Fresh Press: Christina is in LA!! We went to the restaurant where Whitney works as a sommelier- Terroni and had some pretty amazing Italian food and wine. Our favorite was Tedeschi Spungola Bellaria.
And guess what else happened? Whitney got a tattoo! It’s a drawing of a grape by Giampiero Bea. Check out the original on this bottle of Rosso de Veo…
What the What? Trockenbeerenauslese. Listen to a native speaker saying this word at Forvo.
A blind tasting went down! Could Christina tell the difference between California Bandit Pinot Grigio in Tetrapak and Slovenian Giocato Pinot Grigio in a regular old glass bottle? Listen and find out. Wines purchased at Silverlake Wine.
Listener’s Question #1: Daniel wanted to know about affordable, good vodka! Whitney loves Tito’s Vodka which usually retails around 20 or under. It’s a great handmade craft vodka from Texas that’s actually not that hard to find or super expensive. It’s got a real smooth texture and is great for making cocktails.
Listener Question #2: Tracy wanted to know about how you become a Certified Sommelier or Master of Wine and what these titles are all about. We break it down for her. If you want to know more go to the sources: Court of Master Sommeliers and Wine & Spirits Education Trust.
Where in the World reveal: Croatia!
Christina says if you’re really bored, read all FOUR parts of her Istria posts on her blog!
Wine of the Week: Clai Ottocento white 2009
What Christina said about it: ‘Matched with probably the best risotto I’ve ever had, a copper colored blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Malvazija, and Pinot Grigio. It was like the Malvazija but on herbal infused steroids. It seemed to live and breathe the vineyards on the hills outside. I was in heaven.’
Where to buy it:
In US: $29.99 at 67 Wine (they ship!). Chambers St Wines in NYC sometimes has it in stock too.
In UK: write directly to Judith and Trevor at Pacta Connect to get your hands on any of Clai’s wines.
PS: Whit’s favorite and the best US importer of Croatian (and Hungarian, Slovenian) wine is Blue Danube. Check out there website for all the different Croatian winemakers they import and a good bit of info and map of Crotia.