Friday, June 26, 2009


I just watched John Cleese in Wine for the Confused. It was a beginning beginner's guide to wine. He talks about how wine is made, major types of California wines and how to choose and describe the wines you like when you try them. He offers these tips:

  1. Trust your palate.
  2. Try to learn accurate words that describe the taste that you like.
  3. Try to find a local wine shop where you like and trust the people and go there to discuss wine with them.
I started with #3 and found a liquor store near where I work. The man there, Russ, was knowledgeable and helpful. He suggested that I start with a light white wine. He suggested Ken Forrester Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc, so I bought a bottle.

The wine's description: "full, complex, ripe tropical fruits, crisp, dry finish."
The smell: sharp, a little woody
The taste: full, dry, a tangy aftertaste that's probably some kind of fruit, but I can't identify it. I asked for something crisp, and I guess this would qualify.
Opinion: It's okay, but I doubt I'd seek it out in the future.

1 comment:

  1. This looks like so much fun! I love John Cleese, and I'd love to be able to run the glass under my nose and pronounce that it's "sharp, a little woody." Lately wine has been giving me such headaches that the idea kinda scares me. But I'm hopeful that will pass, so I'll keep "Wine for the Confused" tucked in the back of my mind.