Wine for Normal People
We haven’t done a grape mini-series in a while so for all those GMS, here you go! This week, after so fabulous shoutouts (thank you so much for the feedback!) we do the “American” grape, Zinfandel. This podcast is FULL of wine dorkery, for those of you who love that stuff. A link to the podcast…HERE Here are some notes: First we talk about what Zin is and the differences in flavor profiles, depending on where the grape is grown Then we hit the history books…and what a storied history this grape has. We reach back 6,000 years and talk about how this grape evolved, where it came from, and how it wound up in California (and my link to its path) We discuss some parental issues with Zin — and legal names it shares with some cousins and possible twins (If you’re looking for the spelling of the crazy grapes we mentioned: Crljenak Kastelansk, Plavac Mali, Primativo) The ZAP event — Zinfandel Advocates and Pro [...]
Direct download: 54Ep054_Zinfandel.mp3
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This week we tackle the pink…a wine you need to be drinking. After a great listener question on whether or not lots of bubbles in a sparkling wine indicate quality (listen to find out!), we give a run down on Rosé. Here are the notes: How Rosé is made: a little mixology, skin contact, and bleeding…that’s right, it gets gory. Which grapes are commonly used and where What exactly is Blush and what’s the difference between blush and Rosé How do you know if you are getting a sweet, white Zinfandel type wine or a dry Rosé? Regions that make pink wine: Rosé Champagne, Rosado, pink from the US, other regions around the world Other variations of Rosé: Vin Gris, orange wine Why vintage matters Serving temperatures and ideas on food pairings And the Grape of the Week (I know we’ve been slacking…): Mourvédre! ______________________________________________ If you like the podcast, please review it on iTunes, drop a comment below, or joi [...]
Direct download: 53Ep053_RoseBlushandOtherPinkStuff.mp3
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