Nia R.: Adventures in Wine
Q1: Where did you grow up?
A1: Atlanta, GA
Q2: What was the first time you remember drinking wine?
A2: Christmas dinner with all of my dad's family.
Q3: When did you start to like wine?
A3: Probably the first time I had a sauvignon blanc - the citrus flavors came through and realized that wines could truly taste very different from each other.
Q4: Where do you drink wine mostly?
A4: At home with my family or at restaurants with friends.
Q5: What are your favorite types of wine? Varietals? Regions?
A5: I prefer wines that are more fruity or zesty. I've always liked sauvignon blanc but have recently discovered verdejo and gewurztraminer, both of which I enjoyed immensely. For reds, I like cabs and pinots with nice berry flavors.
Q6: What are your favorite kinds of food?
A6: Indian, Thai, Californian, Greek, French... very wide-ranging. Also, anything with avocado.
Q7: What are your favorite restaurants?
A7: Pacifico (Nuevo Latino cuisine), Zinc (contemporary American), and Thai Taste in New Haven, CT; Figo (Italian) in Atlanta; Bottega in Yountville, CA.
Q8: Do you cook? If so, what kind of food and for whom?
A8: Yes - for eating at home with friends - often I do Anglo-Indian dishes such as chicken tikka or chickpea curry, but I like to cook healthy, flavorful, vegetarian meals.
Q9: What are your favorite wine memories?
A9: Drinking homemade wine at Greek tavernas, the Chateau Montelena vertical tasting (25 consecutive vintages of their cabernet sauvignon) I was fortunate enough to attend.
Q10: Do you have any wine-related disasters?
A10: Failing to get the cork out intact?
Q11: Which are your favorite Bottlenotes wines?
A11: Cannonball cab, Perfecta chardonnay, Arabella merlot.