If you know me at all, you know I'm anything but a 'wine snob'. I do enjoy wine, but do not profess to know the first, second, or third things about it. I can differentiate between a glass of red and a glass of white, but that's about where my expertise ends! Truly, I enjoy most types of wine, from the sweetest of the dessert varieties to the most bitter of the reds. Obviously, certain wines and their strong (one way or the other) flavors need to be enjoyed in only limited settings, but in general I find a glass of wine to be a nice thing to have in my hand.
Perhaps there are those people who would look down on me for my lack of wine knowledge and unrefined palette. That's okay, though...I tend not to drink my wine with those people. I'm not one who wants to think too much about what I'm drinking. As long as it's not gasoline or any other kind of bodily poison, I'm usually good. If I don't like it, I just won't have another. I'm easy that way.
Anytime I'm tempted, for one reason or another, to begin to think I've 'graduated' to a place where I know a little bit about wine, I remind myself of a piece I saw on one of the weekly news shows years ago. In the clip, wine 'experts' were asked to blindly taste various wines. Then, they would rate the wines and discuss the way the wines appealed to them. The wines being tested ran the gamut between extremely inexpensive grocery store varieties to bottles costing tens of thousands of dollars. The results were mixed, at best. While some of the more expensive wines did, in fact, score well, it was astonishing to me how many of the high end wines were rated very poorly. Perhaps even more amusing to me was the fact that so many of the 'cheap' wines were rated by these experts as having top-tier taste. I suppose it just goes to show that wine quality, like so many other things in life, is really quite a subjective thing. It may be fun to try some wine that comes from a $1,500 bottle, but I'm betting most good ol' boys like me wouldn't rate it much higher than Three Buck Chuck!
On this episode of 'The Hungry Cowboy', I'm joined by my friend Ashley Blom from 'Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine'! We're taste testing the cheapest Pinot Grigios we could find! Watch the episode above and be sure to check out Ashley's blog!