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March Madness 2017 Winning Wine Pairings

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Author: Jessica Altieri | Wine Channel TV Media

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As a former NCAA Hooper, I’ve loved sports my whole life.

March Madness and game day pairings featured big, bold Cabernets with Italian Beef or Grilled Italian Sausages for hoops fanatics, and a smooth crisp Sauvignon Blanc for party fanatics.

March Madness calls for stepping up your pregame meal options, I’m talking pulled pork sandwiches, buffalo wings with Stone Arrogant Bastard Chipotle BBQ sauce, gourmet fries(garlic parmesan please!) and beer battered fish tacos…Just add some Malbec to go with the Pork and a nice refreshing Riesling to contrast those spicy wings, and let the pre-game NCAA March Madness wine lifestyle begin!

Looking for something to pair with those cheese balls? Try a nice creamy Chardonnay. A vibrant Sauv Blanc would be killer with your veggie tray, like the St. Supery 2015 Dollarhide Estate Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc. Rock a zesty Zin like Rock Wall Wine Company Harris Kratka 2010 with your homemade chili or Sloppy Joes.

And don’t forget to bust out the bubbly with your Fried Chicken and fries…Fried foods and sparkling wine are a match made in heaven. And, of course, that bubbly can be used for mimosas the morning after…#Winning …

Wine Picks Under $50:

Rock Wall Wine Company 2010 Zinfandel Harris Kratka Vineyard ($40)

Masottina Brut, Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Superiore DOCG, ($11.99)

Ferrari Perle 2007 ($37.99)

Dr. Konstantin Frank Dry Riesling 2014 ($15)

St. Supery 2015 Dollarhide Estate Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc ($35)


March Madness Wine TV Viewing Guide

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Wine and March Madness is here on Wine Channel TV. Join Wine Channel TV host and former NCAA hoopster, Jessica Altieri for your favorite wine and hoops pairings.

The 2017 NCAA men's basketball tournament is just around the corner, with the First Four beginning Tuesday, March 14.

Selection Sunday, when the field of 68 is filled by the tournament committee, is Sunday, March 12. 

Below is a look at the full schedule, locations and TV information. 

What: 2017 NCAA men's basketball tournament

When: The tournament runs Tuesday, March 14 through Monday, April 3, 2017

TV: truTV, TBS, TNT and CBS

Live stream: March Madness Live app


First Four

* Tuesday, March 14 and Wednesday March 15 @ University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio

How to watch: truTV

First and second rounds

* Thursday, March 16 and Saturday, March 18

KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. 
Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wis. 
Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. 
Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah

* Friday, March 17 and Sunday, March 19

Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, S.C. 
Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.
BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. 
Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif. 

How to watch: CBS, TBS, TNT, and truTV

Sweet 16 and Elite Eight

* Midwest Regional: Thursday, March 23 and Saturday, March 25 -- Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. 

* West Regional: Thursday, March 23 and Saturday, March 25 -- SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. 

* South Regional: Friday, March 24 and Sunday, March 26 -- FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn. 

* East Regional: Friday, March 24 and Sunday, March 26 -- Madison Square Garden in New York

How to watch: TBS and CBS

Final Four and National Championship

* Saturday, April 1 and Monday, April 3 -- University of Phoenix Stadium, in Phoenix, Arizona

How to watch: CBS

Bad Bottle of Wine - Here is Your Cheat Sheet

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A brownish hue (this one is easy)

Take a good look at the color of your wine when your pour it in a clear glass. If your red wine has a brownish hue, it's past its prime, and a deep yellow or brownish straw hue in your white means it's probably oxidized. How about if you get some fizz in the glass, but it's not your favorite bottle of sparkling wine? It's had a second fermentation after the bottling, and this bottle should be dumped.

The simple smell test

Give your wine a good swirl and take a good long sniff. Musty, moldy, vinegar, sauerkraut or rotten egg smells are all signs the wine has gone south. Dump it.

