Archive for August, 2009

A glass for every varietal: Is it really necessary?

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Very interesting article that we would like to share with you:

By: Aimee Youngs

You may have noticed that there seems to be a wine glass for every grape varietal on the market. There’s a glass specially designed for Riesling, another for Sauvignon Blanc, a glass for Burgundy, Pinot Noir, Cabernet, and even Port.

At first impression, this just seems like a way for glassware companies to make extra cash. It appears as a marketing attempt to convince us that we need a separate glass for every which wine we drink. While a sales tactic might be partially behind this, there are enough good reasons backing these designs to keep a few different types in the cabinet.

The shape of wine glasses are created with the properties of the wine in mind. For example, a Riesling glass has a tall shape, is narrow, and tapered at the top (otherwise known as tulip-shaped). This shape allows the wine to properly display its intended aromas, hence leading to the intended taste (note: it’s really your sense of smell that is responsible for those thousands of flavors you think you are tasting). This glass can also be used for other young white wines such as Albariño and Sauvignon Blanc.

If instead you used a round bowl-shaped Burgundy glass, those aromas and flavors would fall flat. However, with Pinot Noir, the bowl creates a space for the Pinot Noir bouquet to develop. And Pinot Noir generally has an awesome bouquet, so why would you want to kill that with a glass that won’t do it any justice?

A piece essential to every glassware cabinet is the Champagne flute. The major difference between Champagne and wine is the bubbles. Have you ever tried to drink Champagne out of a plastic cup or even a regular wine glass? You might have noticed that your Champagne fell flat pretty fast. Champagne glasses need a tall narrow shape to keep the bubbles flowing. Look for flutes, and avoid those old-fashioned saucer-shaped Champagne glasses.

The reason I do not mention how the shape of the glass enables wine to enter the mouth on the tongue area that best picks up its flavors, as other sources explain, is because this has been proven untrue. Yes, the tongue picks up five different flavors: sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami. However, these taste sensors are spread all over your tongue, and are not stationed in separate locations, as the old-fashioned tongue map once had us believe.

Despite the lack of importance the tongue has in wine tasting, the effect that aromas have on your ability to taste is far more significant than any tongue map mumbo jumbo. The consensus by most wine tasters is that a wine tastes better served in its specially designed glass. While I don’t recommend purchasing a set of glassware for each varietal, it wouldn’t hurt to have a set for the varietal you drink most.

About The Author

Aimee N. Youngs has a sommelier certificate from the US Sommelier Association. She is also studying to pass the Certified Specialist of Wine exam.

Don’t let mosquitos bug you!

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Pima County Health Department provides simple guidelines that individuals can take to minimize mosquito breeding on their property and minimize mosquito borne illnesses such as encephalitis caused by West Nile virus.

1. Dispose of old tires, buckets, aluminum cans, plastic sheeting or other refuse that can hold water. Empty accumulated water from trash cans, boats, wheel barrows, pet dishes, and flower pot bottoms. If possible, turn these items over when they are not in use. Drill holes in tire swings to allow water to drain.

2. Clean debris from rain gutters and unclog obstructed downspouts. Clogged rain gutters are one of the most overlooked breeding sites for mosquitoes around homes. Remove any standing water on flat roofs or around structures. Repair leaking faucets and air conditioners that produce puddles for several days.

3. Change water in bird baths and wading pools at least once a week and keep swimming pools cleaned and chlorinated. Ornamental pools can be aerated or stocked with mosquito-eating fish. Aeration / water movement helps because mosquitoes prefer quiet, nonflowing water for egg-laying and development.

4. Fill or drain ditches, swampy areas, and other soil depressions where water puddles and remove, drain, or fill tree holes and stumps with mortar or sealant to prevent accumulation of water.  Eliminate standing water and seepage around animal watering troughs, cisterns, and septic tanks. Be sure that cistern screens are intact and that access covers fit tightly.

5. Irrigate lawns and gardens carefully to prevent water from standing for several days.
Use of a mosquito larvicide may be beneficial when it is impractical to eliminate a breeding site. Larvicides are insecticides which are used to control immature mosquitoes
before they have a chance to develop into biting adults. Larvicides contain Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti) or Methoprene. Neither are harmful to pets, fish, waterfowl or humans when used properly. Various products containing Bti are available to homeowners
(e.g. Mosquito Dunks or Quick Kill Mosquito Granules). Typically, one donut-shaped Mosquito Dunk is recommended per 100 square feet of water surface.

For more information visit http://www.ci.tucson.az.us/water/mosquito.htm.

Lower doesn’t mean faster…..

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

We have all been there, its hotter then blazes outside and we come home to a house that’s 80+ degrees so we quickly look at our air conditioner thermostat and crank it down to 69 degrees thinking that it will cool down FASTER!!! Unfortunately this is NOT the case, Simply turning down your thermostat below your comfort point will not make it cool down any faster. The air conditioner is designed to lower the temperature in the house at one speed. Lowering it that low will just make the poor unit run much more longer then necessary and in some cases can cause the air conditioner to “ice up”. If you find yourself in this situation the best thing to do is set your thermostat only 3-4 degrees cooler that what the current temperatures is in your home and let the air conditioner do the work. If it is still to warm in the house for your comfort level, wait about half an hour to give the air conditioner a rest and then lower it again. You can also purchase a programmable thermostat that will cool and heat your house on a preset schedule. If you would like to get more information on what products are currently available and what might work best for you, please call our office at (520) 622-2909.

Ever wonder where that PURPLE post card goes to?

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Here at Temco Air we hand out a purple post card to each and every customer for service and for new installations. Every post card already has postage on it so that it may be returned easily. We want to ensure that each and every customer is 100% satisfied with Temco Air. Cathy, one of the owners, personally reviews each and every postcard that gets returned to Temco air. Once she has reviewed the postcards, she takes note of any issues that need to be addressed good or bad. If the customer was not happy for some particular reason, she personally calls them to make sure that we can correct the issue right away, Once all postcards are handled, they get hung up in the tech’s room on our “purple” wall. ALL postcards are hung up, not just the favorites.