Wine for Normal People
Based on a popular article that circulated in a tech mag, proclaiming that “Wine Reviews are BS” and a bunch of listener questions we’ve received, we tackle the article and other critiques of the wine review world head-on. Are wine reviews really BS? We let you know what we think! In the podcast we detail the “Exhibits” from the article, debunking or agreeing with each, and using each as a basis for discussion about the world of wine reviews and whether or not the criticism is justified, in our opinions (which is all wine reviews really are anyway). Thanks for listening! We can’t wait to hear from you! If you’ve got a question you want us to answer, post it here or on Facebook or Twitter we’ll include it on the show! [...]
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For this mini review, we break it down on a hybrid grape that has crazy descriptions. The review is solid but this is a “must listen” because M.C. Ice created a musical masterpiece at the end! Click here to listen. A weird grape, called either Scheurebe or Sämling 88 (”Seedling 88,” the name of the vine), it’s a cross between Riesling and a wild German grape. It was created by Dr. Scheu (rebe means vine in German), hence the name. It’s supposed to have crazy flavors — some that you taste in red wines like black currant. We sussed it out to figure out what was going on. Not sure we got the best version though… The Wine: 2008 K& G Strauss Sämling 88 Where it’s from: Steiermark, Austria Price: $15 Alcohol: 11.5% Color: Green, kind of clear with a little spritz Smell: Not so fresh (it smelled like sea water). A touch of grapefruit, but very light. Taste: Very light, with almost no flavor. Drink or sink?: Sink! Too [...]
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This week we’ve got a different kind of show for you! No M.C. Ice, but instead a terrific interview with winemaker David “Merf” Merfeld from Northstar Winery in Walla Walla, Washington. This 43 minutes will give you a great perspective on the region through the eyes of a winemaker. Merf tells us all about the differences between the appellations, the grapes that thrive in the region, and why Washington is so unique. We hit on everything from soil, to wildlife, to distribution of Washington wines. A great perspective that we hope you enjoy! Thanks for listening! We can’t wait to hear from you! If you’ve got a question you want us to answer, post it here or on Facebook or Twitter we’ll include it on the show! ____________________________________________________________________ Podcast music: “Café connection” by morgantj / CC BY 3.0, ©2009 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)Map: Licensed under the Creativ [...]
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