Thursday, March 29, 2012

I Have a Glass of Wine...Now What?

First of all, you have a glass of, you are living pretty nice right now. Are you now staring at this glass? Unsure of what's next? "Do I get a straw?" you ask yourself. "Do I spill it on my pants and then ring said pants out into a second glass and then drink from that new glass this delicious concoction of pants wine?" You mumble aloud while surveying this utterly ridiculous situation that you have put yourself in.

Get a hold of yourself man!

You are going to do the following this order
  1. Look. The color should be bright and beautiful, not foggy, cloudy or gross looking. 
  2. Swirl. Swirling the wine around in the glass releases the aromatics and makes it dizzy.
  3. Smell. Stick your nose deep into the glass and inhale. Try and decipher what you are smelling. Citrus, plum, wood, tobacco? Check to make sure there are no wood chips or cigarette butts in the glass before the next step.
  4. Taste. Finally. Drink it. Sip the wine and hold it in your mouth for a bit, roll it around, bring air in through your lips to release the aromas. If no specific tastes overwhelm you then this is a well-balanced wine with fantastic manners.
  5. Jump. For joy. Put down your glass first.
Congratulations, you have tasted your wine. If you are tasting several wines in a row it can be a wise idea to spit the wine out during the tasting...that's a waste of delicious wine but to each their own.

Don't drink and drive. Don't drink bad wine.


Amber is the manager of UnWINEd - a boutique wine shoppe. She works there all of the time...unless it's her day off. She loves to give advice on things that you don't care about but should. For that she says, "You're welcome."

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

As Luck Would Have It

Many years ago while visiting a friend in Bakersfield, Calif. I stumbled across a little known wine region called Paso Robles. On my first visit I wasn't very impressed, it didn't look like your typical California wine country. As a matter of fact it looked more like cattle country, after driving around for a while I stopped at a small winery called Hearthstone Vinyard, after about an hour and many OMG'S I started to wonder if they knew how good their wines were. I walked away with a bottle of Pearl (Roussanne and Viognier blend). On my way I stopped at a store in Templeton and bought a small loaf of French bread and continued on down highway 41 towards Morro Bay, as I crested a small hill there directly in front of me was a scene that I will never forget. There before me stretched the Pacific ocean and the sun was starting to take its daily dip. It was truly an amazing sight and AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT on the left side of the road was a pull off which I took advantage of, and I knew then that the bottle of Pearl would never make it to the little seafood restaurant in Morro Bay.

Until next time, remember life is too short for bad shoes and bad wine.............cheers Jack

Jack Nims is part owner of UnWINEd - a boutique wine shoppe in Anchorage, Alaska. Check back here for more to come in a series about how he got his start in the loving wine business.