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 Quickanddirtytips.com. 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: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl

And more about her new project, Peeve Wars here: http://FundAnything.com/peevewars

Direct download: 98_Ep_098__Listener_QA__Grammar_Girl.mp3
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Want a wine that will last from salad to entree to cheese course? This week we discuss 8 versatile wines that will carry you through your Valentine's meal (except dessert -- you need a sweet wine for that). Choose a wine using our ideas and you'll be set for the night!

 

The Whites: Albariño, Riesling, unoaked Chardonnay from the New World

The "Others": Rosé, Sparkling wine

The Reds: Beaujolais, Pinot Noir (but be careful which one!), Barbera

 

Happy Valentine's Day!

 

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Direct download: 97_Ep_097__Versatile_Valentine_Wines.mp3
Category:Food and wine -- posted at: 11:21pm EDT

Based on a blog post I wrote on the same subject, in this episode we talk abut the three important things that distinguish cheap plonk from well made wine.

Here are a few links of stuff we mention on the show:

1. Tugboat Yards to support us or sign up for an online class (thank you!).

2. Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

3. The blog post that details the important stuff in this post. Read now.

Enjoy!

Direct download: 96_Ep_096__Difference_Btw_Cheap__Expensive_Wine.mp3
Category:wine -- posted at: 11:52pm EDT

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