May 4 – “Mourvedre”

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by Grape Stomper Todd on May 4, 2012

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Hello, Hello, Hello everybody and today is May 4th.

On this day in 1975, we lost one of the greatest dramatic actors of our generation, Moe Howard of the Three Stooges.   Along with Larry Fine and brother Curly..and/or Shemp depending on what years you were watching…the Three Stooges delighted audiences with their slapstick comedy …which kind of bordered on violence.

Those wild and crazy antics, led by Moe, brings us to our Wine Word of the Day:  Mourvedre

Mourvedre is a wild, gamey grape known for its dark, rich flavors.  Used often in Rhone style blends, Mourvedre has grown in popularity for its high alcohol content.  It has been widely documented  (ok, by Wikipedia) that the best Mourvedre grapes grown in the U.S. are grown right here in Paso Robles.

Hmmm, I wonder which local winery stacked Wikipedia in favor of Paso Mourvedre?  I think you, my dear listeners, should start making more contributions to Wikipedia, too.  You could say Paso Robles is also has the best grapes for Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Viognier, Albarino…well, you get the idea.

For transcripts, links and more podcasts go to moonstonecellars.com/wwd.  If you have any suggestions for more words, historical facts, or tips like how we could prevent another Three Stooges sequel, please send emails to wwd@moonstonecellars.com.

And until next time, cheers to you.nyuck, nyuck, nyuck…

TASTING ROOMORS (Happenings in the Tasting Room)

MOONSTONE CELLARS CLUB ANNIVERSARIES
John Turner                6 years
Armando Alvarez      5 years
Steve & Karla Hicks   5 years
Stanley Keiser             5 years
Elizabeth Miller          5 years
Wes & Kate Unruh      5 years

THIS WEEK’S MOONSTONE’S MUSIC MONDAYS WINNERS
- Ron
- Kathy
The song was “Gotta Have You”, by The Weepies.  The song lyric was “No amount of wine.”

BIRTHDAYS
Carl Carnahan–came in to celebrate!
Cyndi Egold
Susan Wan-Ross
Mike Whitmer
Peter Zobian

UPCOMING EVENTS
Papagallo cruise is filling up.  Saturday is sold out!  But spaces are available for Friday!
May 18th and 19th, come sail with us!

BOOZE NEWS & VIEWS

Research indicates that young adults are drinking wine.  Staggering?
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Brad Pitt tapped to star in wine flick.
See full Story

Now that Todd is setting sail for bigger waters…
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A lot of money goes into vineyards, but surely it doesn’t take this much.
See full Story

Please, please Mr. Postman
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Really? Costco thinks wine is no different than toilet paper.
See full Story

ASK GRAPE STOMPER TODD
2 questions from Adam and Adryn:
What is the history behind the name of Viognier?
Do you wash your feet before stomping the grapes?

CREDITS
Voice Over Talent – Andrew Dawson (Andrew’s YouTube Channel)
Show Posting and Tagging – Robert Widmer
Utter Nonsense – Jill and Todd

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