Artsy Shill of the Day
So the nice folks over at Redwood Creek were recently kind enough to send me a bottle of their newest pinot noir. Actually, for a behind-the-scenes look into the cutthroat world of food blogging, here’s how it went down:
From: PR Guy
Redwood Creek offers seven food-friendly wines that are easy on the wallet, around $8 per bottle………..
- Pinot Noir: the brand’s bestseller, this medium-bodied wine boasts flavors of black cherry with a smooth finish that compliments vegetarian dishes perfectly.
- Cabernet Sauvignon: this bold wine features hints of vanilla and rich mocha, enhancing flavors in a hearty, meat entrée or even a chocolaty dessert.
…………..Also, let me know if you’d like to receive a bottle to try yourself!
To: PR Guy
Black Cherry pinot noir sure sounds interesting…would love to try! Here’s my address:
Brooklyn, NY 11217
cant believe you claimed this before me!
Haha, sorry gansie. You snooze, you lose.
Moving on — I chose the pinot noir because that’s what my parents drink, and thus the extent of my wine knowledge. Oh, I also know that I hate merlot, but only because Sideways told me to. I wish I had something smart-sounding to write about this bottle, or why I like piont noirs in general, but all I can garner up is that it’s cheap, tasty, and got me buzzed. Seriously, if I’m gonna be a food writer, I need to have at least one high-falutin thing to say about why I like pinot, right?
Help me out, ESers. How does one go about being an entry-level wine snob? What do you say when someone asks you to describe a wine? I’m always like….uh…wine? I’ve heard the buzz words, and they mean nothing to me. Fruity accents? Tannin? Mouthfeel? (Or is that one for just beer? See, I’m clueless).
Mind you, I don’t want to actually learn about wine — just doesn’t hold my interest. But if someone could describe to me, in fifty words or less, how to sound smart while talking about wine without being the most boring person in the room, I would seriously appreciate it.
PS (aside to PR flacks – please submit all free alcohol-related emails directly to BS(at)endlesssimmer(dot)com