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20 WINES TO AVOID-THE TOP 20 MOST ORDERED WINES IN RESTAURANTS

Posted in Info on Wine, Wine Lists with tags , , , on July 17, 2009 by ballymote

I find this list absolutely amazing. It’s from RESTAURANT WINE MAGAZINE and it’s a list of the TOP 20 wines ordered in restaurants in 2007. Honestly, there isn’t a single wine on this list that I can recommend or that I would order under ANY circumstance. I love wine passionately but if this were all the wine choices I had, I would be a devoted beer drinker.

This list speaks volumes about the wine, oops I meant to say plonk-drinking habits of the American public. They get into a rut and have no idea how to get out and consequently they miss the opportunity to experience the true joys of the grape. I publish this list to help you avoid the minefield of bad juice that floods America. This list was originally published in a BLOG titled “Spirit of Wine”.

RESTAURANT WINES TOP 20 WINES ORDERED IN 2007

  1. KENDALL-JACKSON CHARDONNAY
  2. BERINGER VINYARDS WHITE ZINFANDEL
  3. CAVIT PINOT GRIGIO
  4. SUTTER HOME WHITE ZINFANDEL
  5. INGLENOOK CHABLIS
  6. ECCO DOMANI PINOT GRIGIO
  7. YELLOW TAIL CHARDONNAY
  8. COPPERIDGE CHARDONNAY
  9. YELLOWTAIL SHIRAZ
  10. FRANZIA WHITE ZINFANDEL
  11. MEZZACORONA PNOT GRIGIO
  12. FRANZIA CHARDONNAY
  13. WOODBRIDGE CHARDONNAY
  14. WYCLIF BRUT
  15. SANTA MARGHARITA PINOT GRIGIO
  16. TAYLOR CALIFORNIA CELLARS CHABLIS
  17. MARTINI & ROSSI DRY VERMOUTH
  18. FOXHORN VINYARDS CHARDONNAY
  19. SUTTER HOME CHARDONNAY
  20. BLACKSTONE MERLOT

you have been warned!!

 

  

FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS DRINK WHITE ZINFANDEL

Posted in Info on Wine with tags , , , on July 13, 2009 by ballymote

It should be noted that this post is being written by a “wine geek”. True “wine geeks” are convinced beyond all doubt that white zinfandel is NOT wine but some pink, fruity aberration on a level with soft drinks and Hi-C Fruit Punch.

With that in mind, here is a scary fact; according to Sutter Home, the culprits responsible for the “white zin” craze of the 80′s:

One in ten bottles of table wine opened in the USA is white zinfandel!!

Sutter Home, alone, accounts for the sale of 4 MILLION cases of white zinfandel per year. To put this number in perspective, I recently ordered a Pinot Noir from California of which less than 100 cases were made.

In a recently published list of the wines most ordered in restaurants for 2007 Beringer White Zinfandel was 2 and Sutter Home White Zinfandel was 4th.

White Zin begins its life innocently enough from the vines of the noble red zinfandel. The juice sits on the skins just long enough to take on the light pink color and then sugar is added to give it that sweet (no longer tastes like real wine) taste. Apologists claim it has a purpose in life in that it gives novice wine-drinkers a bridge to the world of real wine. My contention would be that white zin drinkers either stay with white zin, or when they do attempt to move up to red wine, they end up purchasing something in the same price range as their white zin and end up with the “plonk” that goes under many names i.e., Turning Leaf Merlot, Hacienda Cabernet, Cavit Pinot Grigio and quickly exclaim “yuck, if this is what red wine tastes like, I’ll stick with my white zin.”

I really wish I was more tolerant of white zinfandel lovers. I don’t wanna be a wine snob, honest. I guess it’s just when you know the pleasure that sipping a great wine can bring you just wanna to share that sensation with the world. It isn’t costly, it isn’t difficult. It just takes experiencing that “wow” moment that will never come from a glass of white zinfandel.

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