Zen Breath 3-2-1

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"Raise a glass to all the fathers"
~ The Zen Winemaker ~

3 terms, 2 quotes, 1 question

June 18, 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 - Types of Oak Barrels

1. French White Oak: Tighter grain than other types of oak and must be quater-sawn to produce barrels resulting in a larger amount of waste. Hints of baking spices, coco, smoke and silky tannins. New quality barrels will cost you $1000-$1500 each. Most of Koi Zen red wine is aged in French oak barrels for 18-36 months prior to bottling.

2. American White Oak: Grown in the mid-west American barrels often impart coconut and vanilla flavors into the wine. Spain is one of the largest importers of American oak barrels and American oak is widely used in the production of Spirits and Bourbons. Only about 3% of all wine produced world wide is aged in oak barrels (100% of Koi Zen red wine is for a minimum of 18 months)

3. Eastern European White Oak: Formerly called Hungarian oak, but many Eastern European countries now produce barrels. Similar in structure to French barrels with hints of American taste profiles. Less expensive than French but more than American barrels.

Geek Zone: Most oak barrels are toasted inside which caramelizes some of the sugars in the wood. The flavor profile changes as the toast level increase. In red wines, a lot of flavor comes from the barrel and are classified as secondary flavors (flavors produced by the winemaking process). During blind tasting of wine, we can often detect where the barrels were made to help us determine country of origin of the wine.

2 - Quotes from Me:

1. "You will not understand your limits until you try - and then try even harder." ~ The Zen Winemaker

2. "Scientist still don't agree on the health benefits of wine, all I know is a glass or two make my day a whole lot better." ~ The Zen Winemaker

1 - Question to ponder:

Stoplight Meditation

It seems the more hurried I am, the more stoplights I will hit. This used to frustrate me to no end. I would yell at the light, "Don't you know I'm in a hurry" and the light didn't care about me or about anything. Every consecutive stoplight raised my blood pressure and by the time I did arrive, I was bent out of shape, cranky and angry.

This rarely happens to me any more, not that I don't catch many stoplight while rushed, but I found two tactics that works for me. For one, I try to leave a little bit earlier just to be safe - this helps but not like the next trick.

From this day forward, every time you are stopped at a traffic light, pause, take a deep breath and look around. Take those precious few seconds to become mindful of where you are. Look around, smile and wave at people. You will find the stress melts away and you arrive happier exactly the same time as if you were angry.

Now, I can't wait for the next stoplight so I can grab a quick Zen moment. Are you ready?

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You can make a huge difference in the world - or not - it's your choice



Darius Miller - The Zen Winemaker

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