A few moments from 2014
It has been about a year and a half since my last post. Numerous things have changed in my life both personally and professionally but that’s a whole other post in itself. Today, on my return to the world of blogging, I’m sharing my love for an amazing wine. A wine first tasted in Chicago and sought after ever since.
In September 2014, my family and I accompanied my father on a business trip to Chicago. We enjoyed a lovely dinner with a customer at Riva Crabhouse on Navy Pier. With our meal, we sipped on a glass of the Caymus 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet 40th Anniversary. Since then, my mother and I have been on the hunt for this wine and hit the jackpot as we found it at Hyde Park Wine and Spirits. Let me preface this by saying this wine is rather pricey and well above how much I would normally pay for a bottle of wine. However, the holidays are a time for celebrating and spending time with loved ones so ‘tis the season!
2012 Napa Valley Cabernet in all its glory
What is Caymus? After a little bit of research, Caymus Vineyards is the Wagner family-owned winery dating back to the early 70s. The Wagners produced their first vintage in 1972 and since then have focused on producing quality Cabernet Sauvignon. As they focus on one type of wine, they produce two different types of Cabernet Sauvignon — Napa Valley and Special Selection. The 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet 40th Anniversary captured my heart and palate in Chicago and once again on Christmas Day.
As a red wine lover, I’m all about the full body taste with a little bit of dryness. This wine is all that wrapped in one. My first taste in Chicago caught me off guard because I was not expecting such a well-rounded feel. I was hooked and needed more hence the purchase of a bottle for Christmas 2014. My initial reaction back in September held true this holiday season. The 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet 40th Anniversary is still a great wine! Since surf n turf was on the menu for our holiday meal (prime rib, lobster, creamed spinach, and roasted veggies) I knew we needed a wine with a good flavor but wouldn’t overpower the meal at hand. This was a perfect pairing — the red meat of prime rib with the smoothness of this specific cabernet sauvignon.
For those who are hesitant or opposed to the mere thought of drinking red wine, I suggest trying a pinot noir or a cabernet sauvignon. Neither are too dry or leave you with a tart, overpowering taste like people often say about red wine. My father has slowly started drinking red wine and he even appreciated all that the Caymus cabernet sauvignon offered.
Overall, this Christmas was one for the record books but was topped by reuniting with such a great wine. 2014 has been a crazy yet exciting year. I’m going to rely on my love for the 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet 40th Anniversary to blog on a consistent basis. If you have any questions please take advantage of the comment section below and lets talk wine!
My friends and family often ask why I enjoy drinking wine. I usually make a joke about it saying it’s good for my heart and keeps me healthy. Of course they look at me like I’m crazy but little do they know it’s true! Check out Visual Loop’s cool infographic
Visual Loop’s A Glass of Wine a Day
So what does this mean?
The Mayo Clinic presents information about the connection between wine and heart health. Certain substances in wine may actually help “prevent heart disease by increasing levels of ‘good’ cholesterol and protecting against artery damage.” According to doctors, resveratrol is the substance with heart-healthy benefits, helping prevent damage to blood vessels. CBS News released a story about Harvard research confirming resveratrol also provides anti-aging benefits. Resveratrol must be a unique substance with various health-related capabilities!
I’m in no way encouraging indulging in drinking alcoholic beverages; however, research pointing to the health benefits of drinking red wine is an eye opener. Eat This! shares similar findings in 10 Health Benefits of Red Wine. They do present two additional benefits: melatonin in red wine helps regulate the body clock for sleep and four glasses of wine a week help reduce men’s risk of prostate cancer by 50%. Did you know about these other reasons to love red wine?
I believe widespread information related to the health benefits of red wine consumption is necessary. YoungPros are the perfect audience to present such information. The wine drinking culture has changed. It’s more social and common to have a glass with dinner or just because. Wine in Moderation explains the evolution of the wine culture in Europe “changing from an important source of nutrition to complements to food and conviviality compatible with a healthy lifestyle.” The Europeans are definitely on to something with wine. Adopting such ideals will add to the overall appreciation of wine.
Approaching wine drinking in an informational yet culturally accepting way will encourage YoungPros to step outside their comfort zone and try something new. Remember, pop the cork and sip away!
While wasting time in between interviews for my thesis and Global Ad and PR class (check out my OTHER blog), I stopped in B.A.M. bookstore. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular but I came across a couple of cool wine related books…
Wine under $20? Perfect for the YoungPro
1,001 wines? I’m up for the challenge!
Not a fan of the cool iPhone Apps for Wine to keep track of your favorite wines? This little notebook is the next best thing.
Have you read or come across any fun wine related books or material? Feel free to share in the comments!
Where would a young professional be without their handy smart phone? I, for one, have been sucked into Steve Jobs Apple world and my iPhone is glued to my hip (or should I say the palm of my hand? No one wears their phone on their hip anymore, right?)
It seems Jobs and the creative people at Apple are right because in the app store there is literally an app for everything. And here at the YoungProWineGuide we’re in luck. The wine industry is on board with the app craze and companies have created apps geared toward helping the wine enthusiast.
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Now that we have a glossary, list of wine varieties, and a recipe, let’s dive right into the food and wine pairings. First, what’s the point of pairing food with wine? The answer varies. Here at YoungProWineGuide the point of pairing food with wine is to expand palates and ideas about the topic. Simple right? Instead of constantly choosing the same wine variety, why not take a step out of your comfort zone and try something new.
It’s nice to try and experience new things. Being a young professional myself, it’s exciting to choose a nice bottle of wine over a bottle of vodka as I would in my younger years. Now don’t get me wrong. I have no problem against drinking liquor; however, it’s refreshing to pour a glass of red or white wine at the end of the day. Fellow wine blogger Grape Girl shares her experiences with food and wine pairings. Her quick wine pairing guide is informative and understandable. I would say we agree on the idea of providing information to new wine drinkers without being overbearing.
In addition to wanting a more sophisticated range of adult beverages, I believe a basic knowledge of wine can help in professional situations. From networking events to break room chatter, being able to share what you know allows you to ‘toot your own horn.’ You never know who may invite you to an exclusive wine tasting or vineyard in the near future.
Now for the task at hand…
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