A beginners guide to wine

Here at Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers, we love two great things in this world: superb clothing and fine wines. We even sell hand blown wine glasses in our showroom! There’s nothing quite like getting a new bottle of wine, cracking it open, smelling the cork, and pouring that first glass.

Now, if you’re a beginner to wine, or just want to understand it a little better, you’re in luck! This guide is about helping you make sense of the types of wines, what to pair them with, and common terminology.

Types of Wines

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This graphic from Wine Folly illustrates the common types of white and red wines, as well as their shades. Chardonnay is much darker than Riesling, Syrah is a bit darker than Pinot Noir. These are just 8 of the over 1,300 types of wine grape varieties! Wine Folly has a chart that showcases the many types of wines (see below).

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Glassware

Not all wine glasses are created equal. It’s been found that the right glass will make wine taste better! Check out this article on the basics of serving wine.

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Wine Folly

This chart showcases the 6 common glasses: standard, flute, tulip, coupe, hook, and tumbler, and which one is best for certain varieties of wine.

Taste Test

Do you know how to describe the taste of wine, or do you tend to use all the same terms: earthy, dry, etc? This article shows you 4 steps for how to properly taste wine.

Pairing Wine & Food

One of the arts of wine is to properly pair it with your meal. Here are a few tips to use:

  • Don’t mix bitter wine with bitter food
  • The wine should be sweeter than the food
  • Pairing an earthy wine with something more earthy can make the wine taste fruity
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Wine Folly

Use this helpful chart from Wine Folly to determine how to best pair your next meal with the right wine.

How to Order at a Restaurant

Do you know how to properly order and approve wine while at a restaurant?

  1. Ask to verify the bottle and ensure it’s the one you ordered
  2. Check the cork to see if the producer label is printed on it
  3. Make sure the wine is not flawed
    – If the wine smells like wet cardboard, it could be from mold on the cork
    – If wine is left in heat over 90 degrees it can smell like jam
    – Wine that isn’t properly sealed will turn to vinegar

Bottega del Vino on the Today Show!

Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers carries Bottega del Vino glassware as part of our expanded selection of items at our Naples showroom, so we’re very excited to hear that Bottega del Vino appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” on Tuesday!  Check it out!

bottegadelvinoBottega del Vino Crystal has always been hand made, lead free and dishwasher safe, offering only one quality – the best that can be made by hand. Not available through mass merchants, but available at Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers!

Men’s Gift Ideas at Joseph’s!

Men can be hard to shop for. The scramble for a good men’s gift around the holidays can often leave a gift giver stumped, and a gift receiver disappointed.  At Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers, we are the answer to your gift buying dilemma! We have one-of-a-kind men’s clothing and accessories!

Is the man you know a wine drinker? We have a beautiful line of wine glasses from Bottega del Vino Crystal. Each crystal glass is handmade. Come in to see the entire collection!

glassHow about something for a man who enjoys some color in his wardrobe? Our socks are unique, and add just a little pop to any wardrobe.

socksAnother colorful clothing item we carry are rubber belts. These are great for a more casual and fun look.

beltsOur ties come in a wide range of colors and patterns, so you’re sure to find just what you need for every outfit, occasion, and personality.

tiesWe also have a lovely collection of cufflinks. These cufflinks are handmade in New York, and are completely one-of-a-kind.

linksOur shoes are stylish, comfortable, and unique! We carry a range of styles and colors to go with any look.

shoesGive the ultimate gift of a piece of custom clothing! With clothing made just for you, you’ll never have to worry about fit, comfort, or style again!

suitsWe have many more accessories and styles. Stop in our showrooms in Naples, FL and Huntington, NY to get the full custom experience!

Join us for a Fashionable Open House

JW_CoverJoin us on Wednesday, October 23 at 5 PM for a Fashionable Open House & YMCA Benefit as we celebrate the opening of the new Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers’ Naples 5th Avenue showroom!

