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.
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.
Wine is a subjective thing, but there is a wine philosophy about what wine should be and what makes a wine great.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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?
Photographer, adrenaline junkie, videographer, or writer — you could work for a magazine, or just have costs covered by travel companies as a blogger.
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.