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Nebbiolo Grapes

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.

As one of the more fickle wine grapes to grow, committing to the production of Nebbiolo can be a true labor of love. Nebbiolo has a long growing season; it will flower early but ripen late, increasing the time during which things can go wrong. It needs lots of sunlight and usually will get the south slopes with great exposure; but it also needs wind protection, and prefers a certain elevation. If it rains heavily after the grapes turn red, the quality can tank. Nebbiolo is picky about the climate and soil types it will grow in, but when it chooses to grow in a particular soil, it is extremely expressive of even the slightest micro-nuances of the soil. The buds are also picky– often the first ones are infertile, so in the vineyard you have to account for this with more space. In the post-phylloxera era much thought needs to go into rootstock selection as well, and in the Langhe, rootstocks that can withstand high amounts of active lime are a necessity.

As an older grape variety that is centuries — and possibly over a millennium — away from its mother plant, Nebbiolo mutates easily and has many clonal variations. Some of Nebbiolo’s offspring have even been confused as clones.

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Football Season is here!

Kamran A. Khawar oversees product development 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 fan and season-ticket holder of UCLA Bruins football.

The UCLA Bruins football team has played in Los Angeles for nearly 100 years, and in 2014, it won 10 out of its 13 games. The UCLA Bruins offer a number of ticketing options, including season tickets, individual tickets, and group tickets. Choosing the best ticketing option is a matter of personal preference.

For instance, four types of season tickets are available: bench, family plan, general admission, and UCLA student. Many fans choose general admission seating, but you can use the online seating map to choose the best seat for you.

Another popular option is to purchase single-game tickets. In 2015, those age 12 and under attend games for just $5 (note that youth tickets are only available on game days). All other single-game tickets are available in advance and start at $33. To buy tickets, visit http://www.uclabruins.com.

Travel Lessons Learned!

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 traveler and has learned the art of traveling.

The world is mostly safe
I have never been mugged. And this is not for lack of trying! From Prague, Budapest to Bejing, I have walked alone at night in “dangerous” cities such as these and have not so much as been glared at.

Alone time is good
Alone time, both at home and on the road, is a “processing” period where you subconsciously and consciously decide which elements of your recent experiences are worth holding onto.

Home is where your passion is
I’m currently at my friend’s place outside of Budapest, Hungary.  It’s the seventh time I’ve visited, and I know her family and friends so well I feel like I’m part of their lives. But familiar faces are not a prerequisite for feeling fulfilled or content! The key to overcoming feelings of longing and even nostalgia is finding the things that bring you joy in life in your new surroundings, and getting over the fact that the faces and street plans are different.

Whale Tales: A Reading List

Whale Tales: A Reading List.


Storing your Wine!

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.
 
There is no hard rule to which temperature your wine should be at when storing. But the most preferred place is somewhere cool and dark to avoid sunlight and heat, an excessive amount of which could ruin any good wine.
As a general rule, the lesser the storage temperature and amount of light received, the better the wine will hold its quality over time and develop harmonious complexity.
Most wines won’t benefit from serving at a temperature over 70F (21C). Most reds are served between 60F-68F (16C to 20C), with a little over that beginning to accentuate the wines flaws.
Much like in aeration, there is a very fine line between perfection and ruining your wine:
  • Red wine is usually best served just below room temperature, so that it still has some element of refreshment to it and not an overly warmed, boozy scent that makes the cheeks overly flushed. Serving red too cold results in a much more unpleasant acidic taste and more noticeable tannins. Red wine typically has aromas and chemical characteristics which are supressed or dimished at lower temperatures.
  • White wine is enjoyed most from between 44F – 60F (6C to 16C). Where the wine serving temperature has gone down, the perception of acid increases, keeping it crisp and with that fresh feeling.
  • Sparkling wines most commonly served at fridge temrerature around 38F – 45F  (3C to 6C). There is a fear that serving it too warm could dissipate the bubbles and ruin its liveliness. The risk is avoided by being drunk straight out of the fridge, when in fact a sparkling could be allowed to develop and be enjoyed much more when allowed to stand for twenty minutes after being refrigerated. Serving your wine too cold and the wine becomes empty of scent and taste with no real expression. But too warm could risk the connotation of “flatness”.

The Maldives Now and in the Future!

Kamran A. Khawar oversees Product Development and Operations at VinoVue, a technology company that he co-founded in 2011. In his spare time, Kamran A. Khawar is an avid traveler and has learned about the many concerns around the world.

Like rays of burning sunlight concentrated through a magnifying glass, almost all the world’s environmental problems come into sharp focus in the Maldives. The 1,000km-long archipelago is the extreme test case.

The lowest lying country in the world is not even built on sand, but on the planet’s most endangered ecosystem, coral reefs, the smashed fragments of which comprise every stunning white beach. And not only is the tide of sea level lapping at the shallow islands, but sea temperatures are rising as is the acidity of the ocean: both kill the corals.

The news from the world’s climate scientists will be that the threat of global warming is worse and more imminent than in their prior analysis. But what is being done?

With the new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the threat to the Maldives will be clearer than ever. The solutions are also clear, both globally and locally, and the investments required are perfectly sound.

But if the extreme case of the Maldives is not being dealt with, and it is not, can the will and the ways really be found to tackle the global problem? The IPCC report will sound the alarm louder than ever, but will it be heard?

UNESCO recognizes Burgundy and Champagne Regions

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 lovers have believed in the greatness of Burgundy’s soil for centuries, but it wasn’t until this year for its official recognition. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognized the region’s 2,000-year history and cultural heritage by adding the climates of the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune to its list of World Heritage sites.

UNESCO also recognized Champagne too, voting to add the region’s hillside vineyards, houses and cellars to its list, also in the “Living Cultural Landscapes” category.