Chateau Miraval Under New Celebrity Ownership, Oh Jeez

When my husband informed me on Thursday that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie purchased Chateau Miraval, my first response was: “of course they did.” I also assume they adopted a village of orphans and found a cure for some rare disease.  #BitterMuch?

I first stumbled upon Chateau Miraval and their Pink Floyd Rosé during my French wine tour extravaganza.  I loved, loved, loved the fact that the wine was named Pink Floyd because The Wall was recorded at the winery.  I felt so cool and hip for once!

And now….well, blah….

But, I shouldn’t be so quick to judge.  It looks like Brangelina’s intentions may be good.  They are, after all, working with the Perrin family, a renowned name in the Rhône Valley, and per an article (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie launch wine with Perrin family)  on Decanter. com, the Perrin’s have been involved since last year and have some good ideas for the soil…hmm…

I think what makes me so bitter is that they are renaming the Pink Floyd Rosé.  It will now just be called Miraval. I guess I shouldn’t be too snide, I mean, wasn’t it Shakespeare that said something about a rose still smelling sweet even if you called it something else or whatever?  Plus, the new bottle looks kind of cool.

This weekend, I plan to go out and purchase a bottle or two of Pink Floyd for old time’s sake.  And when this new Miraval comes out, I will give it a try. Maybe I will even write a post about how great the wine used to be or something, just to sound angry and snooty.  Who knows –

LOL! Listen to me, you would think I am some huge wine critic!  Could this be me actually starting to get a grasp of wine and my likes and dislikes?  Or is it just me being bitter and jealous, because I too would love to just purchase a winery on a whim and start pumping out wine.

Looks like it is time for me to have a glass of wine and chill out.


Wine Tasting Experts vs the Average Wine Consumer – Is there Hope for the Rest of Us?

There has been quite a bit of discussion surrounding (and bashing) wine experts. There is a feeling of hostility towards the experts, and I am sure there is a suspicion that these experts are being bought off by wineries, especially the more expensive ones.

I am neutral when it comes to this issue.  Maybe it is because I am new to the wine industry and a touch naive. Or maybe it is that I am not put off by an “expert” of any kind.  In my humble opinion, there has to be an expert on basically everything.  Someone who has spent a majority of their time living, breathing, researching and learning about a specific subject or item.  Right?

I came across an article by Tyler Colman, author of Dr. Vino’s Wine Blog.  In his article, he references an article done by Matt Swayne which basically states that the wine experts are “super tasters,” making them just a little bit better than the rest of us.  I like Tyler Colman’s view on all of the chatter surrounding wine experts:

So, yes, there may be biological differences in tasting ability. But in this nature-versus-nurture discussion, I vote for nurture as being more influential: it’s the catalogue of knowledge and tasting references, the experiences with wines in the glass, that make most of the great tasters I know really good. Also, many wine experts are self-styled and have varying capabilities, so I am skeptical there’s a genetic explanation for superior wine tasting ability.

So why should I care about all this?  Because if it is more of a nurture-vs-nature thing, then maybe, just maybe, I can be an expert too.  And while I may never be a world-renowned, much sought after expert, I can at least been an expert in my circle and be able to recommend a good bottle of wine every now and then. There is hope for the rest of us.