What Five Wine Questions Would You Ask Me?

One of the many things I love about what I do on the internet, in print, and face-to-face? Answer wine questions! Bring. Them. On.

Sure, I enjoy hobnobbing with my industry pals/geeks and getting really esoteric. But I also delight in fielding queries from people outside of the industry. I dig enthusiastic wine drinkers who really challenge and stretch my knowledge by asking “real-world” questions. (Note to my grape brethren: you are not fake. Your words are valued. I just don’t engage in a lot of talk about malolactic fermentation, etc. with my mom and her pals.)

Speaking of non-wine industry people, one person I count among that group is my girlfriend, Emily. I enjoy talking about wine with her and, even more, drinking it in her company. So I thought, why not for my next Snacky Tunes segment, I turn over the reins to her? Find out what wine questions she has for me?

I didn’t know what I would be quizzed on in advance and, with only five minutes, there was no time to dilly-dally with my answers.

Here’s what she ended up asking me, and I’m going to give you some clues, too:

  • What is the weirdest wine you’ve ever had? (Drank it in Grinnell, IA.)
  • What is your desert island wine? (Something sparkling.)
  • What’s the most interesting grape? (Picked a white.)
  • Is there food that does not go with wine? (Yes. It’s sweet and beloved. But I don’t like to be a jerk/killjoy about this stuff.)
  • Are there wines you have to learn to like? (Yes. Sort of like learning to like Brussels sprouts.)

Anyway, listen to the show. My segment’s at the 40:19 mark, but please enjoy the whole thing. And subscribe! It’s a great podcast.

Also on this episode:

  • Gillian Zettler, Executive Director of the Charleston Wine and Food Festival. (BTW, I went to Charleston for the first time over Christmas and loved it.)
  • Fruit & Flowers. Per hosts Darin and Greg: A lady-led post-punk, psych rock quartet that’s one of the hardest-working bands in the Big Apple.

Remember the time I answered wine questions from Nashville musicians?

Question mark graffiti photo by artjouer street art via flickr.

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What Five Wine Questions Would You Ask Me?

One of the many things I love about what I do on the internet, in print, and face-to-face? Answer wine questions! Bring. Them. On.

Sure, I enjoy hobnobbing with my industry pals/geeks and getting really esoteric. But I also delight in fielding queries from people outside of the industry. I dig enthusiastic wine drinkers who really challenge and stretch my knowledge by asking “real-world” questions. (Note to my grape brethren: you are not fake. Your words are valued. I just don’t engage in a lot of talk about malolactic fermentation, etc. with my mom and her pals.)

Speaking of non-wine industry people, one person I count among that group is my girlfriend, Emily. I enjoy talking about wine with her and, even more, drinking it in her company. So I thought, why not for my next Snacky Tunes segment, I turn over the reins to her? Find out what wine questions she has for me?

I didn’t know what I would be quizzed on in advance and, with only five minutes, there was no time to dilly-dally with my answers.

Here’s what she ended up asking me, and I’m going to give you some clues, too:

  • What is the weirdest wine you’ve ever had? (Drank it in Grinnell, IA.)
  • What is your desert island wine? (Something sparkling.)
  • What’s the most interesting grape? (Picked a white.)
  • Is there food that does not go with wine? (Yes. It’s sweet and beloved. But I don’t like to be a jerk/killjoy about this stuff.)
  • Are there wines you have to learn to like? (Yes. Sort of like learning to like Brussels sprouts.)

Anyway, listen to the show. My segment’s at the 40:19 mark, but please enjoy the whole thing. And subscribe! It’s a great podcast.

Also on this episode:

  • Gillian Zettler, Executive Director of the Charleston Wine and Food Festival. (BTW, I went to Charleston for the first time over Christmas and loved it.)
  • Fruit & Flowers. Per hosts Darin and Greg: A lady-led post-punk, psych rock quartet that’s one of the hardest-working bands in the Big Apple.

Question mark graffiti photo by artjouer street art via flickr.

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Wine Resolutions and Goals for 2018

Kicking off 2018 by sharing my wine resolutions. Since I don’t have a whole lotta fitness goals (insert “fittin’ this” donut/pizza/burrito in my mouth joke), I’ll focus on my vocation and passion.

You’ll find promises (to myself and, well, to you) on the latest episode of Snacky Tunes. I’m back! I’d love for you to listen (and don’t want to spoil the high drama/anticipation) but one of my resolutions involves a confession.

Here it is.

I don’t drink a lot of red wine. I probably drink 95% white, rosé, and sparkling. I really only have red when I’m eating or out of the other three flavors.

Let me be clear: I love red wine. Some of my all-time favorite bottles are red. I also like refreshment and that’s what I get from a well-chilled bottle of white or pink wine. (And lighter reds, it must be said.)

