Lifestyle Living - Wine!

Dated: December 4 2019

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What a completely amazing conference!  The 2019 Christie's International Real Estate conference was held in Houston and I have so much information to share, I actually started writing this on the plane.

This conference was great NOT because it was another "sales school" but because it WASN'T.

We had the opportunity to speak with subject matter experts, authors, and artists.  Over the next few blogs, I will share more details including topics like the decorating trend "Modified Historicism" that I actually use in our home before I even knew it was an actual style.  I look forward to sharing inspiring facts about the luxury home market, a discussion about the rise of gemstones in the jewelry scene, tips on how to rise above the digital noise and from time to time I will share information regarding some amazing VIP open house events.

Today's nugget is about the amazing wine tasting we enjoyed at the conference.  I've usually enjoyed a tasting hosted by a vineyard or maybe a wine club and the variety is generally limited to the vineyard, vintage or region.  Our tasting was a surprising mix of 6 wines; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

We discussed the usual topics and heard about tannins and clarity from one of the world's best, Kevin Zraly, a James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, author and educator.

Kevin surprised us with a tasting smartly titled "Old World vs New World Wines".  The comparisons we were making were hidden from us.  We tasted two of each type of wine, each selected for their value and vintage.  We then compared them in pairs and noted our observations and preferences.

At the end we were told which wines were “Old World” (European) and which were “New World” (Domestic).

I always prided myself on judging a wine by its taste and generally prefer Italian and Spanish wines...or so I thought!

If I had never attended this session, I would never have imagined that I am a “New World” person! California and Washington states being my favorites so far. However, I've never enjoyed an East Coast vs West Coast tasting! I think that may be a good idea for VIP client night some day soon!

Here is the list of wines we enjoyed!


      Old World: Meursault Genevrieres 1er Cru 2016 Bouchard Pere & Fils (Burgundy, France)

New World: Williams Selyem Alivet Lane 2015 (Sonoma, California)

Pinot Noir

      Old World: Gevrey Chambertin Lavaux St. Jacques 1er Cru 2016 Louis Jadot (Burgundy, France)

New World: Dumol Widdoes Vineyard Ryan 2016 (Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California)

 Cabernet Sauvignon

      Old World: Chateau Pichon Baron 2016 (Pauillac, Bordeaux, France)

New World: Janzen To-Kalon 2016 (Oakville, Napa Valley, California)

Hope this made you curious and maybe a bit thirsty!  Wishing you and yours a wonderful day and remember...

It's a Waterfall Life - get out there and live it!

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Jean Durham

My simple business goal is to provide exceptional service to all of my clients. Service that is so remarkable that clients refer to me as their personal real estate resource. As a professional with an....

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