Why Some Wines Age Better Than Others

Wine that hasn’t been aged is no more than fruit juice. Wine that has been aged too long tastes vinegary and too tart. Like Goldilocks, you want your wine to be just right. Still, some wines age better than others. Here’s why.

Aging wine is dependent on a chemical process called oxidation – the interaction between oxygen and the acids, alcohol and polyphenols (things like tannins, color pigments and other flavor compounds) in the original juice. Phenols are particularly important, as a higher concentration of phenols and a deep color usually means the wines will spend more time in the aging process, leading to deep flavors with subtle differences due to the original strain or blend of grapes.

Terroir – the environment in which the grape is grown – includes factors such as climate, elevation and ground qualities. The same grape variety grown in a different terrior will produce a completely different wine. Terrior also has a strong effect on tannins, and the ripeness of a tannin is a major factor in how well a wine ages. Terrior and the richness of the soil also affect yield, as the grapes and their vines actually compete for nutrients. Higher yields typically mean fewer phenols. Finally, older grape vines tend to produce better-quality grapes.

Wine-Making Variations
Beyond the variety, environment and growing process, the wine-making process also makes a difference. For example, the length of time the grapes are left to macerate after they are crushed affects the amount of phenols extracted, as does the temperature at which the grapes are macerated. Adding sulfur dioxide limits oxidation but is necessary to the process; the amount and timing are critical. Filtration, yeasts and whether to age in oak barrels (including how new the barrels are) all affect wine aging.

There’s always anticipation when you open a wine bottle. Even when everything seems to be right, a wine may not age well. In other cases, a wine low in tannins and pale in color (which usually means it will age poorly) turns out to be surprisingly good 30 years later. The longest-lived white wines are found among Sauternes, German Beerenauslesen and Tokaji. Burgundies and Bordeaux are the classic red wines, while the wine known as Condrieu is not very suitable for aging in the bottle. Wine-making is an art because there are so many different factors that affect aging.


Engaging in Outside the Box Philanthropy

Philanthropists Don’t Have to be Rich

You don’t have to be a connected millionaire in order to be a philanthropist who gives back to the community. It certainly doesn’t hurt to have money to participate in philanthropic efforts. It also isn’t 100 percent necessary. There are many things you can do to do good for the community and planet. Glitzy fundraisers and charitable events aren’t the be-all and end-all in the philanthropic realm. If you want to be a philanthropist, you have to focus on your creative and imaginative side. Small kind gestures can mean so much in the world these days.

Purchase Coffee for Someone

Coffee can brighten a person’s day. If you want to make someone smile, offer to buy him coffee, no strings attached. If you see a coworker having a tough time, surprise him by getting him a warm and cozy cup of coffee from the shop across the street.

Visit a Children’s Hospital

It can be extraordinarily difficult to see children suffering. It can be particularly hard to see children who are suffering with illnesses. If you want to be a philanthropist who makes a difference in young peoples’ lives, you should do something good for your local children’s hospital. Purchase several toys from your nearest toy store. Donate them to the hospital. You may just make a sick child smile. That’s the best thing in the world!

Feed the Police Officers in Your Community

Police officers have some of the toughest jobs around. They often have to work long hours on weekends and holidays alike. If you want to bring a little cheer to the police station in your neighborhood, you should think about giving the cops on its staff the joy of freshly baked cookies or cupcakes. A sweet treat can often go a long way. It can go an especially long way on a tough night on the job. Keeping a community safe isn’t easy.

Volunteer to Take Care of Errands for Someone You Know

If you know someone who has a particularly busy schedule, volunteer to take care of errands for her for a day. You may know a single mother who holds down three jobs for her family. You may know someone who has recently dealt with some significant life changes. Find out if you can tackle any basic chores for her. Ask her if she wants to vent to someone, too.

Yuri Vanetik is a philanthropist, political coalition builder, and lover of wine.

Exercises to Boost Brain Power

Whether you’re a college student studying for an exam or an exec putting the finishing touches on a major work project, you’re likely going to feel stressed or burnt out at one point or another. While you may be able to push through these feelings of exasperation most of the time, it is not always so easy. Here are a few simple methods to help you clear up your mental block and boost your brain power:


1. Listen to music

If you’re looking to boost productivity or escape the noise in your office space, put in some headphones and turn on your favorite uptempo music. Studies show that upbeat music lowers your perception of tension, increases your heart rate and respiration and, in turn, improves your mood.


2. Break your usual routine

If you feel like you’ve been stuck in a rut as of late, make an effort to break out of your humdrum routine. Make a small change, like working from that new coffee shop you’ve been wanting to visit. Or try switching up elements of your morning routine by brushing your teeth with your nondominant hand, jogging backwards, or anything else that challenges you to do something out of the ordinary.


