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Wednesday’s Meritage – Wine Quiz Answer, Orange Wine Bad or Good?, Kegs of Wine, New Wine Magazine and more

January 23, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Meritage time!

Let’s start with the answer for the wine quiz #44, What is in the numbers. In the quiz, you were supposed to identify what the numbers 100%, 75%, 85% and 95% mean all together and by themselves. As VinoinLove mentioned, it was a difficult quiz – I have to agree with him – but he cracked it nevertheless! So, yes, VinoinLove is a winner of the wine quiz #44, and here is the answer.

All the numbers are taken from the definition of American Viticultural Area (AVA):

100% – If California is specified on the label, 100% of the grapes should be from California (it is interesting to note that California is an exception  – it is 75% for all other states).

75% – a grape source requirement for all other states

85% – a vintage designation requirement – if a vintage specified on the bottle, at least 85% of the grapes should be coming from that vintage. Interestingly enough, until 2006, the requirement was 95%

95% – has two meanings. When specific AVA is noted on the bottle (Napa Valley, for example), at least 95% of the grapes should belong to one and the same vintage. Also, when vineyard is specified on the label (for instance, To Kalon), at least 95% of the grapes should be sourced from that vineyard.

Care to learn more? Here is the link for you.

And now to the wine news. I found few of the interesting articles I want to bring to your attention. First, what do you think of orange wine? It’s being very much discussed subject for the past 2-3 years. You get orange wine when you ferment white grape in contact with the skin for a prolonged period of time. The resulting wine is typically quite distinguishable. With the popularity of course comes a controversy, a fad, chick and all other usual things. Here an article from SF Gate covering this subject of the orange wine. It is an interesting read, especially considering that the article starts with total bashing and ends with literally a praise for the orange wine. Do you have your own orange wine experience? If you do (or even if you don’t, but have an opinion), please share it in the comment section.

When you are in a bar or a restaurant, do you prefer beer on tap or in the bottle (well, of course assuming there is a decent selection of beer on tap)? My personal preference is beer on tap, as it is usually tastes fresher. Now, how about wine? On tap or in the bottle? What, never heard this question before? Coming to the bar near you – Wine on Tap. May be it is the time for you to get prepared? Here is the link for you with some good wine on tap suggestions. Let me know if you already experienced any of the wines on tap – I had not so far, but bused on the recommendations in the article, really would love to.

January 2013 was inaugural month not only for the US President, but also for the new wine magazine called By The Bottle. Magazine is available in electronic format only, currently for iPad with Android version coming soon. I just wrote the review about the first issue, which you can find here.

In the love of all the Top Ten lists and Statistics of all sorts, here is a list of Top Ten Wine Regions in the world, according to Wine Folly. Read, analyze, discuss, make conclusions – do whatever you usually do with numbers.

I think the glass is empty – will refill in a week. Cheers!

  1. January 23, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Anatoli!! You omitted the answer to the quiz!

    • talkavino
      January 23, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      I know – it is a scheduling thingy… sorry

      • January 23, 2013 at 4:35 pm

        No worries, just thought it was unintended.

        • talkavino
          January 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm

          Now it is all there : ) Sometimes, things just happen…

        • January 23, 2013 at 4:59 pm

          Glad you got it fixed!!

  2. January 23, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    I guess 100% of the answers will remain hidden until 75% of the people reading the blog come up with 85% correct responses (of which there is a 95% probability that it won’t happen).

    • talkavino
      January 23, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      This is excellent – but they are not hidden anymore : )

  3. January 23, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Hey there Anatoli. Dinosaur Bar-b-que in Stamford has wine by the tap and so does the Tarry Market Wine and Liquor Shop in Port Chester. Pretty wild.

    • talkavino
      January 23, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      Cool! Thank you guys! More reasons for me to visit Dinosaur BBQ! Did you try any of those? Did you like it?

      • January 23, 2013 at 6:01 pm

        Didn’t have the wines on tap at Dino, but did have them at Tarry Market. We were really intrigued by the machine and the worker there said we could try whatever we liked….ooooooooooooh, free samples! 🙂 Pretty fun to do.

      • January 23, 2013 at 6:01 pm

        The wines there were good, too. 🙂

        • talkavino
          January 23, 2013 at 6:03 pm

          Great, thanks!

  4. January 23, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Thanks for sharing the napa vintners link. Definitely worth a read 🙂

    • talkavino
      January 24, 2013 at 12:22 am

      yes, there is a bit of the info to study there : )

  5. January 24, 2013 at 1:31 am

    Our local wine shop has wine on tap, but I haven’t tried it yet. However, my favorite Oregon winery, Chehalem, sells reusable wine bottles with a tap system (similar to the beer growlers you can get at microbreweries). They have two wines on tap, and you can get it for cheaper than a regular bottle, because they don’t have the bottling costs. The wine is just as fabulous.

    • talkavino
      January 24, 2013 at 10:00 am

      This is definitely great when you can get a good wine right at the source – you know what you are drinking anyway, so no need for special bottle and the label…

  6. January 24, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Lots of good food for thought and info this week. Oragne wine: Only had one so will need more to draw a conclusion. I enjoyed the novelty and would try more. Wine on Tap: Our Whole Foods has Duchman Wines on tap. I am a fan of their wines but haven’t tried more than that. The new mag: Great comments. I’ll have to check it out. Hope you are surviving the cold!

    • talkavino
      January 24, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      Glad I had some useful information for you! The cold is pretty bad, but it always can be worse!!! : )

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