Why Wine? Why Now?

Breif History of Wine

Wine culture dates back to the Romans and ancient Greece.  In Greece, wine was considered to be a luxury of the upper class and a privilege to drink.  Over time, wine has evolved and spread throughout the world, with major wine countries including Germany, France, Spain, and Italy.  Over the past 150 years, wine making has evolved into an art and science.  Advancements in technology such as refrigeration and harvesting machines have allowed winemakers to produce more wine more efficiently.  Today, California and New York are the top suppliers of American-made wine.

 

What is a Sommelier?

Sommelier (som·me·lier):  wine steward; a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, normally working in fine restaurants, who specializes in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food pairing.  More simply put, a sommelier is a wine expert.  Sommeliers have a number of responsibilities including:

  • Procuring wine
  • Storing wine
  • Rotating the inventory in the wine cellar
  • Providing knowledgeable service to wine consumers
  • Developing a restaurant’s wine list
  • Providing other staff members with training
  • Delivering the wine service

If you’re like me, you responded with “Getting paid to know about wine? Sign me up!”  So how much does a sommelier actually get paid?  The average salary of a sommelier is around $50,000 – with Master Sommelier’s making up to $160,000. #GOALS

So now that we’ve covered the technical stuff, on to what we’ve really came here for…

 

Wine Reviews!

This week I decided to review my #1 favorite red and white wine.  Trust me when I say that it was hard to pick my top favorites, because I have about 20.

Red Wine

Noble Vines 337 Cabernet Sauvignon

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  • Taste:  10/10
  • Color:  Deep Red
  • Sweet or Dry:  Medium-Dry
  • Flavor Profile:  Black Cherry, Ripe Currant, Toasty Oak
  • When to Drink:  While eating red meat with dinner, or on it’s own
  • Vintage (Year):  2013
  • Region:  Lodi, California
  • Price:  $12.99

 

White Wine

Noble Vines 242 Sauvignon Blanc

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  • Taste:  10/10
  • Color:  Soft Yellow
  • Sweet or Dry:  Dry
  • Flavor Profile:  Nectarine, Melon, Lime Zest
  • When to Drink:  With pasta, fish, or salad (I don’t suggest drinking it on it’s own unless you’re like me and enjoy dry wine)
  • Vintage (Year):  2013
  • Region:  Monterey, California
  • Price:  $12.99

 

Final Thoughts

I’ve loved every wine I’ve tasted from the Noble Vines brand!  As I mentioned above, I enjoy dry wines, but I also enjoy sweet wines.  These reviews are based on my preference and recommendations.  Always choose wine based on what you know you enjoy, not what some person on the internet tells you to like!

Happy wining! 😉

 

 

 

References:

  1. https://www.winebags.com/Sommeliers-The-Wine-Experts-s/1887.htm
  2. http://www.wineinmoderation.eu/en/content/History-Tradition-of-Wine.4/
  3. http://www.madehow.com/Volume-1/Wine.html
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3 thoughts on “Why Wine? Why Now?

  1. What a unique page! I would have never thought to write about wine, but I am so glad that you did. Being a waitress with little wine knowledge can sometimes be a disaster, and my coworkers are always having fun laughing behind the scenes as I disastrously try to make wine recommendations to customers. I look forward to following along with your page, increasing my own knowledge, and understanding popular favorites and characteristics to talk about when trying to entice a table with a glass of wine. Thanks much!

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