Saturday, July 10, 2010

Wino Trends

Wino trend #1: Love of local wines (Locapour). No matter where you are, whether you are on home turf or traveling, choosing a locally made wine is “in”. Not only are local wines eco-friendly, they can add to your experience. Opt for local and when possible buy your wine directly from the winemaker. Not only is it a more romantic way to purchase wine but helps the local wineries.

Wino trend #2: Break the rules. How often have you heard the food and wine pairing rule “red wine with steak and white wine with fish”? And how often have you struggled in the wine gallery trying to figure out which wine? Well, labor no more. Food and wine pairing rules are meant to be broken.
Here is a good rule to apply:
Drink what you like! (We never did like rules.)
Side Note: However, if you really are concerned about your wine and food complimenting and not overpowering each other, here's a SIP TIP from The Food Network's Jeffery Saad who was a guest speaker at National Wine Blogger Conference I recently attended. Choosing a Riesling, Champagne/Sparkling or a Rosé are your three safest bets when not knowing what what wine to pair. Saad believes they almost go with anything but then also suggested to "break the rules" adding as though he likes many varieties of wine, he could drink Barbera with just about anything.

Wino trend #3: Affordable wines. Ordering or serving super expensive wines – also known as second mortgage wines because of their lofty price – is a trend that is past its prime. There is so much high-quality wine being made in Washington that it is not necessary to break out the Black Amex for a compelling bottle. And with the money you’ll save, you can enjoy really good wines, albeit less expensive ones, more often.

Lastly, a SIP TIP: Keep tasting and re-trying wines. Your palate changes and so does the wine. With so much variance in a variety you really can't write off an entire grape entirely forever. You just may have not find the right style and keep in mind the growing conditions change with each vintage effecting the final product. The good news is in Washington State we have over 650+ wineries to choose from making this a great time to be a Washington Wino.

Cheers!
(Photo Credit: Red pour, travelling mamas)
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