Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Upside of Heartburn

Last week I could not make it to class as I was out of town for a trade show (for Whole Foods - I probably should have written up my "tasting notes" from the show - highlights were visits to the Vita Coco, Cabot Cheese, Lake Champlain Chocolate, and Stonewall Kichen tables - yum).

Tonight we learned about the Loire, Rhone and Southern France regions. It was a great class and we tasted wonderful wines, but since my favorites were not so "wine-o-cratic" ($50+), I figured I'd skip the tasting notes. As you have probably figured from the title, I'd like to dedicate this column to the silver lining of my heartburn.

I've discovered, and a few fellow sufferers in my class have backed this up, that my heartburn helps me determine when there is a relatively high amount of alcohol in the wine we are tasting. If there's a high alcohol content, I immediately get a flare up in the back of my throat and in my chest. Annoying, yes, but hey, if it helps me be a better taster, then we all benefit!

Well, there's my PSA for today. Oh, and for the record, the Rhone region, specifically the Cote Rotie region in the North and Chateauneuf Du Pape in the South, is still one of my absolute favorites. Not so shockingly, these tend to produce the most expensive Rhone wines.

Until the next sniff, sip or quaff (which may not be for a little while since I'm doing a 5K this weekend),


Alli M.


Anonymous said...

5K - good luck! Thanks so much for the call yesterday. Great to catch up with you and looking forward to seeing you this summer.

elliej said...

I know your heartburn helps your wine tasting, but you really should try some medication to relieve it. Talk to your doctor.

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