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Wednesday’s Meritage – Wine Quiz Answer, Plonk in the Headlines, Gambero Rosso and more

January 16, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Meritage Time!

Let’s start with the answer for the wine quiz #43, Which One Doesn’t Belong. In the quiz, you were given a list of 6 well know Burgundy wines and you were supposed to identify the one which shouldn’t be on the list and explain why. Same as last time, we have exactly the same two winners – both vinoinlove and thedrunkencyclist were able to correctly identify that Clos de Lambrays shouldn’t be on the list of Grand Cru Monopoles. Monopole essentially is a single appellation in Burgundy which is owned by single family/winery. Clos du Tart, La Grand Rue, La Romanée, La Romanée Conti and La Tache are all Grand Cru Monopoles ( they all have their respective single owners), but tiny portion of Clos de Lambrays has its own separate owner, which makes it unqualified for the “Monopole” denomination. Congratulations to our winners, they are doing great winning the second quiz in the row – will see how long their winning streak will last, but for now they definitely got the unlimited bragging rights.

And now, let’s move on to the interesting stuff around the grapevines. First, the upcoming presidential inauguration created a lot of waves (rather a small tsunami) in the wine world, by selecting Korbel undrinkable plonk as a sparkling wine of choice, and also calling it a “Champagne”. Considering absolutely astonishing availability of great sparkling wines (authentic!!!) made in this country, from New Mexico to California to Virginia to New York, I can only raise both eyebrows (I would raise more if I would have it) at this selection. For a better coverage, you should read what Dr. Vino and Chris Kassel have to say about it. I truly hope that this selection is not indicative of what we should be expecting here in US of the next four years…

What do you think of a blind wine tasting? Do you think it is humbling? You bet. Do you think it is educational? I’m sure it is. But don’t take my word for it – here is an interesting article published by the Wine Spectator and talking about blind tasting experience – I think it will be well worth of your time.

Last but not least – Italian wine lovers, rejoice! Thanks to Stefano from Flora’s table, we now know that Gambero Rosso, one of the most respected and prestigious Italian wine guides, will run the wine tasting events around the US over the next few weeks.  For more information about Gambero Rosso events, please visit Stefano’s blog.

That’s all I have for you for today, folks. The glass is empty – but refill is on its way. Until the next time – cheers!

  1. January 16, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    I really wished the Gambero Rosso would announce whether they do a Europe tour this year or not but since there is VinItaly in Verona their Europe Tours have dramatically decreased. It’s always fun to try amazing Italian red wines.

    • talkavino
      January 17, 2013 at 7:26 am

      I never being to either one (only read about them), so the fact that this vents will be right in my area makes me really excited – I plan to attend both.

  2. January 16, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Thank you as usual, Anatoli, for your kindness.
    Regarding the Presidential sparkling wine of choice, I was appalled myself… Maybe his master sommelier should sign up on your blog! 😉

    • talkavino
      January 17, 2013 at 7:23 am

      My pleasure, Stefano, and thank you for keeping us informed!I only read before about events such as Vinitaly or Gambero Rosso, so opportunity to experience it sounds very exciting.

  3. January 16, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    I know that Korbel is a bit of a whipping boy, but have you ever visited the winery? I actually stopped there and was surprised–they actually make some decent sparklers! If you move past the basic Brut, there actually do a pretty good job… I do take umbrage at calling it ‘Champagne’ (as Korbel does on its label–which is why I won’t buy it),

    • talkavino
      January 17, 2013 at 7:22 am

      No, I never visited the winery. I don’t know what they will be serving at the ceremony, but still, I think this is a very poor choice and calling it “Champagne” really sends a wrong message…

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