What is the most important thing to consider when choosing a wine? Does it take you away. Wine to me is a journey, every time I taste a wine I try to put myself in the mind of the winemaker, what are they trying to do, say, show? Does it take me away from the everyday stresses of life, will others enjoy it, what is the story. I love to tell the story.

 Now that the holidays are soon upon us, what varietals do you think are best overall? Suggestions? It really depends on what you are having for the holidays. With food and wine you don’t really want one to overpower the other, you want them to complement each other. For me I think of Pinot Noir, Syrah/Shiraz, Chardonnay and Viognier for Thanksgiving, Rose is always a winner too. For the later holidays Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon or Franc, Zinfandel, Syrah and Petit Syrah. Again the real key is what is being made, you can find a wine to go with any meal.

 

Matt Young, Proprietor, Desert Wine Shop 111

 What are your favorite wine choices? Really depends on the day. I am more of a red drinker, but in the summer when it is hotter than hades a crisp white or rose does the trick. On Sunday’s though it is all about bubbles no matter what time of year it is.

 What are the trends you are seeing in winemaking? Blends and obscure varietals are really starting to come on to the scene, at least for me. I am seeing a lot of people going away from the big alcohol bombs and going towards blends that have nice structure and flavor, and on the whites people are really going towards the crisp clean styles, you will still have the people who like the big over the top wines, which are still great to me as well, but sometimes less is more. 

What is great about living in the Coachella Valley? For me I have a young family and we homeschool, so the homeschool community out here is great and really supportive of each other which is great. The restaurant scene is really starting to expand all over the valley which is great and I love the fact that we close enough to a little bit of everything, the beach, the river, the mountains, the big cities are only a day trip away.