOW Andrea! Thanks for the inspiration of ‘deep thoughts by Seattle Wine Gal’ that are happening this evening. I must note that I really enjoy drinking wine out of the glasses you designed. I have had a few types of red wine in the glasses, and loved the way the glass complimented each and every one. I can see myself putting these stems in very close reaching distance in my cupboard. I also love the height, and find that many of my glasses, including Champagne flutes, are too tall to store anywhere but the weird drawer above the stove that no one can reach. I am quite honest with my ‘reviews’, so I will admit that I’m not overtly fond of a wine glass that touches the bridge of my nose with each sip, but perhaps my sipping style is a bit crude. I am very happy with all of the questions the glass has raised for me, and judging by all of the comments, it’s a topic that interests a lot of people!

All content belongs to Barbara Evans. Please note that I was not paid by Andrea Robinson to endorse her glasses nor was I asked to promote them in any way.

Tourists are on Twitter Searching for Local Wineries to Visit- Develop a Social Media Presence!

December 6, 2009 6 comments

Barbara at Stratus

Being on Twitter Will Bring Your Winery More Tourist Business!

The big week finally arrived, and I packed up and flew to Toronto to meet my boyfriend’s family for the first time. Jason and I are both into wine, so we decided to tour the Niagara wine region for a week after my weekend long familial introduction. Here’s the long story short- the family was great; the wine was great. I didn’t quite know what to expect (from either).

I have heard for years that the Ontario wine region is to be respected. My conclusion? It should be.

Tourists are on Twitter looking for things to do. Develop a presence, and they will visit you!

We wanted to be very choosey about the wineries we visited, and wished to include small boutique wineries, as well as much larger “mass-production” facilities. I will admit in full honestly that the deciding factor for our winery visits and purchases was their Twitter presence.

Before our tour, I set about investigating area wineries via Google, Facebook, and Twitter. I was delighted to see a few on Twitter, so I set about contacting them. @StratusWines winery Tweeted back to me almost instantly “We welcome you Seattle Wine Gal, come visit us! Ask for Miranda, I will personally run you through our line-up”. Other local wineries were equally as warm. Because of this, these are the wineries that we chose to spend our time and money, and will remember the next time we order the wines that we have grown to love.

If you are a winery or business owner, I assure you that it is well worth your while to establish a social media presence to facilitate tourist and local recognition and visitation. I see more and more businesses on Twitter, tweeting about their events to people all over the country. I also know many people who develop their travel itineraries based on these same Tweets (including myself).

Thanks so much for the great recommendations @IconWines– you were right on target.

Thanks to Miranda for the special attention and amazing tasting at one of the nicest wineries I have ever seen. @StratusWines.

Thank you Jackson-Triggs for the amazing quality of your staff- the tour you gave us was excellent (@Casey_Howe). A special thank you to Hugo and Austen.

Take the Intimidation Factor Out of Wine… go to Woodinville WA!

November 24, 2009 2 comments

Most of us can remember a time in our life that we interested in getting “into” something new but felt overwhelmed, intimidated and even foolish about how to go about it. After reading Wine for Dummies when I was about 23 (a book I highly recommend by the way), I set off on a Napa CA adventure to put my new skills to the test. Four small wineries into my day, I felt defeated, embarrassed and overwhelmed by my lack of knowledge and tasting know-how. I vowed to never drink wine in public again. Well, some fears are worth getting over.

My experience has enabled me to empathize with new wine enthusiasts who feel that tasting can be daunting. If you haven’t the time to read on, I will summarize in short for you now. Some of the best and most relaxed tasting room experiences I have had were in Woodinville WA. I have traveled the whole world in the name of wine, and this includes upcoming national wine regions in states such as New York and Virginia. I’m telling you, there is no more relaxed place, and less intimidation factor than the tasting rooms right here in our own back yard. From the dogs that always seem to be running around Des Voigne Cellars, and Edmonds Winery’s totally chill sit-sown tasting room, to Alexandria Nicole’s staff that laugh as often as they pour and Northwest Totem Cellars tasting room that is located in their family kitchen. Seriously folks- relax and have some fun with this. Throw on your favorite sweatshirt, pack a car full of bottled waters and snacks and head to Woodinville for the day.

Now lets discuss the fact that wine is an overwhelming and unapproachable entity for many. From tasting room etiquette awkwardness, to being terrified about being asked ‘what do you smell on the bouquet’, wine has been unnecessarily marketed as something people like you and I just “wouldn’t understand”. Who stereotypically knows and deserves wine? The wealthy, the cultured, the well dressed BMW driving, Gucchi wearing, PhD educated, world traveled aficionado types? Get this notion out of your head. It partially exists because of marketing efforts that attempt to sell us more than just wine. They are selling us a lifestyle that in my opinion, actually serves to put wine at arms length for many of us. I do not mean to be brash and simplistic, but wine is a beverage. Now… that is not to say that it is not also an art-form to be respected, discussed, and explored, but it is first and foremost just a drink, and you should not be afraid or intimidated by it. I am at a level with my wine interests that admittedly finds me discussing such topics as: the subtle nuances of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, what to pair with a crowned rack of lamb, and what piece of stemware would allow for a given wine to shine, but I also choose to have fun with wine and continue to keep that priority in check.

While I urge you to relax about wine, I do also encourage you to gain an even better appreciation of it by learning as you go. Tasting rooms, such as those in Woodinville, are not places designed for you to get drunk. Think of them as a friendly and approachable way to get you closer to understanding wine. Speak with staff and wine makers, take your time, discuss the wine with those standing by, and always remember how very much work, heart, soul and love goes into the making of the wine you sip.

Enjoy Seattle!!

Please come share your Woodinville Wine experiences with me on Twitter @SeattleWineGal, or find me bumming around Woodinville this Thursday with the guys from Small Lot Co-op!