3. Force yourself to unwind

Meditation has been proven time and time again to be the most effective method of boosting productivity. Why? Because it forces you to take a break, sit still and breathe deeply — all of which reduce stress, replenish the attention span, promote creativity, and result in increased productivity. Try to squeeze at least two mini-meditation breaks into your schedule to keep yourself alert and ready to tackle whatever problems are thrown your way.


4. Organize your workspace

Nothing hinders productivity more than a cluttered or messy desk. Start by clearing out any trash or useless papers, then prioritize your other paperwork by importance — keeping all urgent items in your line of sight and filing away the rest. This small task takes a maximum of 5 minutes and leaves you with a renewed sense of motivation.

5. Eat with your brain in mind

Omega-3s, leafy green vegetables, nuts, seeds, apples, and eggs are just a few foods that have been proven to boost brain power. The effects of incorporating one or more of these foods into your diet range from improved memory, increased alertness, and greater protection from diseases like Alzheimer’s and cancer.

6. Stay hydrated

Seeing as the brain is made of 80 percent water, it should come as no surprise that our brain cells do not function as efficiently when we’re dehydrated. So resist the urge to brew that fourth or fifth cup of coffee and reach for a tall glass of water instead; you won’t be disappointed by the results.


Utilizing Social Media in Your Philanthropy Page

Social media has become a part of society. Nearly everyone has multiple social media accounts on the various platforms available. Businesses constantly research ways to reach consumers through  social media and what the best practices are to bring attention to their product. It’s time that philanthropies do the same. The millennial age group has a particular interest in philanthropy and they’re also the group that has the highest social media usage. By utilizing social media, philanthropies can attract more donations and volunteers and seriously advocate for their cause.


Do some research

Before ramping up your social media usage, research how best to approach it. Learn what your target age group is and the social media outlets they use the most. Check out other philanthropies that use social media and see how they do it effectively…and not so effectively. Decide which methods would work for your organization and then craft a plan. It’s important to approach social media in an organized manner so you can make significant progress.


Engage with your followers

If you want to really get a response to your social media pages, you need to engage with your audience. Once people start commenting and sharing posts, create a dialogue with them. Craft posts that encourage interaction from followers. Consider hosting some kind of giveaway or create a unique hashtag. You’re also likely to get messages and reviews from people, so make sure you’re engaging with those in a timely fashion. If the organization is directly contacted, try to respond within a couple of hours. This method gains you a reputation as a philanthropy that actually engages with those who are interested.


Post regular updates

When you first start utilizing social media, you’ll be updating regularly, but it’s important you remember to continue posting updates after the first few weeks. Consider creating a blog for your organization where you can post weekly articles and pictures. Without quality content and regular updates, your audience will become uninterested and it’ll be difficult to attract new followers. This point is why it’s so important to have a plan for your social media before you even start posting.


Add a personal touch

While you want to keep followers updated on news and events, it’s also important to add a personal touch. Delegate the role of managing social media to someone on your team who has significant knowledge and experience using different platforms. Work with them to craft your approach and what kind of content you want to share, then get to work. By having one person deal with the majority of the responsibility associated with updating the organization’s social media, you’ll create a recognizable voice for your social media persona. Make informal posts that let followers see behind the scenes and know who’s running your social media accounts.


Share pictures…lots of them!

Add pictures of your volunteers and employees, as well as the activities you do to help your cause. When the philanthropy has an event, take lots of pictures to share on social media and give followers a visual of who or what they’re supporting! Photos give your philanthropy authenticity and shows you’re actually working on accomplishing your mission.



Organ Donation: Myths and Questions


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Every 10 minutes, another person is added to the waiting list for an organ to be donated. Anyone with good medical conditions can be an organ donor, but people tend to have a lot of fears or hesitations when deciding to become an organ donor. Your organs can save up to 8 lives, while your tissue could save up to 75 lives.


What causes people to decide not to be an organ donor?


Behind the decision, people think about their beliefs or religious views. Sometimes they’re fed with myths about organ donation. If you’re considering becoming an organ donor, you should know that you can sign up for organ donation at any time and any age. Even children under the age of 18 can become an organ donor.


A big myth to organ donation is that doctors don’t work with the same urgency to save your life. That’s far from the truth as the main goal of every doctor is to do everything they can to save you. Your doctor is obligated to keep you alive in top priority until you are pronounced clinically or legally dead.


How does the Organ Transplant List work?


Only 54% of Americans are an organ donor even though 95% are in favor. Donated organs are given to someone in need based off of size, blood type, level of sickness (to be given an organ transplant, the person who received the organ has to meet specific health conditions), donor distance, tissue type and the amount of time on the waiting list.


Organ donation does not decide who receives an organ based on race, income or social status.


What is the cost of organ donation?


Donating an organ is exactly what it says it is; a donation. The donor’s family does not pay any medical expenses for organ transplant, only the procedures/medical expenses before death.


The person who receives the organ will be charged for all medical expenses of pre-procedure care, the procedure, recovery, medications and more. Receiving an organ is expensive which is why the families raise money to help cover the costs.


What can I do to help?


