Jessica Altieri

Wine Lifestyle Expert

#MalbecWorldDay 2017 is Here!

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Malbec World Day is held on April 17 of each year as a salute to president Domingo Faustino Sarmiento of Argentina, who declared it his mission to transform the Argentinian wine industry on this day. The year was 1853, and Sarmiento asked French soil expert Michel Aime Pouget to bring over some new wines – one of them was Malbec.

Malbec subsequently flourished in Argentina until 1956, when a freeze destroyed most Malbec vineyards. Over the years since, more than 10,000 acres of Malbec have been planted. Now, Argentinian Malbec is back as strong as ever.

Among these Malbecs is Zolo Malbec, an award-winning wine designed by winemakers Fabian Valenzuela and Jean Claude Berrouet.

Zolo is made with grapes only from the Mendoza River Valley’s first zone. According to Zolo President and CEO Patricia Ortiz, these grapes are known for their exceptional fruitiness. Crafted using sustainable methods, the wines spend 8 months in oak and include fresh red fruits and ripe tannins.

Zolo has become known as one of Argentina’s most high-tech wineries, and it’s been around since 2004. The estate-grown brand is committed to creating high craft wines with “aromatic complexity”.

 

Recently, Wine Channel TV and host Jessica Altieri sat down with Patricia Ortiz in an interview in which Zolo was specifically on the table. Since 2003, she has worked to further instill elegance and identity into her brand, and she’s excited to promote this special brand.

This Malbec World Day,  #malbecworldday,  you can enjoy a variety of Malbecs available around the world. No matter where you are, you can celebrate the heritage of rich Malbec! You might even find a Zolo near you.

What You Need To Know About This Shining Pale Hued Brut Rosé

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2008 Gloria Ferrer Brut Rosé

Spring means the holidays are over, but who says you can’t find a reason to celebrate every single weekend with some great bubbly? When I say great I mean put on your high heels and dance great. This Brut Rosé won best of class in the Los Angeles International Wine Competition. So only your classiest heels will do!

Snapshot

Spanish winegrowing traditions abound at the Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards in Sonoma, California. I would grab my overnight bag, lasso a few BFFs and head to their 335-acre estate for any springtime occasion. Why not get a head start on your tan, a quick introduction to sparkling-wine making, a peek at their vast caves, and then treat yourselves to one of the many bubblies they produce? These are wines of “earth and opulence.”

If you can’t spring a trip to sunny California, plunk down $45.00 for this shining pale salmon-hued Brut Rosé, to compliment brunch, a girls’ night out, or just lounging with friends in silk PJs.

Great Eats

A match made in heaven with fresh fruit, bright seafood dishes, oysters, grilled salmon and mussels. Or just simply sip it on its own on your front porch till the sun comes up.

The Unforgettable Kiss

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards launched in 1986, the first sparkling wine house in California’s Sonoma Carneros region. They’ve amassed 125+ awards and medals over the years, so I was eager to taste their bubblies. Ferrer knows how to set the scene. The view from their patio is to die for, sun drenching the cascading hills and vineyards.

I can really only describe that afternoon as a flight of sparkling wines. And the 2008 Brut Rosé simply flew me to the moon. Filled with delicious strawberry and rose petal aromas, hints of toasty vanilla, cherry and raspberry notes on the palate, and a crisp finish with just the right amount of effervescence. With every sip, I loosened my jewelry, kicked off my shoes, and breathed in the elegance.

That elegance comes from one tough-as-nails year when Ferrer’s Vineyards had record frost damage, high heat and wind, followed by June drought. Stress produced this gold medal winner.

So I raise my gorgeous glass of Brut Rosé to all of you. Cheers! Salud! Santé! Drink up! Whatever tough seasons may come your way, it is just life kissing your glass.

 

How To Describe Your Perfect Chardonnay

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Creamy and buttery to steely and crisp,  there is a Chardonnay for everyone! That’s the blessing of the Chardonnay grape: it’s so neutral, winemakers and their soils can bend it like Gumby. Or Pokey. Chardonnay is one flexible wine.

Snapshot

Diversity. Versatility. Here in the U.S., we defend and protect those traits. Well, the New World Chardonnays grown on U.S. soils defend and protect them, too. U.S. Chards are NOT like those grown throughout the world. There’s more to a great Chard than just big, bold and buttery. Put crisp white Burgundy on your divine-wine radar!

Great Eats

There’s Chard (wine) and chard (leafy green). And actually, when the greens are lightly sautéed in garlic, the two go well together. What food to pair with your Chard depends on the particular style of the wine. But you can’t go wrong serving creamy pastas, roasted chicken or fresh fish.

The Unforgettable Kiss

I have two great Chardonnay memories. The first came from a live-streamed interview with Master of Wine Michael Brackovich. As host of New Zealand Wine Day, I’m used to wine bigwigs talking the talk. But when I praised his stellar Chardonnay, Michael— with an international audience watching—leaned right in to the camera to promote the International Screwcap Initiative he helped launch Down Under. The screwcaps vs. corks debate riles up all wine lovers. It’s a saucy debate. That day Brackovich proclaimed, “the future is screw caps.” And you surely cannot fault his award-winning wines!

My second eye-opening memory came at a Landmark Vineyards wine dinner, where I got to create my own “blend” and play winemaker for a day. A few weeks later, when I received my very own Chardonnay blend in the mail, that not so noble wine shouted to the rafters, you are NOT a winemaker!

