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My newest assignment, writing reviews on wines and spirits

As a journalist, I cover a lot of different types. When I first started out it was social media and marketing which turned into breaking news pieces. I then moved on to cover health news and awareness. Soon after gain my newsworthy status I was writing special pieces and featured articles all while in my spare-time covering local events. Today, I published my first wines and spirits review. Not something at all I was expecting but after talking it over I said I'd give it ago.

Mind you I know nothing about drinking, I've never been a drinker, never been drunk. Which I guess made me the perfect person for this assignment that will be ongoing. I'll still be covering the political debates which there is one coming up not that far away. I believe it's with Fox Business News. Let me just check my calendar on that...

Yes, January 14th GOP Debate with Fox Business News. I also have a week long conference to cover through January 25 - 29th this month, all while still covering breaking news pieces. Come to think about it, wasn't there suppose to be a Dem Debate coming up as well?

Anyway, I'm really looking forward to this new assignment Part 1 is already out called A Journey Into Wines And Spirits. I've asked people to send in suggestions to try so that should be interesting. My fresh new palette might not be up to some suggestions. I have to admit being a person who never drank it was interesting trying to open the first bottle without a corkscrew but we managed.

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lookatdesktop wrote on January 4, 2016, 11:07 AM

One simple wine I enjoyed some years ago was Arbor Mist Blackberry Merlot. This light and hearty wine is about 6% by volume. A sweet wine with a very good blackberry flavor. I recommend this to people who do not drink in excess but enjoy an occasional sweet after dinner drink -reference to this is below:

http :// www . abcfws . com / product / Arbor - Mist - Blackberry - Merlot / 697 . uts And as for beer, I recommend Shiner Bock regular or dark lager, a nice flavor of hops and barley with a robust feel from a local Texas brewery. In addition to this beer, there is one called 'The Temptress' by Lakewood brewery, a micro-brewery located in Garland, Texas. It goes for 12.00 retail per 4 pack. Sold in Tom Thumb stores. I am sure there are others both wines and beers and liquors, but for me, the simple ones appeal to me the best.

Last Edited: January 4, 2016, 11:08 AM

LeaPea2417 wrote on January 4, 2016, 1:44 PM

I never thought about writers reviewing wines and spirits, but of course , now that I think about it , there should be reviews of those things.

DWDavisRSL wrote on January 4, 2016, 10:03 PM

Have you had to do a lot of research to know what to look for in a wine, or are you going to critique the wine based on how you like the taste and bouquet? To me, most wine just tastes like spoiled grape juice.

Wendy_Spickerman wrote on January 5, 2016, 4:32 PM

Thanks for the information. I'll at these to my list.

Wendy_Spickerman wrote on January 5, 2016, 4:34 PM

There are a lot of reviews in fact many companies selling interview wine makers, video their wine tastings and keep blogs.

Wendy_Spickerman wrote on January 5, 2016, 4:37 PM

Most of my research so far has been on the making of the wine. My reviews will be based on a critique of the full experience. The first review was already posted out and got over a hundred views so I'm very pieced with that and people are suggesting all sorts of things.

DWDavisRSL wrote on January 5, 2016, 4:52 PM

Congrats on the great response to your first wine review. My wife and I visited the Biltmore Winery in Asheville, NC a few years ago. It was a fascinating tour.

cheri wrote on January 5, 2016, 11:46 PM

Good luck to this new writing assignments.

BarbRad wrote on January 10, 2016, 3:19 AM

I'm too pressed for time to go back and check your profile to see where you live, but you'd sure have fun where I live. Within 20 minutes I could drive to one of at least 25 different wineries, since I live in Paso Robles wine country. The irony is that I don't drink alcohol at all.