Creative Juices Wine Blog

Wine Bar Consultation

Posted in Announcements, Classes, Texas, wine by CreativeJuicesWine on March 24, 2010

Good morning. Last night was a pleasant reminder of why we got into this business in the first place–To share our passion. Creative Juices services have been enlisted by a group of gentlemen that are planning to open a Wine Bar here in El Paso. This has become a trend here lately, as two have already opened their doors in the last three months. The guys we’re working with are excited to learn more about wine, and as a result, ask a lot of questions. This makes our job much easier. One thing that we really appreciate is that they aren’t afraid to admit their lack of knowledge of wine. We’re not dealing with all-knowing wine snobs, that think that everything you need to know can be found in the ‘legs’. This is a good situation.

We sat down last night for a little less than three hours and did what we love. We talked about wine. Over the next couple of months, we will be sitting down and teaching them as much as we can to ensure the success of their Wine Bar. I feel like last night was a good start, and they really seem to be learning. We’ll keep you updated on their progress, and as they get closer to their opening date (which should be sometime in June) we’ll release all of the information about their place.

El Paso may end up being a Wine drinking town after all. Keep your fingers crossed for us.



Creative Juices Wine Show Episode 12: Jean Bousquet Malbec

Posted in Argentina, Malbec, Mendoza, Video, wine by CreativeJuicesWine on March 18, 2010

Creative Juices got up early this morning and whilst still asleep, tasted some wine. That’s what we do! ūüôā

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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.


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.

Creative Juices Wine Show: Episode 6-Tokaji 2006 S√°rgamuskot√°ly

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

Here it is РHungarian Tokaji 2006 Sárgamuskotály Рjust 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 ÔĽŅS√°rgamuskot√°ly

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!