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Wednesday’s Meritage – Wine Quiz Answer, To Terroir or Not To Terroir, Halloween for Adults and more

October 24, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Meritage Time!

Let’s start from the answer for the Wine Quiz #33 – Right place, Wrong vineyard. In the quiz you had a list of 5 wineries from California, and you had to figure out why one of them shouldn’t be on the list. Two answers seemed to single out Pride Mountain as the winery which shouldn’t be on the list, as it is supposedly located in Sonoma and the rest are in Napa. However, this answer is incorrect. All the wineries on the list (or at least their vineyards) are so called “mountain wineries”, as they are all located in the mountains (Bryant, Colgin and Sloan are located on Howell Mountain, and Pride Mountain is on Diamond Mountain), except Araujo, which is so called “Valley floor” winery. So the right answer is Araujo – but it also means that nobody won this time (time to get upset about the huge prize you missed out on…).

Let’s move on to the “interesting stuff” department. First, we are exactly one week away from the Halloween (I guess next Wednesday social media buffs will wish each other happy “Halloween Wine Wednesday”, or #HWW in the twitter terms). As you know, Halloween was invented by dentists and candy makers, and it is all about about sugar consumption by the kids. But – it doesn’t mean that us adults are left out in the cold. First, we can participate by converting plain sugar into a scary one. Need suggestions? Here is the blog post with some scarily wonderful ideas (brrr, careful, those fingers might give you shivers). Then, to celebrate in style, while little monsters are diligently working on future contribution to the college fund for your family dentist’s kids, you can also have a celebration with an arsenal of the spookingly crafted adult beverages. Here is an example – this is what my friend Zak has available at his Cost Less Wines store in Stamford:

Black Vodka, anyone?

Are you blood thirsty?

And here is some Vampire delight

To take it to the next level, here is a great post by Chris Kassel of Intoxicology Report, explaining why Ravenswood is a perfect Halloween wine. If you are not following Intoxicology Report – you should.

Okay, let’s move on. Here is an article by Steve Heimoff, talking about terroir, or may be an absence of it in California Cabernets and Pinots. I had to refrain from commenting in his blog, as I realize that my comment will probably be of a size of a good blog post – but in any case, it is interesting to read.

Next subject – Italian wines. Here is a blog I just discovered, called On the Wine Train in Italy by Alfonso Sevola – it is well written and will be well worth your attention. Then there is a blogging competition dedicated to the wines of Tuscany – sorry for bringing it to your attention so late (submission deadline is November 4th), but you still have a few days to submit your entry. I was thinking about the blog post for this competition for a while, but muse was not kind to me and didn’t visit, and I can’t produce anything worth sharing. But – the major prize is 6 bottles of a very good Chianti – you should definitely think about joining in.

And with this, we are done here – the glass is empty, folks. Happy Wine Wednesday! Cheers!

  1. October 24, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Pride Mountain Winery is located in Sonoma County (albeit just barely):

    • talkavino
      October 24, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      I think they clearly taking advantage of their location “in between” – look at the names of some of their wines:

      Pride Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
      Pride Mountain Merlot Napa Sonoma

      The point of the quiz was “mountain vineyards” versus “valley vineyards”, so sorry – you still don’t get the prize… : )

  2. October 24, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    So much dedicated drinks just for halloween! I wish we had this over here, too! Halloween here is just for the kids to get some candy and if one is int he mode they can go clubbing in halloween themed clubs.
    The Pinot Noir for sure looks interesting. Such a pity that according to wine-searcher the closest store near me is 6613km away..

    • talkavino
      October 24, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      You know, we have very strong marketing here in US, and a lot of general retail marketing is focused on the holidays, so it is not surprising.

      But you shouldn’t feel to bad about that Pinot Noir – I didn’t try it myself, but I was told that it is drinkable but nothing amazing – of course you don’t expect “amazing” from the wine which retails at $11.99…

  1. November 10, 2012 at 2:49 pm

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