Anyway, I’m trying to branch out, be even more curious, and add more red to my repertoire. Rediscover the classics.

Wine Resolutions on Snacky Tunes

Do you have any #winegoals for 2018? Let me know in the comments.

“GOALS” by urban_data via Flickr.

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Wine Resolutions and Goals for 2018

Kicking of 2018 by sharing my wine resolutions. Since I don’t have a whole lotta fitness goals (insert “fittin’ this” donut/pizza/burrito in my mouth joke), I’ll focus on my vocation and passion.

You’ll find promises (to myself and, well, to you) on the latest episode of Snacky Tunes. I’m back! I’d love for you to listen (and don’t want to spoil the high drama/anticipation) but one of my resolutions involves a confession.

Here it is.

I don’t drink a lot of red wine. I probably drink 95% white, rosé, and sparkling. I really only have red when I’m eating or out of the other three flavors.

Let me be clear: I love red wine. Some of my all-time favorite bottles are red. I also like refreshment and that’s what I get from a well-chilled bottle of white or pink wine. (And lighter reds, it must be said.)

Anyway, I’m trying to branch out, be even more curious, and add more red to my repertoire. Rediscover the classics.

Wine Resolutions on Snacky Tunes

Do you have any #winegoals for 2018? Let me know in the comments.

“GOALS” by urban_data via Flickr.

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Crémant is Your Sparkling Wine for the Holidays

Ok, sparkling wine is a year-round delight, but let’s not kid ourselves. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, it’s high season for bubbles.

So I want to highlight a range of French sparkling wines that, once you know the name, you’re going to get something good and not too expensive. So remember this: Crémant.

It’s a word denoting a set of sparklers, though not from Champagne, made in the same painstaking method. (That process being a still wine which goes through a second fermentation in the bottle, where it becomes bubble time.)

You’ll see “Crémant” on a label followed by the name of a place (with a “de” or “d'” in between.) A few places to look for:

  • Alsace
  • Bordeaux
  • Bourgogne (Burgundy)
  • Loire

I discuss this (and more, including the best food pairings for all sparkling wines, including Champagne) on my final Snacky Tunes segment for 2017. Huge thanks to the show for letting me run wild for five minutes every month.

Have a listen:

Also on this episode:

The chef-owner of Chicago’s Oriole, Noah Sandoval, talks about his restaurant, getting his career started in Richmond, VA, and having a father who is also a Navy SEAL.

THICK, a girlwave rock trio from Brooklyn, stop by for a chat and a live performance.

(And, yes, I do take a little time at the end of my Crémant talk to introduce listeners to my love for, and defense of, the Champagne flute.)

Champagne cork and cage photo by Peter Miller via Flickr.

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Crémant is Your Sparkling Wine for the Holidays

Ok, sparkling wine is a year-round delight, but let’s not kid ourselves. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, it’s high season for bubbles.

So I want to highlight a range of French sparkling wines that, once you know the name, you’re going to get something good and not too expensive. So remember this: Crémant.

It’s a word denoting a set of sparklers, though not from Champagne, made in the same painstaking method. (That process being a still wine which goes through a second fermentation in the bottle, where it becomes bubble time.)

You’ll see “Crémant” on a label followed by the name of a place (with a “de” or “d'” in between.) A few places to look for:

  • Alsace
  • Bordeaux
  • Bourgogne (Burgundy)
  • Loire

I discuss this (and more, including the best food pairings for all sparkling wines, including Champagne) on my final Snacky Tunes segment for 2017. Huge thanks to the show for letting me run wild for five minutes every month.

Have a listen:

Also on this episode:

The chef-owner of Chicago’s Oriole, Noah Sandoval, talks about his restaurant, getting his career started in Richmond, VA, and having a father who is also a Navy SEAL.

THICK, a girlwave rock trio from Brooklyn, stop by for a chat and a live performance.

(And, yes, I do take a little time at the end of my Crémant talk to introduce listeners to my love for, and defense of, the Champagne flute.)

Champagne cork and cage photo by Peter Miller via Flickr.

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How to Survive Crowded Wine Tastings

As an anxious person, I worry about a lot of things. Even wine tastings. But I want you to relax, to chill. Just keep in mind that when go to some big event like “The Freakiest Wine Grapes” or “Around the World in 8,00o Bottles” or “Mega-Zinful Blowout” (BTW, I made up all those names), be prepared for crowds, lots of wines, and some feelings of disorientation when confronted with the combination of the two.

How to Survive Crowded Wine TastingsIn some ways, these large wine tastings are not unlike visiting an amusement park. (Except no funnel cakes or keychains/license plates with your name on them.) I mean, you don’t just pull up to Disneyland/world without having put some thought into how to spend your day(s), right?

