vinodorado goes to school

vinodorado goes to school

vinodorado goes to school

i bet if you’re like my friends you think “wine professions…. phewww, you guys have the life, drinking wine all day”.

well i’m here to tell you thats NOT entirely true….

look, look, i have proof!!!!!! yes, speaking for my fellow somms, wine buyers, consultants, importers, exporters, wine sales reps, retail wine shop owners, etc we are totes LEGIT and professional not just elevated winos…

anywayzzzzz my most recent exploits found myself sitting pretty at the #astorcentor (fyi totes amaze facilities) ready to learn all about #bulgarian wines presented by European Wine Treasures (sidenote: i first became acquainted with bulgarian wine through a classmate of mine in #bordeaux whose fam had a winery in bulgaria and i must say its pretty fascinating stuff) i suggest checking it out!!!!

wine profis get a spit sink!!!

wine profis get a spit sink!!!

check out this pic above at the astor center each station was outfitted with its own individual sink for spitting. now thats super fancy, most of the time we just get a spit bucket, the reason being…. drumroll pls…. cause we spit!!!!

SPIT!!!! yes, if there is one thing i notice its that everyone assumes that we just fly through tasting all these wines and then go on with our day. believe me if we all did that, orders would not go through, chaos would ensue in other words we would be in big trouble  just like in any other biz.

everyone paying attention to our bulgarian master class

everyone paying attention to our bulgarian master class

ok ok this isn’t to say that we don’t cut loose every once in a while….. (lolz)

any comments, or even better stories from the wine trade??!! even crazy ones…. pls let me know super interested to hear back in the comments below!!!

xoxox,

from vino with love

1 love 1 wine

celebrate v-day with Coca i Fitó

celebrate v-day with Coca i Fitó

hiya!!!!

in a few days it’ll be valentines day. maybe you’ve planned to see

1. endless love or a winters tale with your lover

2. maybeeeee you’ve got an ultra super duper hot first date!!!!!

3. you’re gonna pop the question!!!!!!!

4. or just maybe you are participating, performing, or attending a V-day event such as the vagina monologues. taking a stand against violence against women.

buuuut, if you totes hate valentines day & plan on ignoring its existence

i say NO WAY JOSE!!!! yes, valentines day is a completely commercial holiday having said that i still suggest you participate in it!!!!!!!

hmmmm

yes!!! look all those people who go to those cheesy movies add to the success of countless stylists, movie bloggers, etc those who participate in vagina monologues are actively helping women in need, and lets not forget restos esp. the ones that struggle during the week are happy to get booked up.

am i forgetting something?????

ah yea this is a wine blog right???!!!!

how should you celebrate valentines day? with WINE of course!

so if you are kinda on the fence about the holiday, or don’t have anyone to celebrate with here are some gorgeous wines that i would totes sip down.

such a darling label "flores de callejo"

such a darling label “flores de callejo”

here’s why these are good picks;

1. just look at these labels they are so gorgeous and dainty and make you feel so lovey dovey anyway

2. the flowers on the label hit 2 birds with 1 stone

3. red red wiiiiine (yea you know the song) something about rich reds make you feel oh so sumptuous.

4. spanish wines that are elegant like the coca i fitó and the flores de callejo have that silky decadent mouth feel that will leave you feeling toasty and pampered.

5. finally i think there is something to be said about grabbing a bottle on one of the most “romantic” days of the year and giving yourself some true time and loving. thats right, a time to say “hey its just me and i’m gonna love the heck out of myself”

remember being happy starts with you. celebrate yourself no matter what your relationship status & sipping on something delicious in the mean time will have you soaking in the moment.

so what do you think? how do you plan on spending the day? any good ideas on self love? HAPPY VALENTINES DAY everyone!!!!

from vino with love

the early bird catches the worm!!!!

vinodorado #deutzerhof

vinodorado #deutzerhof

hi guys!!!

what a horrible blast of cold huh? hope you’re all well & warm. sooo we’ve all heard it before “the early bird catches the worm” right? but what if you were programmed to be early?

that is precisely the case with this serious serious red from Deutzerhof. lets decode the label shall we?

first things first i’m gonna let ya in on a little secret its a german wine. that is not obvious from the front label you would have to turn the bottle around to find that one out. anywayz here’s the break down:

vinodorado label break down

vinodorado label break down

now getting to the “early” part (no i’m not just rambling there is a connection) do you see the varietal? it says FRÜHBURGUNDER.

saaaaaaay whhhaaaaat???????

you might know SPÄTBURGUNDER one of Germany’s better known red varietals. guess what???

they are kinda the same thing. HUH!

time for german 101:

1). spätburgunder = pinot noir

2). the word spätburgunder can be broken down

spät = late

burgunder = burgundy (because red burgundies are made of pinot noir)

3). for frühburgunder you guessed it.

früh = early

yea by the time i got into spätburgunders i already knew a bit a german so the name came easily. but it wasn’t until this january while shopping around in düsseldorf that i came across this relatively obscure varietal. it all clicked in my head rather quickly like wine + language algebra you know a2 + b2 = c2 (hahaha for the record never and i mean never ask me about math, its a rather troubled relationship).

buuuut i still had questions, this is what unfolded. the sales attendant said “it is clear that since you have never heard of frühburgunder i do not expect you to notice any difference from the spätburgunder” furthermore i was informed that “the deutzerhof alpha omega is a very technically and qualitatively well made wine…but i don’t think you’ll notice”.

ha! i did the usual when faced with that tude (unfortunately this attitude prevails in deutschland), nodded and asked a few more questions. then decided to make the purchase anyway. it was bout 22 euros so not cheap, but really worth it.

