Zen Breath 3-2-1

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"15 minutes in a hot car will cook your wine in a heartbeat"

~ The Zen Winemaker ~

3 terms, 2 quotes, 1 question

July 16, 2021

Happy Friday! Time to wrap up this week and get ready for the next! Take a deep breath and kick off the weekend on a positive note. Let's consider where we have been, improve it, and move forward next week. Packing the most content into the least words and trying to change the world, one glass at a time.

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3 - Wine Terms - Serving Temperatures

Serving your wine at the proper temperature will elevate the experience.
  1. Sparking: Sparkling wines should be served almost cold between 42 and 46 degrees F. Chill in the refrigerator and take out 10 minutes prior to serving.
  2. White Wines: We suggest serving your whites between 46-54 degrees F - lighter whites cooler, heavier whites warmer. The bottle should feel chill and not cold as it does if stored in the refrigerator. From room temperature 77 degrees F - you can chill your whites in 2-3 hours in the fridge. If the temperature is too cold, the flavors and aromas will be suppressed.
  3. Red Wines: We suggest serving your reds slightly warmer between 54 for light reds and 65 for full bodied reds. The bottle should feel cool to the touch and have a perceived difference from room temperature. If he bottle is too warm the aromas and perception of alcohol will be elevated.

Geek Zone: - Room Temperature

Many people believe you should server your reds at "room temperature" and this might be true depending upon where you live - but not in San Diego. The expression comes from the distant past in Europe prior to air conditioning and whole house heating and when the floors were often dirt. Wine would often be stored below ground (~54 degrees F) which was their "room temperature" during this period of time. In modern times, room temperature is typically 78 degrees F. And please never store your wine on top of the refrigerator unless you want it to suffer a quick and horrible death.

2 - Quotes from Me:

1. "People tend to serve their whites too cold and their reds too warm." ~ The Zen Winemaker

2. "If you feel compelled to drink a bad wine because someone gave it to you - get it as cold as possible, slug it back and say thank you with a smile." ~ The Zen Winemaker

1 - Question to ponder:

2 Minute Meditation

Long hours sitting at work often hunched over a keyboard, phone clamped between your shoulder and ear, mouse arm tense and locked and constant interruptions can raise stress levels to enormous heights. Muscles become tight, breathing shallows and nerves fry.

Try a 2 minute meditation to reset and refresh.

Sit near the front edge of your chair, back straight not resting on the backrest, tall and relaxed spine. Head inline with shoulders and torso, face relaxed, mouth closed, hands relaxed on the lap.

Close your eyes and slowly count to 10 with each breath - stay focused on the slow count and relax muscles as you become aware of them. No judgement, no worries, no other thoughts.

Feel the weight on your sit bones, release the tension in your neck and shoulders and let your arms fall limp. Do this every time you feel tense, anxious, nervous, tired or frustrated.

Question: do you perform best when stressed out, tired, frustrated or when you are relaxed?
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Darius Miller - The Zen Winemaker

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