So I figured it would be a good idea for the next time I was on Snacky Tunes to give some tasting tips for the next time you’re at a ticketed event. It was inspired by my recent foray to the RAW Wine Fair in Brooklyn, which is like the Super Bowl for natural wine. (No halftime show, though. But there is pizza!) Anyway, I had a good time and tasted some really cool wines.

Ok, let’s get to my latest Snacky Tunes segment. Which, surprisingly, involves beer.

Five Tips on How to Navigate Wine Tastings

My segment begins at 55:50. But, jeez, don’t miss:

  • Legendary chef Massimo Bottura talking about his new book, Bread is Gold, and his fight to end food waste. (He has some very interesting things to say about banana peels and, of course, much more about this important issue.)
  • Music from Triple Hex, Street Smells, and Bad Girlfriend.

Crowd photo by James Cridland via flickr.

 

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How to Survive Crowded Wine Tastings

As an anxious person, I worry about a lot of things. Even wine tastings. But I want you to relax, to chill. Just keep in mind that when go to some big event like “The Freakiest Wine Grapes” or “Around the World in 8,00o Bottles” or “Mega-Zinful Blowout” (BTW, I made up all those names), be prepared for crowds, lots of wines, and some feelings of disorientation when confronted with the combination of the two.

How to Survive Crowded Wine TastingsIn some ways, these large wine tastings are not unlike visiting an amusement park. (Except no funnel cakes or keychains/license plates with your name on them.) I mean, you don’t just pull up to Disneyland/world without having put some thought into how to spend your day(s), right?

So I figured it would be a good idea for the next time I was on Snacky Tunes to give some tasting tips for the next time you’re at a ticketed event. It was inspired by my recent foray to the RAW Wine Fair in Brooklyn, which is like the Super Bowl for natural wine. (No halftime show, though. But there is pizza!) Anyway, I had a good time and tasted some really cool wines.

Ok, let’s get to my latest Snacky Tunes segment. Which, surprisingly, involves beer.

Five Tips on How to Navigate Wine Tastings

My segment begins at 55:50. But, jeez, don’t miss:

  • Legendary chef Massimo Bottura talking about his new book, Bread is Gold, and his fight to end food waste. (He has some very interesting things to say about banana peels and, of course, much more about this important issue.)
  • Music from Triple Hex, Street Smells, and Bad Girlfriend.

Crowd photo by James Cridland via flickr.

 

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There Are Shower Beers But Are There Shower Wines?


Tis the season for the shower beer. The perfectly refreshing brew to have while cooling off in the shower. It’s especially relevant for me, as I live in a sweltering Brooklyn apartment with no AC. The best way to reduce my body’s core temperature is a cold shower and an icy beer.

This got me thinking. Is there a wine that’s the equivalent of a shower beer? Wither, shower wines? So I tackled this topic for my latest Snacky Tunes podcast segment. I did so while sweating profusely in my bathroom to add an extra layer of realism, demonstrating I willingly suffer in order to provide podcast pleasure.

There Are Shower Beers But Are There Shower Wines?

I select two shower-appropriate wines. Well, let’s just say delicious refreshing products containing a great deal of wine that come in appealing, shower-caddy appropriate packaging. I also recommend turning to a wine region cranking out inexpensive bottles perfect for a cool summer shower session. As well as a white wine grape that, if you know where to look, makes very high quality wines at great prices.

Have a listen:

Shower Wines on Snacky Tunes

Also on the show, per brothers and co-hosts Darin and Greg Bresnitz:

  • John Yao, chef/owner of Los Angeles’ critically acclaimed seafood-focused restaurant, Kato. His cooking? Japan meets Taiwan meets Southern California .
  • From Buenos Aires via Far Rockaway, singer/songwriter Juan Zaballa (a.k.a. Tall Juan) performs his Latin Elvis meets The Ramones musical stylings live.

Shower beer photo by Andy Smith via Flickr.

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My New Wine Segment on the Snacky Tunes Podcast

 

I’m a huge fan of the podcast that talks about food and talks about music, Snacky Tunes. So I was absolutely delighted when asked to submit a monthy wine segment for the show. And my first one is now available! I focus on red wines you can chill and enjoy all summer long. So dig learning about chillable reds:

Also on this episode:

  • Go deep into Project 258, a cookbook from Hudson Valley, NY restaurant Fish & Game. Chef Zakary Pelaccio and author, photographer and illustrator Peter Barett stop by.
  • A live, in-studio performance by New York City electro pop singer Julietta of her single, “Runaway.” It’s perfect for your summer dance parties, according to show hosts (and brothers) Greg and Darren Bresnitz.

Don’t forget my previous appearences on Snacky Tunes, where I talk about the best restaurants in the country for wine and the top global travel destinations for wine lovers.

 

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