since i am me, and not that old man from the kardstadt in d-dorf i will tell you that the reason the varietal is called frühburgunder is because it is harvested 3-4 wks earlier than the spätburgunder. in actuality it is not too clear whether the varietal is a slight mutation of the spätburgunder thus enabling it to be harvested earlier or if its the same grape and they just harvest it earlier.

either way this particular varietal is traditional from the Ahr region one of the smallest wine growing regions of the 13 in germany and the world’s most northern wine region dominated by red grapes.

interesting stuff right? i’m not one for tasting notes but i will say this, the Deutzerhof is gorgeously lean and doesn’t taste too ripe at all. with red fruit notes ending in a velvety bitter chocolate.

soooo what do you think? have any of you had frühburgunder before? if so what are your thoughts pls share!

xoxoxox,

from vino with love

tis the #season for #fancywine #packaging

dressed up wines by vinodorado

dressed up wines by vinodorado

hihi!!!!

so by now we are all in a holiday frenzy…. the office parties have passed but we’re still thinking about what to wear for X-MAS and most importantly for NYE.

wine bottles don’t have to think about that….or do they????

whaaaaaat???? you gave me a naked wine bottle during the holiday season!!!! uuuggghhh i just can’t accept that #champagne anymore. lolz ok, so no one actually thinks like that (i hope).

but what do you think about the endless array of special holiday packaging that some wine houses and pretty much all champagne houses come up with each year? one of my favs was #perrier-jouët mainly because its festive with the gold and all but also because the light green reminds me of spring. plus if you want to regift it at another point in time, the packaging doesn’t scream christmas.

i also noticed they added a little button for opening, cute but lets not kid ourselves nothing out of this world.

lil button to open up!

lil button to open up!

all in all i guess i’m for holiday packaging, special edition wraps, boxes, and box sets but i wish there was something more, maybe not so generic. if you already have a special bottle you’re looking forward to gifting, don’t forget about bottle stock covered here in an older post. they have great wine themed cards, wrapping paper, and cool wine accessories perfect for gifting!!!

or there’s always the “the essential scratch and sniff guide to becoming a wine expert” a really fun book, (i reviewed here) that’s sure to make a great stocking stuffer for wine aficionados and noobs alike.

so what do you think???? are you a fan of holiday packaging??? do you look forward to all the special/limited edition labels/boxes/sets?? let me know i would love to hear all about it!!!

xxxxx,

from vino with love

a wine book for the kid in you

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wanna learn more about wine but all you come across are lengthy books that fall into 2 categories; a). overly romanticized or b). super factual? (ok ok…. not all wine books fall into these 2 but a lot do…not hating just saaaaying).

why not take a look at richard betts book “the essential scratch & sniff guide to becoming a wine expert”?

yes you read right scratch&sniff like in grade school!!!!

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the essential scratch&sniff is adorbs with amusing illustrations ensuring you won’t forget what you just read, cause lets be real you know you forget.

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i’m really crushing on this book! its not only mega hands on and fun to flip through but the info is hardcore. as in no frills, exactly what you need to know about drinking/tasting wine. like if you go into this book knowing nothing you would probs be better off than the average noob who reaches for the “wine bible” (no offense karen).

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finally, betts included a bonus at the end!!! great detail.

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a mini poster with the essential white and red varietals. i already hung mine up cause i loved it so much.

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so thats my take on the essential scratch&sniff guide to becoming a wine expert by richard betts.

what wine books do you think are amaze? or whats your fav to recommend to wine noobs?

(fyi in case anyone is thinking it, i do not know richard betts personally nor have i ever met him, if i did woulda mentioned it, just saying).

xxxox,
vinodorado

when the weather is hot!

calimocho!!!!!

calimocho!!!!!

“in the summer time when the weather is high, you can stretch right up and touch the sky”…. this song screams summer for me and i always play it once the weather gets warm.

but this shizzle is about wine, so lets get on it. one thing i love that they seem to do almost everywhere in europe are these awesome cold sparkly wine concoctions.

today i’m dishing about my favorite ones to imbibe on when the temps are in the 90s. super easy, no mess or fuss.

oh and by the way you only want to do these drinks with super cheapy wines.

weiß wein schorle this lil spritz is oh so popular here in germany, austria, + swiss germany. and its soooooo easy to do, there are 2 main formats sweet or sour. take a look at my vid to see how its done.

aaaand rot wein schorle the same as the weiß but with red wine.

tinto de verano i first discovered this one when i moved to spain at age 19, and i thought it was greatest thing ever. now i only enjoy it every so often on those truly hot dayz when i have some cheapy wine hanging around.

calimocho another gem from my time in spain. this was the party drink of choice but don’t drink too much cause boy does it give a headache if you do.

so thats my solution for hot days + an excess of cheap wines.

do you guys have any cool wine solutions? let me know!!!!

from vino with love

sherry!!!! sherry??? yea sherry!!!!

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hey there! do you drink sherry? well you should and here are some reasons why:

1. its sooooo cool ( like seriously hip) i mean just try it… everyone is doin it
lol peer pressure but, no…. it’s really in.

2. sherry comes from spain (jerez to be precise). reason enough right? i mean who doesn’t love spain?

3. it will boost you image/coolness factor. like you’ll be the dude or dudette sittin there all pretty with this little copita.

4. there is now an official world sherry day, yes may 26th 2013 was the official first world sherry day. you could be an early adopter and say you were there from the beginning.

5. sherry is amazingly complex, mystical, delicious and it reminds me of the sea!!!! oh so much. if i were still working at pata negra nyc i’d pour you a glass, well even though i’m not there hit it up and explore!

as always xxx,
love vino