Leiser’s Wines & Liquors

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Chandanie Ramsahai
HMGT 2402
Professor Goodlad
April 3, 2014

 

Leiser’s Liquors has been a family owned wine and liquor store since 1947. It is located at 41-30 162nd Street, Flushing, New York 11358. The store is opened seven days a week from 9:30AM to 9:00PM Monday to Friday and various hours on Saturday and Sunday. Leiser’s Liquors was a single unit storefront that moved to the corner of 162nd Street and had two expansions in 1983 and 2003. It is now over 3500 square feet and they have a large selection of over 4500 items. When visiting a wine and liquor store that has such a huge selection of items one might become overwhelmed if they are not knowledgeable with wines and spirits.

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When first walking into Leiser’s I was taken back at how large the store is. There were eight aisles divided into sixteen sections front and back. Each section was clearly labeled with a sign stating what was in each. The front of the store in aisle one was Scotch and Cognac, aisle two was vodka, aisle four pre-made cocktails, aisle five red Italian, aisle six red California, aisle seven French winesand champagne and aisle eight was dessert wines, port wines, and French wines. The back of the store in aisle one was bourbon and jug wines, aisle two was rum, tequila andgin, aisle three was wines from Australia and New Zealand, aisle four had cordials, aisle five had Italian white, aisle six California wines, aisle seven German wines, champagne and wines from Portugal. Towards the back of the store there are all the Sutter Home, Arbor Mist, Barefoot and Beringer wines.

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The layout of the store provides customers with a sense of direction. If I had never taken a wine course I would not know where to begin and I would not know what to ask the employees, which were very scarce. There was one man stocking shelves, a younglady at the register as well as an older man. No one really paid any attention to me or asked if I needed help as I walked around. The store was very busy with different types and ages of people. An older couple pushing their cart around seemed to be regulars as they knew exactly what they wanted and what aisles to find them in. It wasn‚Äôt until I got to the aisle with the man stocking shelves was I asked if I needed help. That was about fifteen minutes after I had been in the store. I explained that I am taking a wine class and I was here to research and write an assignment on my experience at a wine store. He told me I had come to the right place since they have a large selection. I asked if I could take pictures and he replied, ‚ÄúYes, if you need anything else or have any questions please let me know.‚ÄĚ

The most expensive wines they had were red wines the first being an Opus One Napa Valley Red 2006 priced at $599.99. The second highest price wine is the Gaja Sori San Lorenzo 2006 from Piedmont Italy. There was also a Sandemean Tawny Port 40 years old listed at $119.99 a bottle. The lowest prices ranged from $5 for a Barefoot Merlot to a $5 Barefoot Sauvignon Blanc. Overall, I was very impressed with the size of the store. It could use some renovations and upgrades but the selection was grand. The staff could be more interact with the customers in making sure they are finding what they need because not everyone will just say they need help.IMG_7347

Visiting a retail wine shop has made me realize how much knowledge I have gained during this semester. I am more aware of what I am looking for and I am able to read a wine label properly. I also have some kind of expectation when choosing a bottle of wine. Leiser’s Liquors may be a store that I visit in the future it was just a little bit of a commute for me.

Shinn

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The winery that I decide to go over spring break on April 13th was to Shinn Estate Vineyards located at 2000 Oregon Rd, Mattituck, NY which is in Long Island. I went to the Vineyard with my sister and with the help of her friend who drove us. The drive from the city took almost three hours to get there.What they had essentially was one very large farm house that conducted everything. They used it as a store front selling wines to local and whom ever that wanted wine, the tasting was also done within there. The interior was beautiful with wine bottles lines up and had tables and chairs set up and they even offered outdoor seating too. That day when we got there it was still windy and when I looked at the vines there was nothing since spring just started and it was still too cold to grow. It was disappointing as I was looking forward to seeing something at least.

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The service as Shinn was wonderful the moment we walked in to the house we were greeted ¬†by someone. She was very accommodating to our need such as what we wanted to do first since unfortunately though when I got there tho they were having an event so they were not doing tours that day even though we were told they were doing the tours when we called in a week earlier. The tour would have costed us $30 each a person Luckily they had an option of actually doing a free self guided tour which didn’t make this visit a waste.he reason I had originally chose this place was because they offered a tour around the vineyard and included a barrel tour. That I though would make this visit more knowledgeable since it would show the entire process of making the wine.

