Spring cleaning giveaway: Picco Vino cards

24 Apr

I bought a bunch of these handy little thingies for impromptu gifts and stocking stuffers. They’ve always been a big hit, and now I’m giving five of ’em away to whoever emails me at the address below.

Picco Vino: the world of wine...at your fingertips! Whee!

These Picco Vino “Professional Wine Tasting” folders are about the size of a stack of three credit cards, fold up into a handy spill-proof plastic sleeve and give you a crash course in awesome top-secret wine flavors, tasting technique and terminology so you too can look like a pretentious douchecanoe knowledgeable wine consumer and patron. The folder profiles flavor aspects of numerous different wines, so you can fake your way convincingly through blind tastings. It has an aroma wheel which can help prompt you when you can’t think of what that wacky fruit you taste or smell is, and provides guidelines for the “correct” serving temperatures and how to remember your jeroboams from your rehoboams.

Caveat: the copyright on this is 2004, 3rd edition, which renders the vintage chart on this pretty useless. But through the power of Googlemagic, I’ve determined that this seems to be the most recent edition ever printed, so it’s not like this is like one of those purposefully mislabeled $5 used textbooks on Amazon where you’re looking for the 13th edition and get the 11th.

A peek at spining the aroma wheel.

A peek at spining the aroma wheel.

But seriously, I tend to ignore vintage charts, and you probably should too. First, 90% of wine purchased is chugged in the parking lot on the way home usually drunk the day it’s purchased, so chances are most of you out there ain’t collecting and saving it for the apocalypse (unlike me, but better a single woman collecting Cabs instead of cats, amirite?). Second, vintage charts oversimplify regions: there’s no way, for instance to accurately gauge the maturity of wines in one area, say Napa or the Loire, without taking into account the dozens of microclimates you encounter in the same region. Third, not every wine is mean to be stored for the long term, so no chart is going to help you if the wine was stored badly, made shittily, and tainted from the get-go.

Vinodivino in Newton, where I picked them up in the first place, still has a lot of them if you ever need a cool party favor or mass group gift.

The first five people who email me at kissmyglasswine at gmail get one!

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