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Guide To Buying Wine Year Round

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The Ideal Times to Buy Wine

Jessica Altieri | CEO | Wine Channel TV Media

Summer

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

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.

Winter

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

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.

Weekend

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.

Holidays

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 www.wctvmedia.com

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!

Looking to promote your wine or wine region? Be sure to visit Wine Channel TV Social Media AGency which feautres fast track wine video and social media campaigns at www.winesocialmedia.com

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.

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

Pinot Noir Summer with Jessica Altieri

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I hear Jurassic roars when I drink Pinot noir. It’s not the black grapes that gave their lives for me. It’s Sam Neill.

Snapshot – New Zealand Pinot Noir

The setting: the Pinot 2013 Conference, at an after party thrown by Neill’s Two Paddocks Winery. I happen to love that Pinot grown in New Zealand’s Central Otago region, so how could I decline the glass Sam offered me? His glinting wit, charming accent, the dapper button-down shirt, his rock-star status, and the amazing New Zealand rock band called The Eggs pounding out love in the background—

Sam didn’t treat me like a giddy girl running up to gain his favor, but I was. He’s the coolest guy, with a cigar in one hand and a glass of his Two Paddocks Pinot in the other. He slayed me, and I’m no dinosaur!

Fave Sips

Craggy Range 2010 Te Kahu Hawkes Bay Pinot Noir

Joseph Drouhin Laforet Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2010

Mud House Pinot Noir Central Otago 2010

Argyle Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2010

2009 Seresin “Leah” Pinot Noir Marlborough

Belle Glos Clarke & Telephone 2012 Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

Felton Road Pinot Noir Bannockburn 2010

Great Eats

Grilled Salmon, roasted pork chops, BBQ—Pinot Noir can hold its own against highly spiced, greasy foods which happen to be summer’s specialties! I love serving Pinot with venison. In fact, friends line up for thirds when Pinot and venison are on the menu, be- cause it’s a unique, earthy match made in heaven that I learned about while touring New Zealand.

The Unforgettable Kiss

At this year’s 3rd Annual New Zealand Wine Day in Chicago, hosted by moi, New Zealand’s phenomenal Pinot Noir wines stood out. Yes, yes, NZ winemakers craft great Sauvignon Blancs, but that’s not news. This year, folks couldn’t stop raving about the Cervena venison we paired with the NZ Pinots—drooling, raving, and asking for thirds. This venison has show-stop- ping standards of tenderness.

My co-host for the event was Clive Dougall, Wine- maker for Seresin Estate. He’s the essence of New Zealand with his Kiwi lingo and stories of NZ food and wine pairings, such as venison and roasted duck. We all wanted to travel home with him! His “Leah” Pinot Noir will forever be linked in my memory with that mouthwatering Cervena venison—the most perfect smoky, earthy, savory pairing.

About Author: Jessica Altieri

Wine goddess Jessica Altieri—aka “Just Jess”—wants to change the way consumers buy, taste and experience wine. “From Wall Street to Wine Street,” Jess 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. A respected Millennial-age professional wine judge, Jess is a Certified Sommelier, California Wine Appellation Specialist® and former NCAA scholar athlete. She founded the world’s fastest growing digital wine lifestyle network, Wine Channel TV Digital Network, in 2009, and works with some of the world’s leading brands, trade associations and lifestyle companies. Jess has built a multi-platform digital network including the recently launched Wine Judges Corner, the world’s only digital online community dedicated to wine competitions, award-winning wines and wine judges. Jess has appeared on CNBC, ABC, 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. In 2013, Altieri published “Kiss My Glass: “No-BS” Wine Buying Guide. Jess Altieri’s tagline: “Wine is just a conversation waiting to happen!”

Brut Rosé

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Author: Jessica Altieri | CEO-Editor Wine Channel TV Digital Network

2008 Gloria Ferrer Brut Rosé

Spring and summer 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.

Spring and Summer's 10 Best Bets

On your way to a spring soireé and suddenly realized you forgot to pick up a bottle of wine? No worries! Stop at your local wine store and grab any of the wines listed below. Your host will think you’re a wine genius. (And he’ll be right!)

  • ·         Gloria Ferrer Brut Rosé
  • ·        Tierce Finger Lakes Dry Riesling
  • ·         Spy Valley Envoy Riesling
  • ·         Raymond Vineyards Chardonnay Napa Valley
  • ·         J. Heinrich Blaufränkisch
  • ·         Uwe Schiefer Blaufränkisch Eisenberg

Babes-Bikinis-Six Pack Abs and Prosecco

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Bring on the heat.

Author: Jessica Altieri | Editor-CEO | Wine Channel TV Network

Babes, bikinis, 6-pack abs, and the beach—we need a wine to handle all that heat! Expect cool, refreshing, fruity sensations to hit every wine store. That’s what wine lovers crave in summer: a wine as cool and refreshing as a cannonball into an aqua blue pool. Fire up the grill, take a dip in the pool, relax and raise your glass!

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.

Snapshot

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!

Favorite Sips

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 l’Italia!