Jessica Altieri

Sommelier | Social Media Entrepreneur

Sip Where The Kangaroos Roam

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f you want to know about wine and Australia, you talk to Daryl Groom.Wine Channel TV host Jessica Altieri is joined by legendary winemaker Daryl Groom of Groom Wines. 34 million kangaroos roam where this wine is made. Join us for a #BestSipEver feature segment on Wine Channel TV.

How about this for a background in the wine industry:

San Francisco Chronicle – Winemaker of the Year
Dallas Morning News – Publishers Award, Winemaker of the Year
Houston Chronicle – Winemaker of the Year
Los Angeles Times – Winemaker of the Year
Mead on Wine – Winemaker of the Year
Food & Wine – One of 11 Visionaries to Change the World of Wine
Dallas – TV Munson Award for International Accomplishment
IWSC – International Winemaker of the Year

Daryl resides in the USA. In addition to being “Flying Winemaker” for Groom, Daryl is Winemaker and Owner for DXG Wines in California and is partner with Social Grapes, an exciting new wine social networking phone app and website. Daryl also proudly launched Colby Red Wine in 2011. This wine was conceived and inspired by his son Colby. The wine raises money for charities that promote heart health and research. 

Prior to this he has held numerous positions in the Wine Industry including Vice President of Winemaking & Operations for Peak Wines International and Beam Wine Estates and both Senior White Winemaker and then Senior Red Winemaker for Penfolds Wines in Australia. His foundation was producing Penfolds famed red wine, Grange, which he oversaw from 1984 until his move to the USA in 1990. Daryl makes regular trips back to South Australia to oversee all winemaking operations for Groom to ensure the highest quality product.

Stay tuned for another #BestSipEver feature segment on Wine Channel TV!

Women and Wine Pitch Perfect

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80% of car buying decisions are now influenced by women.

Wine Channel TV host Jessica Altieri joined Joe Perillo, CEO of Bentley Gold Coast in Chicago to talk about the changes and influence women have in the luxury auto and wine lifestyle marketplace.

It’s not by accident that women are taking power in a rising number of areas in our daily lives; from political, sports to hi-tech.  For the first time in the history of the auto industry, a Frost & Sullivan report finds that the number of women with driving licenses (DL) in the U.S. over took that of men, not just in one of the young age groups, but consistently across all age groups greater than 25.

From the Frost and Sullivan report, “Although it is hard to make predictions on trends related to car ownership, it is clear that 80 percent of car buying decisions are now influenced by women“.

Check out the video with Joe Perillo and find out how the leading luxury auto dealer in Chicago embraces the new age of women auto buyers. Women and Wine is our featured video segment this month on Wine Channel TV.

How To Sip Luxury

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First ingredient: 2018 Bentley Continental GT; offered only as a four-seat convertible, it is available with just one powertrain: a 582-hp 6.0-liter W-12 engine paired with an eight-speed transmission. “The new Continental GT features clean, superformed lines and a wide, low body, evoking a sense of speed and presence,” explains the website, adding that the car was “created for agile, exhilarating driving.” Oh, and it’s green, too! With best-in-class fuel emissions, you can now drive a smidge too fast without worrying about Mother Earth. Yay!

Add: Svalbarði Polar Iceberg Water; water from melted icebergs - calved freshly from the fjords around Svalbard, just 1,000 kilometres from the North Pole - provide the source for Svalbarði’s pure water. Iceberg waters are some of the rarest in the world due to the difficulty of gathering this arctic water.  Onsite and hosting the VIP luxury event this past week for the Chicago launch of the  2018 Bentley Continental GT at Gold Coast Bentley. Congratulations to Joe Perillo and Cesar Marin from from Gold Coast Bentley for the "Perfect Sip of Luxury".

A Water Sommelier is someone educated on the properties of water and the elements that affect it. Training includes identification of the terroir, which is the manner in which the geographic region affects the flavor and properties of the water before settling in the location from which it is sourced for drinking. Different terroirs produce varying levels of minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium and Sodium. These minerals, which are present at different levels based on geography and other factors, have a marked impact on the taste and mouthfeel of water.