Fave Sips

A Little History Lesson

Almost everyone on the planet has heard of Chardonnay, in fact it is so popular that some people even name their children after it.

Chardonnay is commonly ordered as a type of wine from bars and restaurants but it is in fact the name of the most popular and possibly the most versatile grape in the world.

Almost all white Burgundy from Bourgogne Blanc to Chablis is made from 100% chardonnay grapes. The Chardonnay grape is also the mainstay in many types of champagne and is now even being used in Spain to make Cava.

The Chardonnay grape is so popular because it is easy to grow – that is probably why it is championed by so many grape producers. It can also be crafted into many different types of wines. Perhaps it is also so popular because it has little indigenous character of its own and instead displays the characteristics of the soil and climate where it is grown. Chardonnay has a propensity for acid and glycerine which is responsible for giving it a velvety texture – this is what is important in this type of grape. It is this texture which makes it so versatile when it comes to producing wine. It can be crafted into fresh lemony unoaked wine or aged in barrels to produce wine for a much richer palate. It is often seen as a cheap wine that is not worth trying but remember these grapes are used in top quality Chablis and Champagne, so don’t dismiss this grape and wine out of hand.

Chardonnay now comes in a host of different styles – gone are the days when all the bottles were heavily oaked, there is a chardonnay suitable for every palate and pocket and because of the versatility of the grape from almost every wine producing country in the world.

So which are the types of Chardonnay to look out for? What do they taste like? Here are a couple of generalisations to get you on your way. Of course the best way to find out which one is your favourite is to get your glass out and start tasting your way around a few of the bottles!

France produces a ream of different Chardonnays. For pure unoaked Chardonnay look for a Chablis labelled unoaked. This is great with fish as it is delicate and unobtrusive. For a clean flavoured wine with a subtle fruit aroma look to the Meursault and Montrachet regions

California produces wines that work well with grilled seasoned foods. The Napa valley produces great oaky fruity wines which are ideal for outdoor eating and drinking. For an even fruitier riper flavour try something from the Santa Barbara region, these highly flavoured wines will even taste great with grilled meats.

For a Chardonnay that is intensely flavoured and almost best drunk without food head to Australia and try something from the Hunter Valley. This tropically flavoured wine is great chilled and shared with a friend.

There are so many different types of Chardonnay from so many different countries that you are bound to find something to suit your palate. So what are you waiting for?
 

How To Be a Sauvignon Blanc Enthusiast

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You’re barefoot. Your cell phone’s silenced and the waves are crashing on the beach. The only other sound? Sauvignon Blanc slithering out of a bottle, calling for fresh sea- food, a late night bonfire and great friends. This luscious white wine is summer in a glass!

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I love drinking this crisp, light-to medium-bodied wine wherever I go. New Zealand Sauv Blancs slay me with their grapefruit, jalapeno & gooseberry aromas. The Loire Valley of France infuses its mellow Sauv Blancs with green apple, citrus and mineral notes. And right here in the U.S., California pampers us with the rich stylings of their Sauv Blancs, many with a hint of oak.

Pass your glass. There’s a Sauvignon Blanc for everyone’s palate!

Fave Sips

  • St. Supery Estate Sauvignon Blanc
  • Villa Maria Private Bin Marlborough New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc 2012
  • Frog’s Leap Rutherford Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Great Eats

Fresh seafood, oysters, grilled whitefish and grilled chicken are perfect pairings for this food-friendly wine that is stomped from green grapes.

The Unforgettable Kiss

I have such fond memories of sipping Sauv Blanc in the Marlborough Sounds after flying in a helicopter all day above vineyards! Row upon mesmerizing row of sunstruck green flew below me and the Mudhouse wine team in New Zealand. Their summer, which hap- pens to be our winter, warmed this Chicago gal’s heart forever. We landed on the pristine beach and ate the freshest oysters & green lipped mussels. In January! With the campfire glinting in our glasses, we toasted the long New Zealand summer.

My mouth still waters thinking about it.

Heartcrafted from Ca’ Momi

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It’s always great to tell a wine story that comes from the heart. And there is no better story to tell than the wine from Ca’ Momi, ROSSO. What’s Rosso all about? Rosso is a red wine with purpose, celebrating life’s simple pleasures, community, authenticity, enjoying life. It’s a wine that we would love to have with a great big pizza pie!

Let’s talk about the people and passion behind the wine- the 3 Italians. Founders Valentina Guolo-Migotto, Dario De Conti and Stefano Migotto all grew up in Italy, where community comes together around the table. Rosso is the wine that embodies their  philosophy – passion, integrity, soulful intention. It’s a wine made by friends, to be enjoyed with friends, a wine that fits seamlessly into your lifestyle.

Here is how CA’ Momi describes Rosso from their website:

88 Points-Wine Enthusiast and Silver Medal Winner of the 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition! 

“This freestyle red blend rocks its own style without pretension or snobbishness. Aromas of ripe blueberries, subtle campfire smoke, and that blackberry patch down the road put summer vacation in your glass. Intense plum, blackberry pie, and toasty spice mingle on the palate, with moderate tannins providing structure through the finish.

This wine is rich but not soft, bold but not arrogant. Pair with whatever you want, and bring California attitude back to California wine.”

