Creative Juices Wine Blog

Creative Juices Wine Show Episode 9: How to drink wine like a pro

Posted in Argentina, Malbec, Mendoza, Texas, wine, wine shop, Wine Tasting by CreativeJuicesWine on March 16, 2010

Hello friends. During Episode 9, we teach their guest, Josue, how to taste wine like a pro. Enjoy the show! Cheers!!!

Zak & Olena

Vino 100

Posted in wine by CreativeJuicesWine on March 8, 2010

My hubby knows that I can be a stickler to details, and that the issues I am horridly passionate about are, fortunately, far and between. One of those issues is wine.

I am intrigued by everything about it. I want to understand it to the fullest, I want to appreciate it to the best of my ability. But just above all, I want to know how to establish a common language about it. All too frequently I find myself in a situation where I know I am not getting my point across, and I see a blank expression on whomever I am talking to. Often this point of confusion arises from the understanding of what a “dry wine” means.

I run into this following issue all the time: I ask someone about what they like and they go on to tell me they don’t like something too dry. I offer them an off-dry wine, which they are ecstatic over. Throughout the evening, I work them down to dry reds, and to my surprise, they continue to exclaim enthusiastically: “Oh, I really like this! It is smooth, not too dry, and very, very nice”.

In all of my formal wine schooling I have been taught that dry is simply an antonym for sweet. Fruity is a antonym for lacking in fruit flavors. Sweet is something that contains residual sugar.

Today I came across a following website. It belongs to a wine shop chain based out of California, with just under 30 locations in the continental US. What caught my eye was their shelf talker theme:

Each of their wines has a similar display. I find it very interesting for several reasons:

1. I think these guys have a terrific business sense. They have figured out which terminology is appealing to a beginner drinker, and they are running with it.

2. They found a simple visual way for a wine consumer to navigate the shelves without having a prior attachment to a label, a varietal or a region.

3. They combine these to grasp the many people who seek great wine and a little wine knowledge.

My question, however, is the following: Does it seem to you guys that this company is perpetuating the existing miscommunication in the wine language?

Thank you for reading and I am excited to see what you guys think.


Wine Social Follow Up

We want to extend our thanks to all of you who attended our Lodi Wine 101 Social last night at Rulis’. We had a great time, and the wines were terrific! As an early reminder, we will be hosting the Grand Debut of the Wine & Beer Shop opening this Thursday evening at Rulis’ (318 N. Mesa, El Paso, TX) starting at 5pm. We will have live music by West Side Bohemians starting at 7pm. Please come out, and enjoy the music, as well as great food and wine!


Zak & Olena

Creative Juices Wine Show: Episode 7-IPA Tasting

Posted in Beer, Flying Dog, Great Divide, Video by CreativeJuicesWine on March 1, 2010

During this episode Zak & Olena switch things up a bit, and taste a Snake Dog IPA against a Titan IPA. Enjoy the show! Cheers!!!

For more information on the breweries mentioned during this show, visit Flying Dog’s and Great Divide’s websites.

Beer Night @ Rulis’ Tonight!!!

Posted in Announcements, Beer, Classes, Texas by CreativeJuicesWine on February 27, 2010

Hey! Do you live in El Paso? Do you like fun? Do you like to drink really good beer? Are you alive? If you can answer yes to any of these questions, come to Beer Night @ Rulis’ International Kitchen Tonight!!! We will be tasting 6 (more likely than not, 7) beers, and serving up delicious snacks prepared by the best chef in the entire city, Chef Rulis! In case you were wondering what to do tonight, this is it! See you there @7pm! For more information, check Local Wine Events. Cheers!!!

Creative Juices Wine Show: Episode 6-Tokaji 2006 Sárgamuskotály

Posted in Hungary, Muscato, Tokaji, Video, wine, Wine Reviews, Wine Tasting by CreativeJuicesWine on February 25, 2010

Here it is – Hungarian Tokaji 2006 Sárgamuskotály – just like you guys asked. Delicious, wonderful juice. We hope you enjoy the episode and in particular, Olena showing off her phenomenal wine swirling skills :-).

Wine: Tokaji Sárgamuskotály

Varietal: Yellow Muscat

Vintage: 2006

Alcohol: 11%

Our Score: 88-89 points

Price: $15

What should we taste next on CJ Wine Show?

Posted in Poll, Uncategorized by CreativeJuicesWine on February 25, 2010

Quick, help us out! We should take a bottle out of the wine fridge this morning (so we can taste it room temperature around 4pm), what should it be?

Creative Juices Wine Encyclopedia

Posted in Poll by CreativeJuicesWine on February 24, 2010

Creative Juices isn’t afraid of taking on more tasks. We want to answer each and every question you have about wine. And above all, do so in a video format (which should by no means should deter you from emailing us, calling us, or in any other way asking us wine questions). We’d like to give you another poll, so please let us know what you want us to cover in our March 4th episode of Creative Juices Wine Blog. Cheers!

Creative Juices Wine Show: Episode 5

Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile, Curicó, Rosé, Video by CreativeJuicesWine on February 24, 2010

In Episode 5, Zak & Olena taste and review a 2008 Miguel Torres Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé from Chile. Enjoy the show! Cheers!!!

The wine from today is from the Curicó region in Valle Central, Chile.

Creative Juices Wine Show: Episode 4 (w/Video)!

Posted in Bierzo, Mencía, Spain, Video, wine, Wine Reviews, Wine Tasting by CreativeJuicesWine on February 23, 2010

In Episode 4, Zak & Olena taste a 2001 Bierzo. Enjoy!

Bierzo is in the Northwest Corner of this Map. Cheers!