HAVE CORKSCREW WILL TRAVEL: WINE & TANGO
September 19-30, I will be a cheerful guest of Wines of Argentina.
I will focus on four themes. Then I plan to write a series of
articles/posts on what I learn:
1) To discover several new “favorite wineries” – For me that is always goal number one for any wine trip;
2) To find the best Malbecs to match with Steak (even though I don’t personally eat red meat);
3) To find the best Argentine wines to drink for dancing (Tango naturally) and
To research winery investments in Argentina.
To prepare for my visit, I have been having a “Summer of Argentina”.
Naturally, I have been ordering Malbec wine almost every dining and drinking opportunity. I have read several books on wine travel there. I watched the Argentine art film The Student at Moma. But also important has been studying tango (dance classes as well as reading books). I went to a wine and tango party at Strictly Tango NYC at Pearl Studios which I thoroughly enjoyed. I then attended/watched more classes as well as attending their weekly milongas in Central Park on Saturday evenings. All were fun and obviously I recommend this Tango School as I plan to take more lessons. Overall it should be obvious I am doing my best to acclimate myself for my upcoming visit!
Malbec-Tango-Malbec-Tango - BA here I come! :)
September 12 So you think you know...
September 20-21 Wine Riot New York
October 3-5 Greenwich Wine & Food
October 10 Wine and Tango Tasting
October 17-20 NYC
Wine & Food
5. Wine & Comedy: TheStandUpSommelier.com
I greatly enjoyed Laurie
performing Something to Wine About - Her one-hour original comedy show & wine
audience participation. I have attended it in two versions:
one at the
Greenwich Wine & Food Festival, the other at Caroline’s
Broadway. I enjoyed the “class” in Greenwich Ct more (repeats
as we were offered more wine and more wine instruction. The
excellent pure standup comedy but had just as many beer as wine
- need I say more? Don’t miss either show for juicy Fun!
6. winemaps.com A promising Beta release.
7. The front page of last Saturday’s National Post carried a giant wine glass and the provocative question, “Are wine critics fooling us into buying pricier bottles?” Adam included my 2 cents in wrapping up his piece:
Natalie MacLean, whose books and wine review website have made her one of North America’s best-known wine writers, imagines she could be tricked if someone served her a wine out of context. “I don’t set myself up as infallible,” she says. Ms. MacLean argues that wine reviewing, like art criticism, is largely a matter of taste and opinion. “As wine critics I think our primary goal is to be of service to wine drinkers, to be their guide; their virtual wine friend standing beside them at the store.”
HW: Well written article. I basically agree with your points. But you left out one important function of the wine critic- not only to help select wines but to INCREASE THE ENJOYMENT of drinking a particular wine.
NM: Thanks Henry! Great point.
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