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OK. That's not really Isabelle, but I don't have a picture of her and couldn't find one on the google. I promise to take lots of photos tonight. Am stoked to taste some new Monmousseau wines, chat with the always entertaining Ms. Moreau, and share dinner with her at Le Pommier! Then on Saturday, Isabelle will be in our store at 1:30 for an open house. This is why I love my job.
Michal Kapral (aka the Joggler) is a senior editor for Captivate - one of my favorite new websites. He recently posted about wine trends for 2009. "You would think winemaking, which has been around for thousands of years, would remain fixed in tradition, resistant to the shifting winds of other industries such as fashion, music and art. But no, wine is now fully immersed in the marketing business, and its appeal among a younger crowd is really shaking things up. And that's probably a good thing."
Trends include:going green, alternative packaging, and the impact of the Millennials. Read the full story here.
Just found Heidi Yorkshire on wineanswers.com. She's great. We've been selling her books (Wine Savvy and Simply Wine) in the store for years. She thinks about the questions we're frequently asked and answers them in the simplest and most understandable of terms. She recently wrote about wine labels, what they mean, and why they are diffent for Europe vs. America. Great info.
Read the full article here.
When people are browsing through our retail store, they often ask what music is playing on the sound system. And we often get asked what music we play for an intimate wine dinner at home. So here's what we've been listening to lately.
Seal's Soul cd is awesome. Especially enjoy the song "It's Alright."
Greg Laswell's latest cd is great, and although it's not on the album, we absolutely love his cover of "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" which you can purchase on ITunes.
Check out "Start a War" from The National's cd Boxer.
Anything off of Pictures and Sounds' self-titled cd is awesome. (Deb really likes "100 Directions."
We're still loving "The Golden Floor" from Snow Patrol's A Hundred Million Suns.
Since we're always looking for music for our in-store listening and for dinners and tastings, let us know what you've been listening to.
This is exciting news.
On April 2 we welcome internationally renowned wine expert, better known as “The Wine Coach”, and author of The Sipping Point: A Crash Course In Wine, Laurie Forster for the fun and wildly informative special class “Weird Science: Food & Wine Reactions” at the
Laurie will begin with a lively discussion of how to taste wine, rather than just drink it. The process professionals use to taste wines will be reviewed, along with a number of interactive exercises to help participants truly understand tasting. The Wine Coach® will then help attendees discover how wine reacts with common food components like salt, acids, and fats. Attendees will interactively taste their way to understanding how to create great food and wine pairings every time. At least four distinctly different styles of wine will be sampled over the course of the event. Students will learn how to taste their way to perfect pairings every time!
A little background on Laurie: after a successful career in software sales, she decided she was ready for a life change. Working with a life coach, Laurie began to realize that her biggest passions for wine and people (you know we love a person with passion!) could be parlayed into a new career. In 2002, she began her wine career in
Laurie also trained at the Culinary Institute of America in
Concurrently, she trained as a life coach with Coach U, the leading global provider of coach training programs and is presently a member of the International Coaching Federation. Laurie is also dedicated to furthering her learning about wine by going to its source. Her extensive travels include visiting wineries and vineyards in
As The Wine Coach®, Laurie creates unique corporate team building events, group tasting seminars and culinary tours. She is dedicated to demystifying wine - one glass at a time, helping build successful teams as well as ensuring that everyone has an inspiring time at her events. Her seminars introduce would be oenophiles to the enchanting world of wine, while inspiring them to explore their own personal development goals, passions and purpose. She's a sparkling presenter, highly skilled at engaging every wine lover - from beginners to wine enthusiasts.
Laurie is a regular contributor to What’s Up Annapolis magazine, Eastern Home and Travel Magazine and other fine publications. She is a sought after speaker and guest expert on radio stations across the country. Her weekly radio show “Something to Wine About®” can be heard on WCEI 96.7 FM and WBAL 1090AM. Laurie also served as national spokesperson for the “Pour on The Joy” campaign sponsored by Lindemans® Wines where she helped people increase their happiness by making the wine-joy connection. Laurie’s first book The Sipping Point: A Crash Course in Wine, reflects her fresh perspective on wine education and has already received rave reviews.
Reservations for this unique and exciting event are required, and space is limited. Tickets are $35 per person, and can be purchased at our store
I am so excited about this event and hope you can join us for a fun and informative night.