Ringing in a new year, celebrating a birthday or anniversary, and heck, even just the “next day”. We all have our time to set resolutions, the tough part is keeping them! As we welcome in 2012, we all know the standard resolutions: Eat healthier, exercise more, spend more time with family and friends, invest and budget, etc., etc. This year, we thought it would be best to stick to resolutions we know we can keep! Whether you’re an avid wine connoisseur or new to the wine world, here are some easy wine resolutions we’re sure you can stick with.
#1 – BOOST YOUR BRAIN
With so many ways to easily access information these days, it is a cinch to expand your knowledge of the wines you already know you love. You can use these tools to also learn more about the wines you haven’t tried. This year, explore the components of the wines you enjoy (varietal, appellation, pH and residual sugar, etc.) and then apply that knowledge to try new wines with similar features and see how they compare. Who knows, you may just find some new favorites! Click HERE to learn more!
#2 – TEASE YOUR TASTE BUDS
We all have our “go to” varieties. Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, the list goes on and on and on. This year, try not to say, “I don’t like [insert unfamiliar variety]”, and try something new. Often times we learn to “dislike” a particular variety or region by only having tasted one wine of that variety or appellation. Is that really fair? Whether you’re wine tasting in a new region or trying a new variety, at least once a month, experiment, break the routine and try something new! Refer back to Resolution #1.
#3 – REVEL WITH RIESLING
Keeping with the theme of Resolutions #1 & #2, we hope you will rediscover the “new” old-world style of Riesling. In the recent past, Riesling saturated the market, and the wine world was inundated with overly sweet and incredibly unbalanced Rieslings. In an effort to erase the stereotype, with great success I might add, winemakers are focusing on making crisp, low-alcohol Rieslings with a balanced ratio of residual sugar and acidity. Being German trained, Scott has always made his Rieslings in a dry or off-dry fashion, and our 2009 Jana Mendocino Valley Old Vine Riesling is no exception. Click HERE to learn more on Riesling styles.
#4 – FIX THE FARENHEIT
Do you sometimes find the temperature of your wine similarly resembles Goldilocks’ take on porridge? “This one is too hot. This one is too cold. Ahhh, this one is just right.” Temperature plays a key role in the way your wine will taste. Too warm, and a wine can be flabby and missing character. Too cold, and a wine can appear closed off and unwelcoming. When served at the right temperature, your wine is exquisite and unforgettable. To help create a memorable experience when serving and enjoying wine, click HERE to view our suggestions on serving temperatures.
#5 – STOCK UP ON (QUALITY) STEMWARE
You drink quality wine, right? So why not use quality stemware? It is easy to get overwhelmed by the variety of shapes, sizes and styles, and with good reason, there’s a lot to be said for the right wine glass, but that is a discussion for another time. In any case, quality is key. Whether your serving a red, white or sparkling, you want the glass quality to be first rate. Ideally, a glass should be thin enough to show off the delicate colors, but also be sturdy enough to avoid wobbling and spills. If you’re looking to make an investment, check out our new inventory of Scott Harvey Wines and Jana Winery wine glasses. These are high quality wine glasses, perfect for every occasion.
#6 – RETHINK PINK
If you think Riesling is making a fierce comeback, take a look at the new world of Rosé. Like Riesling, Rosé wines have been snubbed for being too sweet and unbalanced, and often times are confused with the other pink wine, White Zinfandel. With great effort, countries around the world have taken a proactive stance to revive Rosé. Today, winemakers are making great strides to produce refreshing, dry and flavorful Rosés, and Scott Harvey is no exception. Our 2008 Jana Rosé of Grenache is light and delicate with refreshing aromas and a crisp, clean flavor.
#7 – SHOP SMALL
In November, the country celebrated the 2nd Annual “Small Business Saturday”, and with great success. Small businesses are the heart of America, and your support of your local businesses will keep the economy strong. In addition, small businesses often times provide you with a better shopping experience. This can include detailed information and one-on-one customer service. While it’s sometimes true you may pay slightly more than you would in a big-box store, the individual and customized services can be priceless. As a small business, we invite you to visit our Sutter Creek Tasting Room and learn first hand the advantage of shopping small. Click HERE to read what others have to say about their visit.
# 8 – CRUSH CULINARY CUSTOMS
We all know the basic rule of food and wine pairing; “Red wines with red meat and white wines with fish.” While there is something to be said for this simple rule, the food and wine pairing experience can reach far beyond this. The key is to experiment, break tradition, and find what works for you. If you have a favorite “unconventional” pairing, we’d love to hear them! Suggestions can be sent to [email protected]
#9 – BUST OPEN THE BIG BOTTLE
If you made a resolution to spend more time with family and friends, it’s time to break out the big bottles! Whether it’s a Magnum (equal to 2 bottles) or a 3 liter (equal to 4 bottles), or something even larger, we’re sure everyone will have a great time enjoying the company of loved ones along with some fantastic wine! Large formats are also great as centerpieces at weddings, anniversaries or parties, and can be a great way to encourage mingling and meeting new people and trying new wines (See Resolution #2). Click HERE, to view our selection of Large Formats, including our newest release of the 2007 Jana Cathedral Magnum and Double Magnum.
#10 – SIP, SAVOR & SMILE
A resolution often overlooked is the one to take more time to enjoy the simple things in life. Whether it’s an early morning sunrise, a kind gesture from a stranger, a loving and heartfelt hug, a special homemade dinner or a glass of your favorite wine, take the time to enjoy the small things and seal each memory with a smile.
From all of us here at Scott Harvey Wines and Jana Winery, we wish you and your loved ones a year full of cheer, abundance and joy !