Different kinds of water pair better with different types of food, just like wine. Additionally, the quality and type of water used in coffee and tea have a significant impact on the taste of the beverage and can also alter the taste profile of a glass of wine or an entire meal.

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Jessica's innovative, sophisticated, but humble approach has established her as one of the world's most sought-after millennial-aged professional wine judges and tasting experts. In conjunction with her work with lifestyle brands in food, fashion, retail and hi-tech, Jessica Altieri is undeniably an innovative authority in the wine lifestyle industry.

About Jessica Altieri

Jessica Altieri is a wine expert and sought-after wine judge and was recently named as one of the "40 under 40" to watch in the food and beverage industry by "Wine Enthusiast" magazine. Altieri is the CEO of The Wine Channel TV network and hosts a popular wine podcast on Revolver called "Wine Conversations with Jessica Altieri." She has been a lifestyle contributor to CNBC, Yahoo! News, ABC7 Chicago and ESPN Radio, among others.

Say Hello To Champagne’s Hip Younger Sibling - Pét-Nat

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“Pét-nat is a product of the easiest method by which to get bubbles into a wine, and it was the first way sparkling wine was produced – hence the name méthode ancestrale,” says Altieri, who loves sourcing effervescent Mauzac pét-nats from Limoux and Gaillac in the south of France, as well as crisp whites from the Loire Valley. “I like to call it Champagne’s hip younger sibling; it’s ideal with creamy cheeses like chèvre or a scrumptious charcuterie board.”

How To Pair Water Perfectly with A Water Sommelier

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Pairing Water and Food: A Crash Course

Certified Water Sommelier Jessica Altieri has some tips and secrets on why and how to pair water with your holiday food celebrations. Think of it as a holiday present to you and your guests

Just like wine, water has a myriad of different flavors and qualities blending to crate the end taste and perception. Understanding these qualities not only makes for a better meal, it makes you a more interesting person to talk to at a cocktail party. And especially when you’re holding a bourbon with branch water (look it up), that’s important.

Mouthfeel Matters

Mouthfeel, or the sensation of the water in the mouth, is the first thing we notice when we take a swig of life-giving water. Highly carbonated water has a bright, lively and distinct mouthfeel: You know it’s happening. Mineral water is perfect with hors d’oeuvre and, in a more reserved state, with salads and desserts.

On the other hand, still water is perfect for seafood and soup, and for red meat. Lightly effervescent water goes well with poultry. In the case of a lighter red meat dish, you can get away with bubbly once more.

Other Watery Qualities

The dissolved solid content is the next most distinct element. The more minerals are dissolved into the water, the crisper it tastes … to a point. After that point, water becomes heavy and unpleasant. pH factor also makes a flavor difference, as no one loves an acidic drink with any food.

Lastly, a water’s story. That, while intangible, is an important aspect of any drink, and just because we must have water to survive makes it no less important to understand its roots. Luckily, most artisanal water makers have a pretty darn good one, so look into it.

Notes from the Roasting Room

If you consider coffee a food, loosely, then it matters here too. While you might think a blank slate de-mineralized water is best for coffee, not so. Minerals such as magnesium, calcium and sodium bring out the piquancy of coffee’s many lively notes, and are a crucial addition to any brewing water.

Overwhelmed yet? The wide world of water wisdom has yet to be fully unfurled, but tastemakers are here to ensure that road gets paved. One such is Jessica Altieri Fine Water Sommelier, who would love to help you learn more about the role of water in your tummy, your kitchen and your world.

How To Make Great Coffee with a Water Sommelier

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Does Water Really Matter To Make a Great Cup of Tea or Coffee?