Stay tuned to Wine Channel TV over the next few months as we take you on a #heartcrafted tour with CA’ Momi and Rosso with Wine Channel TV host Jessica Altieri

4 Wines Under $20 for March Madness

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4 Wines Under $20 for March Madness

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St. Patricks Day is all about the green. Wine Channel TV loves to save some "green" during March Madness Week. 
These are great wines for the value! When you’re looking for a wine for everyday of the week while you’re just relaxing at home or hanging with friends, you don’t have to break the bank to get a good bottle of wine.These are four great spring time sippers and all are under $20 dollars each!
Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough New Zealand
- Crisp White Wine - Spring time in a bottle!
- The Grassy aromas reminds me of springtime and being back in New Zealand…a must visit where they’re known for their bright Sauv Blancs!
- Filled with juicy grapefruit, passion fruit, gooseberry and tropical notes on the palate with a crisp finish!
- Perfect beach, salad and seafood wine…bring on the oysters, white fish, and grilled chicken salads!
Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2013
- Reminds me of a bright juicy watermelon you’d eat in warmer weather!
- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon rosé from the Central Coast of South Africa- perfect aperitif, picnic and porch sipper wine!
- This wine is perfect for when you want that white wine refreshing crisp feeling... but with the slight muscle of a red wine.
- Mulderbosch Rosé was one of the very first of its kind from South Africa. Most people think of France with Rosé, but you should put South Africa on your radar!
- Upon arrival at the cellar, these early picked, specially selected grapes are vinified in the same manner in which an aromatic white wine would be, with the aim of producing a fresh, aromatic style of Rosé.
- Bright watermelon pink hue makes you instantly think of spring! Ripe blood orange, cherry and strawberry aromas and flavors, with citrus and white pepper notes on the vibrant finish.
- Salmon, salads, turkey, Thai, sushi and fresh fruit are winning pairings!
Ravenswood Vintners Blend Old Vine Zinfandel 2012

- Zesty California Zin- your go to BBQ & Burger wine!
- Made by the Godfather of Zin, Joel Peterson who’s not only smart being the son of two chemists, but definitely knows his zins! Produces many high and low end zins, but this is a perfect everyday wine sipping on the couch!
-This Robust Zin is filled with spicy raspberry, boysenberry and black cherry notes with a long mouthwatering finish!
- Ribs, Burgers, and other spicy meats, along with hearty pastas with tomato sauce make killer pairings!
Jam Jar Sweet White 2011
- Sweet dessert wine; heaven at the end of the meal & ladies night out! 
- 100% Muscat from Western Cape, South Africa. Many great, wallet friendly wines from there that you should check out!
- It’s filled with sweet peach, apricot, mango and even pineapple aromas and flavors, with a crispness to it that gives the wine a perfect juicy finish!
- Great on its own…but even better poured over some fresh fruit with a dollop of whipped cream! Or a tasty, refreshing contrast to spicy Thai food!
Cheers to spring!

Origins of a drink called The Bellini

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Were Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles involved?

You’ve heard of Cuban women rolling cigars between their thighs. Well, let me tell you about the origins of a drink called The Bellini! White peaches grow like zucchini in Italy, and by the end of summer you can’t give ‘em away. At Harry’s Bar in 1930’s Venice, one lone man was hired to cut and pit the peaches, and hand-squeeze them for juice. Then the barkeep poured Prosecco into a chilled glass of peach juice, and watched the patrons grin and order four more. Were Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles among them? Harry’s will never tell!

Prosecco and The Bellini
Prosecco - the official wine of Millennials! This affordable, Italian bubbly alternative to Champagne tastes great on its own or as a mixer with strawberries or other fresh fruit. Magic lies in those white grapes. You cannot be blue with Prosecco in hand.

Great Eats
Frizzante = lightly sparkling. Spumante = fully sparkling. Expect light, crisp and dry delight when sipping this bubbly. It’s the perfect celebration drink! Prosecco pairs well with ceviche, oysters, crab cakes, fresh prosciutto wrapped around mozzarella, fruit salads and, of course, my favorite—crème brulee. But this sparkling gem also lends the perfect contrast to fried, fatty foods. Think puff pastry appetizers to buttered popcorn, and even fresh hot French fries…shhh, that’s one of my favorite pairings! The crisp acidity cuts right through the fatty, greasy foods, making Prosecco heaven in your mouth!


The Unforgettable Kiss

Prosecco always reminds me of racing a Ferrari Zagato. Yes, you bet I’m dropping names. There were only 9 Zagatos in the world at the time! We zipped from Saratoga up to stunning Lake George to enjoy the finest Italian cheeses and vino while interviewing members of the Italian Trade Commission. I once lived in Italy, and that afternoon managed to whisk me right back. At the end of the video shoot, we did a Prosecco toast, and one of the ITC members tossed a strawberry in my cocktail to make it “Perfecto”! Viva Italia!

Get To Know Oregon Pinot Gris

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When I think of beautiful places to visit, I want to jump on a plane and head to the lush, breathtaking state of Oregon. Preferably in a twin engine Cessna, gliding over the vineyards. Come on along! We’ll step out into the fresh breeze, with a hint of spice that you can’t quite name—just like the haunting spice in their stunning Pinot Gris.

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Ever wonder what’s the difference between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio? Think twin sisters who look alike, but do not share their sweaters! Both wines come from the same grape varietal, and there the likeness stops. Alsace, France is the original home of Pinot Gris, a rich wine with tropical and spicy fruit aromas. Its perky sister, the Italian Pinot Grigio, has a crisper, lighter taste with more bright citrus notes.


Oregon’s cool climate makes a Pinot Gris quite close in taste to Alsace. But wait. Time to brag, here. Oregon’s kick ass wine is actually fruitier than the French Pinot Gris—a medium-bodied white with crisp apple, almond, Meyer lemon, pear and melon notes. Which is to say, TO DIE FOR. It’s one of the least talked about white wines making its mark on the wine world—in a big way and at a great value. Forget the Cessna, invest your money in Pinot Gris!


