According to a recent survey of wine drinkers, headed up jointly by Cornell professor Virginia Utermohlen and controversial wine guru Tim Hanni, wine consumers who prefer sweet wines often hyper-experience across their other senses. Apparently to the point that they might forego their undergarments entirely:
“People who love sweet or delicate wines are typically what we call Sweet or Hypersensitive tasters. They live with vivid sensations that people at the other end of the spectrum cannot imagine and will often prefer Moscato wines. Those more tolerant tasters would prefer wines with more tannins, for example… people with very sensitive palates are also more sensitive to light, sound, taste and touch. The touch aspect can be significant in their clothing, as the manufacturers’ tags irritate their skin and cause them to wear underclothing inside out, or in many cases, none at all.”
So… based on what we know about women’s wine habits from recent studies and polls… if you have amorous intent then you’re best bet might be buying your date a bottle of the most expensive, and sweetest (assuming she’s one of those hyper-sensorial types) rose wine possible. If I were Sutter Home, I might increase my White Zin prices by several percentage points in anticipation of the windfall (after adding some more sugar to them).
But there is a serious side to all of this for us wine geeks…
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It feels strange being able to settle at home and pop open a Flying Dog brewski only a few short hours after the 2011 Wine Bloggers Conference, the last three installments having taken place on the Left Coast and thus requiring a not-insubstantial amount of travel to attend for us Right Coasters.
This year’s shindig was held much closer to my neck of the woods, in Charlottesville, VA, where most of the conference days hit well over 100F outside, for which I employed a strategy of frequent shirt changes and liberal application of underarm deodorant (we might need a poll of those sitting near me at any of the sessions to determine how successful I was at beating the heat). More to come on my encounters (good, bad, and thoroughly ugly) with Virginian wines in the next few days.
No doubt that this will be among several dozen blog posts on the global interwebs today talking about the results of the 2011 Wine Blog Awards, though I suspect far fewer will be discussing how the awards were judged. I can talk a little bit about that, since I was a judge for this year’s competition…
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I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine sample tasting notes via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be fun, quickly-and-easily-digestible reviews. Below is a wrap-up of the twitter reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find them so you can try them for yourself. Cheers!
- 10 Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough): Fleshy/acidic, a match made in Purgatory; lovely tropical fruit & herbs offer salvation $16 B >>find this wine>>
- 07 Rutini La Rural Vino Dulce Encabezado de Malbec (Maipu): Chocolate & berry liqueur melt into dried cherry, rum & general bliss. $50 B+ >>find this wine>>
- 10 Licia Albarino (Rias Baixas): Fleshy? Yep – but also tropical, herbal & a pretty versatile, nimble performer at the dinner table. $17 B >>find this wine>>
- 06 Annie’s Lane Riesling (Clare Valley): Petrol, lime, & spice all working together far more productively than our current US Congress $15 B >>find this wine>>
- 04 Rolf Binder Halliwell (Barossa): Shiraz/Grenache; Think dried cranberry reduction sauce & venison and you’ll get really close. $17 B >>find this wine>>
- 10 Pirineos Mesache Rosado (Somontano): For those who are even *thinking* about serving strawberries & balsamic at an upcoming picnic $10 B- >>find this wine>>
- 10 Protos Verdejo (Rueda): Crazy value. Tropical, herbal, floral, surprisingly complex & made for grilled octopus on hot Summer nights $10 B >>find this wine>>
- 06 Simi Merlot (Sonoma County): Right Bank Bord’x visits Sonoma & hits the gym. Tea leaf, olives, black fruit & nary an ounce of flab. $18 B >>find this wine>>
- 09 Loosen Bros. Dr.L Riesling (Mosel): The Dr is still IN, as is his impressive ability to capture Mosel soul at a great price point. $12 B >>find this wine>>
- 09 Cataldo Sauvignon (Sicilia): Badda-bing! This is creamy, grassy, lemony & just one hell of a food-versatile find for the moolah. $9 B- >>find this wine>>
- 09 Peter Mertes Platinum Late Harvest Riesling Spatlese (Rheinhessen): Not shy about the sweetness, but maybe too shy about the spice. $9 B- >>find this wine>>
- 08 Concannon Righteously Rose (Livermore Valley): Red berry & meat combo will cause a headfake, but not after U taste it w/ pancetta. $10 B- >>find this wine>>
- NV Rondel Cava Pura Raza Brut (Cava): Short on finish, but long on green apple, pear & cream – and even longer on elegant value. $9 B- >>find this wine>>