Wine for Normal People
We had so many topics to banter about before we got to the meat of the show — we talked about some wine flicks we recently saw, how Mad Menmay have stepped on Wine For Normal People’s toes, and my stance on the recent CostCo wine buyer interview with MSNBC that caused a little stir among blog readers/Facebook followers. After shoutouts (with a very special birthday wish for Scott Hoynoski — a fabulous listener), we get to the main topic — what is my definition of “sink” when I do the “Drink or Sink?” portion of my wine reviews…aka, what makes a wine bad. And by bad, we’re talking about wines that are not made well, not ones we don’t like because of personal preferences. We talk about the concept of balance and the three main tenets: tannin, acid, and alcohol and how each can affect the mix. Oak, fruit, and sugar are covered and how they can mess up balance or contribute to it. The grape of the week is… [...]
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This week we hit the virtual road again with a trip to Argentina. A bunch of awesome shout outs (you guys are the best!) and a quick story of my childhood trauma of always being the male characters while belting out the libretto of Evita (so my sister could be La Reina!) and we’re off to the Southern Hemisphere! Source: Palm Bay International Here are the notes: We start with a review of the history of Argentinean wine and how it got to be the 5th largest wine producer in the world. Then we talk about the unique climate of the main growing regions, and I dork out on a few wine terms We take a jaunt around the wine regions of Argentina, focusing on Mendoza (because it’s 70% of production! We talk about the sub-areas of Lujan de Cuyo, Maipu and the Uco Valley) and the region of Salta (home of the highest vineyards in the world and some of the best Torrontés). Then we give an overview of La Rioja (different from the historic region in Spain),  San Juan, [...]
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After a bunch of awesome shout outs, we get to the main event — your questions! We answer 7 questions and then have a segment on wines from Virginia (on the Central East Coast of the US if you aren’t familiar). Here are the questions: Trader Joe’s has a lot of variety in it’s wine section. Are Trader Joe’s wines good? Should I buy them? Can you please give some hints and tips on how to figure out if you live in a place where there are restrictions on shipping? Link to We’re part of a wine club and we’re bored with the same old wine tasting themes. Do you have any ideas? What magazines, web sites, and wine blogs do you read with regularity? Links: Decanter, Wine Business, Wine Doctor, Vinography, Wine Anorak, Jancis Robinson What is a good Web site for keeping track of my wine drinking? Link: Cellar Tracker Is it easier to tell the differences between different whites or different reds? What’s the deal with tip [...]
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