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Rich R
 
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Over the years, here is what I've come to believe:

- most Americans eat really easy food every night. Comfort food? These foods
do not call for the classic reds (Brunello, Cab, Left bank Bordeaux's.)

Most Americans can learn to distinguish among fair wines and good wines and
great wines.

Most Americans would rather take their cue from Wine Spectator or Martha
Stewart. But the most fun wines are in the 10-18 USD range.

There are some great white wines that are great as aperitifs: Pinot Grigio,
Prosecco, Pinot Blanc, Moscato D'Asti.

Wine should be easy. But for most, it's not. WHY?

Rich



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On Mon, 01 Mar 2004 23:45:06 GMT, "Rich R" > wrote:

>Over the years, here is what I've come to believe:


Well, you ended the post with "WHY?" so you've invited some comment.
Here's mine.
>
>- most Americans eat really easy food every night. Comfort food? These foods
>do not call for the classic reds (Brunello, Cab, Left bank Bordeaux's.)


Most people of any nationality eat really easy food more often than
complex gourmet meals. Americans, particularly young professionals
(25-50 years old) tend to eat out more than dine at home. Dietary
habits vary considerably. Folks in urban areas, particularly
upper-middle-class areas, with access to a wide range of restaurants
will eat more wine-friendly foods. (It must be obvious that a Big Mac
and a glass of Grange probably isn't common.)

>
>Most Americans can learn to distinguish among fair wines and good wines and
>great wines.


How very egalitarian of you to acknowledge the trainability of "most
Americans.". Again, most people of any nationality can learn to
distinguish between good, great and plonk. Be sure when stereotyping
Americans to allow some latitude for individual taste.
>
>Most Americans would rather take their cue from Wine Spectator or Martha
>Stewart. But the most fun wines are in the 10-18 USD range.


Most Americans have never seen a copy of Wine Spectator and they only
know of Martha Stewart through TV coverage of her trial or by seeing
her name on towels and placemats at K-Mart.

Fun wines are found in every price range. People cluster around what
they can comfortably afford.

>
>There are some great white wines that are great as aperitifs: Pinot Grigio,
>Prosecco, Pinot Blanc, Moscato D'Asti.


Sure, and there are some great red wines that are great for sipping
before and after meals as well.
>
>Wine should be easy. But for most, it's not. WHY?


It is easy, and for most, the apprehension about doing the wrong thing
goes away quite quickly. In other words, the premise of your question
doesn't really hold up.



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Rich R
 
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<How very egalitarian of you >

Well I try to be. My questions were of an honest nature. Thanks for your
reply. Very thoughtful, and made me think a few things over.


Rich.


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>>Wine should be easy. But for most, it's not. WHY?>>>

Because the whole wine thing has been usurped by the high minded and given us
such phrases "a taste of apricots with the lingering smell of apples on a
spring day, finishing with the lightness of wood chips".

This is not so simple as
>>>>>... learn to distinguish among fair wines and good wines and

great wines.>>>

Then again, part of the wine problem is that you do spend a fair amount of
money on a wine, even at your 10-18USD range you take the chance on a wine that
is less than you had wanted (hoped). Add that to the fact that when you do find
a wine you like, it is not so easy to allways find that wine again. I mean if
you like XX beer you just go and buy another six pack. But if you like XX wine
you may have a harder time finding it than just popping in the store and buying
it. Or perhaps it was only that one year's vintage.




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Marcus Claudius Marcellus
 
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Stick to beer then.

Marcello

"Treemoss2" > wrote in message
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> >>Wine should be easy. But for most, it's not. WHY?>>>

>
> Because the whole wine thing has been usurped by the high minded and given

us
> such phrases "a taste of apricots with the lingering smell of apples on a
> spring day, finishing with the lightness of wood chips".
>
> This is not so simple as
> >>>>>... learn to distinguish among fair wines and good wines and

> great wines.>>>
>
> Then again, part of the wine problem is that you do spend a fair amount of
> money on a wine, even at your 10-18USD range you take the chance on a wine

that
> is less than you had wanted (hoped). Add that to the fact that when you do

find
> a wine you like, it is not so easy to allways find that wine again. I mean

if
> you like XX beer you just go and buy another six pack. But if you like XX

wine
> you may have a harder time finding it than just popping in the store and

buying
> it. Or perhaps it was only that one year's vintage.
>
>
>
>



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