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Wednesday’s Meritage – Wine Quiz Answer, and Some Local Updates

December 12, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Meritage Time!

Let’s start with the answer for the Wine Quiz #40, Wine Basics 101 – Tannins. In this quiz you were supposed to explain what tannins are, how do they get into the wine and also provide an example of some other foods which also cause an effect similar to tannins. I’m glad to say that we have two winners – both thedrunkencyclist and stefano provided very detailed answers, so they both get that coveted prize consisting of unlimited bragging rights.  Yes, tannins are the polyphenolic compounds which naturally occur mostly in red wines due to the prolonged contact of the juice with seeds, stems and oak barrels. Tannins cause the tactile sensation of drying up of your mouth – this is why big tannic wines often work very well with fatty foods, such as steak, as grease of the steak help to alleviate that astringent feeling. And outside of wine, tannins can be found in many other foods – black tea, walnuts, persimmons are just some of the examples of such foods.

Now, let’s talk about interesting stuff, which might not be of such a wide importance, as today it will all relate just to this blog which you are reading right now. First, I have to say “THANK YOU!” to all of you, my readers. About a month ago, there was a wine blogging contest about wines of Tuscany at the To-Tuscany travel site – and with your help, I was actually able to win it! Here is the link to the contest page –  and thank you again to all who voted for my blog.

I made some updates in my blogroll section, mainly adding a few new blogs and web sites which I now follow – the additions are Flora’s Table, Vino in Love and American Winery Guide – if you are not following them, check them out. I also added two links for the wine buying service which I recently used and was happy with – Last Bottle Wines and Bin End’s Wines – again, might well worth your attention.

I finally updated the Wine Ratings page in this blog – this table lists wines which I rated as 8- or above, which means that they are all recommended, and now it is current as of November 2012.

And the last update for today – I plan to start reviewing wine gadgets here  – I think it should be fun exercise (suggestions and questions will be gladly accepted).

That’s all I have for today, folks – the glass is empty. Cheers!



  1. December 12, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Thanks for adding me to your blogroll!
    If you change your gadgets then maybe go for a drop-down menu for your archives and categories. That would require less space. One has to really scroll down a lot in order to get to “blogroll” or to “buying wine” because the category and archives list is very long. Just a suggestion though 🙂

    • talkavino
      December 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      Thank you for the suggestion! For now, I collapsed the Archives section, but I want to keep Categories as is.


  2. PSsquared
    December 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Did you win a trip to Tuscany?! 🙂 Congratulations.

    • talkavino
      December 12, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      Thank you, but no, no trip – I won 6 bottle of Castello di Ama Chianti Reserva – hopefully they will show up soon and I will be able t blog about them : )

      • PSsquared
        December 12, 2012 at 10:14 pm

        That’s almost as good as a trip to Tuscany. 🙂 Cheers!

  3. December 12, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Congratulations and thank you for the new web sites/blogs you follow. I am looking forward to checking them out.

    • talkavino
      December 12, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      Thank you!

  4. December 12, 2012 at 9:00 pm


  5. December 16, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Congrats! Not surprising!

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