Winexpression to Close

I must fly away to another flowerAfter almost 8 years, I have decided that my Wine Blogging journey has come to an end. Thanks to all the readers, PR staff, and fellow wine bloggers that supported me through this journey. I have a few posts to finish up and will explain a bit more, but basically this forum has run it’s course in my life and I am ready to move on. I have valued the feedback I have received and thank you all for your support. Stay tuned for a few more posts with the most valuable wine lessons I’ve learned, tips for wine bloggers, and some final reviews and notes from recent tastings I have attended.

Best,

Jathan.

Winners Announced for Week of September 20th Contest

Congratulations to Ciara and Naomi! I’ll be emailing both of you with a list of books you can choose from.
Now how can you win this week?

The Contest

Just leave a comment below with your favorite type of music or a specific song you like to listen to when you drink wine.

The Rules

One entry per person please. Comments will be closed after October 4th, and a winner will be chosen at random and announced next week.

And the Winner is….

Mike.

Mike just won this book!

Congrats and enjoy the book!

Now, since I’m sure there are some who didn’t get their name in, I’ve decided to give away a book a week for the next 7 weeks. Every week you’ll have a chance to win if you leave a comment below on any post from that week. Same rules apply, one entry per person per week, live in the U.S. of A and like to read about wine (or simply fill decorative book shelves). The winner will be announced next week after Monday and have their choice from the following books:

Wine Spectator’s Ultimate Guide to Buying Wine

The Science of Wine

The Best of the Wine Country

The Emporer of Wine

Noble Rot

The Concise Wine Guide

A Vintners Guide to Red Wine

The Contest

This weeks question: How often do you cook with wine? If you don’t cook with wine, why not?

Book Review – The Most Beautiful Wine Cellars In The World

The Most Beautiful Wine Cellars
The Most Beautiful Wine Cellars

What makes a wine cellar beautiful? Is it the design and functionality of the cellar itself? Or, is it the contents within? Some might say that the most beautiful cellars can be found in homes of passionate collectors. But a different take could be those found in the worlds most prestigious wineries themselves. The Most Beautiful Wine Cellars in the World by Astrid Fobelets, Jurgen Lijcops, takes a look at over 60 cellars from all parts of the world. Great photos and perfect for a coffee table.

Since it has been awhile since my last post, are you’re good enough to still be hanging around here, you are eligible to win a copy of this beautiful book. Just leave a comment below and you’ll be automatically entered.

The Contest

What is the most beautiful Wine cellar you have ever seen? (If you can’t think of one, just say something off the cuff like “I eat cheese” and you’ll be entered.)

The Rules

One entry per person please. Comments will be closed after September 20th, and a winner will be chosen at random and announced next week.

Contest sponsored by Winexpression in association with Berkbooks.

 

Book Review – Living With Wine

Living With Wine Book Photo
Living With Wine

Most wine lovers at some time have experienced cellar envy. It could be the contents, the location, or the features of the storage medium, but each has the ability to evoke feelings of envy and inadequacy. If you haven’t experienced that yet, then this book is for you!

This heavy coffee table book boosts beautiful photographs taken by Andrew French of some of the most over the top wine rooms you’ve ever seen. Samantha Nestor guides you through the journey from a beautiful closet cellar, to an outrageous room capable of storing more wine than any one could ever drink in two life times. One bottle a night, times 64 years (average lifespan – legal drinking age subtracted from the average life span), with leniency for gifts and sharing, a family of two would only need around 30,000 bottles of wine. Yet one of the cellars profiled has storage for 10 times that amount! Seems a bit excessive to me.

So the question arises, if you have the means, would you duplicate some of the efforts showcased in this book? After all, one of the great lessons in life is not having to learn from trial and error yourself, but letting others do that for you. So this book could be looked at as a guide to creating your own cellar by duplicating an effort, or pillaging the best ideas from cellars throughout the book. Most have hired professional designers to help implement their custom vision or adapt their style to the space allowed. It all comes back to personal preference.

