Everyone’s Taste

There are so many ways to enjoy wine. One of the best ways to get into the wine scene is to try a tasting. Especially if you are new to wine in general, it’s a great place to start to get a grip on your own palate.

They will pour from white to red, so that the boldness of big reds won’t dull the softness of a white.

1. Take a look!
Hold the glass up, give it a slight tilt and take a look at the color of the wine either against something white or natural light. Wine ranges vastly in colors that are telling of what the wine build is. From very pale straw color through ambers on their way to purples and even tawny, each bottle will have their own color.

**Fun Fact: The older the wine, the more variation in color you’ll find between the rim and center of the glass. For reds, the color by the edge of the glass can help indicate age. Young wines are more pink, while older wines move towards a brick color.

2. Swirl it around
(take a peek at the short clip above from Wine Folly’s co-founder, Madeline Puckette)
The next step in tasting is to swirl and agitate the wine in your glass. This allows your wine to open up. Most people take a close look at the legs of the wine, which really don’t hold any mysteries of the wine other than showcasing the alcohol level.

3. Give it a good sniff
At the beginning, wine can simply smell like wine. Give it another try with your nose right on the rim, if not totally IN the glass. Take a deep inhale and see if you pick up on any subtle or not-so-subtle notes. From whites to reds, your brain can only pick up on what it remembers smelling, so there really isn’t a wrong answer, and that’s why each bottle holds different scents for everyone. For instance, I can say a white wine has the smell of the pear tree in my friends yard, but you may pick up vanilla. And not all scents are those of foods, it can have a heavy tobacco or earth smell. This step allows a little preview on what your first few sips will bring.

4. Taste it
Take a sip, is it sweet or more dry? Notice how the wine feels in your mouth. Does it feel full? Check for acidity by seeing if it leaves you with a dryness or make your mouth immediately start watering? You can determine how the wine finishes by noticing how quickly it dissipates; does it fade quickly or does it linger?

5. Enjoy it!!!
This isn’t a true step, but do enjoy it. If you don’t have any wine tasting rooms near you, you can always try a bottle at home. Don’t peek at the back of the label. Open it up and go through the steps listed above and come to some conclusions of your own, and only then check the label to see if you picked up on any of the flavors they highlight.

After you get the basics down, picking up a bottle on the way home gets a LOT easier. Everyone’s palates are different and your taste will change again and again, which is half of the fun!

For an infographic on wine, click here.

For summer wine pairings, click here.

Everyone’s Taste

Cheers 2017!

welcome 20182017 has been quite the year for Classic Accessories.

We are so lucky to grow year over year with new products and new customers with even more right around the corner for 2018. It’s been a full year with the teams we have in-house and the ones we have across the US and in our CAAL office.

One of the cornerstones of our values is to Enjoy the Journey. Working with such an amazing team makes it easy. Having customers like you makes it worth it.

We hope to be a part of your many adventures and memories while discovering more time outdoors in 2018.

The Happiest of New Year wishes to you with a full-hearted thank you from all of us at Classic Accessories.

Cheers 2017!

Fall Road Trip

Fall Road Trip
We are always saying to Discover More Time Outdoors™ here at Classic Accessories.
Fall can be tricky (no Halloween pun intended here) to spend some quality time enjoying some of Mother Nature’s best show-stoppers. Maybe outside can be taken a little less literally. Time to grab the keys to the car or RV and hit the road this season.

Our very own Brad Dorcik is very familiar with the East Coasts claim to fame. He states, “Growing up in Pennsylvania, gazing at shades of yellow, orange and red this time of year can be breathtaking. The vibrant colors at their peak are worth seeing if you haven’t already.”
Brad did a little bit of research for us and found, “With a favorable summer this year, the leaves were eagerly waiting to put on a show. A healthy push and pull of rainfall against warmer temperatures help maintain the leaves colors, allowing them to stay vibrant longer. However, too much of a good thing can hinder the leaves in reaching their peak colors.”

Fall Road Trip

With that said, we put together a short list of some spectacular spots across the U.S. to see the leaves in all their glory as well as some camping spots in their area:

Find the Leaves this Fall

#1. Wissahickon Valley Park, PA
Camp Beaver Valley: http://www.campbeavervalley.com

#2. The Catskills, NY
Saugerties / Woodstock KOA: https://koa.com/campgrounds/saugerties/

#3. Green Mountain Byway, Vermont
Green Mountain Family Campground: http://greenmountainfamily.com/

RVing in Fall

#4. Upper Peninsula, MI
Sunset Bay RV Resort & Campground: http://www.sunset-bay.com/

#5. Aspen, Colorado
Carbondale / Crystal River KOA: https://koa.com/campgrounds/carbondale/

Fall in Aspen

#6. Columbia River George, OR & WA
Columbia River RV: http://columbiariverrv.com/index.html

#7. Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, NM
Enchanted View RV Park: http://enchantedviewrvpark.com/

Family Fun Fall Road Trip

Most of these RV parks have seasonal activities for the entire family for the Fall season. We suggest asking the locals around the campground their favorite spots to visit. Grab your keys and go!

We are holding a contest NOW through the end of October to review a Classic Accessories RV item on our website or on Facebook and you’ll be entered to win a RV item of your choice. Winner to be announced November 1st. Two winners will be chosen, one from our website and one on Facebook. Good Luck!

Sources:
The Travel Channel
News PSU EDU
Fodors.com

 

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Love the Great Outdoors

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We love the outdoors. Everything from lakes to the mountains. From Winter to Summer. At Classic Accessories we have teams of people who design for all seasons. Whether that means our customers who play host to Summer BBQs, to those that like to party in the fresh powder. We design for them, and for us.


Sometimes it’s the destination, and sometimes it’s just right outside your window. That’s why we work through all the products that will get you there, or simply give you peace of mind to protect them while you are enjoying the moments away from home.  campfire-984020_1920
Today we are reminded of a simple fact, something worth sharing with friends and family.

It’s the little things in life that bring us the most joy, and we are very thankful that we can be part of your great adventures in the great outdoors – at home or on the way! We are saying thanks for the rest of this LOVE week by taking 20% off site-wide on classicaccessories.com

How do you enjoy your outdoors?

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