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First thing we did when we got there before we did the self tour though was a wine tasting. They gave the option of $10 to taste four wines of our choice from a list and it would cost another $3 for every wine after which i though was a bit on the expensive side as a bottle at the estate only averaged at $20 a bottle. The person serving was very knowledgeable as she told us what was in each wine we choose. The first one I decided to to try was a bottle of 2013 Wickham’s Pear Cider; the flavor notes were more fruity and acidic and hints of apricot, apples and pears. Secondly I tried a bottle of 2013 Rose; it had honey notes in it and a bit on the dry side but was very fruity. The Next one I tried was 2013¬†Coalescence this was Actually my favorite one of the four that I tried. It was very refreshing consisting of notes of zesty citrus, honey, and crisp apple. Last I tried was actually a Sparkling wine that was made with method Champenoise called the 2009 Sparkling Brut consisting of on hundred percent of Chardonnay it had nice bubbles hint of apple and also citrus but I though it was too dry for me.

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A booklet was given to me for self tour explain how the vineyard worked. It gave a brief history and then it directed us to follow numbered markers in which helped describe what was going on. Such as the way they produce energy at the farm which they actually has two sources and making them very sustainable. First method was a wind mill and second way was solar panels on the roof of the farm. They has a irrigation system that help bring water to all the grapes. The book let also told of what type of grapes each section was growing they had most of the  leading grape types which of course have to be Pinot Nior, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Melbac, Chadonnay,  Reisling and many more. Lastly we made it back to the house and took a tour of the barrels. The fermentation of wine at shinn are done in giant bulks. They were made in stainless steel kettles then into giant wood barrels.

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Over the course of the entire trip there weren’t many interactions between us and the staff though they were willing to answer everything we asked. The service was wonderful and they did get very busy when we were about to leave it got crowded. I though it was a great experience over all but probably would have been better at a different time of the year when there are actual grapes growing and probably a real tour and not a self guided one.

Brotherhood Winery Visit

BROTHERHOOD WINERY HISTORY

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Brotherhood winery has a very rich history of wine production which encompasses the history of wine production in America and about four eras of ownership. The history dates back to 1810 when Jean Jacques a French Huguenot bought land in Hudson Valley and planted grapes. Mr. Jacques original intent and interest was to be a farmer, and he raised money to buy his first land by working as a shoes and boot maker. In 1839 his first vintage wine was fermented in underground cellars that were dug then and they are still in use today. Mr. Jacques produced wine for almost 50 years until 1886 when he sold the winery to Emerson. IMG_2224[1]

Emerson was a merchant vintner who bought Mr. Jaques high quality wine to blend and improve wine from The Brotherhood of new life organization.¬†It is the Emerson family that renamed the winery Brotherhood winery after acquiring ownership¬†a name that stands up to date.The Emerson family operated until 1921 when the prohibition began and sold the winery to Louis Farrell with its large stock of sacramental wines. IMG_2227[1] As a condition of purchase Mr. Louis Farrell asked for exemption from the government to continue production of altar wine. It is this exemption that enabled the Brotherhood winery to survive the prohibition and¬†continue grape growing and wine production when wineries across America were closed down and vineyards uprooted. During the prohibition which I learnt is called “the coming of the drought” by wine makers the number of clergy in Washingtonville greatly increased as the winery was legally allowed to produce and sell altar wine.. The Farrell family are credited in introducing the concept of tours to wineries when they realized the great potential of the winery proximity to New York and its unique underground dugout cellars, and started organizing tours of wine tasting, and the winery. Mr Cesar Baeza from Chile is the current owner with partnership of two wine making families, Castro and Chadwick having bought the winery from 1987.

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GRAPES AND VINEYARD IMG_2257[1] IMG_2254[1] The winery doesn’t have any¬†vineyard on the property except a few lines of the varieties(Robrusca, Concord, Chardonnay, Niagra and Cabernet blanc)¬†they grow in their eighty hectares of land in Catskill/Hudson valley. And a few lines of a new clone they are developing with an agricultural institute. Most of the grapes used are bought in North folk, Finger Lakes¬†and Long Island, I.e. Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Budding of the vines starts in June and harvest takes place in September, latest early October.

