Saturday, April 24, 2010

A Mouthful

I'm very excited to be attending the North Carolina Winegrowers Association's Tasting Room Profitability and Wine Clubs workshop with Elizabeth Slater next week!

Try saying that 10 times, fast.

It's been hard to keep a straight face when calling my vineyard and winery customers to find out if they would be there as well. I work in a cubicle, and my coworkers and I all can't help but listen in on everyone's conversations. Every time I spoke to one of my buyers, by the time I got to "Tasting Room," the other sales reps sounded like they were falling off their chairs in peals of laughter. I could barely contain myself. But I don't think I flubbed a single syllable.

The workshop is Monday and Tuesday, 8-5 both days. Lunch is included in the registration fee. There's a special rate at the Marriott. I think there are still some openings, so if you hadn't planned to go, and can spare the time and get to North Carolina by tomorrow night or early Monday, you should register. Ms. Slater is supposed to be pretty amazing.

There are only going to be a handful of exhibitors, so please stop by and say hello to me. Let's make each other rich and famous!


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

White Wine Lovers Are People, Too

Once again, here in North Carolina, we have gone straight from winter to summer. Central heat to A/C. Sweaters to sundresses. A week ago I had to put on a coat to go check an order in the warehouse. Today they’ve got the big fans running out there. On my lunch break today I went for a walk and got pink cheeks, pollen-coated eyeballs and blistered feet from my flip flops. Spring, as it were, has sprung.

Last night, in celebration of the NCAA championship and the warm sunny weather, I had an amazing wine: 2006 Weingut Knoll Loibner Riesling Federspiel. I mean, this stuff was crazy good. And it got me thinking about how white wine drinkers are so often left out. There are truly fabulous whites out there – like Txakoli, Beaujolais Blanc, Rkatsiteli – and it makes me a little nuts when they get sidelined in favor of, well, anything else that just happens to be red.

Red wine drinkers get to use all kinds of cool gadgets, too. Hey, I like gadgets, so I decided to try aerating the Riesling using the Vinturi aerator for white wine. Oh, my! It opened up with oxygenation and really just kind of blew up in my mouth. Delicious. I was reminded that ALL wines, unless they are very old, can benefit from aeration. Tonight I’m going to try a simple bottle-top aerator like the OxyMor on another bottle of white. Perhaps a 2008 Domaine Labranch Laffont Pacherenc Du Vic-Bilh Sec. It is spring, after all. And my team did win.

Oenophilia Spring Sale is going on now! Get 10% off all Oenophilia brand products on orders of $250 or more. Ends 4/9/10. Orders must be scheduled to ship no later than 4/30/10. May not be combined with other offers. Discount does not apply to distributed products. Spring fever, anyone?