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Where do wine aromas really come from?

 

Wine Nose, Drink, Pour

Sensory Experience

R Stuart

By Madeline Blasberg

 

 

A surprising number of new wine drinkers have the common misconception that wine aromas are the result of additives introduced during the production process. However, wine aromas are the result of chemical compounds present in the wine and can be organized into 3 categories - primary, secondary, and tertiary aromas according to where they come from.

 

 

Wine Glass

 

 

Wine Aromas are anything that is sensed using olfactory perception, meaning that the nose does all the work. Humans are able to smell more than 100,000 scents but identifying them, however, is an entirely greater challenge. Wine possesses more than 900 ...

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Lamb Shank

 

Throughout the year there are countless wine events, but none quite like the Ventura County Wine Trail Food and Wine Challenge. This event brings food and wine together the way they belong, paired, and tasted together. Local chefs and local winemakers put their goods to a pairing challenge. One bite is offered by the participating restaurant chefs, and one paired wine from the winemakers table. Revisiting the tables is encouraged. 

Sandy Seekins

Magnavino Cellars

The idea is simple, decide what team came up with the best pairing. A team of judges (tasting blind) is composed of sommeliers, foodies, restaurant people, bloggers, and winos. In ...

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Wine Pour

Technology has increased in recent years, so has the education level of the average consumer. The internet and smart phones allow information available in an instant. 

With this technology, the consumer has evolved with a greater awareness of the benefits of more organic foods. Some might say wine is also a food. At the end of the day wine is simply a fruit crop grown in a dirt field, that's fueled by God's weather.

Many Italian winemakers respect and understand the "Slow Wine" movement. In fact, more than 50 producers from 15 Italian wine regions have organized themselves ...
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World of Pinot Noir


 

There are always a lot of wines to choose from, and it can be difficult to know what are suggested purchases without having tasted a wine. Few are willing to spend $30, $50, or more on a wine, hoping it will be money well spent.

Vintages change, picking decisions change, blendings can change, and sometimes even winemakers change. I am fortunate enough to taste many wines each year. Some wines I taste at various events and dinners, some are samples sent to me, while others may be tasted in the tasting room. When I see a wine scores a 95 ...

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Australia's Top 5 Best Destinations

Wine Pour

Guest Post: Jane Roberts 

 

Author Bio:

Jane Robert is a Passionate blogger. She works on behalf of Turkish Travel Visa and she has been writing content on the web professionally since 2010. As an avid reader and blogger she shares her experience through her articles on Travel, Culture, History, Lifestyle and many more.


 

Australia's Best Destinations For Wine Lovers

 

Australian wines are equal to those produced in other parts of the world. Australia is the fourth largest producer of wines and almost every country imports Australian wines. Australia has always been travellers favourite, it could also hold true for ...

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Rex Pickett

 

The Sideways novel and film are arguably the most impactful wine entertainment in today's pop culture, and certainly for Santa Barbara County. Talking with Rex Pickett the author of the book, "Sideways" on his view of the impact of the film. 

 

 

Q - Could you share a bit about the varietals Pinot Noir and Merlot in relation to the characters in your novel Sideways?


"At the time that I wrote Sideways Pinot Noir was a semi-obscure grape variety coveted by wine geeks who spoke of Burgundy and Sonoma’s Russian River in rhapsodic terms.  I, who knew little about wine ...

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Best of the 805

(All photos copyright protected and taken by Shawn Burgert) 

The Best of the 805 is taking place this weekend, October 24/25th, at the historic Camarillo Ranch House. It is a loaded weekend event kicking off with a Friday night wine dinner featuring some of the very best local chefs including John Paolone of Cafe Firenze, Tim Kilcoyne of Scratch, Anastashia Chavez from Barrel House 101, and Gabe Garcia of Tierra Sur. 

 

Camarillo Ranch House

 

Saturday, October 25th, is the main event held from 1:00-5:00 PM. The event is loaded with live music, over 100 venders that include great wineries, breweries ...

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J Wrigley Winery View

 

 

On occasion in the wine industry, there are inspiring and interesting wines, people, and places. In rare instances, one might discover a trifecta of all three. 

J Wrigley (Family) Vineyards hits the mark for everything people look for when hitting the wine trail. Kind hearted real people, a welcoming sense from them, a beautiful location, and of course great wines. A visit to the tasting room of J Wrigley in McMinville Oregon inside of the Wilamette Valley, would likely be the highlight to wine travelers day. 

 

 

John Jody Wrigley

I had a unique opportunity to meet with John and Jody Wrigley, in southern ...

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Despite my physique, I am feeling a bit Slim Shady meets Ricardo Montalban (from Fantasy Island) in this moment. "Hello my name is…." My name is....Shawn Burgert; some call me the Wandering Wino. I have been given the honor to be your social media, blogging Mr. Roarke for the Wine Bloggers' Conference AKA #wbc14, to be held in Santa Barbara County this July. 

 

While I do not rap, or own a white suit, my purpose the next several months will be to help, via social media, wine bloggers for general questions about visiting Santa Barbara County. There is no ...

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Santa Barbara Restaurant Pays Homage in Wine Country

 

For wine travelers, great wine and dining experiences are often a partnership. That partnership may be dependant on great palettes, pairings, or simply an appreciation for the sensory experience. Nearly any wine traveler will appreciate stepping into hisory at the new Mattei's Tavern located in Los Olivos, just off Highway 154.

 

Mattei's Tavern Bar

Mattei's Tavern partner and chef, Robbie Wilson, may be among the very best in the culinary world, but you would not know it with his humble approach, demeanor, and complete lack of pretense. I had the opportunity to sit down with Chef Robbie and discuss things that ...

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