Certified Water Sommelier Jessica Altieri has some thoughts on why and how to make your own “worlds best” tea and coffee for the holidays. Think of it as a holiday present to yourself that keep son giving every time you need to make a great cup of tea or coffee. Does water really matter in making a great cup of tea or coffee? Make your own decision.

Here are some facts to think about to make a great cup of tea or coffee:

·         From Zhang Dafu (tea master of the Qing dynasty): "The quality of a good cup of tea depends on 20% of the tea itself and 80% of water used.“

·         Coffee is about 95% water, tea even 99%.  I know this is being “captain obvious”, but its worth seeing in print.

What is “hard water” and does it have an impact on my cup of tea or water?

Water hardness is defined as the concentration of dissolved ions of the alkaline earth metals in the water. This means it includes mainly calcium and magnesium ions and traces of strontium and barium.

What the heck is “Carbonate Hardness” and why do I need to know?

Carbonate hardness is the proportion of alkaline earth metal ions bound to hydrogen.

A water is located in the so-called lime - carbonation equilibrium if it contains enough carbon dioxide that it cannot precipitate any lime, but also cannot dissolve any lime. If carbon dioxide is withdrawn from such water, sparingly soluble compounds such as calcite and dolomite form (scale).

Due to the temperature dependence of this equilibrium system, deposits can also form in the preparation of hot water (coffee machine, kettle).

A cup of joe calls for just two ingredients: coffee and water. That’s one of the lovely things about it. It’s just so easy to make this strengthening, heartening brew. But is it actually as easy as you thought?

Hmm. Well there’s the coffee. Not just any old can of Kirkland will do; naturally you want the good stuff from an artisanal roaster. Local if possible, toasted to just the right color, well-balanced and pure. As for water … Oh, you thought you could just turn on the tap, collect a few cupfuls of agua and call it good? Think again, my friend.

Brewing Water Basics

Water, just like the coffee itself, isn’t a simple ingredient. Both are more akin to wine than we give them credit for: nuanced, complicated, gently redolent of a thousand different scents and flavors. Luckily your roaster takes care of the beans for you. But the water?

For starters, nail down the basics. The Special Coffee Association of America publishes guidelines concerning water for brewing coffee. The water should be clear, without chlorine or odors. Water filtration devices are a pretty easy way to accomplish this, though the pitchers tend to be small: try a faucet-mounted device instead.

Mineral Content Matters

The hardness of the water also matters. While water softeners are commonly used at home to prevent minerals from lining the insides of pipes, washing machines and so on, some people advocate that hard water makes a better cup of coffee, because minerals such as magnesium and calcium – good for you, by the way – bring out coffee’s flavor.

That’s the foundation of game-changers such as Third Wave Water, which add minerals back in to de-mineralized water to make them perfect for brewing. That way, if you have to soften your water at home (remove its minerals), you can still make a great cuppa.

Want to learn more about water? We invite you to get in touch with Jessica Altieri Fine Water Sommelier today.

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Beyond Hydration, Appreciation

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Water Word of The Week: Terroir


Terroir: Water as Well as Wine?

Terroir and wine go hand in hand. The way in which the geographic region affects the flavor and properties of wine, is also very, very similar to water.

As you might imagine, we could apply terroir to any number of foods and drinks. However, products that don’t spend a lot of time in contact with the land – marrying and melding with its minerals and rainfall, landscape and soil – really can’t be said to have terroir in the same way.

Water’s Terroir: Really a Thing?

While we think of water as a one-and-done ingredient, the same the world over with the exception of some funny smells in some areas, that’s not true at all. Water isn’t as simple as good or bad, dirty or clean. You can’t simply nod in approval or dismiss in disgust.

Water, as much as wine or any other ingredient, has a strong element of terroir. Let’s just consider the elements.

Elements of Terroir

The main components of terroir are all represented in the waters of the world, especially those that are bottled for consumption. Climate: check. Everything is subject to weather. Soil and terrain: check. All water flows through them to end up underground, mingling with minerals. Tradition: check. Many of the great water companies will tell you exactly how they harvest their water right on their websites. Terroir: check.