Fave Sips

 

  • Erath Pinot Gris 2011 
  • A to Z Oregon Pinot Gris
  • King Estate 2011 Pinot Gris 
  • Adelsheim Pinot Gris 

Great Eats


Grilled chicken, halibut, seared scallops, fall picnic potato salad, and any fresh salads you care to serve. Avoid acidic foods like spaghetti with tomato sauce or, for dessert, lemon meringue pie. Let your Pinot Gris believe it is the only fruit in town.


The Unforgettable Kiss


How many virtues can one wine have? First, Pinot Gris is an amazing value; it’s hard to find many bottles over $20. Second, the wine rocks at parties because it’s so food-friendly. Third, white wine boredom ends with this crisp alternative.
My BFF Pinot Gris has become Oregon’s “other Pinot.” As the Oregon Pinot Gris Symposium urges me, you and all our wine-drinking BFFs: “Get your Gris on!”


A Little History Lesson On Pinot Gris with Wine Channel TV


From its earliest known origins in Europe in the Middle Ages the Pinot gris grape has become a popular choice for wines all over the world. It is a white wine grape that is thought to be a clone of the Pinot noir grape. Its name, "pinot gris" is the French for grey pinecone and this accurately reflects the color and the shape of the bunch as it grows on the vine. However, the color of the fruit can vary dramatically, as can the color of the wine produced from it, which can range from a deep yellow to a copperish color.


There are clones of this popular grape grown all over the world and the wines produced from Pinot gris can vary dramatically, depending where the grape is grown. Two areas in particular stand out for the quality of wine made from the grape. Alsace in France is the traditional home of the grape, while Oregon in the United States has more recently produced Pinot gris wines of particularly high quality.

In Alsace, it is popular as a full-bodied wine, while in Italy there are some distinguished producers who produce some excellent wines. However, the bulk of Italy's Pinot grigio producers harvest early to produce less satisfying results.
Pinot gris is often blended with Pinot noir wines to improve their flavor. It goes well with chicken, pork and seafood and remains a very popular choice, with only Chardonnay being more popular.


History
It has been recently discovered that the Pinot gris has an almost identical DNA profile to Pinot noir and that the difference in color is caused by a genetic mutation that is thought to have happened hundreds of years ago.
Earliest records of the cultivation of Pinot gris go back to the Middle Ages in Burgandy, France where the grape is thought to have been known as Fromenteau. Pinot noir was grown here around the same time and the popularity of both spread eastwards over time.
It was popular in Switzerland and Hungary, and was discovered being grown in Germany in the 1700s by the name of Rulander. A number of bad harvests threatened the use of the grape in many parts of Europe but certain strains of the vine proved more resilient and its cultivation continued.

Pinot gris is now grown in almost all of the major wine producing regions of the world, including France, Australia, Germany, Australia, Canada, South Africa, Switzerland, Romania, Moldova, Belgium, the United States, and New Zealand.

As the list of regions above would suggest, the Pinot gris vine favors cool climates and is known to mature early. This can result in a sweet flavor or high alcohol content, depending how long it is fermented.The color of the grape itself can also vary depending on the region in which it is grown. It can be found to show a greyish color, or else a pinkish brown.
The flavor of the wine it produces can also depend on where Pinot gris is grown, and of course from the wine making style. In Alsace, they are generally medium-bodied wines, often with lightly citrus flavors.


The German varieties are more full-bodied, while in Italy, where it is known as Pinot grigio, it produces a crisp, light-bodied taste. The newly popular Oregon Pinot gris wines are medium bodied with fruity flavors.


Regions
Alsace
The Alsace region is considered the home of the Pinot gris grape and is different here from anywhere else it is grown. The cool climate and soil of the region makes for a very high quality grape.
Australia
Since its grape’s introduction to the country in 1832, the southern state of Victoria has been producing wines going under the names of Pinot gris and Pinot grigio depending on the sweetness of the wine. Again, the temperate climate there and long autumns suit the grape and Australian Pinot gris wines remain popular.
Italy
Pinot gris is a long established and popular grape in Italy, where it is known as Pinot grigio. It is found growing in the north of the country in Lombardy and Alto Adige. 
New Zealand
New Zealand’s cool climate also lends itself to the growing of Pinot gris. On the North Island it is to be found in Martinborough and Hawkes Bay, while in the South Island it is grown in Central Otago, Nelson, Marlborough and Waipara.
Oregon and California
After Alsace, Oregon is probably the most successful Pinot Gris growing region where the wine became quite a hit locally as an accompaniment to the generous amounts of fresh salmon caught in the region. 
It was introduced to the region as recently as 1966 and within 30 years all of the main wineries in the region were growing the grape. There are more than 1,797 acres of Pinot gris being grown in Oregon today.
There are also healthy amounts (1,620 acres) of the grape grown in southern and central coastal regions of California. The wine is similar to the Italian Pinot grigio in taste, and often goes by the same name. However, the California variety has struggled to match the quality and the popularity of its Oregon counterpart. 

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Love More. Sip More. Cook Less

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Wine Lover's Dream Kitchen Oven

We all like to sip and cook at Wine Channel TV. But most people we know, would rather sip more and cook less. With over 175+ “Programmed Menu Selections”, this GE Profile™ Series 30 inch Combination Double Wall Oven with Convection and Advantium® Technology, is a wine lovers dream. Pour another glass with all the free time you now have and let’s talk more about the great wines we should be tasting.

