Wine Intelligence

Wine Intelligence

It’s always a good idea to seek out different points of view on wine. It’s also neat when someone notices a new wine in stores that is Under the Radar . The challenge can be finding the writers/critics that have great palates and are willing to share their thoughts. In this post I would like to highlight the work of some people I deeply respect for their love of wine and the willingness to put the info out there.

winediva

 

Daenna Van Mulligan at http://www.winediva.ca/ is a dynamic wine industry personality with a great palate and work ethic. Daenna shares her thoughts on wines but that’s just the start. Once you register with Winediva.ca the value added for her website becomes obvious. You are able to rate and review wines that she has reviewed. This is a powerful tool in remembering the wines you have tried. After rating wines and adding your thoughts the site starts to make recommendations based on your preferences. The more information you provide the better the suggestions are .Next is a feature called show me similar: on each review a button link is located at the bottom, it says “show me similar”. When you find a wine you like, from one of her reviews, simply click on “show me similar” and up will pop a selection of similar wines . The show me similar tool is the safest way to try new wines, I love this feature. Daenna travels widely and has great industry contacts to access winemakers and new products.

 

cheapcheerful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ron Wilson at https://www.cheapandcheerful.ca/ “ Ron Wilson has worked in radio and television for more than thirty years. He’s had a life-long passion for wine.While hosting the morning show on CBC Radio One in Edmonton, Ron produced a weekly wine column with one of Canada’s foremost wine experts, Gurvinder Bhatia. As a transplanted Vancouverite, Ron’s always on the lookout for great wines at a great price. That’s what you’ll find on Cheapandcheerful.ca. All of the wines on this site have been tried and tested by Ron and cost $25.00 or less. Many cost much less, but you won’t have to sacrifice taste because of the low price. Ron has also added suggestions on where to buy each wine.” From About Ron on his website. I met Ron while working at Marquis Wine Cellars and I was always impressed with his commitment to his craft. This is a labour of love. He was a regular at all of our tastings and was always willing to share his opinion of our efforts. He is also available for public speaking events, tastings and consultations. Link . I personally think he would be an amazing asset for any restaurant that wanted to assemble a killer wine list but lacked the resources to have a fulltime wine professional on site.

kurtis

Kurtis Kolt at http://www.kurtiskolt.com/ Kurtis is a very busy man. I get tired just looking at all the projects he works on. Check out his weekly column in the Georgia Strait . Link . Kurtis also pens some nice articles for Western Living Magazine . Link . He is a contributing writer to My Wine Canada , here is his latest article, a profile on Lang Vineyards from Naramata . Link. If you get an opportunity to hear him speak or offer a wine program at a local wine festival please take the time to check him out. I has always found him to be very informative, scrupulously accurate and super passionate.

Remember Spit Happens, tell your friends, drink great wine and eat great food.

Cheers

David Lancelot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Random Thoughts About Wine Buying/Tasting

Random Thoughts About Wine Buying/Tasting

I have a few random thoughts about wine that I would like to share with you. On their own each sections isn’t enough for a post but together they should be worthy of your time.

How to be a good wine store customer… Buying wine in a store involves communication by the customer and an understanding of the wines intended purpose by the sales person. IE if I walk into a store and simply ask the clerk for a “good wine” what do you think I’ll get? Probably nothing close to what I really want. However if I walk into a store and say “ I’m having grilled pork chops tonight with stuffed peppers and corn, I want a red between 15-22 dollars and I will show you three pictures from my phone of wines I had recently that I like “ . I’m betting the second technique results in a more interesting suggestion from the sales representative. Try it and see what happens.

A better wine salesperson might even inquire if you intend to eat outside as the wind will blow off a lot of aromatic elements in the wine. In that case I would probably recommend a bolder wine for Al Fresco dining and a more mild wine for indoors.

winebar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to be a good customer and get the good stuff. Occasionally wines will be released in small quantities and are highly sought after, think collector’s items. How do you think those wines are distributed in the marketplace? Typically wine agents /wineries prefer those products be placed on high visibility restaurant wine lists and distributed through retailers that support that brand throughout the year and buy across a wide product range ( IE don’t cherry pick) When the retailer gets the wine there can be waiting lists, release dates or price premiums for the best stuff. If this is something you are interested in trying and collecting a good strategy can be to find a favourite person at your favourite store and give them as much of your business as possible. People do business with people they like so if a sales clerk has a case or two of something really special they will often have the discretionary ability to decide who gets access to those bottles. I always found a way to accommodate my best customers.

photo1

 

 

 

 

 

Wine tasting strategy. You have two very powerful tools when trying wine at a tasting or in a restaurant/winery, #1 your brain #2 your smart phone camera. It’s pretty obvious you need cognitive skills to taste wine but not so obvious why you need to take pictures. A lot of people take written notes and while it’s a good idea for journalists I think it’s a poor idea for consumers. In my past life I had many exchanges with customers that wanted a specific wine but couldn’t remember it, occasionally I ran across a customer who took notes but left them at home or the office. I never ran across a customer that didn’t have their cell phone with them. Take pictures of the bottle. Take a picture of the menu. Take a picture of the tasting sheet at a public tasting or winery. All these pictures are powerful tools in remembering the wines you like and helping you find them again.

Remember Spit Happens, tell your friends, drink great wine and eat great food.

Cheers

David Lancelot

...10...1819202122...