Water has it in spades.

Want to learn more about terroir and what it means for your water choices? We invite you to get in touch with Jessica Altieri, America’s Water Sommelier today. Whether you’re looking for a crash course or a buying guide, get in touch by visiting

How To See Lollapalooza Like A Rockstar

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How To Sip Luxury at Lollapalooza 2018

4-Day Platinum Ticket $4641.00

It’s Lollapalooza week in Chicago!

Besides great music, the local economic impact is $245 million while filling Grant Park with 400,000 fans during a typical festival weekend.

And with 100,000+ music enthusiasts headed into Grant Park each day during Lollapalooza weekend, suffice it to say, most of the rock star celebrities in town are not standing in 90 degree heat in the mud covered lawn to watch this year’s main attractions such as the Weeknd, Jack White, Bruno Mars and Arctic Monkeys. Where can you try and find them during the show?

After The Show

After the show ends on any given night, you can expect the rock and foodie fans in the know to be heading to Kuma’s Corner (2900 W. Belmont Ave.; 773-604-8769) in Chicago. Legendary rock stars such as Lady Gaga make this a must stop late night munchie destination.

During The Show

What does a 4 Day Platinum Ticket for $4600 get you?

Access to luxurious, air-conditioned Platinum Lounges featuring signature cocktails, craft beer, champagne, wine and curated culinary offerings from some of Chicago's premier restaurants. Plus, deluxe comforts like relaxed lounge seating, shade and premium restrooms.

Premium Perks Including:

  • ·         Up-close, prime viewing areas in front of four stages
  • ·         Access to on-stage viewing at the two main stages*
  • ·         Elevated viewing deck with exceptional sightlines of the main stages
  • ·         Golf cart transportation between the Platinum festival entrance, lounges, and front-of- stage viewing areas
  • ·         Complimentary food and beverage
  • ·         Dedicated entrance to the festival
  • ·         Express Spa treatments
  • ·         Complimentary locker with mobile charging
  • ·         Concierge Services
  • ·         Official Lollapalooza Merchandise Gift
  • ·         Unlimited in-and-out privileges
  • ·         One commemorative RFID-enabled wristband per day
  • ·         Access to all areas available to VIP and General Admission
  • ·         Pre-sale access to Lolla Aftershows

Lollapalooza 2018 Quick Hits

·         Lollapalooza will occur on August 2-5, 2018.

Where is Lollapalooza?

·         Lollapalooza takes place in Grant Park in downtown Chicago, near attractions such as Millennium Park and the Art Institute.



Stop by and say hello; I’ll be somewhere in the mud covered lawn sipping a glass of vino!


Slightly Naughty Austrian Wine Pairing In the Clouds

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3 Star Michelin Chef Pairing of Palatschinken and Austrian Wine

Wine made like the Romans made wine from Wieninger Wines. Palatschinken (Austrian crepes) prepared by 3-star Michelin Chef Juan Amador with world-famous Staud’s preserves. Add in world-renowned tenor, Michael Schade for a history lesson on the Austrian definition of slightly naughty. And where does this take place? How about 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. Sip and enjoy this perfect pairing in the clouds!

Enjoy the Austrian authenticity as Jessica Altieri 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 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

 Enjoy the Austrian authenticity as Jessica Altieri 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 Channel TV for more exclusive “Sip Some Austria” featured videos. Prost!

Ramsey Lewis with Sommelier Jessica Altieri

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Ramsey Lewis  at 83 and Still Making Magic.

“Work at it”. Words from Ramsey Lewis on how he still makes music magic. Yes, there’s a passion for wine involved and a big bold red always works for Ramsey. And who would Ramsey love to share a glass of wine with these days?

Go ahead start tapping your toes. You know the song if you hear it. Yes, its called, “The In Crowd”. Join wine celebrity Jessica Altieri for this weeks #BestSipEver feature with music legend Ramsey Lewis.

