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.


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?

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.

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.

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How to Travel Well and Pack Lightly!

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 the art of traveling light.
Pack the same gear, no matter how long the trip is. I bring 3 sets of clothes, wash whatever outfit I’m wearing when I take a shower, and hang it up to dry overnight. Get by with a week’s worth of clothing if you do laundry once a week.
Shoes: high-performance and versatile, wicking sweat and drying quickly
Shirts: No cotton. It soaks up sweat and stays wet all day. Get polyester or merino wool.   it’s nice to have a fancy shirt for special occasions.
Underwear: Quick-drying, lightweight, odor-resistant, and comfy. In winter, long underwear works wonders. You’ll only need a single pair if you wear regular underwear underneath, so you won’t have to wash the heavier one as often.
Pants and shorts: Ultra-thin nylon pants are lightweight, packable, breathable, quick-drying, and often have some nice features like extra pockets and zip-off legs. They’re great in hot weather, but not so great in the rain (you could add a DWR finish for water resistance, or just bring an umbrella). Soft shell pants offer more durability and water resistance, but are heavier, bulkier, dry slower, and cost more. They work better in cooler weather, especially if you don’t plan on washing too often. Try to find pants that don’t look too silly, so you won’t have to bring extra pants for fancy fun times. If your pants fit, you can skip the belt, and for guys, quick-dry shorts double as swimwear. You can cut some corners here, as cotton pants won’t hold you back so much if you have an umbrella, don’t mind washing rarely, or have laundry facilities. Until someone invents truly travel-worthy jeans, don’t feel bad bringing jeans.
Socks: Merino and  threw out all my white cotton gym socks the same day. Seriously. Merino wool warms in winter, cools in summer, insulates even when damp, dries quickly, resists odor, and is soft and plush and wonderful. I bring two ultralight pairs for summer use, and a warmer pair in winter.
Other extras: I’d recommend a money belt, a nice small camera (or smartphone), a journal, sunglasses, an outlet converter, hat, gloves, and two books (it’s hard to find a book right away once you finish), or an e-reader. Those are all the extras I ever use. Umbrellas aren’t a bad idea if you don’t want to spend $100 on a rain jacket. Just remember that if you want to add extras, think about how often you’ll use it, and if it’ll be worth it. And by the way, saw the chapters out of your guidebook and tape the spine. It’ll fit in your back pocket and you can give them away when you’re done with each country.
Eventually I added a few things: A packable daypack, an ultralight wind jacket, a collared shirt, and swapped the emergency blanket for a sleeping bag liner instead (which is still just optional anyway). Overall weight was almost the same, and these items can be extremely useful.

The Mechanics of a ‘California Accent’


Regional dialects in English are largely informed by the particular way people in different geographic areas make their vowel sounds. Consonants can inform the sounds of vowels, but are largely static; going from an “F” sound to a “T” sound is a huge leap, whereas vowels are a little bit fluid, bleeding into each other. The entire game is to make sure you have enough difference between vowel sounds so that words can be distinguished from one another. But the specific sounds you make? Not so important, as long as they get the idea across of what word you’re trying to say.

A key change in the California Shift is what’s called the cot/caught merger. Northeasterners and Midwesterners pronounce those words differently, giving the former an “ah” sound and the latter an “aw” sound. “Californians do not,” says Eckert, who is originally from New York. “They have no idea. That…

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