WINE-TORIAL: WINE & MOVIES
On snowy days I enjoy opening a bottle of wine and relaxing by watching a movie at home. Likewise on hot summery nights. However ,Movie-Wine matching is not usually as easy with wine movies such as Pinot Noir & SIDEWAYS or Malbec & EL CAMINO del VINO (The Ways of Wine). Here are three hints:
2] What is its genre? Is it an adventure flick or chick film? For the former a “masculine wine”, for the latter a soft, a feminine one works better.
3] Match the seasonality/weather in the film e.g. Rose or Sauvignon Blanc with Summer/Beach scenes; Cabernet Sauvignon or Chateauneuf du Pape for Winter/Skiing scenes etc. Please note: As with a multi-course meal, this option may require several bottles! J
WEINGARTEN #2 SUMMER 2014
1. WEINGARTEN SELECTIONS
2. WINE NEWS & TRENDS
3. WINE & FINANCE
4. WINE 101
5. FOOD & WINE PAIRING
6. WINE TASTINGS & EVENTS
7. THIS AND THAT
8. WINE QUIZ
1. WEINGARTEN SELECTIONS
BODEGAS BLEDA DIVUS Old vine Monastrell 2009
Jeroboam 3L VieVite Extraordinaire 2013 ROSE 75% Grenache; 25% Cinsault
6. We have been so busy with our tango that we have ignored our wine writing. The following highlights a few of the many wonderful wine tastings we attended this year to date.
Intermediate term we plan WEINGARTEN as a quarterly and write special articles such on our upcoming wine tour of …..
WINES OF PROVINCE
After enjoying the selection of over 70 Roses from Province as well as a most delicious luncheon at Lafayette, the bottom line is: Province IS more than Fun in the Sun. While a case can be made for Asian cuisine and Rose, I still prefer to think of Rose both for Valentine ’s Day and an elegant picnic wine. That is why we are looking forward to the importing of more MAGNUMS which is quite popular both in France where more Rose is drunk than White wine and in the UK.
Fun Fact: 75% of Americans think of Rose as a mixture of white and red rose. Heaven’s forbid!
50 GREAT PORTUGUESE WINES NY Public Library Tasting by Wines of Portugal
Happily there is a wide variety of many high quality old vines at very attractive price points. One reason is that fortunately Portuguese wineries failed in making Chardonnay and Cab Sauvignon. Instead they went back to over 250 native varieties, a refreshing choice for Terroir oriented wine lovers such as yours truly. Here I found two of especial interest:
1) JORGE Nobre Moreira POEIRA 2010 Old vines Douro - finesse and power yearning to come out with age, elegant velvety at the moment.
2) Nieport Vinhos Vintage 2011 Douro Four vineyards 80 to 100 years. As Weingarten readers know, I prefer older vines. This mixture of 100 years with youth (like an older man with young arm candy)-obviously tastes good! J)
NYC Kosher Food & Wine Experience 2014
This is an excellent wine tasting and always highly recommended. If you did not know the wines were kosher, you would not be able to guess in most cases. Given an excellent importer, there are many wines here to enjoy: As for kosher food, it was very tasty- miles above the boiled chicken my mother loved. We recommend non-Jewish wine lovers also attend (as well as enjoying some of these wines on their dinner table).
Wines from Castilla-La Mancha
Zagarron is a winery we first enjoyed last year at a winemaker luncheon. It showed good promise. Both their Tempranillo offerings selling under $15 are obvious bargains and potential candidates for house wines.
7. WHAT KIND OF WINE DRINKER ARE YOU?
WINE MARKET council breaks up wine buyers into: 1) High Frequency & 2) Occasional. The “new” definition of “occasional” refers to those that drink wine on or for “occasions”. High Frequency is no longer weekly but drinkers who drink daily or several times a week and who don’t need an excuse to imbibe.
8. Which wine matches best with Gruyere?
A) Beaujolais B) Dole C) Gewurttzetrainmer D) Pinot Noir
Which cheese(s) match with Pinot Noir?
A) Aged Cheddar B) Camembert C) Gruyere D) Muenster
Which of the following Cheeses do NOT match
A) Cottage Cheese B) Manchego C) Stilton C) Taleggio
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