8 More Popular Wine Questions Answered

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8 More Popular Wine Questions Answered

So, here we are back again with a few more common questions about wine. We all have them -- these came from a dear friend -- but sometimes we're just a bit too intimidated to ask. I mean, who is going to risk the ridicule of one's sommelier or local wine expert?

Now, before you roll your eyes -- OK, maybe too late -- there are plenty of great wine folks out there who are smart, patient and willing to repeat some advice for the umpteenth time, but the sad truth is there are at least as many pretentious boors who seem to live to embarrass the hapless wine neophyte.

Never fear, you've got questions and I've got answers. And next time you meet one of those pretentious boors, remember there are no stupid questions, only stupid answers!

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  • Yes it dose !!
    Having trying at home with less expensive wines and sure dose taste different with changing glass also with expensive wines too, but not only the glass but temperature sure changes wines a lot too ~ don7t drink with paper or plastic cups !!

    Feb 24, 2011 at 3:29 AM

  • Glassware is something we have written about extensively (in our idiosyncratically English way), from the Riedel tasting glass (http://tinyurl.com/2bph4eo) to the Duralex tumbler (http://tinyurl.com/6ejanxs). Our current post reveals the hideous glassware employed in 10 Downing St (http://tinyurl.com/5tbpgrj) The key thing is to eschew the Paris goblet, that hideous little tennis ball of a glass condemned by George Reidel himself as “the enemy of wine”. A glass too thick and too small to enhance the flavour, too shallow and open to enhance the bouquet, and too mimsy to suggest generosity.

    Feb 24, 2011 at 4:19 AM

  • I was wondering why the rest of France didn't have to change their french wine laws when Burgundy did?

    Feb 24, 2011 at 3:56 PM

  • Snooth User: schellbe
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    Do more expensive wines get better ratings? This is really a question of correlation and the direction of causation.

    There is likely a correlation between price and ratings, but the causation may work both ways. High ratings may cause a high price, and vice versa.

    Most professionals taste blind, so that they cannot be influenced by the price or label. And a higher quality (more oak, more strict selection) wine may cost more and be priced higher, and this higher "quality" may lead to better scores. But it is also the case that a high rating on a new wine will jack up the price of a wine when it is released. Just check the low price of Gruaud Larose 09, after Robert Parker gave it so-so (for a super second) score when rating the 09 Bordeaux futures, and the higher prices of wines Parker favored.

    Feb 24, 2011 at 7:26 PM

  • Price is not a factor in blind tasting, but there's correlation between price and rating. The reputation of the winemaker comes from knowledge, and other factors such as the soil, seeds, etc that a good, experienced winemaker is able to put together. A newcomer has to establish him/herself before being able to charge higher prices.

    Feb 25, 2011 at 6:47 AM

  • Good article Gregory! I have to share it with my friends in Facebook.

    Mar 01, 2011 at 4:37 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Thank you Nelli!

    Mar 01, 2011 at 4:50 PM

  • Snooth User: zinfandel1
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    I'm glad you brought up the idea of selecting a wine reviewer that is more in alignment with your own tastes. Over the years I have stayed with one wine reviewer and it has worked out at about 80% successful which isn't too bad an average. Of course my wife thinks I'm nuts.

    Mar 06, 2011 at 9:08 AM

  • Snooth User: catboots
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    Purchase the best glasses that you can afford. The wine glass that you choose, can make a world of difference

    Jul 29, 2012 at 5:08 PM

  • Snooth User: catboots
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    Remember, if you are on a budget, you'll have no problem finding a great wine for under 10$

    Jul 29, 2012 at 5:10 PM

  • Snooth User: catboots
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    Get to know you wine merchant. Or as I call them "my wine guys" They can help you make the right decision, when it comes to choosing wine.

    Jul 29, 2012 at 5:17 PM

  • Snooth User: catboots
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    You don't have to follow "the wine matching food thing" It's true that some wines will go better with certian types of food. But always drink the kind of wine you like, You'll be happier:)

    Jul 29, 2012 at 5:24 PM

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