I don’t know about you, but sipping  vino with Ramsey Lewis playing in the background, is near perfect. Ramsey Emmanuel Lewis Jr. was born in Chicago on May 27, 1935.

He grew up in the Cabrini Homes housing project that also spawned soul vocalists Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler. We caught up with Ramsey and found out what keeps him going after all these years of success. Does he have  passion and love for wine? You bet he does.

Ramsey has recorded over 80 albums, won three Grammy Awards, seven gold records and become one of the world’s most renowned jazz pianists and composers of all time. His hit records “The In Crowd,” “Hang On Sloopy,” and “Wade in the Water” were worldwide hits selling more than one million copies each.

From Ramseys’ website: “Throughout his illustrious career, Lewis who is a NEA Jazz Master, has also joined forces with countless other artists to create new and innovative music. In 1984, he collaborated with Nancy Wilson on The Two of Us, in 1988he recorded with London’s Philharmonic Orchestra for the album A Classic Encounter, and in 1989 Lewis and Dr. Billy Taylor cut a set of piano duets in We Meet Again. In 1995, Lewis launched the side project Urban Knights, in which he collaborated with a handful of successful crossover jazz stars, including Grover Washington, Jr., Earl Klugh, and Dave Koz. In 1997, Lewis added disc jockey to his resume, hosting a popular show on Chicago’s WNUA-FM that ran until 2009.”

Showing no signs of slowing down, Ramsey is currently working on a new record which he will begin recording in August with his long time band known as the Urban Knights.  An all-star jazz, R&B and funk band which features Grammy nominated guitarist Henry Johnson, drummer Charles Heath, bassist Joshua Ramos and keyboardist Tim Gant.

Check out the video and start toe-tapping to this: The “In” Crowd.

Jessica Altieri, a leading digital wine lifestyle executive, has added a new title to her already impressive list of credentials- America’s Newest Water Sommelier. Jessica’s certification as a Water Sommelier makes her part of a highly exclusive group of tasting professionals. Until 2015, there was only one Water Sommelier in the entire United States, and even today only a handful exist worldwide.

Altieri is the host of “Wine Conversations with Jessica Altieri” on the revolVer Podcast platform. In her book “Kiss My Glass” the NO-BS Wine Buying Guide, Jean-Charles Boisset called Altieri “vibrant, dynamic & charming wine expert, Jess brings joie de vivre, excitement and exuberance to the wine world” while Seresin Estate winemaker Clive Dougall  noted “Jessica brings a great, modern, fun and youthful energy to wine that I’ve not encountered before”.

How To Win the Wine Store Battle

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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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How to Pack for the Perfect Wine Picnic

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Top 5 Summer Wine Picnic Tips with Jessica Altieri

If you’re looking to woo a wine lover, take advantage of good weather and hit the park. Laying down with a loved one, sampling the finer wines and cheeses from local markets is about as romantic as it gets. But to ensure a fine feast with the proper accoutrements, follow these guidelines.

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Non-negotiable: Bring a classic whicker picnic basket and blanket. You can find these picnic staples at the local goodwill store or via Pottery Barn or World Market. Some picnic baskets come ready-made with a blanket and the appropriate cutlery. But, if supplying your own cutlery, don’t settle for plastic. Bring nice silverware and wash when you return home. Don’t forget the spreaders for cheeses and jams. Fresh flowers add a nice touch.


Arrange for a quality array of cheeses. Diversify your selection: Think one hard cheese, one soft cheese and one ripened cheese. Tasteful cheese varieties include Asiago, Parmesan, Gouda, mozzarella, provolone, Brie and Gorgonzola. Though with 2000 variations of cheese in the world, feel free to sample your local market or grocer into a customized selection.


Select dried meats that do not require refrigeration such as coppa, speck and salami. Prosciutto is an Italian dry-cured ham that compliments wine and cheese nicely. Bring two or three different meat selections, as you won’t want to skimp on the opportunity to keep your date protein-fueled and the date lasting as long as possible.


