What Does Wine Have To Do With Real Estate?
New real estate agents are advised to have a firm idea of “why” they want to be in the business. Keeping an eye on what drives you can help keep you motivated during challenging or slow times.
What are my “why”s?
- Providing for my family? Of course.
- Helping others? Yep.
- Flexibility? Sure.
- Wine? YYEESSSS!
Are you interested in wine too but don’t know where to start? Here’s some fun wine info for you to check out.
First let’s establish that the best wine to drink is the wine that you love. No matter the type, label, or price - if you love it, drink it. That being said, sometimes it is fun to determine what you love about the wine and expand your repertoire by exploring other wines with similar characteristics.
No matter which wine you are drinking, it is a good idea to get in the habit of taking these steps to get intimately familiar with the wine’s characteristics; See, Swirl, Sniff, Sip.
“See”- First, take a look at your wine. The color you see comes both from contact with the grape skins (length and type) as well as well as how long the wine was stored in a wood barrel (or was aged in stainless steel or concrete).
When you look wine, pay attention to the color depth (watery, medium, pale, dark), hue (yellow, garnet, pink), and clarity (clear, hazy, cloudy).
“Swirl”- When you swirl your wine, you expose greater surface area to air which intensifies aromas resulting in the wine “opening up”. You only need to gently swirl for 5-10 seconds. This step best prepares your wine to be smelled and sipped.
“Smell”- As wine ages the acids, sugars, and natural chemicals interact creating what is known as the wine’s bouquet. To smell, stick your nose all the way into the glass, close your eyes and inhale deeply. What do you smell? There are no wrong answers! Finally, how strong are the smells? Are they light, moderate, or very aromatic?
White wine smells might include; citrus, pineapple, apple, flowers, butter, vanilla, honey, minerals, and even jalapeno! Red wine smells might include; stone fruits, earth/dirt, spices, chocolate, berries, wood, vanilla, or tobacco.
Note: if you ever smell wet newspaper, wet dog, dirty socks, or mold the wine is “corked”, meaning it has gone bad (usually from a leak or problem with the cork or storage). Pour it out.
“Sip”- Now to the really fun part - tasting! The taste of the wine will be a combination of smells and flavors. Of course the first question you want to ask yourself is, “do I like it?” If not, the complexity of the taste doesn’t matter. If you do, this is how you dig deeper to understand more about the wine.
Is the wine dry or sweet? Wine gets sweetness from residual sugar that was not fermented into alcohol. Dry wine will leave a parched feeling on your tongue while sweet wines will leave a juicy feeling. Both red and white wines can range from bone dry to very sweet.
Tannins, the compounds within grape skins and seeds also cause red wines to taste dry (tannic). The longer the wine was in contact with the grape skins, the more tannic the wine will be. Tannins also add complexity and color to a wine and act as an anti-oxidant which protects wine and helps the ability of a wine to age.
What is the body of the wine? How does it feel in your mouth? To determine body, think skim milk vs. heavy cream. Full bodied wines will feel “big” or “bold” while light bodied wines will feel “lean” or “delicate”.
How acidic is the wine? “Tartness” or “pucker” is a great way to explain acid in a wine. Both red and white wines have some acid, which helps blend the flavors and keeps the wine from tasting flat. Acid is usually d as low (creamy), medium (balanced), or high (crisp, bright).
Finally, what was the finish of the wine. How long did it stay on the palette? Did it linger and allow flavors to slowly unfold or was it crisp and quickly disappear? Different wines, age, aging methods, and dryness will determine finish.
So, you have taken your favorite wine and applied the See, Swirl, Sniff, Sip method and have an idea of what you enjoy. Now you can feel comfortable walking into your local wine shop or ordering at your favorite restaurant because you know how to exactly what you want to drink.
If you enjoyed this post and want to know more about wine, here is a helpful article.
As always, Preston Group is here to guide our clients through the process of completing a real estate transaction. We have over 13 years experience in the Las Vegas real estate market, and do a majority of our business through referral and return business. We also happily accept commercial real estate referrals from other local real estate agents. Call Shawn M. Preston at 702.350.2289.
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