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Tastevine, a new beginning for something not so new

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Image by Polifemus via Flickr

Image by Polifemus via Flickr

I’ve been cruising around the world for a year and a half now. While I know more about than I did when I started I still have been unable to quantify what I’ve learned, am I any closer to understanding ? Perhaps, but I still feel that I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface, which might be its allure.

I can differentiate the varied sections of Burgundy, but then there’s the Loire Valley and after that there is some other place or grape. Shakespeare once wrote, “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” This quote not only reminds me of my foolish roommate, but also those who decide to take wine too seriously. Don’t get me wrong a healthy enthusiasm for knowledge is great but mastery does not come when you have finished every book known to man about wine, nor after visiting ever major wine region. There are still those diamonds in the rough that make the journey through wine even more rewarding. A great example is the Tannat coming from Uruguay.

I never want to feel like I know everything there is to know about wine because then where would I go, its almost as absurd as conveying a complete understanding of life, preposterous. And while will hopefully never be able to fully explain wine, we hope that it will give its users a tool in which to explore, to let wine’s mysteries draw you in as it has me. Cheers all of you fellow quaffers. And remember to share your experiences with friends so they can share the joys too.

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Wine Racks and Beer Bellies

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

So, while browsing the web today, we stumbled upon an interesting site, and decided that we had to share it with you.

Introducing The Wine Rack

What a great little gadget. You fill up the “rack” with (or any other drink) and head off to the concert, or of your choice.

Apparently they are adjustable, in the sense that you don’t have to worry about “flattening” as you continue to drink. You can simply fill them back up with air as you drink all the wine.

Guys, they did think about you, and knowing that it wasn’t likely that you wouldpass as normal wearing a wine rack, they created the Beer Belly.

Unfortunately, you may never get a chance to explain to the hot girl at the show that you aren’t fat, your just sporting a beer belly to avoid the $10 cans.

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Tastevine – Wine Tasting

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

For all of you who have missed my recommendations lately here is one that will truly benefit all. Go out and buy a bottle of ! Its the middle of the work week, spice it up. Once you’ve drank that log-on to .com and rate it. The fall is truly here with colder temperature moving across the south, this is how I know its fall. Neauvo Beaujolais is produced this season and varies year to year but generally produces a crisp red wine. Check out grapethinking.com for other recommendations from wine correspondents around the world. Cheers!

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Da Vinci Chianti/Ravenswood Zinfandel

Friday, October 19th, 2007

I have have been in Charleston, SC all weekend doing tastings and I have two great recommendations to get everyone on their way to discovering their tastes in wine.

Da Vinci Chianti is a reasonably priced and easily accessible Chianti from Italy. Chianti is Italy’s most famous red wine, which takes name from the eponymous traditional region of Tuscany. It used to be easily identified by its squat bottle enclosed in a straw basket, called fiasco (”flask”); however, the fiasco is only used by a few makers of the wine now; most Chianti is bottled in traditionally shaped wine bottles. Low-end Chianti is generally fairly inexpensive, with a basic Chianti running less than US$10 for a bottle. More sophisticated Chiantis, however, are made and sold at substantially higher price points.

And Ravenswood Zinfandel, a great Zin from California. Typically, Zinfandel wine tastes spicy and fruity. Vintners use Zinfandel grapes to produce a wide range of wine styles including sweet White Zinfandels, light-bodied reds reminiscent of Beaujolais nouveau, full bodied dry reds, sweet late harvest dessert wines, and port-style wine.

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Deck Party – RTP, NC

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

We helped sponsor the Deck in Research Triangle Park, NC and had an awesome time. We’re going to do it again in Atlanta next weekend, so come join us for some fun!

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