See Joseph’s extensive wares, including ready-to-wear men and women’s clothing, home accessories, Italian-made shoes, and more!  Osetra and L’angolo will be serving caviar bites and Italian delights along with champagne and wine, and all guests will receive a privilege card for shopping.  Guests can purchase raffle tickets and win prizes which will directly benefit the YMCA!

Call our friends at MARKIT Group for any questions at 239-676-9756.  Hope to see you there!

Revenge of the English Shooting Jacket

Here’s something that you may be surprised to see us talking about.  Although, anyone familiar with this blog over the past two years wouldn’t be at all surprised to see us talking about this after we spent multiple pages discussing the history of golf clothes!  Today, we want to talk about that stalwart of the Anglosphere, the English shooting jacket, or coat, if you prefer.

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“I’ll call it what I want.”

We’ve gone over the history of suits and some of their variations in the past. What’s relevant here is that by the 1800s, the modern “suit” had reached a point where you can easily trace all of the modern variations from it.  Its basic lines were very similar to the lines of today.  But, hilariously, the most common variations of suit jackets, the sport coats, have their origins in English military and hunting culture.  The blazer goes back to the H.M.S. Blazer, and its crew’s attempt in 1837 to impress Queen Victoria, who would be making a surprise visit, on the fly, resulting in a modified uniform that eventually became the blazer.  Meanwhile, the hacking jacket and shooting jackets, slightly more formal in lines than the blazer, birthed the basic sport coat that we think of now.  But, in England especially, the hacking jacket, made of wool or tweed with a single vent for horseback riding, and the shooting jacket, typified by a leather patch on the front shoulder to prevent wear from the butt of a weapon, and also made of wool or tweed, never completely gave way to the modern sport coat, and are still worn to hunt and ride.

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Norfolk stylin’.

The shooting jacket started life as the Norfolk jacket, a belted, single-breasted jacket with box pleats and a belt.  It was designed specifically so that it would not bind when the elbow was raised by the wearer to fire their weapon, and became popular during the 1860s in the Prince of Wales’ personal circle of hunting pals, eventually spreading to the general populace, as these things often do.  Its basic lines can still be found in military and police uniforms around the world, but it’s rarely seen as a shooting jacket in its own right anymore.

shooteruplandih0Over time, the shooting jacket evolved into what we see today: a jacket similar in lines to other sport coats, but made with a shoulder patch to absorb weapon recoil, and made of stronger materials to withstand rain, burrs and shotgun scorching.  The materials chosen, wool and tweed, are for just that, to withstand the elements.  The lines are what we would, in the present, consider “formal,” because that was the fashion of the Victorian Era that birthed it: formality in all occasions, even the informal.  It is, in many ways, simply a more utilitarian suit jacket.  Larger buttons on the pockets are there to keep them closed, even while running at a clip, so that items won’t fall out, the elbows are fitted for the wearer to allow for easy raising of the arms to aim and shoot, without disrupting the wear of the jacket, et cetera.

While style didn’t truly enter into the equation when they first came into being, now, shooting jackets are a style statement in their own right.  Modern hunters frequently wear clothes designed purely for function, that are sometimes beyond unattractive…

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So, some people, including in the US, where the shooting jacket never truly caught on, are going back to the wool and tweed jackets of yore, to hunt in style.

To that end, we’ve jumped into the fray, making our own English shooting jacket for the express purpose of having it auctioned off at a Naples, FL wine festival.  Made of a thick wool tweed with intricate detailing throughout, with upper shoulder and chest patches for resting the gun, and to receive the recoil of a long arm.  The elbow patches are a stylish touch, and also for durability when shooting.  There’s extra tension in the elbow region when positioning oneself to shoot, an inverted pleat down the back, patch pocketing, and a half-belt along the back waist, all adding to the unique look and style of the jacket.  We’re really proud of this one, so take a look at it below!  Hopefully, our minor contribution can help these lovely jackets get a new foothold in the hearts of hunters and shooters in the US.