Wine-olutions : Resolutions.  TomAYto : TomAHto.

Perhaps it is not surprising that Winos and Wine-Knows alike make New Year’s wine-olutions. There’s remarkable similarity in these annual self-improvement goals to common New Year’s resolutions… So I thought I’d share a few of my wine-olutions with all my wine friends.

2016 Wine-olutions


  1. Exercise the Palate More. Just like the rest of the body, it’s important to keep that palate working out consistently. Daily is optimal, but at minimum, I am holding myself to at least 3 palate workouts a week.
  2. Keep the Wine Fridge Organized. We all know it is important to keep the wine fridge well stocked with “every day” wines as well as some “special” wines. My household doesn’t struggle with this, but I think it is still important to maintain this as a priority… so it is on the list.
  3. Enjoy Healthy Food & Wine Pairings. Some people make a resolution to eat healthier in the new year. I’m all for that, but my goal will be to ensure my food pairs well with my wine…  that it is a healthy pairing. (If the meal is actually healthy, that’s a bonus.) The wine is always the star of the meal at Wine Star, so I’ll be spending more time seeking out recipes that accompany the wine of choice for the evening.
  4. Travel More (via Wine). Exploring the world through wine is obviously one of the best ways to (virtually) travel. I’ll gladly go to wine country in any part of the world, but to ensure this wine-olution is achievable and realistic (in true S.M.A.R.T. goal fashion), I’ll commit to visiting different parts of the world one glass of wine at a time.
  5. Maximize Wine Star Experiences. A #WineStarExperience is one of those moments when we connect with friends, family, or strangers… and when those moments are enhanced by wine. THIS is what Wine Star is all about.  And this is what we seek to accomplish with every event – personal or professional.

Of course, I’d love to accomplish all of these goals with my wine-loving friends via Wine Star events and tasting experiences… in the meantime, please feel free to share your 2016 wine-olutions in the comments!! I know they’re out there.

A Wine Star Experience

If you’ve looked around the Wine Star Services website at all, you know that we believe that wine is a vehicle for connection between people… between friends, family, co-workers, and strangers. We believe wine can also connect us to a place, a time, an event, a celebration. It can help create and shape experiences and frame memories.

The past several blog posts have been all about the intricacies of experiencing wine with our senses and “Making [Wine] Sense” of it. While some of us like to nerd out on wine facts for fun, we recognize that all that stuff is secondary to having an experience with others that is enhanced by wine.

So… I’m asking you to share some of your experiences with us. Tell us about an experience you have had that is locked in your memory as a positive or happy one and that was enhanced or accompanied by wine. Once we’re done with the #MakingWineSense series, we’ll share some of these stories (with your permission)!

Share your #WineStarExperience!

Share your #WineStarExperience!

Here is an example of an experience I once had where wine enhanced the joy of the evening:

It was my sister-in-law’s birthday. She, my brother, their sweet baby girl, and my cousins were visiting from out of town. We made a big dinner that night to celebrate her birthday and to celebrate visiting with one another. It was one of the first time us “kids” (who were in our 20s and 30s) were together without any “parents” (Moms, Dads, Aunts, Uncles). My brother went out and picked up a bottle of wine that I was not familiar with at the time. I don’t know what the vintage was or what the grape blend was that year. I don’t remember what we were eating either, actually. What I do recall is that every taste I had of that wine was – in and of itself – a new experience. It just kept getting better. And I had never experienced wine that way before. I think it may have been my first “a-ha” moment with wine – realizing that it was “alive” in its own way. That it could change over minutes in a glass. And how it must change over years in a bottle. The wine was fantastic… but sitting around the table eating and drinking with some of my favorite people was even more memorable. Whenever I taste Ridge Lytton Springs, that evening and all those positive memories come back to me and bring a smile to my face.

I didn’t know it at the time, but this experience started me on a longer journey to learn more about wine and to figure out ways that I can create or facilitate such experiences. It’s my #WineStarExperience.  Please share yours!!

How can you share your #WineStarExperience?

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