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Blind Wine Chick
GAINESVILLE - Wine lovers in Gainesville can enjoy different new wines from a line of organic wine... Thanks to Alex Elman, an expert at wine tasting who happens to be blind. Elman tells us, "I lost my eyesight when I was 27 and I figured there was a divine intervention and a plan no one told me about."
Her curiosity sparked from her family."My step-father taught me a lot about wine and the wine business. My palate, I think was innate, you know I was born with it. But then my mother would make me taste everything," she says.
She’s now the founder of Alex Elman Wines. A company that showcases affordable organic wines from all around the world.
Elman says her wine is easy to drink and pair with food. She says each wine is different, representing its own unique region. "That means they have to be emblematic or taste like the place that they came from. They have to be representative of the soil, the climate and the wine-making of the region," she says.
In a vineyard field her sense of smell and taste are what she depends on most. She says her palate's become even more focused. Elman adds, "When I am tasting wine or food or anything, what I do is the entire world disappears. And I think if you ever look at people who actually are tasting wine, often they close their eyes. Well, that's been given to me."
She travels the world with her best friend General, seeking out the best wines the earth has to offer. The wine bottles are designed to be affordable, we're talking less than 15 dollars a piece. You can find her two new Italian wines at Ward’s Supermarket on northwest 23rd Avenue.
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