November 29, 2008

Fearless Wine


I've been benefiting from a friend's birthday gift, and I thought I'd mention it so that other interested folks might also benefit.

Sara bought me a book called "The Wine Trials." The author is Robin Goldstein and it is published by Fearless Critic Media.

The point of the book is to report the results of an experiment regarding how cheap wines stack up against more expensive bottles when the labels are obscured with a brown bag. What they found was that you can drink some really great wines and not spend a heck of a lot of money in the process. Check out the book itself for details, including the experimental design.

Of special interest, however, are the rankings of the many wines they included in the trials. It is within those lists (and more detailed descriptions of favorites) that you will find your possible shopping list of wines.

They've steered me right thus far. I'm someone not looking to become a wine expert, nor spend a ton of money. I just want a nice glass of wine now and again. This book is exactly what I wanted, and I thank Sara for digging it up. Are you looking for affordable imbibing? Then I recommend this book. Christmas shoppers, take note.

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Posted by James at November 29, 2008 3:10 PM
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Next time you're up visiting us, please let us take you to the Wine and Cheese Cask in Somerville. In their monthly newsletter, they write about many different wines, of varying prices, and always feature very affordable "Wines of the Month," which run from $5 to $9 a bottle.

It is through them that I've learned about wine, what I like, what I could do without, and how not to break my bank. Plus, the staff is very friendly and approachable (you can't be stuffy about wine when you're wearing jeans, can you?). I've been on their mailing list for so long, I rememer when they used peel-and-stick address labels.

They don't keep their website terribly up to date re: the newsletter, but take a peek here: This is a place I think you would appreciate.

Posted by: Patti M. at November 29, 2008 4:48 PM

Note taken, thanks! And Patti - yes! LOVE the Wine & Cheese Cask. There was a time long ago when we used to go first there and then Dali once a week. Ah, those pre-parenting days!

Posted by: Karen at November 29, 2008 6:54 PM

It's great when you've got a place that gives good recommendations. I think it's vital to live close to a good shop, though, or at least be near enough that you visit regularly and have a rapport with the folks there. I don't currently have such a place, so I rely on various recommendations (and books).

Also, trying to keep a wine journal here:

It's like one of those book tracking sites, but for wine.

Posted by: James at November 29, 2008 11:40 PM

Karen, I used to work across the street from both Dali and the Wine and Cheese Cask. I remember the day I came to work and saw a car sticking out of the front of the W&CC, which is why they redid the front part of the store. I loved going there for sandwiches at lunch. Their tuna salad is the best (their secret is chopped cornichons).

Since you mentioned Dali, have you tried Solea on Moody St. in Waltham? It's really good, and there isn't the crush that there is at Dali.

Posted by: Patti M. at November 30, 2008 3:16 PM

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