5 Fabulous New Year’s Wine Resolutions!
January 7, 2018 / Stephanie Miskew / 0 Comments
With your New Year’s Eve hangover in the rear view mirror, it’s time to make some exciting plans for the year ahead. And if you’re interested in pursuing vinous enlightenment, here are 5 Fabulous Wine Resolutions to guide your vinous exploration in the New Year.
From honing your tasting skills to planning a trip to your favorite wine region, I hope these ideas inspire you to empower your palate and embrace the world of wine:
1.) Mix It Up: Because the world of wine can be confusing, it’s often easier to just stick with the same wine day in and day out…but how boring is that?!? Break out of your vinous rut by vowing here and now to sample a different wine every week or at least every month.
I’ll have plenty of great recommendations here on The Glamorous Gourmet as well as my weekly Facebook LIVE Show “Wines of the Week.” I also recommend finding a local retailer who can guide you towards selections based on your personal preferences. My weekly newsletter is also chock full of great wine recommendations, to sign up simply click here.
2.) Start a Wine Collection: If you’ve been enjoying wine long enough to have a favorite wine region and/or producer why not sock a few bottles away for a later date? Aged wine can be a truly enjoyable revelation but collecting wine does NOT mean you have to commission a custom built, 5,000 bottle capacity cellar – in fact, far from it!
All you’ll need is a small wine fridge and a few age-worthy bottles to put in it. This piece of equipment is VERY important since varying temperatures and humidity levels as well as any mechanical vibration (i.e. refrigerator, A/C unit) are the arch-enemies of wine. Also, if your budget allows, purchase a fridge with a little room to grow, wine lovers have a habit of outgrowing them faster then they think.
3.) Learn to Taste Wine: I know we all know how to physically “taste” wines, just take a sip, right? But to really learn about wine you need to taste it in a particular way, utilizing all of your senses. This sensory information provides valuable insight into a wine’s place of origin, grape variety and “terroir” which are all critical factors to learning about and understanding wine.
So if becoming a better wine taster is on your list of New Year’s Resolutions, please check out my Facebook LIVE show “Wines of the Week” videos where you can taste four wines along with me EVERY week (click here to check it out).
4.) Drink more sparkling wines: The focus on sparkling wine/Champagne consumption around special occasions like New Year’s Eve leaves the majority of the year unbearably bubbly-free. While Champagne’s price tag may limit it to more of a special occasion wine, there are many sparklers from around the globe that are priced for everyday consumption.
Wines like Prosecco, Cava and Crémant (for some examples, please and here) are perfect for enjoying on a Tuesday night after work or when a friend stops by to visit. As an added bonus, sparkling wines also have less calories and alcohol than that glass of Chardonnay or Pinot Noir – affordable, delicious AND figure-friendly – what’s not to love about that?
5.) Wine-related Travel: Next time you’re booking a getaway, why not cross a New Year’s Wine Resolutions off your list and head to your favorite wine region? Whether you’ve collected wine for years or are new to it, nothing will give you a greater appreciation for what’s in your glass than standing in the vineyard where the grapes are grown and talking to the people who make the wine. Most wineries offer tours and tastings which you can sign up for via their website and they’re usually very happy to hear from you! Here’s a link to some of my travel-related articles.
I hope these suggestions inspire you to empower your palate and embrace the world of wine in the New Year! If you have any other New Year’s Wine Resolutions I’d love to hear about them, please let me know in the comments section below.
Happy New Year,
January 7, 2018 / Stephanie Miskew / 0 Comments
Stephanie Miskew thinks life is better with wine and she wants to help you enjoy it to the fullest! As a Certified Sommelier, her real world advice on tasting wine like a pro, discovering which wines you truly love, picking the perfect bottle for any occasion and creating magical food and wine pairings will have you looking like a wine expert in any situation.
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