The sip

Sip that wine, finally! Do you like it? If so, great! Try to point out the things you love about it, like the aromatics you're able to identify. If you hate it, remember why. A vinegar taste similar to that awful aroma you may have picked up is a sign to dump it. Picking up a really, really sour note on your sip, or just no more luscious fruit notes at all (aka flat wine)? You probably left that wine open waaaayyy too long...why did you have leftover wine anyway?!

Bad spot for storage

A wine bottle that's warm to the touch probably wasn't stored properly. Invest in a wine fridge -- it's worth it! Or store your wine in a dry, cool place like your basement. The kitchen is the worst place ever because of the varying temperatures. Don't do it!

Shut Up and Spit

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What better way to learn about Zins than from the Godfather of Zinfandel? Joel Peterson of Ravenswood Winery talked shop with me at the Walgreens flagship store in Chicago. This is no dusty pharmacy with bad lighting. Bottles of Cristal and imported cigars stood watch as Joel talked with me about his first tasting session—at age 10 with his parents the high-powered chemists who gave him this timeless instruction: “Shut up and spit.” He did spit and did not get drunk, and that early chemistry helped create one of the smartest, most genuine winemakers around. Joel sets trends. He makes “no wimpy wines.” Wherever he goes, me and my wine glass follow!

Zesty, jammy, just screaming for BBQ ribs and bonfires outside, Zinfandel makes its mark on dusky autumn evenings. In the case of Zins, the older the vines the better the body. Girls, take note of that. These robust red grapes improve dramatically with age.

Are you a “Zin Bitch?” Not sure how to answer that question? On a typical blustery, cold Chicago night, Christian Tietje invited me to a Four Vines Wine Dinner, and the question came right along with his invitation. This Zin Rockstar not only produces amazing Zinfandels but he’s earned a following of self-proclaimed Zin Lovers who wear matching Zin Bitch shirts. I joined the jammy, spicy Zin Revolution that night. Christian and his “mother-trucker” partner Susan Mahler make wines as sassy as their zealous fan club.

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Guide To Buying Wine Year Round

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The Ideal Times to Buy Wine

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Summer time is all about being outdoors, firing up the grill, taking a dip in the pool, relaxing and enjoying life at a nice pace. When summer approaches, you can expect cool, refreshing, fruity sensations to hit every wine store. To be honest, that is what every wine lover wants in summer; to enjoy a nice cool and refreshing wine.

You can easily find many bottles of Pinot Noir, Gazela, Rosé wines, Shiraz and Merlot in the summer. Although many tend to prefer white wine in the summer, the truth is that Merlots, Pinot Noirs and Shiraz varieties go really well with grilled meat. There are even some great white Pinot Noirs out there.

This is one of the biggest reasons why people still have red wines in summer. You could also try a Sauvignon Blanc or even chilled Sangria as they work great to cool the palate. Sangria works great with summer snacks such as nachos and chips, and perks up a good salad with white meat.


Autumn is the time where leaves change their color and the weather starts to change. This goes hand-in-hand with wine too. Autumn wines are all about enjoying life and making a transition from cool wines to more full-bodied and rich wines.

In the autumn months, you can easily find bottles of Pinot Blanc, Zinfandel, Beaujalois Nouveu, Chardone, cabernet sauvignon, Sherry and Shiraz. It’s a great time to try something new.


The winter season is a great time to learn how to pair wines. The wines you choose to drink in winter will greatly depend upon the dishes you serve. Generally, red wines are highly preferred during winter with red meat. The supply and demand levels are so high that you will probably find constant deals on them.

Wines that you drink in autumn can generally be used in winter as well. Great winter wines include Pinot Noir, Rioja, Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and even a rich red wine known as a Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot. These rich reds are usually preferred due to the warm and hearty meals that are generally served during winter.


Spring is all about warming up, renewal etc – and your palate does exactly the same. However, one similarity between autumn and spring wines is that they are both transitional in nature. Spring wines are usually earthy in nature with grassy and herbaceous notes.

During spring, you will most likely prefer more balanced wines, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Rosé and even woody classic merlots. These wines have less sugar in them and balance really well on the palate.

