Sarah Palin, impossible pairings, glasses, kiwi cuvee – sipped and spit

SPIT: Tina Fey?
The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Association selects Sarah Palin as their convention speaker in Las Vegas. Her talk is likely to be entitled “Going Rouge” and expound on her secret love of Nebbiolo. Oh wait, the WSWA says that she is a great supporter of free enterprise–so maybe she will talk about the market liberalizing effects of dismantling the three-tier system?

SPIT: impossible food-wine pairings!
Eric Asimov, chief wine critic at The New York Times, dismisses our impossible food-wine pairings as “sad” and irritating–eegad!! Too bad since the popular series brings many new commenters out of the woodwork. (And, no, we weren’t being serious when talking about which wine to pair with dog food.) Take a look for yourself at the previous entries in the series and decide if it is funny, interactive, thought-provoking, unpretentious, mouth-watering and sometimes useful–or whatever he said.

SIPPED: Physics!
Does this funky wine glass defy physics? Apparently not! (via @wine_markfisher)

SIPPED: imitation as flattery?
A Loire Sauvignon Blanc called “Kiwi Cuvee” gets a thumbs down from Australian regulatory authorities after objections from their Antipodean neighbor. [Telegraph]

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16 Responses to “Sarah Palin, impossible pairings, glasses, kiwi cuvee – sipped and spit”

  1. At least I will not be attending the convention now for sure, not that it was exceptionally high on the list in the first place. What a deranged idea, I think Tina Fey would be much the better choice.

  2. NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report) – One day after announcing that she would be a commentator on the Fox News Channel, the network revealed that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s appearances would be simulcast in English.

    “We are delighted that Gov. Palin will, for the first time, be understandable to the English-speaking audience,” said Fox News chief Roger Ailes. “This should create a whole new fan base for her.”

    Gov. Palin praised the decision, adding, “I know many Americans will be interested in understanding what I have to say and I will also too.”

    In a related story, Fox said it had “no interest” in hiring funnyman Conan O’Brien, explaining, “Sarah Palin takes care of our comedy needs.” More here.

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  3. Whenever I see Sarah, I harken back to Thanksgiving. Here I must quote The winewench, “Sarah Palin, for making George W. Bush seem like a well-thought-out, articulate politician.”

  4. I’m afraid that Sarah Palin, in her remarks, would have to limit herself to whites and sparklers. Obama has already preempted everything red.

  5. Eric Asimov takes himself way too seriously– my whole store gets involved in your impossible food pairings, we even get customers into it. It’s a fun way to break up the day!

  6. Like Kim wrote above, Eric Asimov takes himself WAY too seriously! OK, I read his column weekly, and I usually get something useful from it, but it’s a one-sided relationship, for pete’s sake.

    The “impossible food/wine pairings” feature on your blog, however — the best! AND, it’s interactive. AND, “real” people get to have a say. And (she sheepishly admitted), I am one of those commenters who “came out of the woodwork” to comment on an “impossible” pairing, so I get to be part of the conversation. Can Eric Asimov’s readers say that? (well, I guess his blog readers can, but I don’t know how active his commenters are.)
    The impossible food/wine pairing conversations are fun for the whole family! So Eric Asimov can suck it. (No offense.)

  7. Another smarmy irrelevant site. Keep your political views out of my glass. Your website is corked. First visit to this site and the last.

  8. The kiwi cuvee certainly had an intersting effect, consumers immediately assumed it was Australian..smarter consumers assumed it was from NZ, and really brilliant ones looked at the bottle and noticed the “product of france” at the bottom of the label. Still, it tasted like cheap sauv. blanc, nothing more and nothing less.

  9. Here’s something that shouldn’t be paired with wine: Seriousness.

    Also, Sarah Palin.

  10. Who’s site is this? Do what you want!

    Based on the ammount of responses to impossible food and wine pairings, it’s just a bit of fun for a lot of people (shout out from Vancouver!). It seems almost like Mr. Asimov is trying to silence the very people that he writes for (and so further keep the wine knowledge for the elite). I agree when you read an article it is a one sided conversation, and when there are appeals for interaction it does break-down that screen, ain’t technology amazing?

    Thank you for your help empowering my voice. I read this blog regularly because it is more accessible than other wine blogs.

    Please, pay no attention to Mr. Asimov. The enjoyment of talking about wine is as luxurious and fulfilling for the Commoners as it is for the Journalist Elite.

  11. I thought the original article was in good humor. Food and Wine pairing is really about personal taste in the end – so do what you want. We love pairing our wines at so come by and see how we’ve done (and get a few good recipes as well).

  12. Thanks, Kim and Kate and Kimberly – glad you like our little brain teasers!

  13. Kiwi Cuvee also makes a pinot (vin de pays d’oc, if you’re curious). Not unlike the sauv blanc, it’s servicable, but nothing really worth writing home about.

    Keep coming up with the impossible food-wine pairings; they’re fun to geek out with. Let Asimov think whatever he likes, but I can say that your audience seems to like it!

  14. I think some of the commenters on this post have been drinking too much kool-aid and not enough wine.

  15. I have little interest in food and wine pairings because frankly most wine goes with most food. There are only a few jarring examples. A little acid on the tongue makes all food go with all wines, which is why Southern European foods which use vinegars and lemons in the sauces and cooking go with any crap wine from that area. Try it next time you have that clash of tastes. A little lemon on the tongue makes everything go well together. So really, why agonize or contemplate such pairings? And more importantly who eats that food that you list? But as someone above said, it’s your site so your call. Everything else is fantastic!

  16. Have you seen the video on YouTube called “Sarah Palin’s new wine”?


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