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A Different Approach To Wine Tasting

A Different Approach to Wine Education and Wine TastingLifestyle / Winemaker's Journal
Give or take two million years, Homo Erectus appeared on Planet Earth. Humans during this period of history were doing 3 things: protecting themselves, feeding and reproducing. Today, you can find food very easily on a farm, on your computer or in grocery stores like Safeway, Kroger and Wal-Mart. Most men during that time were crawling close to the ground and they were using their sense of smell much more than today. One day, man stood up to see his surroundings which allowed him to find food from a longer distance.

Sight took over as the primary sense. A study showed that for every 100 sensations that stimulate the brain, 60 to 70% are from sight, 20 to 25% from hearing, 10 to 15% from touching, 2% from tasting and only 1% from smelling. We have more than 380 olfactory receptors in the mouth.  We should all be able to taste bitter, salty, sweet, umami  and sour.

With all of these w…

Back To Basics

Back to the BasicsLifestyle / VineLife
School is back in session – signaling the winding down of summer and the beginnings of sweater season. Now is the perfect time to unwind with your friends before the mad dash to the holiday season. But let’s take a breather on fanciful wine pairings or dishes that require lots of prep time and ingredient shopping. We’re going back to the basics with a little help from our Wine Country Lifestyle partner, Salute Santé! Grapeseed Oil.

Based out of Napa, California, Salute Santé! is an award-winning purveyor of quality grapeseed oils and flours. They’ve teamed up with us to offer a delicious special to all Wine Tasting Hosts in the month of September: a bottle of Salute Santé! Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil included in your Wine Tasting Sampler.

These classic “back to basics” ideas will remain standbys in your repertoire for years to come.

#1. Easy Garlic Toasts
Slice a crusty baguette into ½ or ¾ inch-thick slices. Arrange them on a baking s…


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5 Ideas to Kick-Off the Fall Sporting Season!

5 Ideas to Kick-Off the Fall Sporting Season!Lifestyle / VineLife

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are starting to crunch slightly underfoot, the scent of pumpkin and spice fills your favorite coffee shop, and the weather in the early evening is just cool enough to take your sweaters out of hibernation. September 22nd may be the first official day of the 2014 fall season, but we all know that autumn really began on that long-awaited day, at the kick-off to NFL Regular Season football. Wine will help you get into the pigskin spirit, and it’s the perfect thing to serve for a viewing party or a large crowd.

As football season heats up, baseball season is racing to the finish line. Why not set up a simple wine bar for World Series viewing? It allows friends to get into the team spirit and serve themselves. Whatever sport you prefer, watch the game in style with family and friends and share in the bounty of nature’s greatest sporting event – the sheer enjoyment of food…

Start the Harvest Season with a Harvest Wine Tasting

Start the Harvest Season with a Harvest Wine TastingVineLife

The bathing suits are stashed away, the pencils are sharpened and the kids are finally heading back to school. The winding down of summer festivities doesn’t mean that the fun should stop! Now is the perfect time relax, unwind, and take a breather before the mad dash to the holiday season. Why not gather your best gal pals for a girls’ night in Harvest Wine Tasting or party? Then again, a bottle of wine, a bowl of popcorn and a DVR-clearing marathon party for one or two can be just as sweet. Whichever way you choose to celebrate the end of summer, we’ve got you covered with the perfect wines. From fun wine accessories to chic postcard invitations in a wide range of Wine Tasting themes, you can find everything you’ll need to host the perfect wine event with these simple ideas:

The Vino – What’s a party without wine? Try a Half-Case of RedWhite or a Mixed Half-Case – or for something even more special, create a the…

ShowerPill The Athletic Body Wipe Review

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What do you do after your workouts? Do you take a shower? What if you are on the trails and there is no shower? How do you clean up at lunch time workouts?

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I decided to put ShowerPill through a post-run test. I threw one in my bag & headed out. It is summer. It's warm. It's smokey AF from all of the fires burning in Idaho. I slathered on the sunscreen and I did a four miles in the afternoon peak heat. I got a little sweaty.

