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Red Wine

A Few Things to Know About Wine

Stemware makes a difference

Many people assume any wine glass is for drinking wine. Not so. A proper glass will make a significant difference
in the taste because of the way the wine reaches the taste buds on your tongue as well as how your nose
picks up on the various flavors in the wine itself. If you get the opportunity to go to a wine tasting where the
vineyard also brings along a stemware maker such as Riedel (one of the oldest and best makers of stemware today)
by all means go on that tasting! You will discover that the same glass of red or white wine has a completely different
taste depending on the glass it is poured into. In some cases it will amaze you because it's the exact same wine
but it tastes so much differently depending on the glass.

If you plan on serving red wine at a dinner party or even for home use then use the proper glass based on the
type of wine you drink. If it's a pino noir you like, use a glass for pino noir. It can make a $20 wine taste like a 
$50 wine all because of the stemware. 


Reidel Stemware


Decant Wine When Possible 

Many people are very quick to pour and drink the wine they opened 30 seconds ago. Did you know that by
decanting a wine it helps the flavors develop and can even smooth out a wine you feel is a bit "sharp" on
the tongue? Even if you let the wine sit exposed to the air for 10 minutes you'll start to notice a difference. Some wines
really "open up" (develop their real flavor) after 10-30 minutes so experiment a little and decant your wine for different
lengths of time before you have your first sip. Again, you can make that $20 bottle of wine taste like a high-end steakhouse
wine just by letting the wine breathe a bit.

If you really must get that wine flowing then think of buying an aerator. The best ones we have found plug into the neck of the bottle and have a small wire mesh inside a 2 inch spout. That breaks up the flow of the wine and introduces the room air to the wine very thoroughly. Still not as good as decanting but it does the trick for those who like to get busy with a drink. 

What type of decanter? Many wine drinkers recommend a vessel that give the wine as much surface area exposed to the air as possible. A mason jar is not a decanter! You can pick up a good decanter at a wine shop or even the local Walmart or Target. The key is to find a nice glass decanter that has a wide base so the wine can sit in the decanter and breathe.  


Le Chateau Wine Decanter - 100% Hand Blown Lead-free Crystal Glass, Red Wine Carafe


Don't Let Wine Sit for Days

We all know those people who drink one small glass of wine each day and make their bottle last a week or so. That's fantastic and good for them for having so much self control. Many wines start to develop a "flat" taste to them after sitting for more than 2 days. That's because the alcohol in the wine is starting to evaporate and that changes the entire taste of the wine. If you really need to make a bottle last then you can buy one of those vacuum cork tools where you slip the tool over the neck of the wine and it sucks all the air out of the bottle and keeps the vacuum strong. That will let you go for about 5 days max before your wine tastes like an old shoe.

Now Let's Get to Some of Our Selections..... 

Reds Around $20   

J Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir

From the Maker:

This Pinot Noir opens with aromatic notes of black cherry and baking spice. The soft, silky palate features bright, fruity notes of cranberry, fig and fresh orange peel, with hints of dark, brambly fruit, black tea and clove. Enjoy this wine with grilled salmon with cranberry-wild rice pilaf, grilled pork ribs with pomegranate-molasses barbeque sauce and tangy jicama slaw or Morbier cheese with a blackberry gastrique. 

In 2016, the growing season in California was warm and dry. Following suit with the four previous vintages, the year continued to be an earlier, more compact growing season. Plenty of winter rains and a warm spring brought on early budbreak and a warm, fast-paced summer growing season. Another early harvest, 2016 finished a full 10 days earlier than average. Consistent warm temperatures through September rewarded us with incredible intensity and depth of flavor. In 2016, we looked to Sonoma, Monterey and Santa Barbara Counties to deliver complex layers of aroma, flavor and texture for a truly distinctive Pinot Noir.

2017 Meiomi - Central Coast 

Meimoi Coastal California Wines

From the maker:

A rich garnet color with a ruby edge, the wine opens to reveal lifted fruit aromas of bright strawberry and jammy fruit, mocha, and vanilla, along with toasty oak notes. Expressive boysenberry, blackberry, dark cherry, juicy strawberry, and toasty mocha flavors lend complexity and depth on the palate. The well-integrated oak provides structure and depth seldom seen in Pinot Noir.  
Monterey 60% | Santa Barbara 23% | Sonoma 17%

Our notes: You will enjoy this one with a tasty steak, even goes great with BBQ chicken, turkey, or just an after-work glass of wine.

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We then do research on the topic to find out what is causing that discussion and if it's something we feel is important for you to know about - we share that information.

Every day we get hundreds of tips from real people who hear things and share with us or others on what they are hearing. We believe that the conversations in the real world is much more influential on impacting a shopping event than any social media site could hope for. 

Why does SoPopular Do This?

This site is designed to be the eyes and ears for people who want to keep up with the latest trends that other people are talking about - and not only on social media.

We don't just put something up if we hear it from one person. We put it up if we hear it, and confirm it, from multiple sources. If on we all-of-a-sudden hear about a new Pinot Noir that is on the market and everyone is talking about it - that's something others will want to know about.  

In many cases we have been three weeks ahead of social media discussing the same things we have listed.  Three weeks is a lifetime for some products, ideas, or services.

What About Social Media?

FACT: Not everyone on Social Media is a Real Person.

Sorry to tell you but these days with the rise of AI and "bots" it's very, very common for a person not to be a person. It's a bot or a script that is sent out to the 'net to talk about something with the sole purpose of getting people interested in a product and then make money from the links they put in their messages. It's a very, very common behavior these days and we're tired of seeing people duped into thinking a certain product is "hot" because they heard about it from stranger on social media. 

We may not have our ear to the rail on every single product that is being discussed in the real world, but over time we definitely plan to listen very carefully and share with the world what real people are saying, what they are buying, and most importantly.... why they are buying it.

Right now we are listing items we hear about the most and also only listing items we can find easily so you can view the product or item and decide if you wish to pursue. 

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