Surviving Your New Year’s Resolutions with Wine

The first week of 2015 is in the books. Have you kept your New Year’s Resolution thus far? One poll found only 8 percent of Americans succeeded in keeping their resolution. This may sound counter-intuitive, but we believe wine will help you remain committed to some of the most common New Year’s Resolutions.

Weight Loss

Shedding those holiday pounds is always the most popular resolution. Self-loathing from indulging all season and the New Year offer a reset to your gluttonous ways. Diet and exercise are the only tried and true ways to lose weight. Red wine can actually complement your diet. In recent years, there have been studies that have found that drinking red wine in moderation can aid in sports recovery and fat-loss. Red wine is high in an antioxidant compound called Resveratrol whose health benefits researchers are just beginning to unlock.  Two glasses of red wine is only 250 calories, which is just over 10 percent of the daily intake of someone following a 2,000 calorie per day diet. Those 250 calories are a great reward after a productive day and will provide much needed relaxation. Wine also makes cooking exponentially more enjoyable. Try to schedule healthy food and wine pairings as a mid-week treat. Some favorite Imagery pairings include: Tempranillo and Boiled Asparagus with Salsa Verde, Malbec with Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili, or Barbera and Lentils with Chicken Sausage

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Trying New Things

You have stumbled across this blog, so chances are that you already pursue new undertakings. Imagery Estate Winery’s motto is “Broaden Your Palate” and wine provides endless paths to choose your own adventure.  Seek out new varietals or wines from unfamiliar regions. Wine is an experiential hobby. There are a plethora of opportunities to enjoy wine in exciting, unfamiliar settings. Make a list of new restaurants, tasting rooms, and wine bars that you want to try in 2015. Organize a tasting group that focuses on a different varietal each month with interesting people who you want to get to know better.

Travel

Traveling gives you a fresh perspective and undoubtedly contributes to self-growth. Isn’t that what these New Year’s Resolutions are all about anyway? Ok, so now add wine to your travel itinerary. Some of the most Vineyardshot_webpopular bucket list destinations happen to be picturesque wine regions with their own unique character. There is a whole world for you to explore and wine will make it all the more memorable. From biking to wineries along the Andes Mountains in Argentina to boat tours in Portugal’s famous Douro Valley, there is a customizable wine trip for everyone. Check this list of Wine Regions to Visit Before You Die.

 More Outgoing in Social Situations

It’s obvious that wine can loosen you up and make approaching strangers easier. We are not recommending that you wear the lampshade on your head at every party in 2015. However, wine provides some interesting conversational jumping off points. What are you drinking? What are your favorite varietals? Have you had any memorable tasting room experiences lately? What wine are you cellaring that you are most excited about opening? Have you experimented or written reviews on Wine Apps like Delectable? If you start with low-hanging fruit, the conversation will eventually develop into something more complex. Just like wine!

 

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Commitment

If you think 2015 will be spent dodging a move-in or engagement with a partner, joining a wine club together might just appease them for a while. Bragging to your friends that “We joined Imagery’s Wine Club together and see ourselves enjoying their rare wines for a long time,” signals a trend in the right direction.  Enjoy the perks of membership and use our winery for weekend jaunts; these trips could be very telling in whether to take the relationship to the next level.

Cheers to a Happy 2015!

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