Include a mixture of dry and fresh fruits. For dried fruits, compose a collection of cranberries, dates, figs, dried Mangos or apricots. Fresh fruits cleanse the palate and should include a medley of raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, apple slices, fresh figs, cantaloupe, watermelon or grapes. To help decide, ask your picnic mate for his or her favorite fruit, and especially inquire for any allergies.


The cheeses and jams require a vehicle: crackers and bread. Pack a few cracker variations such as almond crackers, light wafers, multi-grain rounds or wheat thins. Include a bread as well: a French baguette, sourdough loaf, rolls or croissants. Feeling ambitious? Nothing beats a home-baked loaf.


Nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts and cashews, compliment cheese, crackers and dried fruits. Olives, either Kalamata or green varieties, additionally pair well. Don’t forget the sweets: honey, dark chocolate, grilled brown-sugar peaches and jams. Veggies provide refreshing nutrients: grilled eggplant, sliced bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers or avocado.

Meet Richard Peterson - Scientist. Winemaker. Inventor.

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In his spare time, he invented the first wine cooler for Seagrams and Gallo’s Hearty Burgundy. Say hello to Richard Peterson; a chemist, scientist and winemaker. But most importantly, Peterson was a revolutionary inventor. He invented systems that revolutionized #wine production, with his most noted invention the steel barrel pallet in 1975, a system that allowed wineries to stack barrels to the ceiling with a forklift, maximizing space and saving labor costs.  Peterson’s 50-plus years in the wine industry was the basis for his book; The Winemaker. It’s a must read for any wine lover and perfect for the beach! 

You could share a glass of wine with Dick Peterson and hear a story. But it wouldn’t be near enough wine to learn about the history making changes that Dick helped pioneer in the wine industry. You better get a bottle or two…..

Here are a few:

  • The original designer of the steel barrel pallet, which allows wine barrels to be handled mechanically instead of by hand.
  • Invented many wine techniques still in use today, such as ‘no topping, bung-and-roll,’ a practice for barrel aging red wines.
  • Created many successful new wines, including Lancers Vinho Branco in Portugal, the J. Wile line of varietal wines, Seagram’s first wine cooler, and all the original Monterey Vineyard and Taylor California Cellars varietal and generic table and sparkling wines.

Cheers to Dick and his contributions to the wine world!

About Jessica Altieri

Jessica, or “Just Jess”, is a Certified Sommelier, California Wine Appellation Specialist, and the CEO of the Wine Channel TV Network. By reaching and engaging millennials with digitally-based social media, mobile and live experience events, she has led the growth of her wine lifestyle community to over 300K wine enthusiasts in 2015.

Altieri is a visionary for wine “edutainment;” engaging both novice wine drinkers and experienced enthusiasts around the world with fun, fresh and edgy content. In 2013, she published her first book “Kiss My Glass: Jess Altieri’s ‘NO-BS’ Wine Buying Guide” which is now available on Amazon and in select Walgreens stores.

Wine Conversations with Jessica Altieri Podcast - Jennifer Wall Barefoot Wine Head Winemaker

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Jen Wall aka “Pinky Toe” and Barefoot Wine

A glass of wine is just a conversation waiting to happen as I always say, and today’s conversation is with Jennifer Wall, Barefoot Wine Head Winemaker.

We are sipping some Barefoot Wine spritzers, rose and brut rose bubbly to cool off on a hot day and get the conversation going!


Barefoot wines carry the honor of being the most-awarded still and sparkling wines in U.S. competitions. All said, the wines have received over 2,000 medals, countless accolades, and – best of all – the support of legions of fans around the world.

Dare we say, this may make Barefoot winemaker Jennifer Wall the world’s most successful vintner. Barefoot Wine is a brand of E&J Gallo which acquired Barefoot in 2005.

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Barefoot Wine Spritzers!

