Wine for Normal People

After a few great questions from listeners, we have a celebrity guest: Grammar Girl, the best selling author, award-winning podcaster, and brain behind She answers dorky questions about wine grammar in her fun, brilliant style!

Listener questions were:

  • What does it mean exactly when someone says a wine is rustic?
  • Have you found wine shopping to be like fashion i.e.; certain items are a better bargain at certain times of the year?
  • Unless I have a specific meal I am planning I tend to buy the same wine to drink and I go through stages. Am I messing up my palate by having a standard that I always go to?
  • I sought out a Blaufränkisch and I was really surprised by how sweet it was. Is this typical of all Blaufränkisch , a Hungarian style, or just that vinter?


And then we get to the famous Mignon Fogarty, AKA Grammar Girl! She answers three questions for me:

  • Should wine types (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, etc) be capitalized in writing?
  • Why are some wine types not capitalized (champagne, sherry) by some wine writers?
  • What's the deal with variety v. varietal?

Mignon is a great person, brilliant, fun, and I'm thrilled we connected. Find her at:

And more about her new project, Peeve Wars here:

Direct download: 98_Ep_098__Listener_QA__Grammar_Girl.mp3
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