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Modern Wine!

Kamran A. Khawar oversees Product Development, Design and Operational and Legal matters at VinoVue, a technology company that he co-founded in 2011. In his spare time, Kamran A. Khawar is an avid wine enthusiast and likes to share his wine experiences with friends and colleagues.

Wine was undoubtedly first created quite by accident, when the natural yeast cells on grapes fermented the juice that had been squeezed from them. While it would be nice to think that this prehistoric first wine was savored for its bouquet and delicate flavors, the reality is that it was prized for the effect of the alcohol on the drinker. The fermentation of the juice had a side benefit, though. Once fermented, the grape juice was stable, less susceptible to bacterial contamination, and could be carried with you. This meant that these people could range over areas that did not have water sources, and exploit a wider range of environments. It thus was the first potable, portable beverage.

Modern wine is the result of a complex set of choices made by grape growers and winemakers; grape variety, harvesting at the desired ripeness, fermentation vessel, wild or introduced yeast, length of skin contact, barrel aging, fining, filtering and many more which provide us with the amazing range of flavors and aromas that are found in the finished product.

Etiquette for Wine Tasting

Kamran A. Khawar pursues a number of interests in his free time, including travel and exploring different world cuisines. Additionally, as a co-founder of a wine tech company, Kamran Khawar enjoys wine tasting.

Wine tasting can be a great way to try out different wines, as well as an excellent opportunity to spend time with family and friends. However, when tasting with others, there are some etiquette guidelines that one should follow so that everyone gets maximum enjoyment out of the experience.

First of all, it’s a good idea not to wear strongly scented perfume or similar product. Smelling the wine is a part of the tasting process, and strong scents can make it more difficult to focus on the wine’s aroma.

Once you begin the tasting, it’s a good idea to wait to share what you think of a particular wine until everyone you’re with has also had the chance to sample it and evaluate it independently. After that, it’s fine to share what you think of the wine. If you don’t like a wine, you shouldn’t feel obligated to finish it. In fact, containers where guests can spit wine out are available and can also be used if a person is concerned about consuming too much alcohol.


Types of Red Wine

Kamran A. Khawar co-founded a wine startup company that at times hosts tasting events with wine makers and other wine enthusiasts. Kamran A. Khawar also serves as President of VinoVue, Inc., a consumer and business software company.

Red wines, as compared to white wines, are generally associated with a bolder flavor. Syrah, also known as shiraz, is a fruity, spicy red wine that pairs well with steak, beef stews, and other meat-based meals. Merlot, on the other hand, is a rounder, less tannic red that goes well with most any food. Merlot is generally referred to as a soft, easy-to-drink wine, even smoother than cabernet sauvignon.

Pinot noir is another popular type of red wine. A soft, fruity red, pinot noir often accompanies salmon and various Japanese dishes, including sushi rolls. Pinot noir wine is derived from the noblest of all red wine grapes, and due to the difficulty associated with growing the grapes, pinot noir is rarely blended. Additional kinds of red wine include Malbec, zinfandel, sangiovese, and barbera.


Tips On Wine Tasting Etiquette

Kamran A. Khawar, President of the consumer and business software company VinoVue, Inc., recently started his own wine focused company. In this role Kamran A. Khawar frequently participates in wine tastings along with winemakers and other wine enthusiasts. Kamran Khawar also hosts wine tasting for friends.

Attending a wine tasting can be a fun and educational way to spend an afternoon or evening. It should be regarded as a dining experience rather than a night out for drinks. Shouting across the room to friends, for example, would be frowned upon at a tasting. Similarly, visitors must respect and abide by all tour or winery rules. It would be considered in poor taste, for instance, to argue about whether or not a dog should be allowed on a tasting.

Finally, individuals are advised to avoid taking part in a wine tasting event on an empty stomach. The nuanced flavors of certain wines can be difficult to appreciate while hungry. An empty stomach also makes an individual feel the effects of alcohol more quickly.


Herbs Used in Thai Cuisine

A lawyer and wine enthusiast living in Irvine, California, Kamran A. Khawar enjoys spending time exploring new wines at wineries and/or restaurants. Additionally, Kamran A. Khawar likes to cook, from Mexican to Italian to Thai cuisines.

Known for dishes like pad thai, pad see yew, and green curry chicken, Thai cuisine utilizes many fresh herbs. Cilantro, for example, serves a variety of purposes. Its roots appear in recipes for curries and sauces, while the leaves liven up salads and soups. Stems are not wasted and instead, make a great addition to stocks.

Unique varieties of basil are also incorporated into Thai cuisine. Holy basil, known as bai grapow, comes in many shades and offers a similar taste to cloves. On the other hand, Thai basil has an appearance much like sweet basil, but imparts a licorice flavor that reminds cooks and diners of anise. This version, used heavily in Thai fare, pairs well with red and green curries, as well as finishes off salads and stir-fries.


Comparing Red and White Wine

Kamran A. Khawar has traveled extensively for both business and pleasure. He has visited Spain, Italy, France, India and Hong Kong in the last two years alone. In addition to serving as president of VinoVue, Inc., Kamran A. Khawar supports other wine businesses. In the latter role, Kamran Khawar hosts numerous tastings with other winery owners and enthusiasts.
When it comes to wine, the most basic and familiar categories are white wines and reds. The difference begins with the grapes used to make either variety. Red wine derives, as one might imagine, from darker-colored grapes.

The winemaking process differs between reds and whites as well, as the grapes used for white wine are pressed in such a way that only the juice is included in the fermentation process. On the other hand, the fermentation for red wine includes grape skins, which feature tannins, giving the wine a richer flavor and even certain health benefits when the wine is consumed in moderation. Some can include the lowering of “bad’ cholesterol and an increase in HDL cholesterol levels.