FERMENTATION AND STORAGE.

The winery uses¬† stainless steel and oak barrels. Huge casks that can hold up to 700 gallons of wine are no longer in use, they now use small barrels that hold 50 gallons. They use both French Oak and American Oak. French oak is used for the soft flavors like vanilla, fruity and toasted almonds, whereas American oak is for the heavier flavor like chocolate and tobacco. White wines are made in the stainless steel because it doesn’t change flavors and makes the wine crispy. Wine is tasted once a fortnight as it ages until the winemaker obtains the flavors desired. How light or heavy the barrels are charred, the length of time, transfer from one barrel to the other¬†and yeast contributes to flavors. Below are the underground cellars starting with the casks and the current barrels in use¬†barrels in use.

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Brut Champagne in riddling palettes going through the process of Methode Champenoise.

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BOTTLING.

Bottling is done in the winery and they use three different types of caps. They use the traditional cork which is associated with premium and expensive wines by most people, and synthetic corks.The third  type of cork is screw cap to which some people associate with cheap wines. The winery also does bottling for other small wineries or individual people. They also offer individual or custom made bottling, corking and labeling  for special events and social occasions like graduations and weddings.

SALES.

The winery makes and sells thirty two different kinds of wines. Most of the consumers are in the state of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. They sell online and ship to all states in America except in States prohibited by law. It was interesting to learn that there are states that legislate against their sale of wine; there weren’t more details offered as to why. Among the traditional wines they make is NY Red, NY rose, NY White. In Specialty wines they have, May Wine, Rosario, Holiday, Sweet Lolly Red, Sweet Lolly White, Carroll’s Mead and Sheba Te’j. In Dessert wines is Ruby and Cream Sherry. The premium red wines are Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Premium White Varietals are Chardonnay, Riesling, Dry Riesling and white Zinfandel. The Sparkling wines are “B” Sparkling, Blanc de Blancs, Carpe diem, Grand Mornaque, NY Sparkling and Saphir Rose. Below are the wines available for sale and their prices. Riesling is the top selling wine followed by Pinot Noir, Carpe Diem and Blanc de Blanc. IMG_2253[1] ¬† IMG_2252[1] IMG_2251[1] IMG_2250[1]

TASTING.

The winery offers tasting at a fee of $5.00 dollars and $10 dollars for tour, tasting and a souvenir glass of wine. There are 10 wines available for tasting but one choses five out of the ten. I chose Riesling, Pinot Noir, Blanc de Blancs, Sweet Lolly White and Ruby Port. I liked the Blanc de Blanc which pair well with cheeses and as an appetizer. made from 100% chardonnay it was crisp and  fruity. Though port had a higher alcohol content, I liked the balance between the sweet and alcoholic taste. Sweet Lolly White was spicy and had a long finish, it pairs well with spicy food, Indian, Mexican and Sushi. Sweet Lolly White was a favorite of President Clinton administration after it won a during a contest at the White House. Pinot Noir was tannic and oaky and was recommended for anything especially when one is unsure of which wine to pair with.

TRENDS.

According to Ms. Janet who was our tour guide there is more inclination to sweeter wines rather than the tannic and strong flavors. On the global wine market USA is the leading consumer of wine from 2011, but she observed that China is quickly catching up.

It was an eye opening and educative tour that left me curious and interested in more knowledge in viticulture and oenology. Ms. Janet and Mr. Kevin whom  I interacted with most were both professional and knowledgeable in the wine industry and the operation of the Brotherhood winery.

An Unforgettable Wine Experience

Growing up in Brooklyn, NY made me almost unaware of the relaxing lifestyle New York can have. As a child beside going to New Jersey for holidays, I barely left Brooklyn. I do remember going to Long Island earlier in my years, but it was not as distinctive as this time around.

The thought of needing to drive for 2 and half hours and 5 hours including the drive back, made me anxious at first. But I am so glad I decided to go through with the plan.

After setting my mind to go to Shinn Estate Farmhouse, located on 2000 Oregon Rd, Mattituck, NY 11952, I was finally able to get my brother and sister in law to drive me there. My boyfriend was interested at the fact of going to Long Island too, so he accompanied along.

