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Final tips from our Women on Wine

Vino 100 will close soon — and so Lil and Shari offer us some last sips from their cask of wisdom

Posted: July 6, 2012 6:00 a.m.
Updated: July 6, 2012 6:00 a.m.
Lil Lepore and Shari Frazier Lil Lepore and Shari Frazier
Lil Lepore and Shari Frazier

If success is measured by the number of friends we’ve made, the body of knowledge we’ve developed, or the life experiences that have enriched our lives, then we are successful beyond words. But knowing that heartfelt words would be appropriate at this time, we have a few to share.

To borrow from the music of Bill Medley in the iconic 1987 film “Dirty Dancing,” know that “we’ve had the time of our lives and we owe it all to you.”

It is with heavy but happy hearts that we say farewell. After six years of toil and tastings, Vino 100 Valencia will raise its glass for the very last time at the end of July. We’re not a casualty of the economy, nor have we tired from the often grueling nature of a retail establishment. Simply, our lease has come to its natural end and we have chosen not to renew it.

We have loved nearly each and every moment of our existence as Santa Clarita’s neighborhood wine store. We take tremendous pride in all that has transpired: everything from stocking our shelves with hard-to-find artisan, handcrafted wines to the many, many community events we’ve attended to our biweekly Two Women on Wine column in The Signal. But, most importantly, we express our deepest gratitude to you — our customers, friends and colleagues.

You welcomed us with open arms in 2006 and through the years kept Vino 100 at the forefront of business and in the heart of the community. We’ve shared many friendships along the way, and hope those ties run deep as we embark on new opportunities in the future.

With all the style, grace and gratitude we can muster, we invite you to our store during the month of July so that we can thank you personally. As you can imagine, there is a lot to do in the coming days as we “wine” down. Vino 100 will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. In appreciation of your patronage, we’re offering our entire inventory of wine, gifts and accessories at discount prices. Store fixtures, furniture, equipment and odds and ends are also available.

We would like to leave you something to remember us by. For those who stop by the store, there will be lots of parting thank you gifts with purchase, while supplies last. For faithful readers, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite articles over the years and bottled their essence into our Top 10 Wine Tips.

Lil & Shari’s Top 10 Wine Tips
1. Remember the five Ss for tasting. See: notice the color. Swirl: carefully swirl glass by holding stem and notice how the wine runs down the inside of the glass. Sniff: gently as you swirl. Sip: no baby sips; take a nice full sip to taste wine. Swallow: after savoring for a few seconds, swallow and experience the aftertaste or finish of the wine that lingers in your mouth.

2. Don’t judge a bottle by its closure. Screw caps have made a comeback and may soon eclipse the traditional cork.

3. Dispelling the misconception of price, wine does not have to be expensive to be good.

4. Tasting room etiquette: spitting is acceptable, but a second taste is not.

5. A wine glass must allow for the five Ss: Ability to see the color of the wine; large enough to swirl; room to release the wine’s aromas for sniffing; allow ease of sipping; and, a way to spit if you don’t swallow the wine.

6. To decant or not to decant. Older, mature wines should be decanted to separate sediment that accumulates over time. For younger wines it is a chance for them to aerate and breathe.

7. Rosé deserves more respect, it is not simply the lightweight stepchild of fine wine.

8. Know your palate; what you like and don’t like is best accomplished by tasting.

9. Try wines outside your comfort zone. Climb out of the wine rut. Let go of old wine biases. Try something you’ve never heard of before. Experiment with wines from different growing regions.

10. Ask an expert. Most wine merchants live to talk about wine! There’s no greater pleasure than sharing information and knowledge about wine.

Every wine has a story; it has been our greatest pleasure to share more than a few with you. We appreciate the love, support and friendships afforded us over the years. Thank you, Santa Clarita, for welcoming us with open arms. It has been an honor to be your neighborhood wine store. May our paths cross in the future; best wishes to all of you on future journeys of wine discovery. Join us in raising our glass to the next chapter and new beginnings.



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