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Wednesday’s Meritage

And the brand new Wednesday is upon us – and here are [by now the usual] updates for you (by the way – let me know if you like this Wednesday mix, or if I better spend time on something else).

Let’s start with the answer for the Wine Quiz #19 – Wine as Facilitator of Art and Craft. I’m glad to see that my readers are well informed (or have an unfathomable capacity for guessing the right answers) – the price of the Penfolds Ampoule is expected to be set at around $168, 000 (in US dollars) and it will be presented in Moscow, Russia by Penfolds Chief Winemaker, Peter Gago  – here is a link to an official press release.

In the “interesting news” department, let me share a few things with you.

  • Wine Bloggers Conference 2012, also known as WBC12, will be taking place in about a month in Portland, Oregon (the dates are August 17-19). No, I will not be attending, but I still think this event is worth mentioning (well, may be one day I will convince myself…). In conjunction with WBC12, I would like to bring to your attention this post by Tom Wark in his Fermentation wine blog, where he is helping to collect money for Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship Fund, which is then used to subsidize attendance of the WBC by individual bloggers (Tom is personally matching all donations for up to total of $500).
  • The theme for Wine Blogging Wednesday #79 (Twitter: #WBW79) had being announced, and it is not a simple one in my opinion. This #WBW79 is hosted by BrixChiks, and the theme is “Summer Reading, Summer Wine” (here is the link to the announcement). You are supposed to answer one “simple” question – what would your favorite fiction character drink? I’m not sure if I’m up for the challenge, but – there is some time to think about it. This #WBW79 is taking place on Wednesday, July 25th – go get your book, and make sure your character is over 21 (hmmm, really, I just said that? Would that be necessary?).
  • Last, but not least – the never ending debate about cheap wine versus expensive wine and consumers versus wine snobs, wine critics, wine ratings, twist, twist, another twist… just got a new twist in the form of an article in Forbes magazine and response from the wine critic Steve Heimoff in his blog. This is the subject of the endless debates, which I don’t want to casually enter (both sides are perfectly arguable and therefore it is a subject of endless debates without possible conclusion) – but I recommend that you will take a bit of time and read both articles and then … comment below! Let’s have the debate here – after all this is the blog for talking about wine, isn’t it?

This is the end of news and updates. Happy Wine [Whiskey] Wednesday, everyone. Cheers!

  1. July 11, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    I am enjoying the Wednesday Meritages.There is always an interesting piece of wine news I have missed. I hope it sticks around.

    The Forbes article was great, as was Heimoff’s post. The temperature discussion was right on. I had a white earlier this week that changed dramatically as it warmed from cellar temperature. The difference was amazing.

    I tend to agree with Steve (now there’s a surprise!).

    Thank you for the links to both articles. A great Meritage today.

    • talkavino
      July 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      Thanks NJVinoman, appreciate your kind words! I think I will join the debate with my own post, have a great urge to do it (surprise : ) ). Cheers!

  2. July 12, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Just to be clear, I have enjoyed a $10-12 bottle of wine and I have enjoyed some more expensive wines. I will agree some less expensive wines can taste better than higher priced ones and there have been disappointments at higher prices. However, when it comes to bad tasting wine, I have had many more at the lower end of the price spectrum than at the higher end.

    • talkavino
      July 12, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      I understand. I think bloggers and such grab on this headline of “cheap wine” etc, simply to attract attention – I don’t think much of the useful conclusions are possible there. Anyway, my own post is brewing :)

  3. July 16, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I think the enjoyment of wine is as much about context as it is about anything else. A $8 sparkling Vouvray on the terrace over looking a French beach with my lovely wife after the kids have fallen asleep is way more enjoyable than a $200 cabernet with stuffy wine snobs. give me the $200 cabernet on that same terrace though….

    • talkavino
      July 16, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      Exactly. I will have my rant done pretty soon : )

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