Wine Talk with Alice Swift
2016 New Year’s Resolutions: Learn, Taste, and Go Enjoy Wine to the Fullest!
Every time the new year comes around, numerous people around the world choose to commit to New Year’s resolutions. According to a Nielson survey, the top three resolutions for 2015 were to stay fit and healthy, lose weight and enjoy life to the fullest.
Now, what if we were to make a wine-themed resolution instead? If you would like a wine-centric New Year’s resolution this year...look no further! Make 2016 your New Year’s WINE resolution year, to: 1. Learn more, 2. Taste more, 3. Go and enjoy WINE to the fullest!
Here are some great resources for those who want learn more about wine, find opportunities for complimentary tasting, and discover unique wine-events for you to explore.
World of Wine: From Grape to Glass - EdX Course, University of Adelaide
Ever heard of a MOOC, or Massive, Open, Online Course? This is a free, self-paced online course that teaches about sensory evaluation for wine tasting, and goes through the process of growing grapes and vineyard management. It is a great resource for anyone who is interested in learning more about wine and where it all starts.
This website is geared towards those who want to learn more about the wine and other beverage industry and current events. It is a great resource for those who might be studying for a wine certification and need to stay abreast of current news and happenings in the wine world.
The Wine Institute is a website dedicated to the wines of California, and a great resource to learn about the different wine regions, grapes, news, etc. of the state, and even throughout the nation. It is my go-to resource for wine statistics and research for the state, nation and globally.
Jancis Robinson is a world-renowned Master of Wine, author, wine journalist, and reviewer. You can sign up for a weekly newsletter, but a paid membership gives you access to some very exclusive benefits:
• Almost 10,000 wine-related articles
• Over 100,000 wine reviews
• Exclusive online access to the latest edition of Oxford Companion to Wine AND The World Atlas of Wine maps
In Las Vegas there are numerous venues that offer complimentary wine tastings throughout the city. Here are just a few that you might be interested in:
The Hostile Grape is a great venue for those who would like to taste a variety of wines from around the world. There are over 160 wines that are available in one, three, or five ounce pours using a pre-paid card. On Wednesday through Saturday, 5-6 p.m., they offer complimentary wine tastings, and live music on Friday and Saturday nights.
Oil & Vine
The District at Green Valley Ranch
This specialized store offers all sorts of goodies like oils and vinegars, salts, spices, gourmet gifts, and of course, wines! They offer complimentary wine tastings every Thursday from 6-8 p.m.
Summerlin, Las Vegas
This wonderful French bistro and wine shop hosts complimentary wine tastings weekly on Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tastings are themed and tasting notes are provided, possibly with a guest winemaker or producer as well! Stop in for a lovely dinner and great selection of wines.
This spring, there are a few different wine events that are a must-go if you are looking to discover some unique and boutique wine selections!
The Garagiste Wine Festival
February 13-14, 2016
Solvang, Central Coast, California
The Garagiste Wine Festival is a great event because it showcases the “undiscovered and under-recognized” artisan winemakers of the world. The location changes annually, and this year, it is being held in the quaint town of Solvang, California. What’s even better about this event is that proceeds from the festival are donated to the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Wine and Viticulture Program.
Town Square and Lake Las Vegas
If you are looking for something a little more local to Las Vegas, there is always the annual Wine Walk events located throughout Southern Nevada. The series is comprised of 8 annual events located in venues such as Town Square or Lake Las Vegas, where you can taste a variety of wines, walk around and visit with local business, and socialize.
PBS Splendor in the Glass
3-7 p.m., Saturday, February 20, 2016 Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino
This 27th annual event will have more than 60 wineries and breweries present, sponsored by Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada. Proceeds will benefit Vegas PBS.