Our sommelier suggests some chilled alternatives to the usual white wines.
Marnie Old schools Buzz on light and bright wines for a summer day down the Shore.
BUZZ: My buddy knows I love Mexican food, and yesterday he offered to buy me a mojito. When I told him I wasn't hungry, he just laughed at me.
Marnie peels off her favorite wine grape.
Buzz: Hey Marnie, it's Philly Beer Week. Does that mean you whiners get the week off?
BUZZ: Hey, Marnie, my brother says I mispronounce merlot. He says it's merlow. Who cares - it's supposed to be swill either way, right?
Pink wines are a serious wine thats gotten an unjustifiably bad rep.
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.
Whats the deal with Japanese wine? Is it any good?
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.
Buzz: I forgot to get my wife a present for Valentine's Day. What could I pick up at the store that could save my bacon?
Buzz: It felt like 20 below the other day, and I was in line behind a lady buying white wine. Who'd want to drink cold white wine when it's freezing out?
Buzz: Hey Marnie, I'm going skiing this weekend and I always carry a flask. What's the best whiskey for keeping warm?
Buzz: Hey, Marnie, how come young people these days drink such weird stuff?
Marnie: Like what, Buzz?
Buzz: I went to a holiday dinner hosted by nieces...
Buzz: When did they start making a special wine for little ladies?
Marnie: I've never heard of such a thing, Buzz. What do you mean?
Buzz: Hey, Marnie. I just heard a radio ad for vodka that tastes like whipped cream and marshmallows. Is that a Halloween prank?
Marnie: No. As horrifying...
Cheap Buzz: It's perfectly possible to make whites from red grapes.
It creates a major quality control issue that leads to an inconsistent product and premature spoilage.
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.