 

This GE oven is part of our Wine Lovers Dream Kitchen series on Wine Channel TV.
 Here’s what we like most:
•    Speedcook oven 120V (upper oven)
•    Enjoy oven-quality results two- to four- times faster than a conventional oven
•    Multiple cooking functions
•    Expand your cooking versatility with an all in one oven
•    Oven 175 preprogrammed menu selections (upper oven)
•    Preprogrammed selections make meals easy
•    True European Convection (lower oven)
•    Achieve delicious results from a third heating element and fan combination
•    Self-clean with Steam Clean option (lower oven)
•    Clean your oven the way you want
No one really wants to get an oven for Valentine's Day, but if you are planning on getting one, this is our top pick!
Wine Channel TV  with host Jessica Altieri is a fun wine tv and wine lifestyle channel to learn about wine in a fun and entertaining way. 

The One Wine To Not Order on Valentines Day

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It's a lazy way out of ordering wine on Valentine's Day.  That may work with a work colleague or friend. On any other day. There is generally no "story" behind this wine. Google it and see what you find. After dinner, the last thing you want to hear is your date telling a friend that you ordered this "five-letter" wine.

You are at the "moment of truth". The waiter has given you the wine list, your date sits across the table from you looking for your sensual and thoughtful wine selection. You are looking up and down the wine list and you want to take the easy way out. It's a five letter word, but don't say it. Don't do it. 

What's worse, it's usually served in a "carafe". No wine label to look at. No reading of a wine label. No intimate discussion. You will never see a "selfie" of this wine with you and your date. No "overrated" smelling of a cork. It's like a hotel room you enter with all white paint and no wall coverings.
It's Valentines' Day...do your homework...research the restaurant wine list 'before" you get there. Better yet, ask for help. It will matter on this day.
Run away from this wine on this day. Still not sure:  __ __ __ __ __  wine. here you go....   

here you go....   

How To Find The Right Wine Store For Your Wine Tastes

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The Power of Research – Finding the Right Wine Store Yourself

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Wine stores sell a range of wines. It’s simple. However, not every wine store is the right store for a discerning buyer looking for that special something. Some sell vintage and select wines while others sell a huge variety of both affordable and more expensive wines.

Before you go buying your wine, dig for some great wine stores in your area. Trust me, it’s not hard to find offers and special deals! The greatest thing about this is that you will be able to find the right wine much faster than normal.

If you want an expensive chardonnay wine and go to a wine store that doesn’t have them, you will have wasted your time. However, if you did just a little bit of research, your time could have been saved and that chardonnay could be at home chilling in the refrigerator.

In these financially difficult times, it is pretty important to find the best deals. The same wine may be on sale at two different stores but one may offer a lower price. However, if you don’t do your homework beforehand, you will probably miss the bargain – bad times indeed.

So in essence, what I am saying is that a little bit of research may yield great results. By doing so before you leave home, who knows what types of great wine stores you may find. You may even find that one great wine lifestyle superstore where all your wine problems can be solved.

Finding the Right Wine Deals

One of the most difficult tasks when it comes to wine is finding the right deal involving the right bottle. You may be buying what you think is a special and diverse wine, but chances are that it’s on sale at another nearby store at some other price (quite often, that price is cheaper!) To live a great wine lifestyle, it’s not enough to know how to pair wines with food and the like - you need to know how to effectively find the best wine deals and bargains.

Ask about any Special Deals

People often don’t know that deals are usually changed on a daily basis, in any given store. When you are visiting your local, why not ask them about any special deals? It’s better than wandering aimlessly down aisles and looking at price tags (huge waste of time!) You never know what new deals are going surface every day - and there could be a perfect bottle of wine with your name on it waiting for you to pick it up.

Most wine superstore clerks will be more than happy to point you in the right direction and give you the information you need. They might even be able to help you out with your wine choice.

Endcap Items Typically on Sale

You see these deals every day yet it’s likely that you have no idea what they are called. The endcap is the area at the end of an aisle where you usually see products on sale (marketing jargon is always a winner) Even if you have no idea what wine is for sale, the chances are that they can be found at the endcap. In most cases, endcap items are usually on sale because they are in limited stock (but generally great quality, at least, in my experience)

When you visit a wine lifestyle superstore, ensure that you check the endcap after you ask for any special deals. Who knows what deals you may find!

End of Bin Sales – Everything must Go

Very few wine sales can ever match end of bin sales. Why are they so great? It’s because suppliers have to get rid of the wine before the new batch comes in. To attract customers, the prices are drastically marked down. This helps to finish the ‘bin’ of wines. So look out for those discount stickers people!

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Wine Storage Guide with Jessica Altieri

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Taking Wine Home and Storage

What to ask for

Taking wine home is not always an easy task. If you transport it the wrong way, you could very well damage your precious wine! There are different ways of taking wine home and storing it. The interesting thing is that it really isn’t that difficult!

In a Box?

One of the most vital questions that most people ask is whether they should transport their wine in a box. If you have the space in your car to transport it, by all means, transport it in a box. This will keep the wine away from sunlight and ensure that it does not sustain any damage during transportation. Keeping it on its side is usually best as that’s how it would be kept in a cellar on a wine rack.

Another reason to want a box to take your wine home in is due to the weather. In summer, it is not a good idea to keep wine in sunlight due to the harshness of the sun as I mentioned before. Sunlight will react with the phenols in the wine and can spoil it, which you definitely need to avoid. This is why it is a good idea to ask for a box when you plan to transport your wine any particular distance.

