WEINGARTEN #4 MAY 2013
Wine, Finance & Astrology
WINE-TORIAL: HAVE CORKSCREW WILL TRAVEL
Like many of my readers, I have become overwhelmed with the variety of new wine choices. This is not so much a complaint i.e. “There are too many good wines” but a humble appreciation: “There are now so many good wines.” When asked what my favorite NY restaurant, I usually answer “30-40 favorites which depend on my mood, company, budget and after dining activities planned”. Similarly, I restrict myself primarily to no more than 30-40 favorite wine regions.
When recently traveling to Bermuda, I was unexpectedly stopped by US airport security. My wife was wondering whether she had accidentally taken 4oz of body lotion rather than the requisite 3. I absent-mindedly had not taken my travel carry on but my office bag which naturally has a corkscrew inside. Obviously, this the TSE saw it as a potential weapon. Fortunately having a wine press card made little explanation necessary. Unfortunately, we restricted our evening hotel room drinks to screw top wines. :)
1. WINE NEWS &
TRENDS 2. WINE &
1. WINE NEWS & TRENDS
2. WINE & FINANCE
3. WINE 101
3. WINE 101
4. WINE CALENDAR 5. WINE TASTINGS
4. WINE CALENDAR
5. WINE TASTINGS & EVENTS
6. WINE BOOK REVIEWS 7. THIS AND THAT
6. WINE BOOK REVIEWS
7. THIS AND THAT
8. WINE QUIZ 9. LETTERS
8. WINE QUIZ
4. June 13 Five
Senses Tasting: Music, Wine &
5. CHIANTI CLASSICO GRAND TASTING
probably one of the most recognized Italian wines, available in
store and any Italian restaurant. The Chianti Classico tasting
versatile this wine can be, while following the original rules
1716. The wine pairs best with traditional Tuscan food, which,
contrary to the popular
belief, is steak not pasta. A bottle of good Chianti is
balanced, intense yet elegant. Among Irene’s favorites were Rocca
Riserva di Famiglia 2009 (90% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot, 5% Cabernet
aged for 2 years in French oak barrels and a minimum of 3 months
retailing for $25) and Casaloste Chianti Classico Riserva
2008 (95% Sangiovese, 5% other varieties, aged for 18 months in
barriques and a minimum of 10 months in bottles, retailing for
Snooth People's Voice Awards Grand Tasting
first annual event invites consumers to judge and vote for their
favorite wines. The people selected well and these wines were
by a tasty food selection from the Cayman Islands. My show
find aka WEINGARTEN SELECTION: Dominio
de Tares Estay Prieto
Picudo 2010 Unusual & inexpensive (~$12).
Prieto Picudo is a rare dark-skinned variety grown predominantly
in and around
its homeland of Leon, northern Spain. Estay was sourced from the
Llano vineyards where the old Prieto Picudo bush vines are 90+
Alto Adiage Wines Grand Tasting Tour
“Taste Italian Wines at their Peak”. “Alto Adiage is to Italy what Alsace was to France. “Italian wines with ‘heart and history’”. I found these wine slogans apt. Cantina Terlano (est 1893) Montigl Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir) Riserva 2010 $39;
Two other noteworthy wineries: St Pauls Winery (est 1907) and Nals Margreid (est 1932)
Dolohiten Konig was so delicious that it is perhaps alone worth a
TRENTINO: TASTE OF THE DOLOMITES
My first but hardly my last taste of the native grape Teroldgeo. Favorite winery: Endrizzi.
$15 Teroldego Rotaliano Riserva makes a fine house wine selection.
6. Wineocology by Caitlin Stansbury with Heidi Shink
well written in a light California PC style (wine makers are
referred to as
“she”, a Zen approach of wine tasting [See, Smell, Touch,
Taste], and her
use of alliteration, e.g. Simple Sommelier System noting
Viticulture, Vinification etc.
Easy to read and chock full of information,
Wineocology should be of interest to
most wine lovers and educators as it is not the usual rehash
of wine pedantry.
Two minor quibbles:
· In Riesling Grape Expectations: “It grows well in Germany, Alsace France, Austria, Washington State, Canada, South Australia and New Zealand.” How can she overlook New York State Finger Lake region? An obvious omission.
there is NO difference between wine professionals and
novices “other than formal training and experience.” I disagree.
This is a PC
illusion equivalent to claiming that everyone can be a
player even if a midget. Better to state that there are different
tasters and you don’t have to become a wine geek to enjoy wine-
just learn to
experience wine in the moment.
Bottom Line: We have added this enjoyable well researched book to our recommended book list for beginners:
“If you are more "California" than "New York/Europe" or interested in the Zen of the wine experience, read: Wineocology by Caitlin Stansbury with Heidi Shink.”
to Biodynamics, the best time to drink wine is on a) fruit
day b) leaf day c) root day?
What movie caused Merlot sales to fall and Pinot Noir to soar?
a) Grapes of Wrath b) Bottle Shock c) Corked d) Sideways
HW: Yes an enjoyable wine.
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