April 8, 2009

BUZZWORTHY: The Dregs Report

If you’re not an early adapter, chances are you missed out on some chucklish reads that would have left you peeing in your pants last week. After all, it was April Fools, so tricks and jokes were to be had.

But just how do Winos celebrate the special day? They team up together and play the ultimate prank on the World o’ Wine and its oh-so-pretentious loyalists. End result…. Dregs Report, a collaborative effort of satirical wine writing pulled together by 40 wine writers and bloggers whom had never even met, myself included.

Given my contribution, I got the chance to put some quality facetime in with a few of the masterminds, including W.R. Tish, for an evening filled with delicious wines, blind tastings, and humorous foodie stand-up. Check out Tish in action, revealing our lovely mystery wine at the site's launch party:

We also had the opportunity to put one of our fellow WinoBees to the test. Amy, a 20-something PR practitioner and Founder of GlutenFreeGossip.com enjoys red wines, so we decided to have her see if she could tell the difference between a Pinot Noir and a Cabernet Sauvignon. Did she get it right? Check out the below (and bare with us, we did it on a whim - no make-up, no script, no real lighting... just all in fun): 

Now, as I mention in the video, in order to appreciate wine its essential to understand the characteristics that different grapes have to offer and how those traits are expressed in wines. Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir are both red grapes, and while they both do exude alot of similarities, there are a few traits that differentiate them. 

Characteristics of Cabernet Sauvignon:

  • Typically marked by dark fruit flavors - like plum, currant and black cherry
  • Has an affinity for oak, and when barreled  will show hints of vanilla, pepper and spice
  • Tend to have firm tannin levels so they give a little more bite on your palette
  • Fuller body, firm acidity and great intensity 
  • Likely to be bottled in its own blend
  • Dark purple color

Characteristics of Pinot Noir:

  • Black cherry, spice and raspberry flavoring with earthy undertones
  • Delicate, floral aroma
  • Dark ruby color
  • Silky smooth finish

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So as you can see, we had our fun (and drank it too)! Now its time you do the same.  If you haven’t already, pour a glass of Cabernet or Pinot, visit www.DregsReport.com, and laugh your tooshie off! WARNING: Stories may become funnier as more alcohol content is consumed.