On our way to the vineyard, we passed by many other winery and vineyard. The site of all those vines and farmhouse made the drive relaxing and enjoyable. The feeling of the calm city was breathtaking and made me almost forget about my busy lifestyle back in Brooklyn.

Our GPS finally navigated us to make one last turn and we finally arrived to Shinn.

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Shinn Estate Vineyards

After deciding that we will have a wine tasting first, before touring around in the vineyard, we walked toward to the their tasting room. I had the most unexpected, yet warmest welcome from Panda. Panda ran out of the tasting room and down the path you see on the photo on top, to greet us. He walked around us and made sure we all knew to follow him, and there he guided us to the tasting room, making sure we didn’t get lost. He brought us into the tasting room where a lady greeted us with the friendliest smile and sat us down.

This is Panda

This is Panda

My greeting from Panda to the tasting room made me feel welcome and even part of the their family. It was definitely not expected, it’s different, but unique. Once I walked into the room, I realize most guest in the room are frequenters of Shinn, they come almost every Sunday. It’s like a big family having a gathering in the tasting room. I quickly felt like I was part of the family.

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Inside the tasting room

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Wine tasting was $10 per person for 4 different wines, so we order tasting for the table. I wanted to order cheese, but they ran out. We order salami and crackers instead.

Picture 043We were each given a wine list with roughly 10-15 types of wines. The wine list was separated by red and white wines, like how wine list are usually in restaurants. Our table was set similar, but not exactly the same like we do in wine class. We were each given a glass of water, but only one glass to taste the four wine, and one large bain-marie¬†for the table as the “spit cup.”

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Wine List

After seeing the wine list, we all wanted to try different wine, but we all started out with the same ones at first. Wine tasting was the highlight of my day. I went through the wine tasting with our class tasting note category in my mind. I was fortunate to lead my brother, sister in law, and my boyfriend through the wine tasting experience. My sister in law was a graduate of our Hospitality program in City Tech, and she was impressed of the words and description I used during the wine tasting.

To start off our wine tasting, clearing and getting our palate ready for the bolder wines, I picked a light cider.

Wine # 1: 2013 Wickham’s Pear Cider.

It is made from their local fruit and contains 6% alcohol. It was a correct choice to start with because the wine was light and low acid. It did not overpower the other wine I tasted after. The mouth feel was not as bubbly as I thought it would be, but it did make a light fizzing mouth feel. Pears was exactly what I tasted, but I also tasted a hint of apples. I will pair this wine with an appetizer such a zesty lime shrimp or oysters.

Wine # 2: 2013 Coalescence (Sauvignon blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling)

I choose this wine because it contain Riesling and I developed a love for Riesling through our wine tasting in class. So after tasting, I asked my my brother what he tasted.

His words was, “hmmm hmmm hmm.” My sister in law and my boyfriend laughed and said yes, it definitely tasted “hmmm hmmm hmm.”

I then explained to them, the reason why you felt that way is because of the mouth feel. The wine is tingling in your mouths and it gives you a watery mouth feel.

The wine was definitely had a refreshing taste, probably from it stainless steel, but the fruits was the main component to the wine. I tasted strong taste of apples and papayas, and a hint of honey. It pairs well with linguine and salmon drizzled with a green apple vinaigrette.

Wine #3: 2009 Nine Barrels Blend (Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec)

The transitioning of white wines to  red wine is always interesting because of its mouth feel. After enjoying the light, airy, and refreshing mouth and suddenly tasting a wine that is bolder and full of character was difficult.

Before tasting the wine, I had a clear look of the color of the wine. It was dark red with a hint of rim variation of orange. I saw a little hint of sediment poured into the glass.

I had to split twice before I had a real sense of what the 2009 Nine Barrels Blend was. But after the third taste, my mouth suddenly was able to distinguish the taste of dark fruits notes such as cranberry, plums, and prunes. In addition, I also tasted a hint of cloves and pepper. I tasted strong oak and the tannins coated my entire mouth leaving it dry and the dryness lingered.

As for the pairing of this wine, I will definitely go with the Rib-eye steak because of its fat content. Also a lamb stew or dishes with a bit more moistness to it will be a ideal pairing for this dry- full body wine.

