Wine Expert Name for Cheap or Great Wine
In this episode of ‘Price Points’, Epicurious challenges this wine expert to guess which one of two wines is more expensive. Watch our wine expert name the winner and losers! (Epicurious is one of my favorite sites! ~Nick)
Belinda Chang breaks down sparkling, white, red, rosé and port wines and then gives her professional opinion! Belinda is a “James Beard Award-winning Wine Director and Wine Writer”. You could call her a sommelier, but she doesn’t really care for the term.
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Partial Transcription: I’m Belinda Chang and I’m. A wine expert name. Wow. I’m, so excited because clearly, both of these are sparkling wines. We have this very traditional covering which keeps the cork in the bottle, because these bottles are filled with bubbles and they have quite a bit of pressure.
So there is a danger factor when you’re opening these bottles. So you have to be very careful, always have a black napkin and you’re gonna put that on top of the bottle, so we’re gonna go with bottle.
We are confirming that this is indeed a sparkling wine which, in fact, is a really difficult style of wine to make. Because not only do you have to make a delicious wine, but then you need to take a delicious wine and add bubbles to it, and there are many different ways to do that.
We always love to give the wines a little bit of swirl. What that does is adds oxygen and it unfurls the molecules that are in the wine, so you want to let the wine breathe. So I’m gonna put my nose in well that’s smells good.
So a little bit of lemon, maybe a bit of lime, zest and also a bit of pear. All of these fruit flavors are considered primary flavors, so a smells really great, but let’s move on to because I’m dying to see what’s inside this bottle.
So this one is super exciting. You could see that the foam is a little more consistent and a little more firm, and we see a much more if you will serious bubble structures. I’m guessing this one’s, a little more of a luxury cuvee.
So we’ve, see a very fine and consistent bubble if they call that a fine bead. They like to say in champagne that if you have small imperfect bubbles, it’s. The eyes of the frog, which I don’t think they mean as a compliment also gonna look at the color, and I like to do that by tilting the glass away from me, and we have a really beautiful golden color here.
Wow that smells pretty amazing. We definitely had those primary aromas a little bit of cinnamon and brioche, and it’s, also just a really complex and intricate nose where, as a was a little bit more primary with the fruits. Here we have quite a lot more complexity, which comes from age and also the techniques used to make a fine sparkling wine. I think it’s, time to taste them both. I can’t wait, so you still like to add a little air, because 99 % of what you taste is what you smell.
So you want to have the aroma first before you go in and taste the wine. This one is really crisp lean. Sort of minerally, which might tell us something about the soils in which the grapes were grown, and it feels just very young and very fresh and very vibrant super excited to taste wine. Here we go, these patisserie smells and baked goods smells like a great croissant, or a great loaf of brioche are definitely on the palate of this wine. This is definitely a style of sparkling wine that has spent a good bit of time in the cellar.
So you have to have miles and miles of deep cellars in order to have this process happen, and I definitely taste all of that work and all of those years in wine B. I think that a is the one for daily drinking less expensive. Let’s find out if I was right, [, Music, ] yay. I get to keep my job. Clearly, a is the simpler daily drinking you’re gonna find it on a lower shelf in the grocery store and be is clearly something a little more serious and something that you want to drink for a celebration from looking at them.
These appear to be white wines, but you never quite know because winemakers love to use colored glass, which actually protects the wine that’s inside. know that for sure a heavier bottle is going to be a little more protective of the wine, because you have thicker glass and also thicker colored glass, which will keep the wine safe from light degradation.
I’m, going to get wine a open and take a peek at what’s inside when you’re opening a bottle of still wine. It’s, a little different from sparkling wine, so you want to take the knife on your corkscrew and you’re gonna make a cut around the second lip.
Every bottle of wine has a top lip and also a second lip. You’re gonna make a cut upwards a little bit and then scooch off this lead capsule. So we’re already set here, and the next step is, I’m, going to use my favorite corkscrew. It’s, not fancy, but it always does the job. And then the next part is to put this second ledge on the corkscrew. And then I’m going to gently remove because you never want to make an opah style pop. It is indeed a white wine.
We know that for sure now. I’m, looking at the color from the center of the glass out to the outside, and I can actually see if you remember from chemistry class what we call the meniscus. A little bit watery here, which tells me that this is a white wine that has grown in a cool climate. So now we’re, going to add a little oxygen. We definitely have a lot of the primary aromas that come from the fruit.
So a lot of citrus and florals white stones as well, what we like to call a little bit of minerality in the wine, which means that the grapes are kind of grown in some soils that maybe have limestone or chalky content. I can also tell just from the appearance and also the aromas, that this is a younger wine white wines like this. After they’ve had a bit of age and time in a wine. Cellar will start to have not only the primary aromas, but also these secondary aromas and spices.
So we’re gonna move on to B with whites and reds that are still wins. It’s great, to have a big ol blast that can get your nose in there and get all of the aromas. So another interesting thing that you find when you swirl your wine is, you can watch the teardrops go down the side of the glass. These are also known as the legs, and what those tell us is how much alcohol is in the wine and then it also tells us a texture that the wine is going to have on your palate. Higher alcohol have thicker legs and have teardrops that are very slow to go down the side of the glass.
I can tell that this wine has a bit of alcohol so that’s. Gon na be fun. Oh, that smells really great on the nose here. The first thing that I find are these secondary aromas. So a lot of spices, clove and allspice. I’m ready. Let’s, taste wine eh! I think that wine a has been aged in some kind of neutral vessel, stainless steel or concrete, or they’re. Also, glass vessels for aging the wine, because we don’t have those spices on the palate.
We also want to talk about the length after you swallow the wine and how long the flavors persist, and this is quite good quality. You’d, have a nice length now for B. Hmm, it’s, a rich full-bodied viscous. We like to say glycerin loaded, although that’s, not fun, to say at the table and the finish on this is so long. I’m still tasting this. I have a suspicion the grape that we’re dealing with is easy to grow.
It’s, one of those grapes that can grow all over the world when you have a grape that’s, easy to grow anywhere. The question of whether the wine is inexpensive or expensive has to do with the real estate, where you plant your grapes and grow your grapes and then how much the resulting wine is going to cost.
I think real estate has a lot to do with what’s going on in the glass I think B is the slightly more luxurious style of white wine. Shall we see if I’m right yeh? I’m correct, so I think that this is two chardonnays from different parts of the world, so in wine B they definitely used the really beautiful Couture barrels in order to get those complex aromas and complex flavors, and that leads to a more expensive Wine and something that tasted darn good canned wine is a super-fun thing, because you’re gonna be on a boat or somewhere…
You’ll have to watch the video for the rest! Trust me, it’s worth it… the knowledge and expertise she has is truly incredible, and what a palate!
It’s really incredible to see a wonderful wine expert name so many details about the wine.