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Food & Wine — Blake Leland

Are You Hypnotized by Wine Brands?

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Are You Hypnotized by Wine Brands?

  This is something I’d ask a customer that came in looking for a brand name that you probably could get at any big retailer. Now of course, this was a lighthearted way to get their undivided attention. Then I might ask… why are you looking for that brand? More and likely they would share some details to help me understand why they asked for that specific wine. And this is when I’d like to share some facts about the mentioned brand. Usually nothing negative, but real, and not to say national brands don’t have some good wines. Plume Ridge...

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Why Does My Wine Taste A Little Different Than Last Time?

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Why Does My Wine Taste A Little Different Than Last Time?

A lot of wine drinkers are unaware of how wines can have different effects on the palate. Or is it your imagination? Nope! Atmosphere (or lack thereof) has plenty to do with what your palate can experience. Example: Drinking a full-bodied red wine in the middle of a warm afternoon doesn’t have the same effect as drinking that same wine on a cool evening in low light. Bigger reds can tend to be “chunky” or hard to drink as they warm up with ambient temperatures. Also, white wines don’t always show well in the evening as they are better chilled...

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Wine Styles

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Wine Styles

Photo Credit: WSET Have you ever tried to describe an amazing food experience you have had to another person? How do you include the best points and descriptive words that clearly communicate the feelings and tastes you experienced? It is not easy! Wine, just as food, is complex and faces these same difficulties. But knowing what kind of wines we wish to buy drives our decision. For this reason, wine styles or general designated, identifying terms serve as a guideline. At Bottle Shop, we utilize wines styles based on color (red, white, rose) sparkling, body (rich, elegant, fruity, structured) and...

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How to Develop Your Palate

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How to Develop Your Palate

  I like to try and describe wine related subjects in parables. Example: Ever go the beach in the morning, and when you get there, it is overcast and chilly?  But since you drove all that way (especially if you live in the Inland Empire) wouldn’t you want to see if the weather gets better as the day progresses?  Then again, some people might turn around and leave to go home or maybe go to breakfast or something like that.  Only to miss out on a beautiful day at the beach.  Your palate kind of does the same thing.  You...

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Here's Why You Should Pay Attention to Small Wineries

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Here's Why You Should Pay Attention to Small Wineries

Let’s recognize some small wineries, and here’s why…   I’m always amazed at the quality and how the smaller wineries can find the optimum block(s) or vineyard or have natural winemaking talent to make some of their wines.  Even average grapes can be transcended into a fantastic bottle of wine by an up and coming assistant or young winemaker that hasn’t been influenced by industry styles or ideas.  This attention to detail can be lost once production and demand start to ramp up, but not always just to be fair.  Have you ever had a wine that you love and...

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