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Wednesday’s Meritage – Wine Quiz Answer, International Tempranillo Day, Beaujolais Nouveau, Bad Wine Reviews and more

October 31, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Meritage Time – and Happy Halloween!

Let’s start our meritage post from the regular place – an answer for the last week’s Wine Quiz #34 – Hello, my name is… I would like to say that I’m quite happy with this quiz, as there was a very good participation, and there was a full range of answers, covering all available options.

And the winners are (drum roll, please) PSsquared, VinoinLove and thedrunkencyclist as  they all correctly guessed that Predicament is not a wine name. Believe it or not, but the rest of the names on the list are for the real wines. I don’t have the labels to show you for all of them, but here is some information and the links.

if you see kay: the wine is made by Jason Woodbridge, and yes, the name is controversial – here is one of the articles on the subject.

No girls: an actual wine by Christophe Baron, the winemaker behind Cayuse – here is the link to the winery’s web site, and here is the link to my short post about that wine (I’m a happy owner of a few bottles from the inaugural release).

Frequency: I can’t show you the label or a good link, as 2011 Frequency Central Coast GSM is the first release of the wine. You can search for it on Wades Wines web site (I guess this is the only merchant carrying it right now).

To the rescue: an actual wine by legendary Sine Qua Non, California’s cult Rhone style winemaker. The full name of the wine is Sine Qua Non Grenache To The Rescue, and you can look for it on Wine-Searcher (don’t be shocked at the prices, and if you will get a bottle for yourself, can you get one for me too, please?).

Let’s move on to the interesting news from around the vine. First, I want to bring to your attention that November 8th is International Tempranillo Day – if you read this blog for a while, I’m sure you know that I’m very impartial to the Spanish wines, and Rioja in particular, and Tempranillo is a star there. Tempranillo is also successfully grown in many other regions of the world – Australia, California and Texas come to mind first. Find a bottle of Tempranillo and join the celebration on November 8th!

Talking about celebrations – Beaujolais Nouveau 2012 is almost here! The new harvest celebration, originated by the French wine maker and wine merchant Georges DuBoeuf, takes place on third Thursday in November, which this year will fall on November 15th. The Beaujolais Nouveau arrival is celebrated with parties and events all around the world, and celebration this year will be special, as it will be the 30th celebration of this tradition. Look for the events in your area – I’m sure you will find some interesting places to visit and celebrate in style. At the very least, make sure to pick up a bottle of that young wine and celebrate in the comfort of your home.

One of my favorite wine bloggers, W. Blake Gray, is back from vacation, so I’m offering to your attention an interesting blog post about bad wine reviews.

Last but not least, here is the post by Joe Roberts, a.k.a. 1WineDude, where he is defending usage of oak in the wines. I’m also curious what do you think about oak in your wines, so feel free to use comments section and express yourself.

That’s all for today, folks. The glass is empty. Happy (and spookingly exciting) Halloween Wine Wednesday! Cheers!

  1. PSsquared
    October 31, 2012 at 11:23 am

    You may want to make your challenges a little more difficult if *I* am getting the answer right. 🙂 But yay me!

    • talkavino
      October 31, 2012 at 11:35 am

      No way! This was the best quiz ever! My goal is to make them fun, not impossible. And look at the full range of answers from all the people – your “winner” title is well deserved!

  2. October 31, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Please do not tell Anatoli to make his quizzes harder!

    • talkavino
      October 31, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      I’m not planning on 🙂 Congrats on your winning : )
      Did you know about “To the rescue”? I hope one day I will actually try Sine Qua Non…

    • PSsquared
      October 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      What was I thinking!? Sorry. This was a fun one, as it was accessible to the newby like myself.

  3. October 31, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    I’ve a 2005 Conde de Valdemar – Reserva -Rioja DOC which has a cuvée of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Mazuelo grapes. I think I’ll open that one on Tempranillo day 🙂

    I’m happy that I solved your quiz 🙂 Looking forward to the next one

    • talkavino
      October 31, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      2005 was a pretty good year – I don’t know the producer, but the wine sounds good. Looking forward to your post!

  4. October 31, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Loving the bad wine reviews!

    Regarding oak (and without having read the article), for me oak works with reds, but, as with every wine, balance matters. I don’t like prominent oak tastes or noses, but especially on the palate it can bring some nice depth in the background.

    For whites, especially the fruitier varieties (I am thinking riesling, what else would I ever think?), oak can be quite the killer and destroy everything I am hoping and wishing for. I have had few where it worked for me. There still are a number of rieslings made in wooden barrels (not oak), and they seem to be easier on the fruit.

    • talkavino
      November 1, 2012 at 12:35 am

      Balance is a key, whether it is a white wine or a red wine. I don’t remember ever experiencing Riesling which would taste oaky, but definitely chardonnay and many other grapes produce great results when aged in oak.

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