Wine # 4: 2013 Rosé (Merlot, Cabernet franc)

For my last wine tasting, I wanted to try something different that I never tried before. I was glad I made that decision because I started to like Rosé and I even brought a bottle home for $16.

Transitioning from 2009 Nine Barrels Blend to the Ros√©, I suggested to drink some water and even rinse a bit because I knew the Ros√© was lighter than the Nine Barrels, and I didn’t want it to overpower the Ros√©.

The Rosé was light red and pink in color. It tingled a bit in the mouth feel and it had some dryness, but it did not linger and it did not cough the mouth. It was refreshing with strong notes of fruits, like melons, papayas, apples, and note of honey and syrup.

After tasting the Ros√©, my brother bursted out the words, “Cocktail Shrimp, Sushi, Live Uni,” and there he gave me the perfect pairing for this Ros√©.

During this wine tasting, I not only did myself a favor and found a wine I enjoy, but I guided the wine tasting and made my family learn more about wine because “I study wine.”

After the wine tasting, we grabbed the maps and started our tour on the vineyard. Their were no grapes on the vines yet, but we saw some spurs on its cordons. As for wine storing and aging I saw stainless steel barrels. They use machinery in their harvest. Some varieties of grapes they grow are Sauvignon Blanc,  Pinot Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Semillon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Canernet Sauvignon.

Vineyard Map

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Picture 115This concludes my day at Shinn, but the experience was memorable. By going to class every week, I learned all the necessary technical and basic skills of wine and wine-making, but by going to the vineyard/winery I was able to connect and relate to all the background information I learned and applied it to a real world experience. This assignment has truly made an impact to my wine studying.

Australian Dessert Wines!

I recently dined at the Gramercy Tavern (42nd E 20th St) as part of my service analysis project for Dining Room Operations. Now, I know we haven’t really had a chance to explore Australian wines but I thought I should share this with my fellow wine enthusiasts.

During our final course of the spring tasting menu, our server Ana gifted us a glass of 2011 Elderton Botrytis Semillon. The front label spelled out “BOTRYTIS SEMILLON” in bold letters and instantaneously I thought of Sauternes from the Bordeaux region of France. Little did I know, I looked in to the wine list and found out that this dessert wine actually comes from the Barossa Valley of Australia.

A little bit about Barossa Valley:

It’s located 40 miles northeast of Adelaide in the state of South Australia. Barossa Valley has a long tradition of winemaking dating back to the 1840s and is one of the most important Australian wine regions. Although this region is largely known for their red grape varietals (e.g., Shiraz, Grenache, Mourv√®dre a.k.a. Mataro in AU), the more cooler climates in the higher elevation allow for production of such wines as botrytised Semillon.

A deep gold in color, offering rich and opulent aromas, this bursts with honeyed pineapples, hazelnut, and creme br√Ľl√©e flavors that come together seamlessly on the long and expressive finish. Evocative of a good Sauternes.”, says Wine Spectator.

My instincts weren’t entirely wrong after all.

This wine was very delicious; about $20+ for a bottle sold in retail; more expensive if you order it by the glass at a restaurant. Regardless, I had a sensational experience at the Gramercy Tavern and I highly recommend this wine.

2011 Elderton Semillon at the Gramercy Tavern
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My Journey to Upstate New York

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At the start of the semester when I realized that the class had to go to a winery; I was not enthusiastic about the idea.  Am I happy now that it is a part of the class requirement? Yes I am. My journey took me to upstate New York (Monroe). There you find the beautiful and spacious Brotherhood Winery. The Brotherhood winery is the oldest winery in the United States of America. First opened in 1839 with about ten acres of land. However, in 1999 a devastating fire destroyed all the original buildings. The winery had since been rebuilt and is now set up-on about four acres of land, and is privately owned by Casar Baeza a wine master from Chile.

My journey from the Bronx to the winery took about three hours on the train then to a Short Line Tour bus. After reaching the winery the staff was friendly, professional, and very informative. They informed us that they offer five to six tours per day and that one was about to start in ten minutes. It was six dollars just for the tour and ten dollars for the tour and wine tasting session. As luck could have it we got the longest working employee on the property; Franklyn he seemed to know everything about the winery.

