BUZZ: Hey Marnie, this must be a bad week for you wine sommeliers, what with Oktoberfest and all. Marnie: Not at all, Buzz. Sommeliers handle all adult drinks, not just wine. I love this time of year - not just for the great German beer, but also for the tasty German schnapps.
BUZZ: Hey Marnie, how come tequila is so expensive? I thought that stuff was rotgut. Marnie: No, Buzz. Premium tequilas are considered to be some of the finest spirits in the world, and their prices reflect supply and demand. There are bargain brands, of course, but the best are truly exceptional.
BUZZ: Hey Marnie, I keep hearing about superwines from Italy. Do they have superpowers? Marnie: No, they don't. Those are likely "Supertuscans." The term is informal, so it won't appear on labels, but it usually refers to nontraditional blended reds from Tuscany.
Buzz: I hear wine people hate asparagus. Is that because you're scared of "spears" or don't like being "stalked"? Marnie: Funny, Buzz. I like asparagus as much as anyone. What you probably heard is that asparagus and artichokes are notoriously challenging for wine pairing. Some people call them "wine killers" because they can make wines taste funny.
Buzz: How come wineries put so much useless information on the label? Marnie: Some label statements are required by law, Buzz, such as where the grapes were grown and who made the wine. Others help distinguish that wine from other wines. This information could be grape varieties, style terms or vineyard names.
Welcome to Cheap Buzz, where we eavesdrop as sommelier Marnie Old attempts to teach the joys of wine and fine spirits to Buzz, a guy with no sophistication and not much money. Here's their latest conversation.