Chilled or not?

One of the most common questions that most people ask is whether to buy chilled wine or warm wine. The one thing that you need to remember is that wine is usually kept chilled when it is in the store. This is to keep it from warming over too much and spoiling..

How to Transport it Home

When transporting wine, ensure that it is covered. Try to transport it in a box or a cooled bag.

Buying Cases

Scouring for the Right Case

Buying a wine case is never an easy job, trust me! There are a few factors that you have to consider before you make your purchase. These considerations include the duration of storage and your storage location. These two elements will determine the type of case that you’ll purchase.

If you have absolutely no idea of what wine case to buy, you should always go online and look at many user reviews. I’m a real advocate for the internet, and as I have said before, it is a very powerful tool that most people underuse dramatically. If used effectively, it can save you a lot of time and money, not just in terms of wine, but for any reason.

You can always scour Facebook groups and see what cases other people have bought. What may look great to you in the advertisement may actually have a common problem, some sort of batch default. Some bags may have durability problems; a problem not usually listed in an advertisement (well, obviously, who would advertise a glitch!)

By reading the testimonials and reviews of other fellow wine lovers, you will be able to buy the perfect wine case.

How long will you be storing it

The most important question that you have to ask yourself is how long you will be storing your wine? The fact is that the duration of storage is the primary factor determining how expensive or affordable your case is, and should be.

If a case is being sold at a high price, you can rest assured that it will keep your wine cool for a long time. If it is being sold at a low price, the wine case is probably ideal for a few hours only. If you are going to make short trips to a relative’s house or a friends place, it may be a good idea to buy a wine case that will keep your wine chilled for a few hours.

Not only is this ideal, it actually brings the price of the case down significantly! When it comes to wine, always buy a bag that will keep your wine chilled for an hour more than you will actually need it for. If nothing else, you might be enjoying the party a little more than you realize!

Where will you be storing it

So where will you store the wine?

If you are planning to keep it in a place where sunlight reaches the case, it may be a good idea to get a wine case with a shiny surface. This will help reflect sunlight so that the case does not absorb it – it would otherwise destroy your newly bought bottle!

If you are planning to keep the wine case in a place where there is very little sunlight, it is a good idea to forego that shiny UV protection. After all, every layer of protection does add to the cost. If you live in a relatively cold climate, you may just need to keep the bag away from sunlight, nice and simple!

Invasion of The Wine Superstore

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Americas New Wine Superstores

The Largest Wine Stores by Location

Let’s take a look at the largest wine stores across America’s 5 biggest cities:

New York

Astor Wine and Spirits is the largest wine store in NYC. With a huge selection of high quality and affordable wines, you can always find something to suit a discerning palate or special occasion.

Los Angeles

The Wine House is definitely the place to go in this lively city. Easily the largest wine superstore in Los Angeles, you’ll find yourself like a kid in a candy store. Not only is their selection incredible, but their fantastic staff will be more than happy to help you pick the right one for that lunch, dinner or casual glass.

Chicago

One of the biggest names here is Walgreens and its flagship store in Chicago. Not only is the Walgreen’s wine selection large, but the quality is consistently high. From classic wine, affordable wine to elaborate, more expensive wine, Walgreens has it all.  You’re guaranteed to be spoilt for choice – and you’ll even find wines that require no occasion at all! Mariano’s Fresh Market is a fast growing lifestyle store that is also taking Chicago by storm.

Houston

Houston presents a great chain of stores for you to get a great bottle of something special. Spec’s is the place to go - not only do they have a very large collection of wines under any one roof, there is always ample space to move throughout the store. Perfect when you’re in a rush to bring a dinner party together!

Philadelphia

The Wine and Spirits Store in Philadelphia is the largest store in Philly. It recently moved a little down the street to an even larger location. This new place has allowed it to store and sell an even more impressive selection of wine – check it out!

The Largest Wine Stores by Brands

I really can’t tell you how many times I have been asked which the biggest wine store in America is. I would do – but in all honesty, you just can’t pinpoint it. Some stores sell over 3000 different wines but will never make as much profit as a store that sells 150 different wines.

That’s right – it’s all about playing the brand game!

Applejack

If you are a huge fan of wine and enjoy trying out different wines all the time, you’ll love Applejack. It’s one of the most loved wine stores in America. This store is all about the selection – their demographic is broad and ever increasing, and this appeals to all sorts of wine drinkers.

Costco

Next up is the retail mogul that is Costco. They are the largest importer of French Wines in America, and it was named as the largest wine retailer in the world back in October 2007. Costco has hundreds of different wine variety that you can also buy in bulk (This, of course, is Costco’s specialty)

Regional Chains

BevMo - California

BevMo is a popular wine store that can be found in abundance in the Golden State. It may not be large in terms of building capacity or brand as many other stores, but the chain does sell over 3000 wines. With a large number of stores across the country, BevMo has become an American favorite.

Binnys - Chicago

Binny’s Beverage Depot is a name that is rapidly becoming synonymous with fine wine, and this humble regional chain sells many a fine wine. Their impeccable selection has won over many loyal customers.

Trader Joes - all over U.S.A

Trader Joes is an upcoming name amongst wine sellers. A respectable selection of high-quality wines, at great prices, makes this regional chain with a great American sound truly organic.

What started as a small store has expanded into a chain of over 365 stores in over 30 states. So no matter where you are, who you are or where you are traveling, you can rest assure that you have great wine within reach. Perfect!

