Nuvo wine gadget for temperature

There seems to be a new wine temperature gadget about every year or so.  This on incorporates some interesting technology and actually has quite a bit of promise, though at $50 a pop its probably for the more serious wine consumer who might actually care about the exact temperature of wine.

Nuvo Vino has created an infrared wine temperature gauge.  Basically it works like those fancy doctor thermometers that you stick in your ear (or in my case my baby daughter’s ear) to see if you have a fever.  Hold the gauge about an inch away from the wine and it will tell you the temperature.  Do the same for the bottle and it will tell you the temperature of the wine inside the bottle.

Understanding the guidelines for wine temperature (here or here are some recommendations)is more important than the detail of the temperature so this is probably a bit over the top and really not necessary just kind of a jazzy, techno-tool, wine geek gadget…which is why I need one immediately

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NuvoVino – $49.99 

Partnering up with WineQ…

I’m diving right in.  Joining the team at WineQ.  Adding my Silicon Valley tech experience and passion for wine to the heavy hitters at WineQ.  What?  Why?  Thats an easy question to answer…

I’ve spent the better part of the last two plus years blogging about wine, the wine life, and everything wine related.  Its a passion, a love, an…addiction?  Maybe.  But I think more of an obsession.  Even the day I put this blog up I wrote about my exploits in wine and my intention for this blog right on our first about page:

My wife and I started Vivi’s Online as a prelude to our bigger wine business ventures. (Stick around and you’ll hear a lot more from us on that front!!!)…

Well, that time has come.  I’ve sifted through alot of sites about wine, drank alot of wine, and spent my life in technology.  From my first Commodore 64 and Atari game system to the iMac I just

ordered.  From the first Geyser Peak Merlot that knocked my socks off, to the Navarro Pinot Noir I drank last night.  Through it all I always wondered, “how can I apply all this tech experience to this wine obsession?”…”what will be technical enough to keep that part of Joel excited yet somehow incorporate wine?”.  But most importantly “is it possible to combine a ton of tech experience, a love of technology, and a passion for wine?”  In effect, marry the two things I can actually spend all day thinking about and have it energize me.

Well, it seems in WineQ, I’ve discovered a wine business that aligns with my own wine values – to find the best wines not just the most expensive.  I’ve discovered a technology business that aligns with my own technical values – innovative technology applied to a real problem with a drive to continue innovating; actually doing something with the innovative technology and not technology for technology’s sake (a BIG problem with the whole Web 2.0 and Wine 2.0 craze).  I’ve discovered a business that promises to fundamentally change an industry using great technology.  This paragraph is very Zen for me!

WineQ offers users the ability to create a queue of wines they want to purchase, and then set up the frequency and quantity of wines received per shipment.  In addition, shipping is free for WineQ

members on orders above $35 – not “free on full case orders” or “free on 6 bottles” – free over $35.  You can have many wines from a variety of wineries all shipped for free.  You can have a single $35 bottle of wine shipped for free.  WineQ is redefining what one should expect from a wine club.  And there is so much more to come, I wish I could blurt it out but I’ll keep it under wraps for now.  Lets keep it at we’re focused sharply on creating the ultimate online wine experience…if there is something about buying wine online that doesn’t appeal to you, we’re probably working on a way to fix it as we speak.  I’ll definitely update more as things progress.  Lets just say I probably won’t have to post about it here for you to hear about whats going on with WineQ…I will, you just may not need me to…

After working with the WineQ team for a while (as I’ve done with many out there) it became obvious that this company has the potential to do something special and its ready to go to the next level.  Innovative technology, top-flight operations, and wineries signing up left and right, this is going to be fun fun fun! 

So with that, I’m joining WineQ.  Together the goal is no less then to build the premier wine experience on the Internet.  Have a look at the site, feedback is always welcome.  As always, Enjoy the Wine Life…

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8 wine things I can’t live without in 2007…

Christmas has come and gone, which depresses me to no end (if you’ve ever witnessed the Griswaldian light display at my house you’d understand why – you can say that I “get into it” a bit).  Gifts have been exchanged and the holidays have officially passed.

I wanted to take a minute and reflect on what I’ve found over the last year or so are the top 8 wine related things I can’t live without…there are really in no particular order…

1.  De Long’s Wine Graper Varietal Table – I love this thing and like I mentioned previously, its a MUST HAVE if you live in cubicle nation.  Other wine nuts will see it on the wall and strike up conversations with you.  Always fun and you’ll be surprised how many “enthusiasts” you’ll dig up (usually upper level folks, which doesn’t hurt in the corporate world).  Not to mention you learn alot about varietals while you’re at it!

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