One thing to note is that white wines become more preferred during spring. This is because of their balanced taste and, in most cases, their earthy notes.


Whenever a festive season approaches, you can expect to see varied drop in prices of wine. These prices usually reflect the amount of wine that will be drunk over the holiday. Always be on the lookout for great holiday deals during all the important holidays of the year. Remember, these sales are on regardless of whether the festival is religious or just plain old festive.


A great time to buy wine is over the weekend. These are times when wine is heavily consumed and is hence sold rapidly. Most of these sales can vary from 10-20% off, allowing casual drinkers to enjoy that little bit more wine over the weekend.

Moreover, there is something special about holiday sales that differentiate them from normal sales. Holiday sales usually include more expensive and festive wines. This is because most people celebrate the holidays with fervor and style and hence drink more expensive wine over the holiday. It’s also when more champagne will be bought and sold, a natural time of the year to celebrate. Which of course, there is absolutely no problem with!

However, there are some festivals such as Saint Patrick’s Day where plenty of wine is drunk and not necessarily expensive wine. Also, the typical Guinness beer is a big competitor for wine on this day! During these times, many cases of more affordable wine are drunk in larger quantities.

Beaujalois Nouveu in November

Good old Beaujalois Nouveu is a wine that only comes for a few days in November. In fact, it is usually released on the third Thursday of November, usually known as Beaujalois Nouveu Day. Beaujalois Nouveu is a great wine for winter and it is not easy to buy as it’s so extremely popular.

Wine Social Media 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. 

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

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.

Wine TV Austrian Wine Vacation with Jessica Altieri

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Falkensteiner Balance Resort Stegersbach 

“Sip Some Austria” continues as Jessica Altieri, CEO and host of Wine Channel TV, meets with Günther Zimmel of Falkensteiner Balance Resort in Südburgenland, Austria. The Falkensteiner Balance Resort Stegersbach is located in the heart of the Burgenland spa region and borders the Styrian thermal spa country. This part of Austria is renowned for its vineyards and fruit orchards. The numerous vineyards and brandy distilleries testify to the long-established art of wine and brandy production of the area. The Falkensteiner Balance Resort wows with inspiring architecture, an atmosphere of tranquility and relaxation, and is heralded as “one of the best spas in Austria,” with a perfect balance of lifestyle and wellness. The resort consists of 111 spacious rooms, 17 family apartments, and 13 designer suites surrounded by breathtaking gardens. Enjoy holistic acquapura, a “metabolic balance program,” yoga, meditation, Nordic walking, or golf. The resort’s vinotheque takes advantage of the southern Burgenland region’s infamous red wines with a strong character. The vinotheque is home to the famous “uhudler”—a unique Austrian wine, originating in this Südburgenland region with a rosé color and intense flavor notes of strawberries and black currants. It can also be produced as a white wine. Beyond “uhudler,” the vinotheque offers the opportunity to sample many of the fine Austrian wines from the region. Enjoy an excursion with the resort to the South Styrian Wine Road, comparable to Italy’s Tuscany. The South Styrian Wine Road charms with exquisite wines, taverns with enchanting views, fine dining and rustic hiking trails. Stay tuned to Wine Channel TV for more exclusive “Sip Some Austria” featured videos. Prost!

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Chicago Wine and Music Perfect Pairing with Ramsey Lewis

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Chicago Wine Tasting Perfect Pairing

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.

Who would Ramsey most want to share a glass of wine with, after his lovely wife Jan of course?

Here you go:

  1. Oscar Peterson
  2. Vladimir Horowitz
  3. Renée Fleming

And the music that we woudl be playing in the background? Why this of course:  “The In Crowd”.

Stay tuned to Wine Channel TV all summer long for featured sips and sounds from the world of wine.

Summer of New Zealand Chardonnay with Jessica Altieri

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A Must Try New Zealand Chardonnay

Author: Jessica Altieri | Publisher | Wine Channel TV Digital Network

Creamyandbuttery to steely and crisp, thereis  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. Join Jessica Altieri for a must try favorite chardonnay from New Zealand.


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!

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