Wine for Normal People

Believe it or not, there are some unwritten rules about tasting wine in a formal setting.  Whether you’re at a winery, wine bar, or a fancy dinner, Elizabeth and Rick help by explaining ‘wine etiquette’. Show Notes: Thanks to Matt and Brandy for leaving comments on the blog and giving us the idea for this show topic Huge props to Steve Paulo at Notes from the Cellar - an awesome wine blog that previously covered 8 Rules for Visiting Tasting Rooms (it’s a great read!!) Shout-outs - Awesome reviews on iTunes, the blog, and the Facebook page Main Topic - Wine Etiquette When presented a wine, what do you do with the cork? Does it matter if you hold the wine glass properly? What are the best questions to ask at a wine tasting? Should you spit out your wine at a tasting? The difference between wine tasting rooms and wine bars Should you always finish your glass of wine? Should you tip the sommelier, or not tip on alcohol? When visiting a tasting room, are you obli [...]

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Credit: Flickr In addition to going over the correct pronunciation of sum-muhl-YAY (and sharing a few fun mispronunciations), Elizabeth and Rick provide some tips to help you have a productive conversation with the sommelier at a restaurant.  We hope to make your wine ordering experience much more enjoyable and less intimidating. Show Notes: Shout-outs - Some awesome comments posted on the blog, Facebook page, Twitter, and also iTunes News - We’re number one! We’re number one! The U.S. ramps up their wine consumption. Main Topic - How to speak to a sommelier The correct pronunciation of sum-muhl-YAY (thanks to forvo.com) Different levels of wine expertise The surprising etymology of the word “sommelier” Ordering from the wine list, and what to ask the sommelier How ordering wine is like choosing kitchen cabinets What to do if your sommelier is a jerk Grape of the Week - Sauvignon Blanc Next Week - It’s a surprise!! Sponsored by the free Hello Vino m [...]

Direct download: WFNP-011-2011-03-18.mp3
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Back for part two on the topic of terroir (teh-RWAH), but this time Elizabeth and Rick talk about the different aspects of terroir and why they make a difference in wines produced from different regions. Show Notes: Thank you’s - Please keep posting your comments on the Facebook page Main Topic - Aspects of terroir: Location Climate Weather Soil …and other nuances Grape of the Week - Cabernet Sauvignon (again, but this time influenced by the terroir of Bordeaux) Next Week -How to talk to a sommelier (that wine expert at the restaurant) Sponsored by the free Hello Vino mobile app (iPhone & Android) More at the Wine for Normal People blog Tweet This [...]

Direct download: WFNP-010-2011-03-11.mp3
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Terroir (teh-RWAH) - It’s a HUGE topic in the wine world, and not without controversy. In this first segment, Elizabeth and Rick define terroir and its effect on wine. Show Notes: Shout-outs - More awesome feedback from our friends on Facebook, the blog, and on iTunes! Wine News - We skipped this week’s news to make room for the big main topic… Main Topic - What is Terroir? - A loaded question How to pronounce it correctly What does it mean (translation)? Its effect on wine (can you actually taste terroir?!) The big controversy - Is terroir a bunch of hooey? The origins of terroir (a bit of history) Grape of the Week - Cabernet Sauvignon (and its differences in terroir) Next Week - Terroir Part 2: Its different aspects and why terroir matters Sponsored by the free Hello Vino mobile app (iPhone & Android) More at the Wine for Normal People blog Tweet This [...]

Direct download: WFNP-009-2011-03-04.mp3
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