This must have been a fun book to work on; sneaking into Oenophiles homes to take a peak at what only their closest friends get to see, listening to stories of what intrigued them about wine in the first place and how their love culminated into what you see today. The willingness to share prized bottles always impresses me about wine lovers, and I’m guessing Samantha was able to imbibe on quite a few fantastic bottles through this process.

You can purchase the book from Amazon here:

Living with Wine: Passionate Collectors, Sophisticated Cellars, and Other Rooms for Entertaining, Enjoying, and Imbibing

By using that link you help me pay for this site. Thanks!

Full Disclaimer: This book was sent to me as a press sample

Note to regular readers: Sorry for the absence in posting, those close to me know why. I’ll pick up where I left off. If you’ve been craving more regular wine blogging news head over and subscribe to Dr.Vino, who in my humble opinion is currently the best wine blogger out there.

Happy 6 Year Anniversary Winexpression

cabernet_grape_clusterFour score and two thousand one hundred and eleven days ago, this wine blog first graced the world with it’s presence. In a lack luster post with minimal verbiage and a link that now points to a broken page, the blog set a standard that it has continued to uphold down to today.

This site still remains a hobby for myself, and as a means to inform my friends of wine news, values, and the occasional rare find. Are there better wine bloggers out there with more dedication, a better grasp of grammatical syntacticationality, and more time on their hands? You betcha! But, that doesn’t mean I’m throwing in the keyboard or slowing down. On the contrary, I believe this medium is constantly developing and I plan on progressing with it.

Here’s to another 6 years.

P.S. For actually making it to the end of that rant, you are automatically entered in our free book drawing! Just leave a comment below (anything really, a :) smiley is fine) and you’re in. Six winner’s will be selected on Tuesday morning, September 1, and you can pick any book below (first come first served, the first winner will be able to choose from any book, the second will be down whatever the first person choose, and so on)I’ll update this post Updated with a more extensive list of books to choose from:

Wine For Dummies (For Dummies (Cooking))

The Wine Bible

A Year in Wine

Passion for Pinot: A Journey Through America’s Pinot Noir Country

The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine

WineWise

A Life Uncorked

Noble Rot: A Bordeaux Wine Revolution

The Emperor of Wine: The Rise of Robert M. Parker, Jr., and the Reign of American Taste (P.S.)

Wine Spectator’s Ultimate Guide to Buying Wine, Eighth Edition

The Science of Wine

The Concise Wine Guide

The Sommelier’s Guide to Wine: A Primer for Selecting, Serving, and Savoring Wine (Sommelier’s Guide to Wine: Everything You Need to Know for Selecting)

THE RULES

One entry per person please. Open to U.S. residents only. No entries after Tuesday morning at 8:00 AM PST will be accepted. The winner’s will be announced Tuesday, randomly chosen posts from the comments section of this page! Once the first winner makes their selection, that book will no longer be available from the list, and subsequent winners will have a smaller selection to choose from. Some links may be pointing at the wrong edition of the book, but for the most part, I believe we are pretty accurate.

Update: Comments are closed! The winners will be announced today and notified via email.

Book Review – A Year Of Wine

If you’re a wine lover, you need to read this book.  Tyler Coleman, of DrVino.com, will draw you into his newest book A Year Of Wine within the first few paragraphs.  The introduction outlines the thesis for the chapters to come, highlighting the idea that far more important than terroir, wine context (where, when and with whom the wine is consumed) takes center stage.  Would you enjoy a bottle of prized Bordeaux or Napa Cab after having a fight with your significant other?  Or would a chilled Rose on a warm summer afternoon with friends or family be a better memory?  Yes, wine content plays a significant role in our overall appreciation and consumption of each glass.  So, what should I drink on (blank) occasion with (blank) people when the weather is (blank)?  Which wine should you drink during the Superbowl?  What is your best option out of a box?  How can you manage your wine collection so it’s pleasing all year long? Tyler’s book, A Year Of Wine [Amazon.com] can help you decide.

On a side note,  Dr. Vino has his issues with the Riedel “O” series saying that the fingerprints a person leaves “goobers” up the glass, but I, as a converted Riedel “O” user, enjoy these dishwasher safe, stackable glasses for everyday use. Give them a try.