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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.

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.

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”.

Wine Basics

Kamran A. Khawar oversees Product Development, Design and Operational and Legal matters at VinoVue, a wine and 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.

Here is an introduction into the basics of how wine is made, from growing the grapes to aging the bottled wine.

Great Wines

Wine is a subjective thing, but there is a wine philosophy about what wine should be and what makes a wine great.

Wine Varietals

Wine is made from only grapes. However, there are hundreds of different grape varietals that vary quite dramatically. Don’t worry, there are only a handful that account for most of the world’s great wines.

Wine Regions

Wine is made in hundreds of regions/appellations throughout the world. However for beginners, one needs to focus on the more famous, common and important wine regions.

Wine Characteristics

The various components of a wine, its color, aroma and flavor, all have unique characteristics you should learn to look out for and recognize.

Wine Tasting Terms

Learn about some of the basics so that you can explain what you are tasting and understand critics and friend’s descriptions.

How to Read Wine Labels

While not every label is the same, as an introduction to wine there are many generalizations we can make that help you to figure out what everything means so that you can tell what style of wine it is, where it is from, who the producer is and other important info.

Wine Vintage

While many of the best wines improve with aging, it need specific conditions to do so and in fact not all wines do improve with age.

Wine Ratings

There are many of wine critics out there who give ratings and scores to wines. What do all these numbers mean and should you pay attention to them? Use them as guides, but learn how to rate wines with your own palette.

Hiking made Fun!

Kamran A. Khawar oversees Product Development and Operations at VinoVue, a technology and wine company that he co-founded in 2011. Kamran A. Khawar also likes to likes to hike with family, friends and colleagues. Here are some tips.

Choose the right hike 

Consider distance, elevation and terrain when choosing a hike.

Wear layered clothing

Optimal outdoor clothing protects you from the elements and regulates body temperature while being lightweight, durable and comfortable.

Choose good boots 

There is no substitute for high-quality hiking boots, which provide grip, support the ankles, and take the knocks.

Carry a comfortable backpack

If you’re going to carry a heavy load for long periods, get a backpack with a good harness as this dictates comfort and load-bearing limits.

Pack light 

Be scrupulous in packing as light as possible, especially on long hikes in hilly terrain. Invest in lightweight equipment, and pool anything that can be shared among your group such as cooking equipment.

Eat and drink well 

Food is your fuel, and to keep firing on all cylinders you need to eat well on the trail. Always take more than you need, especially if there’s any chance your trip will take longer than planned.

Pace yourself

Don’t go haring off – walk at a steady pace.

Enjoyable hiking hinges on stamina, not speed. Expect to walk much slower than normal, settling into your natural pace and rhythm.

Navigate carefully 

Unless you’re setting out on easy, well signposted trails, always carry a map as a GPS receiver is useless with no signal or when batteries run out.

Read the weather

Weather conditions have a major bearing on hiker happiness.

Plan for a safe return 

Get off on the right foot by letting someone know where you’re going and when you’ll be back so they can raise the alarm if you go AWOL.

Always take at least a basic first aid kit with you.