Thursday, 22 August 2013

What kind of wine drinker are you ?

I stumbled upon this great website about wine and found this funny light hearted article, I sent it to a few friends, most of which including me came back as a 'Lush' and a couple of 'Horders'

Let me know what you are, via comments.. its a bit of fun have a go...

Are you :
The Luddite

Just say ‘No’ to screw caps

The Luddite is unblushing in their love for the old way. Things like screwcaps, wine-in-a-box and fancy plastic aerators make The Luddite shiver in their boots. They can be found wandering down the French, Italian or Spanish wine aisle in search of terroir. They love real books with real pages. Places like Argentina or Napa Valley are far too young –even at 150 years– to earn The Luddite’s approval.

The Local
We make wine here too!

This wine lover has serious pride for their local juice. If you bring something over that’s not from their region, they’ll look at it like it’s rotten. Evangelism like this is essential for newer wine regions, such as Virginia, to grow and gain attention. Blinded by their own convictions, The Local often misses out on what the rest of the wine world has to offer.
The Cynic
Smart enough to be dangerous..

The Cynic will never really sit back and enjoy a glass of wine because they are too busy hyper-criticizing it. It’s not uncommon for The Cynic to constantly disregard what they’re drinking and bring up other vintages, regions and wines they prefer. The Cynic is usually very knowledgeable and good at picking out wine faults, acidity, alcohol level and tannin structure. Unfortunately The Cynic is never satisfied.
The Analyzer
Do you get petrol?

The Analyzer always seems to have their eyes closed and their noses stuck in a glass. They murmur to themselves, blurting out aromas and tastes as they find them. Off the wall flavors like “Pickle Juice,” “Hot Dog,” and “Chew Toy” are not uncommon. This type of wine drinker is fun for exploratory purposes, but sometimes can get a little too nuanced and sour a good time.
The Tried and True
Pinot Grigio please!

You’ll sit across this type of wine drinker at a restaurant and notice they’ll never even glance at the wine list before ordering. When they order they ask for a common varietal, without any acknowledgement of style or region. They could love other varietals and styles of wine but are lazy and unadventurous. When The Tried-and-True can’t order what they want, their fragile world crumbles. “What do you mean you don’t have Chardonnay?!”
The Lush (I was going to add the pictures of all those that fell into this group)
Let’s get another bottle!

The Lush is a lot of fun because of their enthusiasm to want to drink with you. This type of wine drinker is the polar opposite of The Analyzer because they are too busy swallowing to actually taste their wine. Watch out, they are charmers!
The Hoarder
Hoarder?! You mean Collector.

If you had to buy a larger wine cooler to replace the one you had, you might be a Hoarder. This type of wine drinker is great to have as a friend because they always have something around –as long as they’re willing to share. The Hoarder goes through seasonal wine shopping sprees where they buy wine by the case. Believe it or not, some Hoarders have so much wine they won’t be able to drink it all in their lifetime.
The Pusher
How about we pop a bottle, or two, or nine.

You may have been introduced to a great wine by this type of wine drinker. The Pusher is a generous type who opts to share their wine with anyone just because they’re enthusiastic about it. They also love to get people drunk. Because of this, they tend to be a little heavy-handed and forget that it’s a weeknight. On the plus side, you’ll find they that their exuberant character will get you to delve into new wines all the time.
The Snob
AKA The Name Dropper
We’ve all had the experience where we stand quietly and nod while someone rattles off a list of expensive shit they’ve done. A Wine Snob uses this form of one-upmanship to name-drop wineries where they’ve had some sort of first class experience. They may not even know that much about wine, but they’re more than happy to shove their insight into your face. When they walk away you’ll silently remind yourself never to talk to that person again.

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Monday, 19 August 2013

Whilst the cats away....

With our secretary and head honcho Sue being away on a girlie weekend (Is it me or does that sound like two people being away ??) the evening was rather raucous with Geoff leading the way on the naughtiness stakes...more of this later.  (Is he saying its not raucous when I’m there ??)

The hosts requested we each brought along our favourite summer wine. This included a rather delicious Vouvray (Brut) fizz which came a close second as the favourite wine of the evening , brought back by Jacqui and Nick from their recent stay in the Loire. True to form Mark brought along another typical wine of the Loire region (Not) a fabulous Bordeaux (well he would say that wouldn’t he) , Barron Lestac.

For the non red wine drinkers amongst us the French white went down well, light and crisp. As did the Pino Grigio (Blush)The other two reds included a Shiraz from Chile and Cabernet Sauvignon (Yellow label) Wolf Blass®.

Surprise surprise, the Wolf Blass® won hands down as the best wine of the evening in the blind tasting – supplied by Terry and Karen, some of us felt that this was a bit of a cheat…with Wolf Blass® being a trusted favourite amongst most of us it was bound to win.

Finally, Geoff took the opportunity to let his hair down and attract some alternative female attention as Sue was away. Kisses all-round as you can see from the photo below, well as they saywhile the cats away.

Time to put a cork in it….before I get anyone else in trouble


(Ahh but I hear you did get in trouble with Miss W.. told off twice..apparently !!)


Thank you for stepping in a Blogging the evenings events and for the pictures, especially of the one of my husband ‘caught in the act’.  You could have a side line with Jacqui, your pictures catching partners ‘being naughty’ as you put it then Jacqui can go in for the kill with the divorce settlement !

…So I am sure you DO want to hear about my girlie weekend away, no, you DO..
Well I am only going to tell you about the wine, as the Three Tarts (as we became know from the first lunch… no I am not going to explain just HOW that came about ) it was decided from very early on, that what happens in Battle stays in Battle.
So you are not going to hear about the journey & the Irishman, the M25 (joking, that's joking about the M25 not the Irishman)) you are not going to hear about the less than salubrious B & B.  You are not going to hear about the walk with the cows (that’s not us before anyone thinks that) you are not going to hear about the walk in the woods & the ‘fit’ woodcutter (well the other two thought so, bit of rough & all that...but then, these girls have diaries with events like Ploughing matches & sheep selling, mine are more...Bannatynes & Sainsbury.)

You are not going to hear about the Knights & battlefield (However, we would sound intellectual, although bore you stupid) You are not going to hear about The Red Bull (nothing to do with the cows above) or the f*****g Samsung, as Annie frequently muttered. You are not going to hear about the weird Masonic style tomb, or the photos by road signs and you are not going to hear about Karens change in eating habits or the stop at McDonalds…and you are certainly not going to hear about the shopping (that, of course, we didn't do)

I can tell you about the wine... but all I can say is there was wine and there was champagne!

We had hoped for limoncello too but the Italian restaurant had run out, I ask you, what kind of Italian restaurant is that ! 

So time to stick a cork in it.

Next month at ours.

Bye S x

 Ps Battle is very nice, its Yuppie land, just been down Margate High Street..its not !