Sunday, June 3, 2012

The summer is upon on us..and I have a lot to wine about.....I miss you guys! will be posting soon!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

5 Signs you are not a wine snob!

1. You put your wine in the freezer to get cold.
2. You hate red wine.
3. You drink wine that has a screw cap.
4. You never purchased a wine that costs over $20.
5. You will drink wine from any type of glass or cup.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

MegWine Response to a Pompous Wine Snob

Mark, I want to say thank you for joining our wine discussion.  However, from your post, it appears people who do not share your snobbish approach to Wine aggravate you...  First, let me start by saying not for wine snobs are not a group of people who are clueless about wine.  We are knowledgeable about what our palates enjoy rather than what Robert Parker and you think is good wine.  So please do not mistake this blog for a group of people that have a lack of wine knowledge because we choose not to follow all the rules, scoring systems, and wine pairings the snobs suggest.  We are a group of people that drink wine because it tastes good not because someone else says it is good.

For the record, we do not think you are a snob because you enjoy spending an astronomical dollar on something you are just going to drink.  However, if pulling out your black card for a nice bottle of wine validates who you are as person and wine drinker, then I say go for it, and please share with the rest of us.  As I stated before in an earlier post you do not need to spend a ridiculous amount of money to enjoy good quality wine.  I am sure you have purchased a bottle of wine for some insane amount of money and discovered it was not that great and not worth the money.  You can admit it to us, we promise not to judge you here perhaps the wines snobs would.

Also, to answer your question, no I do not consider Jay-Z a snob because he drinks Louis Roederer Cristal.  If you have Jay-Z money drink Cristal and any other over priced wine at your leisure and send me a few bottles as well.  This is none of my business, but do you have money like Jay-Z?  Perhaps, you should invite us to one of your pretentious barbecues and we can enjoy your Bouchard Pere & Fils Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru and grilled Lobster the working class roots people will probably never experience otherwise.

As for the wine suggestions, I have not had the opportunity to taste your recommendations, but I do know Columbia Valley does produce some great Riesling.  Yes snob, other regions besides Germany can produce great tasting Riesling (shocking!).  And really, you are recommending Juicy Juice because there are some people who are not fans of Reds.  Have you ever thought about wine can be enjoyed without loving a red wine?  But I am pretty sure you are one of those snobs who believe if you don't drink are not really a wine drinker...Is there a snob book or wine creed you all live by?  As for the Antech Cuvee Eugenie Cremant de Limoux ...Thanks for the suggestion however, my scheduled date-night with my significant other usually involves a four-star restaurant with a sommelier (yes snob I can pronounce sommelier) that does the wine pairings for us.  But I will keep your suggestions in mind if something changes in the future and date-night involves me cooking a meal.

Mark feel free to post for us again, my readers think you are very entertaining.  Now excuse me while I go drink my $12.00 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc with a screw cap!


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Confessions of an Occasional Snob

My name is Mark and I am snob.  A wine snob, a whiskey snob, a beer snob.  You name it; if I have sufficient knowledge about it, I typical have strong opinions about it.  But, what exactly is ‘a snob?’  What I am learning is that those who are not as well informed often consider people who are more informed on certain subjects.  Now that it not to say the ‘snobs’ are necessarily smarter; just that they have made the time and effort to learn about different wines, whiskeys, beers, etc.
Additional it also appears that when I spend a little (or a lot) more money on a product that others are willing too, that also can make me a snob.  I mean, seriously people, would anyone really consider Jay-Z a snob because he preferred Louis Roederer Cristal?  Well that is until everyone over-reacted at Frédéric Rouzaud’s comments on the subject.  Let me spell this out then, having a private jet does not make me a snob.
Now if you want to be an unsophisticated boor and drink cheap, nasty, box wine so that you can look down on my alleged pretentious wine habit in some type of anti-elitist protest; I say have at it, no skin of my nose.
But  now that we have go the name-calling out of the way; let me attempt to pry you away from that gruesome box wine you have been quaffing and introduce you to some nice wines you can appreciate without having to feeling guilty about betraying your working-class roots, or melting your credit card.
First up, we have what I believe the perfect summer white.  A 3 liter box Riesling by Black Box Wines.  Yes, you read correct the first time, this so-called wine snob is recommending a box wine.  Black Box has produced a reasonably priced and thoroughly enjoyable Columbia Valley Riesling that you can prop in the fridge and fill up the guest’s glasses at your summer barbeque.  Plus you can all get to roll your eyes when I show up with my lobster and a bottle of 2007 Bouchard Pere & Fils Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru.
Next up is a brilliant red for that late night soirée around the fire pit.  The Hogue Cellars Genesis Meritage is a full-bodied red blend full of flavors ranging from earthy to fruity, including everything in-between.  Perfect for cutting through the haze of fire and cigar smoke, but still smooth enough with a nice drawn finish so that it will not offend most, perhaps apart from the palates of some hypersensitive Zinfandel drinkers.  For them, I recommend the Juicy Juice 100% Grape juice boxes.
Finally, is my recommendation for that fantastic wine to pair with the gourmet meal you cooked (you louts can cook can’t you?) for your significant other on your oh-so-romantically scheduled date-night.  At under $15 a bottle, the 2006 Antech Cuvee Eugenie Cremant de Limoux is better than most mid-range Champagnes; plus you can buy two bottles and still have sufficient funds for the caviar and foie gras.
There you have a trio of better than average wines at less than average prices.  The only trick is that you will not find any of these in your local grocery store or 7-11.  So please head out to your specialty wine store and pick up some wines that you cannot pronounce and have never heard of before.  Just be careful, before you can learn to pronounce “cuvee”, your less adventurous friends will be calling you a snob.
Good night and good imbibing.