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Why we drink wine

19 Apr

Some drink wine to forget. Others–like the soldiers of the Roman Empire–drank it to avoid the nasty effects of guzzling contaminated water. Yours truly is drinking it in hopes of killing off some fat cells (see my post from April 5).

The reasons we drink wine are as unique as the thousands of grape varieties used in winemaking. But don’t take it from me. Allow me to introduce you to a group of  accomplished Latinas who clearly illustrate why enjoying the occasional copa is good for the soul. I raise a glass to their intelligence, wit and belleza. !Salud, chicas!

Jackie is a mover and shaker who likes to relax with a glass of wine and a little chisme.

1. We drink wine to connect.

Busy public relations executive Jackie Quintanilla Aker says Pinot Grigio is her favorite wine. She’s lucky enough to have a cousin who studied wine, and luckier still that she and her prima are close. “My cousin is like a sister to me,” Aker says. “We like to share a bottle of wine and just chat about our day or vent. Or gossip.”

L to R: 'Green' blogger Catalina Juarez (Greenery in Mommyhood) and mommy blogger Ruby Wright (Growing up Blackxican) love their Muscat!

2. We drink wine to relax.

For blogueras Catalina Juarez and Ruby Wright, sipping a glass of Muscat is the perfect way to unwind during a conference break. Both prefer sweeter wines, so Muscat is the wine of choice while they take a breather between workshops and panel discussions. Juarez, who works, blogs, has two teenagers and is a student, says wine provides a little stress relief when things get loco.

Sometimes, life goes better with wine, says Helena Osorio-Zavala, a lifestyle blogger at Pink Guayoyo.

3. We drink wine to enjoy ourselves and the people we love.

Food and wine go together like un cafecito y conversación. Makes sense, especially if you’re Helena Osorio-Zavala, a Venezuelan writer whose blog name, Pink Guayoyo, is a fanciful spin on a traditional Venezuelan coffee drink. But get her started on wine and ay, ay, ay!  “I’ll be having a glass of wine with my husband and all of a sudden, he’s looking really good. So I’ll have another and I’ll tell him, ‘You’re looking pretty fine.’ So he’ll say, ‘Have another glass–I love it when you tell me I look good.'”

4. We drink wine as an excuse to photograph perfect strangers. Especially if they’re good-looking. 

I'll have a glass of red, thanks.

I know what you’re thinking. Señorita Vino is happily married, yet she dutifully follows her mother’s brand of marital advice, which is mira, pero no toques (look but don’t touch). I swear, Mom (and Señor Jim), the only thing I touched was the glass.

Why do you drink wine?  Post a comment and tell us!

Vinoritas We Love: Ana Lydia Monaco

3 Nov

Ana Lydia Monaco scours the aisles for a velvety Italian red.

Welcome to Señorita Vino’s first ever Vinoritas We Love. What’s a Vinorita, you ask? Someone like you. A chica who loves wine and enjoys it with friends and family. She may or may not work in the wine industry, and she’s not shy about telling the world of her passion for wine and food. Before our male readers feel slighted, worry not, chicos. Señorita Vino is an equal opportunity blogger, and soon you’ll see Vinoritos We Love, so stay tuned.

For now, it’s our pleasure to introduce you to the lovely and talented Ana Lydia Monaco. A busy PR professional by day (and some nights), she’s also an entrepreneur who is active in the social media world but still finds time to unwind at her neighborhood wine shop. We caught up with her recently at Wally’s Wines in West Los Angeles, where she was on the hunt for a favorite Italian wine.

Señorita Vino: What are you looking for?

Ana Lydia: It’s an Italian red, similar to a Pinot Noir. I love Pinot Noir!

SV: You’re not alone. When did you discover you had a passion for wine?

AL: Growing up there was always wine in the house. My father would have wine with dinner, so I was exposed to it at a young age.

SV: How did your awareness of wine evolve as you grew up?

AL: In college my friends and I loved cheese, so we’d have wine with our cheese. At the time wine wasn’t ‘cool,’ so people thought it was weird that we didn’t drink beer. In fact I didn’t try beer until about 10 years ago. It was St. Patrick’s Day, and I was out with friends. Someone ordered a pitcher of beer and when it got to the table it was green. I thought there was something wrong with it!

SV: You seem to know what you want when it comes to wine. How did you develop your palate?

AL: I was lucky. I lived with a roommate for six years and she worked in restaurants. She’d come home with this amazing wine – the really good stuff ! Bordeaux, Pinot Noir…there were always great wine in the house. Then as I advanced in my career, wine played into my professional life. We’d take clients out to dinner and of course we’d have wine with the meal. Then at networking events or banquets, there would be wine.

SV: You’re lucky to have a wine shop that’s walking distance from your house.

AL: My husband and I are here practically every weekend. We’ll get a selection of cheeses, some wine and the Netflix. A perfect Saturday night!

Want to be our next Vinorita or our first Vinorito? Drop us a line and you could be featured here in a future post!

A blog for Latinas who love vino

27 Apr

At a wine tasting event last month, someone asked me how it was that I came to love wine. It all started 23 years ago in the countryside outside the city limits of Geneva, Switzerland. The middle of nowhere, to be exact. With a man I had only met two hours earlier.

But it’s not what you think. This is not that kind of blog, and I was not that kind of chica.

I was a 22 year-old Latina in her last year at the University of California, away from home for the first time on a summer work-abroad program. That was the summer I came into my own, and to get back to the story, the summer I discovered the joy of wine (and improved my French).

The man in question was a thirty-something banker who had taken a liking to my American roommate. He had asked her to dinner at a small country restaurant, and she was nervous about going alone with a man she barely knew. So I took one for the team and accepted her invitation to join them.

What I remember most about that afternoon was not so much the conversation or even the food, but the glorious red wine. I couldn’t tell you the varietal. At the time the only things I was jotting down in notebooks were French words I’d never heard in my literature classes (bretelles for bra straps, Coupe Danemark for a lethal serving of velvety ice cream with hazelnuts and heavy chocolate syrup, served in a cup the size of a fish bowl).

Maybe it was the bucolic country setting. Maybe it was the thrill of being with a European man who could school my American boyfriend back home on wardrobe and manners. Regardless, I was hopelessly, unapologetically, deliciously hooked on wine.

Which brings me to today. Before I head into the kitchen to pour a glass of Australian Shiraz, I want to share a few things you can expect to see on this blog. Let me stress that while I may be targeting my fellow wine-loving Latinas, this content is for everyone and anyone who loves wine, wants to learn more about wine, or wants to share their knowledge or expertise about wine. I’ll be writing about wines I think you might enjoy, tastings and events that I visit, profiles and interviews with people in the wine industry, factoids about what I’m learning in the UCLA Extension wine education program, and maybe a few foods I enjoy with various wines.

So cheers, salud,  and santé, chicas y chicos! And a special toast to the fine Swiss gent who started it all.

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