Joe Canals - New Jersey

One of New Jersey’s largest regional chains, Joe Canals sells practically every type of wine you could want – including a fabulous range of European special bottles. One great aspect of Joe Canals is that there is never a time when there is not some sort of sale. Additionally, you can also buy their wine online (always useful!)

House Brands

House brands are becoming increasingly popular, often due to the economic climate we live in, but also because the selection of house wines are becoming more known for great quality. So what may have started purely as affordable wine has now become the personal favorite of millions of Americans.

Most major wine superstores such as Mariano’s, BevMo, Costco, Walgreens and Trader Joes are all manufacturing their own house wines. It is not surprising that there are differences in tastes but, compared to the price, most house wines will be a real winner. Some of the major labels include:

·         Kirkland (Costco)

·         Roundys (Mariano’s)

·         Dahlia (BevMo)

·         Colby Red (Walgreens)

·         Two Buck Chuck (Trader Joes)

·         Oak Leaf (Walmart)

The Ferris Wheel Sip & Serenade

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Wine TV and “Sip Some Austria” continues as Jessica Altieri, CEO and host of Wine Channel TV, enjoys a one-of-a-kind “sip and sing” on the Wiener Riesenrad, a famous 200-foot-tall Ferris Wheel in Vienna, Austria. The Weiner Riesenrad was erected in 1897 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Emperor Franz Josef I. Joining in on the “Sip Some Austria” fun are Fritz and Lissi Wieninger, from Wieninger Wines, 3-star Michelin Chef Juan Amador, and Stefan Schauer from world-famous Staud’s preserves. Enjoy the Austrian authenticity as Jessica Altieri of Wine TV is serenaded by world-renowned tenor, Michael Schade. Schade regularly performs at the Canadian Opera Company, Vienna Staatsoper, Salzburg Festival, Metropolitan Opera, Washington Opera, Opéra National de Paris, San Francisco Opera, Hamburg State Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Los Angeles Opera. Private and luxury cabins in the Wiener Riesenrad Ferris Wheel can be reserved for romantic, candle-light dinners — an elegant and exclusive setting with appetizers and Hochriegl “Cuvee Sophie” sparkling wine followed by a three-course meal and two bottles of wine, Grüner Veltliner Bründlmayer and Wiener Trilogie Wieninger. Though, unfortunately, private serenades by Michael Schade aren’t always part of the deal. The Ferris Wheel cabins can also be hired for weddings, groups, cocktail hours, breakfasts, and coffee breaks. Stay tuned to Wine TV for more exclusive “Sip Some Austria” featured videos. Prost!

The Viagra Triangle: Chicago Million Dollar Sip Experience

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The Viagra Triangle: Enter Chicago’s hottest neighborhood

 

Chicago is one of the most exciting and buzzing destinations in the United States. The Windy City is known for its diverse cultural landscape, as well as for its incredibly active night life. In particular, the Gold Coast area is well known for it’s history of luxury. The neighborhood used to be a former haven for the city’s richest. The wealthy and the powerful of the 50s had their homes there, but eventually the area turned into a night life district, with bars, clubs, restaurants and other attractions coming to the light.

In recent years, the area has acquired the rather funny nickname of “The Viagra Triangle”.

The district owes its names to the fact that many older, wealthier gentlemen use to scour the bars, restaurants and clubs around the triangle in order to look for young ladies to accompany them. Most people poke fun at the age difference, implying that these older gentlemen wouldn't be able to “seal the deal” without a little help from a certain little blue pill!

Hooking up aside, there are many exciting things to do in the Viagra Triangle, including experiencing some of the best wine and food in the City!

Wine TV Hotel Bar Review with Jessica Altieri

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Wine TV Presents - THE BORDEAUX BOUTIQUE HOTEL WINE BAR

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The wine bar at Le Boutique Hotel in the famous city of Bordeaux in France will make sure you get the entire Bordeaux experience. The Boutique Hotel Bordeaux was made to provide a sense of calm and appeal to your love of beautiful things while also portraying friendliness, it is just like a jewel in the center of Bordeaux no to mention it is a haven of peace.

You are also welcomed to an entirely unique sensory adventure and taste the wine at the Boutique Hotel Bordeaux’s wine bar. You can share a good time as well as your passion for wine with your loved ones; all of this will be accompanied by cold cuts, cheese and tapas all of which are made by distinguished producers in the region: Farmyard Castelanau Rion and Pierre Oteiza. Feel free to consult the Restaurant’s map. The Boutique Hotel Bordeaux’s sommelier, Martin Santander explains that his goal is to discover new wines to make sure that as a customer you will be surprised by the selection. He also stated that even the people who are regulars will find that they enjoy the delight of the continuous renewal of the cellar at the wine bar at the Boutique Hotel Bordeaux.

There is a wide selection of wines and their menu represents the Bordeaux vineyards’ diversity. It is frequently updated and it constantly has a collection of a hundred wines to choose; from sparkling wines to champagnes, roses, dry and sweet as well as red wines. You will also get to see a map of card Whites Wine, Red Wines and Champagne.

The Boutique Hotel Bordeaux wine bar was passionately brought to life by Sommelier Martin Santander and he also invites guests to his Wine Bar Discovery Tour on which one is assisted in discovering a fun way to pair an appetizer with an original wine. The simple principle behind it is that anyone can book whenever they want; be it with colleagues after a long day at work, with friends or even alone. For the curious at heart, they can come and partake in a fun and a friendly experience daily from 6 pm. Other animations of the wine bar include the Sunday Brunch, ‘Evening Concerts’ on every third Thursday of the month and ‘Vignerons Evenings’ on every first Thursday of the month. 

