Single Vineyards versus Blends, Drops of God Manga Wine, Wine Scores

Jan29th

Introduction

How does blending grapes impact the flavour profile of wine? What can blends give you that a single varietal can’t? What can you learn about wine from reading the Drops of God manga series? Why should you engage your creative side when it comes to wine? Why do you need to dive deeper into wine scores before buying?

In today’s episode, I’m chatting with you about the power and problems with wine scores, whether single vineyard or blends are better and the viral sensation of the Manga wine series called Drops of God. Enjoy!

 

Highlights

  • What can you learn about wine from reading Drops of God?
  • How is the Drops of God anime series impacting wine sales?
  • Why should you pay attention to the Drops of God manga?
  • How can you differentiate between manga and anime?
  • How does the classic battle between the brain and the heart play out in Drops of God?
  • How can you win rare bottles of Bordeaux and Burgundy?
  • Why should you engage your creative side when it comes to wine?
  • How has Drops of God created a real-world wine experience for you?
  • Why might you assume that single vineyards are better than blends?
  • What role do field blends play if you value history and tradition?
  • How can a single grape be more than one variety?
  • What can blends give you that a single varietal can’t?
  • Which grapes make up the benchmark blends you already know?
  • How does blending grapes impact the flavour profile of wine?
  • What are some well-known wines that are blends?
  • Why might Submission wine be on your radar?
  • How did the Toronto Star’s score for Submission impact its sales?
  • How did I review Submission?
  • What flavour profile should you expect with Submission?

 

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Video

You can also watch the video that includes bonus content and behind-the-scenes questions and answers that weren’t included in this podcast.

Transcript & Takeaways

Welcome to episode 61!

In today’s episode, I’m chatting with you about the power and problems with wine scores, whether single vineyard or blends are better and the viral sensation of the Manga wine series called Drops of God.

This conversation first aired on my regular Facebook live video show that you can catch every second Wednesday at 7 pm eastern, including tonight if you’re listening to this podcast on the day it’s published.

During the Facebook chat, Peter Humphries, one of my wine course students makes an excellent point about blended wines, and I quote him on that. I’ll put a link in the show notes where you can find us this evening at nataliemaclean.com/61. It’s so much fun. We chat, we drink, we laugh, we drink some more. Pour yourself a glass and join us.

You can also join me on my free, online video wine class the 5 Wine & Food Pairing Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Dinner (and how to fix them forever!)? It’s more fun than a mouth should be allowed to have ;)

Go to nataliemaclean.com/class and choose a time and date that work for you. I look forward to seeing you inside the class!

Okay, on with the show!

 

Well, there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this chat.

If you liked this episode, please tell a friend about it, especially one who’s interested in the wine tips I shared. My podcast is easy to find, whether you search Google on its name Unreserved Wine Talk, or on my name.

You’ll find links to the wines I mentioned, the video version of the conversation and how you can join us on Facebook live this evening for terrific wine chats in real-time and always with wine, in the show notes at nataliemaclean.com/61.

Finally, if you want to learn why red wine shouldn’t be your default pairing for many cheeses, join me in a free online video class at nataliemaclean.com/class.

Next week, we’ll chat with Jamie Evans, known as the Herb Somm who talks about pairing wine and weed, or cannabis. Now that it’s legal in Canada and in many US states, are you curious like I am about the combination and the similarities between them? We’ll find out next Wednesday!

Thank you for taking the time to join me here. I hope something great is in your glass this week, perhaps a spectacular single vineyard or blended!

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