“On any given day, my favorite bottle of wine is the one that’s open in front of me, and we change every day,” Roberts said.
Roberts has been selling wine for 28 years after moving his shop from Downtown to South Main Street. Roberts originally sold wine out of his fresh seafood store to meet the demands of his high-end clientele.
“I believe having a glass of wine with dinner everyday helps physically, spiritually, mentally and every other way possible. The important thing is to have that glass of wine with dinner and the rest is just fine tuning,” Roberts said.
Like Boyer, Roberts also had tips for wine novices and where to start.
“I would suggest to get a very smooth, very inexpensive wine. When it comes down to it, people can talk about red, white, sweet, dry, but a nice smooth wine is the great common denominator. You just drink it,” Roberts said.
Roberts suggests a drier wine when it comes to larger meals, as they are able to cleanse the palate in between the various flavors of each course.
“You can assault your taste buds with the food and squeegee them clean with a nice dry table wine, and it’s that back and forth that’s so important,” Roberts
Yvan Beliveau, director of the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Tech started a vineyard and winery with his wife in 2009, and has been selling wine within Virginia for 2 years.
“Both my wife and I grew up on farms, we bought this particular farm so we could do this winery, it’s a nice way for us to use the land for something we really enjoy and have a passion for,” Beliveau said.
While it takes time to learn the various differences in wines, it is a useful endeavor to take if you are hoping to get into high end businesses. Knowing the language, and being able to recognize both your tastes and the host’s, can pay off. Whether at home or during a wine and dine session with a boss, wine can speak volumes between people.
As Roberts said, “A sip is worth a thousand words.”