Join Wine TV and wine expert Jessica Altieri for exclusive Wine Hotel Bar Reviews from around the world.

Jessica Altieri and Wine Channel TV Visit Lenz Moser

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Sip Some Austria with Winery Lenz Moser

The “Sip Some Austria” tour continues as Jessica Altieri, CEO and host of Wine Channel TV, visits with  Winery Lenz Moser in Austria. Lenz Moser is considered an ambassador of Austrian Wine Culture, as Austria’s wines are characterized by a lovable freshness and intensive fruit notes. The Lenz Moser Winery has been dedicated to the preservation of Austrian wine culture dating back to official Lenz Moser estate documents written as early as the year 1040.

Today Lenz Moser presides as the market leader for Austrian quality wines in the domestic market, working with 3,000 winegrowers from Lower Austria and Burgenland. In addition, Lenz Moser contributes to exporting Austria’s wine culture into many countries of Europe, the USA, Canada and beyond. The winery produces traditional varieties of Grüner Veltliner, Weißburgunder, Blauer Zweigelt, and Blaufränkisch. In addition, Lenz Moser produces Welschriesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Blauburgunder, Blauer Portugieser, and St. Laurent. The Lenz Moser winery promotes sustainable practices in wine cultivation: “the environment, the economy and society all have equal rights and guarantee a successful, positive development for us and our field… The truth in wine is the winemaker’s love of nature, of the care of the grapevines, of the attentiveness in the pressing, of the honesty in the winery and of the authenticity of the product.” The Lenz Moser “high culture” method is now used in 90-percent of Austria’s vineyards, and the method enjoys popularity in many wine-growing areas both in Europe and overseas. Stay tuned to Wine Channel TV for more exclusive “Sip Some Austria” featured videos. Prost!

Join Jessica Altieri, CEO of Wine Channel TV, for a preview of the “Sip Some Austria” video series on Wine Channel TV. Wine Channel TV toured the Austrian countryside, taking viewers on a wine lifestyle tour to one of the world’s most unique wine regions uncovering countless blends and varietals that you need to try in 2016 and beyond. Wine Channel TV will be bringing you exclusive interviews with winemakers, tastemakers, and more to take you “inside” the Austrian wine scene. Austrian vineyards charm tourists with breathtaking vistas and quaint “Buschenschanks”—Austrian wine taverns. Jessica Altieri meets with winemakers along the UNESCO World Heritage landscape of the Wachau Valley, one of the most beautiful and breathtaking stretches of river valley in Europe, and ventures inside the city walls of Vienna’s palatial wonders for a vineyard located inside the infamous Schönbrunn Palace. In addition, viewers are taken along the charming Austria’s South Styrian Wine Road with exquisite wines, taverns with enchanting views, a wine hotel, home-cooked traditional Austrian dishes, natural spa resorts, and an astounding Market Hall (Genussregal) with over 1 million wine bottles to choose from—earning southern Styria the nickname, “Tuscany of Austria.” Bonus: Wine Channel TV host Jessica Altieri receives a private serenade from world-renowned tenor, Michael Schade inside Vienna’s 19th century Ferris Wheel. Stay tuned for featured wine video segments from Austria with your host Jessica Altieri.

Jessica Altieri - Wine Enthusiast 40 Under 40 Tastemaker 2016

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From Wine Enthusiast:

“Wine is just a conversation waiting to happen.” Altieri’s personal mantra demonstrates her accessible approach and helped launch her career as one of TV’s top wine commentators. The certified sommelier founded Wine Channel TV in 2009, and has been a frequent guest on CNBC, ABC and WGN. Altieri’s most recent project is Wine Judges Corner, an online community focused on wine competitions and the professionals who rate and review wines. “After years of meeting so many talented industry leaders, I realized there was a need for an international community specifically for competitions and award-winning wines,” she says.

Jessica Altieri - Wine Enthusiast 40 Under 40 2016

Jessica Altieri - Wine Enthusiast 40 Under 40 2016

Social Media and Wine Video - Winning Combination with Jessica Altieri

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Benefits of Wine Social Media Video Campaigns with Jessica Altieri

Have you experienced spending several hours just to increase your wine social media presence, sales, traffic and recognition? Well, this could be one of the most difficult tasks to do especially if you don’t know where to start. There are lots of options to explore to start your presence online and hundreds of wineries who are also competing to be on top of the rankings for your wine category. 

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Jessica Altieri - Wine Expert Wine Channel TV Media

Well, it is easier said than done to develop, execute and launch social media video campaigns And, if you don’t know what to do with wine social media and video campaigns, then chances are your investment in this area will be wasted. In case you didn't notice, wine videos are now a mainstay online to engage with millennial wine consumers.

As the founder and CEO of Wine Channel TV Media, Jessica Altieri. Jessica Altieri is a well known wine industry expert in social media and millennials. Jessica work with wine brands whose aim is  to increase their brand and acquire and engage with wine consumers with creative wine social media campaigns.

Improved Search Engine Ranking Online

Navigating the online search world is not for the occasional blog poster. Winning at social media is hard work, with no guarantees. Building campaigns that focus on frequency and loyalty are the 2 main cornerstones of success with WIne Channel TV Media.

Call or contact me today at media@wctvnetwork (dot) com to start your social media video campaign or visit www.wctvmedia.com