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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.

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”.

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.


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.

Guiding a Startup Company

Kamran A. Khawar oversees product development and operational and legal matters at VinoVue, a technology company that he co-founded in 2011. Kamran A. Khawar also likes to mentor young startup company and meets with tech entrepreneurs on a regular basis.
Startups are the lifeblood of our economy and innovation across the globe. They create jobs, new products, dreams, and disruption. They are led by entrepreneurs who work hard to bring their ideas to life. Often overshadowed by failure, they persist and can change the world. We feel that entrepreneurs are heroes that need to be celebrated, and more importantly, supported by a community of fellow founders. It would be great if the process were easy, but it’s not. We’d like to help change that. In this guide we will take a shot at compressing the startup learning curve with market tested lessons both old and new.

Ways to Work While Traveling

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. As president of VinoVue, Inc., Kamran A. Khawar travels often while working on the road.
In his role, Kamran Khawar hosts numerous tastings with other winery owners and enthusiasts around the world. He has learned to work and travel and has learned a few things while traveling.
Here are a few options he has seen:
1. Teach  
Teach a english abroad.
2. Au Pair 
Take care while overseas. 
3. Contract Work.
Work for a short period of time, season or years. 
4. Customer service
Work at hotels or guesthouses. Also, you’ll meet lots of other travelers!
5. Bartend/ Server 
Service customers and meet locals.
6. Volunteers
Help people.
7. U.S. Department of State
Government work can be satisfying.
8. Work for international company that has offices overseas. 
Meet and live like locals.
9. Work from home. 
Home can be overseas if you feel like it.
10. Graduate education overseas.
Live life overseas domestically.
11. International careers in entertainment.
Plays and tours, play basketball or volleyball overseas.
12. Travel guide. 
Give the gift of travel!
13. Cruise ship. 
Chef, host, skipper, or dancer on a cruise ship?
14. Talent. 
Photographer, adrenaline junkie, videographer, or writer — you could work for a magazine, or just have costs covered by travel companies as a blogger.

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.