There are plenty of ways you can aid in organ donation. If you aren’t already, sign up to be an organ donor. For any reason, if becoming an organ donor is not in your plans, you can contribute financially. Many families will start a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for financial assistance. Lastly, if you’d like to spread awareness of organ donation you can get involved with your local community. Attend events, become a partner of Donate Life, or start a fundraiser for organ donation.


What Stepping Into This Role Means to Me, And To The Future

Never settle. Those words have resonated with me throughout my career. I’ve always had the urge to do more, to accomplish more, to go further, and to aim even higher than I have. Some of what I’ve sought out in my years of refusal to settle have personal–they’re achievements and accomplishments I seek to reach. Others are broader–not settling for what we as human beings are presented with by the world around us. Some of them are both–bringing me to my overarching goal of standing for what I believe, backing those whom have earned my trust, and making positive steps towards a stronger, better America.

In that very same vein, I am proud to announce to you that I have been appointed by the New York GOP as the National Finance Co-Chair. In the position, I’ll take a leading role in the nation-wide fundraising efforts of the New York GOP. It’s a role that I’m excited to step into, spearheading the efforts to help to reshape the state of New York.

The road towards pushing back against the efforts of Mayor De Blasio and Governor Cuomo is going to be bumpy, but any New Yorker can tell you that they are no stranger to rough road conditions. New York has gone blue in the general election every year since Reagan in 1984, but a strong state–and a strong country–comes in part due to strong leadership. I look forward to combining efforts with the fantastic team of GOP officials that has been assembled.

For me, this position is one in which I hope to make a tangible difference. Through the hard work put into this country by myself and the long, storied list of those before me, I’ve sought to leave this party, this state, and this country better off than when I entered it. This opportunity presented to me by the New York GOP is one that won’t go to waste.

I’m not writing this blog post to boast about my new position, nor am I writing it to pat myself on the back. I’m writing it because I’m honored by this appointment, appreciative of the opportunity to stand alongside such a prestigious and hardworking group of men and women, and proud to help to shift this state in the right direction.


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NYGOP Announces Appointment of Yuri Vanetik as National Finance Co-Chair

Via New York GOP

The New York Republican Party today announced the appointment of esteemed business leader, political strategist, and philanthropist Yuri Vanetik as national finance co-chair who will help lead the Committee’s national fundraising efforts in advance of the important 2017 New York City mayoral and 2018 gubernatorial elections.

In addition to his impressive business, public service and philanthropic accomplishments, Mr. Vanetik has deep ties as a national political activist and fundraiser, having held key finance leadership positions with the Republican National Committee, National Republican Congressional Committee, National Republican Senatorial Committee, Republican Governors Association and the California GOP. He also served as the California co-chair and All American Vice Chair for Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign, as kitchen cabinet advisor and part of the finance leadership of Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign, as well as numerous senior finance and leadership roles for gubernatorial, senatorial, and congressional campaigns, including that of Mitt Romney, Meg Whitman and Dana Rohrabacher.

“We are excited to welcome Yuri Vanetik to the NYGOP team as our national finance co-chair,” said State Chairman Ed Cox. “One look at Yuri’s impressive background and it’s easy to see what a tremendous asset he will be to helping us grow the Republican Party here in New York. With fellow New Yorker President Trump in the White House and two top national races ahead of us, we have an incredible opportunity to build on our successes. New Yorkers have seen the failed leadership of Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo, and Yuri’s efforts will help ensure we have the resources we need to win.”

“Whether in business, in politics or in charity, I’ve spent my life building coalitions and I’m honored to take on this important role for the New York Republican Party,” said Yuri Vanetik. “Chairman Cox and the leaders across the state have built a strong bench of extraordinary Republican elected officials and played a critical role in securing President Trump’s victory. Those successes have put us in a unique position to cultivate a national network and show how we are winning in traditionally Democratic areas, here in the state of New York. I’m looking forward to the work ahead,”  Vanetik pointed out.

Yuri Vanetik is the managing partner of Vanetik International, LLC, a private investment and business management firm based in Newport Beach, CA.  Mr. Vanetik is also a principal at Dominion Partners LLP and Dominion Asset Management, LLC, a real estate investment fund based in Newport Beach and Beverly Hills, CA. He has held numerous public service positions, including as the current Commissioner of the Orange County Sheriff’s Council, a member of the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department Special Services Bureau, a member of the Board of Governors of the Homeland Security Council for Region 1, and the former California Lottery Commissioner and Criminal Justice Commissioner, among others. Yuri Vanetik has served in numerous not-for-profit organizations, including as a trustee for the Kennedy Center National Symphony,  Executive Committee of the American Red Cross, the board of the Gen Next Foundation and on the Political Committee of the New Majority. He is a Lincoln Fellow of the Claremont Institute, a national think tank for the study of politics, and on the advisory board of the Pacific Research Institute. Mr. Vanetik was born in the former Soviet Union and moved to Southern California as a child where he continues to live today with his family.

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