Thursday, August 27, 2009

Wine bottles on a diet!

Wine producers overseas are giving lighter wine bottles a try. An average 750ml wine bottle with a screwtop weighs about 500 grams (around 17.64 ounces). The "new and improved" lighter bottles will weigh around 300g (10.58 oz). All I can say is I wish bottles weighed less when I was a barback WAY back in 1989 in Northern Kentucky. When I worked at "The Waterfront" we had to carry all our wine/beer/liquor up from the bottom of the bar (The Waterfront was a 3 story bar/restaurant built on an old barge across from Cincinnati). I remember we would weigh ourselves on the big scales they used for deliveries (for produce/seafood, etc). I know that Absolut Vodka bottles (1.75L) weighed the most but the only actual weight I remember was 2 cases of Corona beer weighed 110 pounds! Factor in that we carried all this on our shoulders... I'm surprised I don't walk with a gangsta lean to the right!

In any event, lighter bottles = lighter shipping containers = less energy consumed. I can see the ads now: Drink Wine, Save the Earth :) Cheers, Bo

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Newsletter Article on Wine Memories

What was your best Summer wine memory? I have several and all seem to be tied in with food for some reason! Like anything else, it's the combination of several things that make for a great memory. Great food, family and friends, and a wine that pairs 'just right' with what you're eating. One recent example was when all of us at Harris Wagner Law Group had a 'family outing' to a wine tasting at Atmosphere restaurant here in ATL. We tasted several French wines and enjoyed some great food that was perfectly paired with each wine. That's something you should resolve to do soon: try a wine and food pairing. As an example, I don't typically drink a lot of white wine, but at a tasting yo u are pushed to try new things. At Atmosphere, the theme was "Wines from Burgundy" and we enjoyed 2 whites and 3 reds (remember-European wines tend to be named after their region, and Burgundy wine grapes are primarily Chardonnay and Pinot Noir). I cannot remember all of the chef's food/wine combinations, but each was perfectly matched to the wine we were drinking (one memorable one was duck confit with a medium-bodied Pinot--yum!) That's when wine can be really fun--when it is a perfect compliment to your food, not something that masks or overpowers your meal. That's what made it a great memory--great friends, yummy food and a perfect wine to accompany our food! The next time you see a prix fixe or tasting menu with wines chosen by the sommelier or wine steward, GO FOR IT! You may be surprised how fun it can be (and you might just find a new favorite vino)!

Monday, August 24, 2009

When "Petite" equals HUGE

Prior to the Jonas Brothers concert (see my other blog) Susie, Julia and I went to Dante's Down the Hatch for some fondue. I chose EOS Petite Sirah to accompany our dinner and I'm glad I did (no, Julia didn't have any, but she did have a lovely tropical fruit drink sans alcohol). Petite Sirah is a totally different grape than Syrah, though I think their DNA may cross paths somewhere down the line. Dark as ink (and teeth-staining as well), Petite Sirah is a massive wine. Young wines tend to have huge tannins but if you decant and/or allow some time for aging, you'll be pleased to find a rich wine full of depth. Despite the tannins in most Petite Sirahs, you will find that the flavors are not so much as to 'take over' your meal as Cabernet Sauvignon can do. As we had chicken, pork, beef and shrimp in our fondue mélange, the wine didn't seem to overpower any of the flavors and actually paired nicely with all the sauces (teriyaki, remoulade, sweet/sour and (Susie's fave) creamy horseradish). So the next time you want to try something new, give Petite Sirah a shot--the EOS as mentioned is a great choice from Paso Robles; I think it's around $10-15. Enjoy!