- Wines labeled "Rueda" are only required to be 50% Verdejo -- the rest is Sauvignon Blanc and Viura
- Wines labeled "Rueda Verdejo" are required to be 85% Verdejo, but many are 100% and usually indicate so on the bottle. Rueda Verdejo are the best wines, in my opinion.
August 31, 2012
August 24, 2012
I'm totally torn about this week's podcast. I almost gave up and decided not to launch it, but M.C. Ice and some Facebook friends encouraged me to go for it.
What's wrong with the Italy Overview? I think it was such a big topic that I lost steam. I thought it was a little low energy this week and I apologize. That said, I'm launching it anyway. If it's your first podcast...PLEASE give us another listen. Not our best work.
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Here are the notes:
- We hit on some stats about Italy and how I think it's amazing that people feel any level of comfort with Italian wine, when it's such a complex, confusing, and inconsistent product.
- I explain why wine is like breathing in Italy and how it's viewed differently there than in most other countries.
- We discuss the staggering number of grapes, a rough overview of geography, and then we DORK out on history -- we throw in a little Latin, talk about the Carthiginians, spend a ton of time on Romans, and then hop onto modern Italy (WARNING: this is SUPER DORKY)
- We discuss grapes you may not have heard of before (in case you wanted to see them in writing...Falanghina, Aglianico, Greco di Tufo, Nero d'Avola) and give you a teaser of episodes to come, when we'll get into the world of Italian wines.
August 16, 2012
August 15, 2012
This week we talk about some tactics for improving and understanding your tasting skills and palate. I've been doing a ton of classes lately and have realized that so many people are spooked by describing wine and think they have poor senses of taste. Nah! We tackle four tips that can help you improve or at least understand your palate!
August 13, 2012
- New insights on Champagne from an experienced pro -- 4 things you may not know
- Background on Perrier-Jouët
- The four wonderful wines
I love Champagne so when I am lucky enough to go to a Champagne event hosted by one of the famed producers of the place, I am over the moon. Could I have been any more excited when I got a call from a friend who works with Perrier Jouët, telling me that there was an event featuring 4 amazing wines and the Chef de Cave (head wine dude), Hervé Descamps?
- Chardonnay: Used for its freshness, citrus qualities, and elegance (Perrier-Jouët is known for using a very high proportion of Chardonnay, making the wines more delicate and less bold)
- Pinot Noir: Berry flavors and length -- this will make the flavor last in your mouth
- Pinot Meunier (muhn-NYAY): Full, fruity, and juicy, this grape rounds out the blend and gives the wine some heft so it feels fuller and more substantial
Background on Perrier-Jouët
Background: Champagne is the only area in France that allows rosé to be made by mixing red and white wine together. This wine is made using that method.
Thanks to my friend Beth for the invite, to Hervé for being so lovely, to the awesome Four Seasons staff for treating me like an insider, and to Pernod-Ricard, the conglomerate that distributes Perrier-Jouët, for their hospitality!
Please drop a comment and let me know if you've had these wines and what you think!