Wine for Normal People

With no shortage of wine-related gadgets, not to mention all the different shapes and sizes of wine glasses, there can be some confusion as to which products actually make a difference when enjoying wine. Elizabeth and Rick debunk some myths and share their experiences with wine gadgetry. Show Notes: Shout-outs - Some excellent emails, blog comments, and posts on the Facebook page Wine News - A headache-free wine?! Could this be true? Main Topic - Gadgets & Glassware (Do they make a difference?) Wine Glasses - White, Red, and Sparkling Aerators & Decanters - such as the Wine Soiree Preservers - keep your wine from turning into vinegar Openers - which work best? Chillers - In case you don’t have a fridge in your home Wine Stain Remover - an absolute must-have! Grape of the Week - Albarino (also, Alvarinho) Next Week - We tackle “terroir” (and how to pronounce it) Sponsored by the free Hello Vino mobile app (iPhone & Android) More at the Wine for Norm [...]

Direct download: WFNP-008-2011-02-25.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

You may have heard people reference ‘Old World’ and ‘New World’ when talking about wine.  In this episode, Elizabeth and Rick define all of the characteristics to help you figure out which of these wine styles you may like. Show Notes: Shout-outs - Some excellent comments on the blog, Twitter friends, and Facebook Show Topic Ideas - Make sure to post your ideas to the Facebook page Wine News - Younger wine drinkers (and their tastes) are influencing winemakers Main Topic - Old World vs. New World (broken down with a normal explanation) How ‘terroir’ helps define old world vs. new world (and what ‘terroir’ means) Differences in weather between the old world and new world, and its impact on wine Grape of the Week - Riesling (an incredibly versatile white wine grape) Riesling growing in popularity; which regions are most popular The common flavor profiles for Riesling (Dry, Demi-Dry, Semi-Sweet, Sweet) Regions of the world that grow Riesl [...]

Direct download: WFNP-007-2011-02-18.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

Confused by wine terminology?  Elizabeth and Rick define some of the most common terms and descriptors thrown around at wine tastings and dinner parties. Show Notes: News - Robert Parker no longer reviewing California wines (and why this matters) Top 10 Snobby Wine Terms & Their Meanings (listen for Elizabeth’s colorful definitions): Dusty Minerality Gamey Tannic Acidic Dry (and the opposite: Sweet) Sweet Finish Bouquet Tight Did we miss any snobby wine terms?  Tell us in the comments Grape of the Week - Chardonnay (and all its flavor variations) Take the Wine Sisterhood survey about wine-related mobile apps Next week’s topic: It’s up to you! Drop a comment on the Wine for Normal People Blog with your questions or show ideas Sponsored by the free Hello Vino mobile app (iPhone & Android) More at the Wine for Normal People blog Tweet This [...]

Direct download: WFNP-006-2011-02-11.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

So, you just bought an incredibly expensive bottle of wine. Do you let it age, or drink it now? Elizabeth and Rick help explain what characteristics allow for a wine to be aged, the ideal storage conditions, and name some wines that will age well. Show Notes: Shout-outs - iTunes reviewers and comments on the blog News - Wine “Flash Sale” sites and which are best Aging wine - Which wines can age, how to age them, and for how long? Should you age wine, or should you drink when you’re thirsty? Grape of the Week: Zinfandel (and its unique origin) Flavor profiles for Zinfandel - both red and white zin (ok, pink) Next week - Wine terminology and definitions (understanding the snobs) Sponsored by the free Hello Vino mobile app (iPhone & Android) More at the Wine for Normal People blog Tweet This [...]

Direct download: WFNP-005-2011-02-04.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

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