Wednesday, January 2, 2008
The real useful guide to wine
My sister was in Australia for this Christmas but we got gifts from her and one in particular that made me smile. I got this book from her called "The really useful guide to wine" and a bottle of Australia's finest. Now there is a story behind this...
I gave my sister a glass of some Merlot last summer that had been sitting out for a few months..sorry and my sister said it tasted like pure vinegar. I defended my 10$ bottle from Winco saying she didn't know what good wine tasted like. So that was the reason for the book and the bottle. BTW, the bottle she sent was excellent. Blew my cheapy stuff out the window. I guess wine can't be cheaper then milk.
I started reading it and boy I had no idea how many categories of wine there are! and brands and types of grapes! Unfortunately this book references many brands that are made in Europe like German Riesling, French Grand cru, or some northern Italy wine that I can't pronounce. Bummer. Do you think I could find any of those at our local cheap grocery store? probably not.
My husband was browsing through the book and pointed out a paragraph to me:
"With all light dry whites, try to track down a winemaker who uses low-yielding vines (for more concentration in the grapes) rather then fertile high-cropping ones." HMMMM I know I've heard that before, particularly this last fall :)
Posted by Erica at 8:29 PM