As Franklyn took us on our tour; stopping every so often to point out important facts. I realized that I knew what he was talking about why? Because I study wine with Professor Goodlad. The Brotherhood winery is one of four wineries in the New York Region. There is a small vineyard but it is not used to plant grapes for production. However, it is used to preserve important grape vines. Brotherhood winery get their grapes to make their wines from Lake Erie, Finger Lakes, Hudson, and Long Island AVA’s. The winery is known for producing great Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Riesling Dry. Brotherhood winery has a bottling plant that bottles wine from wineries all over

the United States. In 2013 they bottled over four million bottles of wine and are expected to bottle eight million bottles of wine in 2014. 2013 was a great year for the Brotherhood Winery, in a wine tasting competition with some of the best wine producing wineries across America. Brotherhood winery took home gold, silver and bronze medals. The Riesling dry took the gold, Pinot Noir and Merlot took silver, and the Cabernet Sauvignon took the bronze medals.

At the end of our tour we had a wine tasting session, we tasted one Sparkling Wine Carpe Diem, 2013, three Specialty Wines Sweet Lolly Red, May Wine, and Rosario and one Dessert Wine Ruby Port. Thanks to my journey to the winery I found out that I am a sparkling wine lover. The Carpe Diem tasted first-rate and it is now the wine for me. Color: gold, Nose: fruity and sweet, Taste: peach and apricot, coats the mouth faintly. Carpe Diem would pair well with grilled chicken breast and red and green peppers with a twist of lemon. It was a wonderful experience that I got to share with my friend Nykkeicha. On the ride home I realized that I  was no longer afraid of the taste of wine, and that is a wonderful thing. securedownload (24)

 

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Retail Wine Shop- Wines of California

Retail Wine Shop- Wines of California

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I was on trip for work and as I was trying to hit all the big tourist areas I landed upon the Fisherman’s Wharf. In this area there were several wine shops to choose from. The one that got my attention was the Wines of California.

The decoration was very minimal. I don’t believe they needed marking as much because of their location. They were in the middle of a highly populated area. Besides being located by the ocean, this area is also mostly visited by tourists. They were also one of the wine shops that had specials on wine tasting.

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Like most shops, there weren‚Äôt many employees in the store but they did have one employee just greeting in the front. The store layout was set up for even someone that doesn‚Äôt really know about wines to find a great red or white bottle of wine that they think they might be looking for. The layout was marketed mostly to their ‚ÄėCalifornia Wines‚Äô from Napa and Sonoma.

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If I wasn‚Äôt as knowledgeable about the wine bottle information I would‚Äôve been happy with drinking wine from ‚ÄėSonoma County‚Äô, as labeled in one of the bottles of Chardonnay that I saw in store. What they had out of glass was their white wines so pinot noir, Chardonnay or sauvignon blanc. They did have red wines on the back side of the shop. What they also had was reserved wine but those were behind glass. What I learned about reserved wine was that those were the best of the best. To be more specific, the reserved wine is the wine from the top vineyards, from best vines, from the best grapes, from the most expensive barrel they own. What also makes it a reserve was the fact that the employees nourished the wine and kept it in the barrel longer. Several testers also come in to play when deciding what wine has the most of what they want to give. It could be more tannins or age (it just depends on the vineyard).

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There was a huge list of wines that you could taste. They sorted everything by White and red wines. (White wines being more affordable) There was a separate tasting room for all who were willing to send a few hours tasting. At the time I visited the shop was packed so I was moved along to the back to see what else they had. I realized that this particular shop they were looking for an older crowd to lavish in the wines.

While walking around in the shop I realized I would‚Äôve been uncomfortable if not for taking this extensive wine class. I appreciated the labels a lot more as I picked out their vintage wines and looked at the prices. Going through the bottles of wine in class I was able to sort through the vast collection of California wines to find which one was the best for me. I loved the descriptions that they had under the bottles. I reminded me of the tastings we‚Äôve gone through in class. My favorite description was ‚ÄėThis Moscato is the closest thing to summer that you can capture in a bottle! It has refreshing flavors of peach, tangerine, melon, and honeysuckle‚Äô. It intrigued me to look at the wine. Obviously I wasn‚Äôt able to purchase but when I‚Äôm of age I would definitely come back to sit for some tastings.