#100 “Gewürztraminer” March 13, 2015

by Grape Stomper Todd on March 14, 2015

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GE14TODDCAST EPISODE 100: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode:

WINE WORD OF THE DAY
 

Greetings Moonstoners and today is a milestone for Moonstone.  It’s our 100th episode!   

And on this day in 1915, 100 years ago, Dodgers Manager, Wilbert Robinson decided to try and catch a baseball dropped from an airplane.  I guess he was bored during spring training.  But the pilot had forgotten the baseball and dropped a grapefruit instead.  Robinson was horrified by the splattered mess and thought he had lost an eye from the acid shrapnel until he “saw” the team laughing hysterically.  From that point on, he referred to airplanes as “fruit flies.” …good thing he managed baseball teams and didn’t write for comedy shows, eh?

And that brings us to our Wine Word of the Day:  Gewurztraminer

Gewurztraminer wines taste like grapefruit, right, Jill?

So, I see what you did there.

Okay, here’s the story I always tell about Gewurztraminer:

Around 1000 AD…

But I thought I would read up again, since DNA testing is always debunking something, and sure enough, there is much confusion about where the grape come from and how it mutated from this or that grape.

The French, Italians, and Germans all seem to have a claim on this grape.

But do you really care, I didn’t think so. Many people don’t give this awesome wine a chance because so many American wineries would make it too sweet. But this wine can stand beautifully on it’s own without any residual sugar. It’s perfumed aromas can remind you of grapefruit, honeysuckle, vanilla, ginger, and lychee.

Speaking of which, too bad the pilot over Dodgers Manager, Wilbert Robinson’s head didn’t drop a lychee fruit out of the plane instead of a grapefruit. Lychee’s are only about 2 inches big, and he probably could have caught that…or at least avoided an injury if he missed the catch.

For transcripts, links and more toddcasts, go to moonstonecellars.com/wwd.  If you have any suggestions, historical facts, or explanations as to why a grapefruit is called a grapefruit, because, really, what the heck! There are thousands of varieties of grapes. And they are a fruit. Grapefruit has only been around since 1750. Really?? Grape Grapes have been documented back 5 to 6000 years! So whomever named grapefruit grapefruit, obviously doesn’t know their history, I mean, PLEASE!

But I digress. If you can shed some light on this obviously disturbing issue, please send emails to Jill. Because I’ll probably lose my mind if I dwell on this much longer.

And until next time, Cheers to YOU  


TASTING ROOMORS (Happenings in the Tasting Room)

Upcoming Anniversary Sale—8  Big Years!

Changes in the Tasting Room

Donation to Marine Mammal Center- over $2500!-Still time to stamp Passports

 

BOOZE NEWS & VIEWS

Glass of wine?  That will be $625.
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/executive-style/top-drop/grange-by-the-glass-thatll-be-625-thanks-20150303-13ty77.html

Dude….very tacky.
http://pagesix.com/2015/03/02/booze-salesman-sent-exec-revenge-photos-of-wasted-champagne-strippers/

Dateless on Valentine’s?  Maybe you could stay home.
http://pdx.eater.com/2015/3/3/8145259/woman-sues-restaurant-for-ruining-her-valentines-day

Awww, like father, like son.
http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2015/02/baby-beer-bottle-on-sale/

Is that a bottle of wine in your pants or are you just glad to see me?
http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/ex_nf.php?url=http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2015/03/swimwear-sneaks-join-comical-wine-smuggler-brigade

HAMMERED HOROSCOPE Pisces, something has to change. You knew it when you woke up this morning.  Today is the day to start something new.  A diet, a new exercise plan, or maybe you need to quit smoking.  But don’t go crazy.  It’s not the day to eliminate wine from your daily routine.  Get a haircut instead.  You’ll feel better.

ALCOHOL TRIVIA
Prior to erupting, Mount Vesuvius was known for its prolific vineyards.  When it erupted and buried Pompeii in volcanic ash in 79 A.D., it entombed more than 200 wine bars, eight on a single street.

 

CREDITS

Voice Over Talent – Ellen Dawson and Emmy-Award Winner,  Andrew Dawson (Andrew’s YouTube Channel)
Utter Nonsense – Jill and Todd

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