WEINGARTEN

WEINGARTEN #7 OCTOBER 2012

 
1. WINE NEWS & TRENDS
2. WINE & FINANCE
3. WINE 101
4. WINE CALENDAR
5. WINE TASTINGS & EVENTS
6. BOOK REVIEWS
7. THIS AND THAT
8. LETTERS
 
1.  Up in the Air
 
No More Shame: Boxed Wine Now Comes In A High-End Fashion Purse
 
Weight Watchers endorses McWilliams low-alc wine
 
2. Wealthy wine investors ‘not out for financial gain’
 
UK authorities to crack down on selling of wine investments

Fine Wine, Poor Returns

3. Five Key Wine Components and How to Detect Them
 
4.  October 11 Wines of Brazil's 2nd Annual Tasting
 
October 24 SPAIN'S GREAT MATCH: EVENING OF WINE FOOD DESIGN
 
October 30 50 Great Portuguese Wines
 
5. Perez Cruz Wine Tasting at Puro Chile
Chilean wines are known to be very easy on the pocket book as well as very pleasant to taste.  Here I found two wines whose glasses I emptied more than once!
Chaski 2009 Petit Verdot (PV)  91 PV, 9% Carmenere: $28.  I have been familiar with PV as a blending grape, but this was the first time I tasted it as the main grape and it was decidedly pleasant and enjoyable.
Quelen 2008 42% PV, 33% Carmenere and 25% Cot:  $65  A unique mix and also delicious.
 
Wine Riot is a multi-city celebration of wine.  Wine Riots were designed to teach the uninitiated to love learning about wine. It is owned and operated by a handful of people all under 30 who just want everyone to drink more wine.   They succeeded!  My plus one (target audience) was happily buzzed.   I found the most value in the Spanish and Portuguese wine section.  What I would do differently?  1)  I was disappointed by lack of depth at the wine seminars- although they were very generous in their pours. 2) While there was lots of bottled water, I would have preferred some bread to clean my palette and also more food choices.  But bottom line: It was FUN!
 
6.  THE JUICE  Vinous Veritas  Jay Mcinerney Random House
Like a good wine tasting, this selection of short vignettes is a oenophile’s delight.  All serious wine lovers will enjoy reading this!
 
Making Sense of WINE Tasting  by Alan Young  Wine Appreciation Guild (WAG)
While I disagree with the Sunday Telegraph that this is “The Ultimate Wine Tasting Book”, I found it very informative, unique and beautifully and artistically produced.
Wine teachers will find interesting material e.g.
         Almost all teachers recommend that wine be judged against a white background, yet it is Gray (N7 or N8) that optical specialists recommend for clearest background viewing.
         Why do we call white wine white when that is one color it is not.
         “Wine is all about colour and smell”.
Key points are highlighted for Speed reading or in most cases for a quick review of key points.  Bravo to WAG!
 
I don’t agree that sight and smell is of equal importance to taste. For me it is about taste (alone and with food).  However many readers will disagree with me and they are not wrong.  He analogs the presentation of food to its taste- I think a bit stretched.
None-the-less, I recommend this book for all wine educators.  As for newbies, I am not sure they would benefit equally although they certainly would have their horizons enlarged.
 
7. Before the rain: 25 wine euphemisms
 
“How to learn about wine?
A: Buy a corkscrew and use it!
Alexis Lichine
 
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HW: Thank you!
 
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Henry Weingarten
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