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Now’s the Time to Plan Your Corporate & Office Gifting

Now’s the Time to Plan Your Corporate & Office GiftingLifestyle / VineLife

As we move into the fall season, it’s not too early to start making plans for holiday gifts for co-workers and business friends. Now’s the time to plan your corporate & office gifting. Remember, the holidays start with Thanksgiving and last until New Year’s Day. Wine, food and baskets make perfect gifts for every occasion. So, whether you are the boss, giving gifts to business associates and your direct reports, or you are part of the home office team, great gift giving can take some advanced planning and thought. To help you with your plan, WineShop At Home offers the following tips:

Whether you’re running a small business from your spare bedroom, are in charge of a large department or corporation, or a member of the home office team, you’ll want to choose thoughtful gifts that have your good taste written all over them.

How To Start:
Go through that address book and identify everyone you’ve …

September Wine Tasting Host Rewards

Have you booked a guided wine tasting with me yet?

Host a Wine Tasting in September and Receive a Bottle of Salute Santé! Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil* Included with Your Sampler
Infused with all-natural, roasted garlic, Salute Santé! Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil shines with delicious flavor and aroma and has a light texture and mouthfeel. Enjoy drizzled over cheese and cured meats – perfect over a soft chevre, mozzarella or hard cheese, like parmesan! $29.95  plus tax and shipping Up to $400+ in Savings! Click here for a flyer of the September 2015 Host Rewards The September Edition of our Wine Tasting Sampler includes goodies galore for our Special Hosts. Five bottles of exclusive WineShop At Home Artisan Wine for only $29.95 (up to a $125 value) PLUS An additional 6th Host selectable “Thank You” bottle (up to a $30 value) included in Host Tasting Sampler PLUS50% discount on your first shipment of Artisan Collection™ Wine Club* (over $30 value) PLUS7 bottle Host Bundle: Get 7 bottles f…

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Wine Ice Cream

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Wine Ice CreamLifestyle / VineLife

Summer evenings are the perfect backdrop for a wine tasting party or get-together. While the kids may scamper after the ice cream truck during the day, save a starry night this month for you and a few friends to have an adults-only ice cream extravaganza! For a unique, celebratory twist, raise your spoon to National Ice Cream Month with a glass of wine ice cream. Recipe:  6 large egg yolks2 cups heavy cream1 cup milk½ cup sugar½ cup sweet red wine, such as the Mariana 2013 Syrah¾ cup fresh blackberries, raspberries or strawberriesDirections: In a heatproof bowl, mix the egg yolks. In a saucepan, combine the cream, milk and sugar and bring to a simmer over moderate heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar, about 4 minutes. Gradually whisk the hot cream into the eggs yolks; return the mixture to the saucepan. Cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until the custard is thick enough to coat the back of a …

Pack Up Summer Fun with a Picnic

Pack Up Summer Fun with a PicnicLifestyle / VineLife

School’s out for a short time longer, and so are formal, stuffy, sit-down affairs. Picnic foods are just right for when the weather is still warm and you don’t feel like cranking up the stove. Whether it’s a picnic for two in the backyard, or a large family gathering, you’ll want to pour wines that pair well with whatever foods you may be serving. Our quick wine pairing list will make packing the perfect picnic a cinch!

Pop the Cork on Delicious Picnicking Wines: Italian cold cuts like salami or prosciutto pair beautifully with our Mariana 2010 Cabernet Franc, which has enough red fruit and spice to complement their salty bite.Grilled, fried or baked chicken pairs beautifully with our lightly tropical Broadmoore Estates 2013 White Trails and our creamy, round McKenna 2011 Sauvignon Blanc.Fruit salads pair beautifully with our award-winning, floral and refreshing Frisch 2012 Riesling.Berry pies and tarts pair beautifully with our …

Let's Go To Puerto Los Cabos!

I mentioned at the beginning of the month a blog post about traveling the world. With WineShop At Home, you have the opportunity to earn luxurious, exotic getaways for yourself (and for a friend or spouse) to travel along with you.

In the first week of January 2016, Wine Consultants who earned their trip get to go to Barcelona, Spain!

The next incentive trip was announced this past weekend at Convention. Starting this month in August, Wine Consultants have the chance to earn a trip to Puerto Los Cabos!

Who does not want to be whisked away to the adults-only, all-inclusive Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort at the beginning of January 2017?