  1. Barefoot Spritzers in Cans are an exciting new concept in wine
  2. Barefoot Spritzers in cans go places wine just can’t
  3. Barefoot Spritzers in cans are yet another innovative idea from Barefoot, giving America what it’s been missing
  4. Barefoot Spritzers are available in 5 delicious flavors and pair with summer’s most delicious occasions: appetizers at the pool, picnic at the lake, barbeque while camping and so much more!

Barefoot Rose!

  1. New in 2017
  2. Fruit forward and a crowd pleaser!
  3. Probably the only still Rose available in 187ML, 750ML and 1.5L
  4. Nationally available and affordable- lined priced with all of the other Barefoot still wines

Barefoot Brut Rose Bubbly!

  1. Also new in 2017
  2. The first dry, traditional release for Barefoot Bubbly since 2001!
  3. First ever launch of 750ML and 187ML bubbly at the same time!
  4. Phenomenal alone, with food or as part of a Bubbly cocktail!


Jessica Altieri—aka “Just Jess”—is changing the way consumers buy, taste and experience wine. “From Wall Street to Wine Street,” Altieri has captured the ears, eyes, and hearts of wine lovers around the globe, sharing and creating unique wine lifestyle experiences with digital and social media. In 2016, Wine Enthusiast Magazine named Jessica a “40 Under 40 Top Tastemaker”. A respected millennial-age professional wine judge, Altieri is a Certified Sommelier and former NCAA scholar athlete. She founded the world’s fastest growing digital wine lifestyle network, Wine Channel TV, in 2009, and works with some of the world’s leading brands, trade associations and lifestyle companies.

Altieri has built a multiplatform digital network, Wine Channel TV Digital Network, that has over 500K loyal followers around the world. Altieri has appeared on ABC, CNBC, WGN, and ESPN Radio with unique wine, food and lifestyle segments that make shopping for your next fine wine as much fun as eating ice cream. Enjoy, and remember: “Wine is just a conversation waiting to happen!”

Luxury Sip with Penfolds Winemaker Peter Gago

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What could be better than a trip to an exotic location known to have one of the most sophisticated wine markets in the world? A 3-day adventure in the heart of Hong Kong along celebrated wine expert Jessica Altieri, of course!

Yes, you read that right. CEO and wine expert from Wine Channel TV, Jessica Altieri is teaming up with Penfolds to lead fans and viewers on an extraordinary journey amongst the sights and tastes of Hong Kong. Penfolds Winery is one of Australia’s oldest wineries, with a decades-old legacy of diversity and craftsmanship, and their collaboration with wine expert Jessica Altieri is certain to be an event worth tuning in.

Penfolds unveiled a new wine born from Grange DNA and you can see the “First Sip” here with Jessica Altieri, wine expert with Wine Channel TV from Hong Kong. Jessica Altieri and Wine Channel TV were onsite in Hong Kong on October 18, 2017 for the worldwide release of special wine blended from three Grange vintages spanning seven years, aptly named Penfolds g3.

Penfolds released a special wine blended from three Grange vintages spanning seven years, aptly named Penfolds g3. A Penfolds first, these vintages of 2008, 2012 and 2014 (a vintage to be globally released in 2018), energetically entwine to create a completely unique Grange expression.

Jessica has been recognized as one of Wine Enthusiast’s Top 40 Under 40 Tastemasters in 2016, and her name has already become synonymous with some of the best wines across the world. Her innovative approach and likable personality have made her an all-time viewers’ favorite and her 3-day journey to Hong Kong is a dream come true for any wine enthusiast around the globe. Jessica will sample some of the signature dishes of Asia’s most sophisticated wine market and provide her fans with an opportunity to follow in her footsteps as she explores the megapolis.

Already excited? You better be! Jessica Altieri teaming up with Penfolds for an exclusive 3-day trip around Hong Kong promises to be the wine event of the year, so tune in and experience the fantastic views, smells and flavors the city has to offer along with one of the world’s best-recognized wine experts!