Thursday, September 13, 2007

The Do Not buy list

I'll be updating this over time, but I figured I could save some people the trouble by just listing some icky wines that I have tasted lately. These wines are available at your local grocery store.

Duplin Carolina Scuppernong
This wine is made in North Carolina so I picked up a bottle just to be somewhat "Local"- and I'd never heard of Scuppernong. Its a local muscat grape which is known more for dessert wine. Well, to be honest I couldn't finish the bottle, even with loads of ice in it. It tasted like drinking liquefied grape jelly. Or thinned out honey--- it didn't taste like wine, more like an alcoholic syrup.

Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, New Zealand
I've really enjoyed Sauvignon Blanc lately thanks to my father and mother, who started getting to know it when they moved to South Carolina. I've been drinking a lot more white wine since it's SO hot! This wine though, which I picked up at the grocery store for $6, really tasted like bubbly lighter fluid. I got through the bottle because I was thirsty and I was having some cheese and crackers to tone it down, but it literally burned my tongue. Sorry!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Now working in the wine industry!~

Can I just say how incredibly nice it is to have a job doing something that you actually love! I recently was hired at a small-ish wine shop that always has tons and tons of events and tastings going on and it is incredibly fun! I get to use my (limited but growing) wine knowledge, my love of Belgian beers and even some French! There is nothing like getting paid to drink/taste on the clock!

Long term I would like to work as a distributor/account rep type person on commission. For now, I've got my foot in the door and I can "study" for the next couple of years. I should FINALLY get this blog fully up and running since now I will have no excuse. The last night I worked I tasted 4 wines and I haven't posted about them yet. Back to work!