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Wednesday’s Meritage – A Mini Quiz, 100 Point Scores, Super Rhone, Story of Pappy and more

October 22, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

Yes, there been a lapse in the wine quizzes and subsequently, in these Meritage posts – the quizzes will resume at some point, I just think that I exhausted the ‘grape’ series and need to come up with another series which can last for a while – if you have any suggestions, please let me know. But – I came across quite a few interesting articles well worth sharing, and – I also have a mystery object for you to guess what it can be – so let’s have some fun!

Meritage time!

Instead of providing the answers for you today, I have a mini-quiz. A few people saw this and asked – “What is it????”. So the idea came – why don’t we make a quiz out of it? Please take a look at the picture below and let me know what do you think this is, and as a bonus part, name the place of origin of this object:

What Is It?

What is it?

Please provide your answers in the comments section, as usual.

And now, to the interesting stuff around the vine and web!

First, I came across an interesting article by Tim Atkin, Master of Wine and an author of a number of wine books. In this article Tim is talking about the problem with 100-points wines, which seem not to be a “universal truth” for everybody. He is talking about his personal experience with 3 of the 100-points wines, where his own ratings were not anywhere near that perfect score. I can also attest to having the same situation with two of the 100-pointers I was able to try. Yep, a classic case of YMMV – but read the article, it’s definitely worth your time.

We all know the carrying power the words “super-tuscan” have – attach those to the simplest bottle of wine, and everybody are immediately interested. Put some effort into that bottling – and you can easily ask for $90+ per bottle, and you will have no problems selling the wine at that price. Yes, the Super-Tuscan is an Italian phenomenon, and now some producers in France, in the Rhone valley to be precise, are trying to create something similar – a Super-Rhone wine. Here is the link for you to read more.

Have you heard of the Pappy Van Winkle? Well, if you didn’t, may be it is better to leave it like that? Pappy Van Winkle is an American whiskey, a Bourbon, which has such a cult following that while it costs a lot more than absolute majority of single-malt scotches of any age (prices for the simple 10 years old start from about $300), it is literally impossible to find, especially the well aged bottles of 15, 20 or 23 years old. I think it is one of the most fascinating stories for any of the alcoholic beverages, considering that it got to such a prominence in less than 10 years. The story of Pappy Van Winkle definitely worth few minutes of your time – here is the link to the article.

Bordeaux is coming back! Well, of course it never really left, but it lost its luster, especially in the eyes of the millennials, and finally the folks at Bordeaux decided to do something about it. The Bordeaux wine Bureau (CIVB) is starting a global campaign in US, China, Japan, UK and a few other countries to convince the wine buying public that Bordeaux is well and alive, and worth their hard earned money. You can find more details about the campaign here.

Last for today – a few words about 2014 harvest, which have mostly completed in thew Western hemisphere. This article from Wines and Vines presents some interesting numbers – for instance, the whole grape harvest in California was a bit less than 4 million tons. It also goes beyond the numbers and presents some of the trends – as an example, some growers in California Central Valley pull out the vines and replace them with the nuts – our sacred beverage, wine, is only a business for many, and it must be profitable, or else. Go read it for yourself.

And we are done here. The glass is empty – but the refill is on the way. Cheers!

  1. October 22, 2014 at 5:46 pm
  2. October 22, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    I have no clue what that thing is but I’m looking forward to finding out. Looks very unusual to me.
    Regarding the Bordeaux campaign, in my opinion the CIVB should organize wine tastings in those countries instead of just doing a creative poster campaign. If people taste the wines and like them they are more likely to buy them but these are just my 2 cents 🙂

    • talkavino
      October 22, 2014 at 9:37 pm

      I agree – I don’t see how those balloons can actually help and make people to seek Bordeaux wines. Too many Bordeaux wines are overpriced – you can have very comparable wines from other countries at a fraction of a price, so they definitely looking at a daunting task at hand.

  3. October 23, 2014 at 7:55 am

    A ball of wax??? I have no idea. I read an article the other day that wine prices are going up because of low supply. Really, replace grape vines with nuts?

    • talkavino
      October 23, 2014 at 7:59 am

      The object in the picture is definitely food related, so it’s be just a ball of wax 🙂

      The problem is that you can get a lot more money per acre of nuts than from the acre of vines, and the nuts are a lot less demanding in terms of labor. So at some point, if a lot of farmers will plant nuts instead of vines, yes, that might become an issue. But in general, I don’t think we have a problem with supply of wine, so I don’t expect the prices to really go up any time soon…

      • October 23, 2014 at 8:27 am

        The ball looks like fondant, im srumped.
        Good to hear sbout supply because demand will certainly not diminish.

        • October 25, 2014 at 5:51 pm

          I had the pleasure of doing a tasting of three different Pappys from different years at a restaurant in Petosky MI. They were all very different but all delicious. Probably first and last time for that

        • talkavino
          October 25, 2014 at 9:45 pm

          Pappy is definitely hard to find, and it is getting harder!

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