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What the Manolo Is…

Manolo says, it is the Tuesday, time to see what it is that the Manolo is…




Listening To…

Manolo asks, why is so much of the wine writing so insufferable?

The Manolo he is on the record as being opposed to the ostentatious connoisseurship for the sake of the connoisseurship, and yet much of the writing of the oenophiliacs it appears to the Manolo to be just this.

10 Responses to “What the Manolo Is…”

  1. Ice Scribe January 31, 2006 at 12:09 pm #

    Oh Manolo–If you have not seen it already, you must seek out “The Secret of Santa Vittoria”. It’s a wonderful wine movie as well as a true story about how a small Italian town hides one million bottles of its finest from the Nazis during WWII. And you must have some red wine when you watch it–imperative.

  2. Zsa January 31, 2006 at 12:46 pm #

    Manolo– the UB40 made me smirk ;) I suppose ‘Pinot, Pinot, Noir’ doesn’t have quite the same ring to it ;)

  3. Vino Tinto/Tonto January 31, 2006 at 3:48 pm #

    “Sideways.” Ugh.

    Movie responsible for creating bizarre strain of ignorant Pinot Noir snobs.

    Snobs whose previous knowledge of wine was limited to the Ripple Blanc Vino de Plastic Bladder en un Cardboard Box they drank while watching TiVo’d episodes of “The View” and “Inside the NFL.”

    Until the point at which they saw “Sideways.” Then their knowledge of wine expanded slightly to loudly lauding whatever Pinot Noir was on the menu at Appleby’s, and hating Merlot. Why do they hate Merlot? Because the loser in the movie did.

    The only good thing about the movie was the long-awaited return of Thomas Hayden Church. This must be why the Manolo could tolerate the movie.

  4. never2manyshoes January 31, 2006 at 4:48 pm #

    Vino, there are those of us who both like Sideways and always disliked Merlot.
    If you dislike Sideways for turning people on to pinot, then you must hate Sarah Jessica Parker for opening up the wonderful world of Manolo Blahnik.
    And personally, because of the Manolo, I will be drinking the red, red wine tonight!!

  5. Annalucia January 31, 2006 at 4:52 pm #

    The Annalucia, she has never seen “Sideways,” but still she does not like the Merlot. This is because it tastes like the Welch’s grape juice which has been boiled and then returned to the room temperature.

    If the Manolo wishes to read good wine writing, he should be sure to buy the Friday edition of the Journal of the Wall Street. The wine writers for the paper are the Mr. John Brecher and the Ms Dorothy Gaiter (who is also the Mrs. Brecher) and they are witty, informative and not at all insufferable.

  6. daisy January 31, 2006 at 6:19 pm #

    I would like to second the Annalucia’s comment, and also suggest their book “Love by the Glass” (link below), a charming memoir about love and wine with nary a pretension in sight.


  7. Vino Tinto January 31, 2006 at 6:36 pm #

    Oh, dear. Didn’t mean to offend those who like Pinot, or dislike Merlot. My comments are *not* directed at those form their opinions based on experience.

    Rather, they are directed at the legions of people for whom “Sideways” is their one and only “how-to” guide about wine. You know the ones: pretentious people who had pink Franzia in their fridge one day, saw “Sideways” the next, and were rolling their eyes about how “maaaahvelous” some Pinot was the very next night.

    I can’t really compare Blahnik and wine. It takes a little more dedication and sacrifice to get your hands on a pair of $400 kitten heels than it does a $10 glass of Pinot at Appleby’s.

  8. Lou February 1, 2006 at 11:29 am #

    I believe in the movie “Sideways” Miles spouts his hatred of Merlot in a very stressful moment. Earlier in the movie he says he likes all varietals. That is what I try to keep in mind. I also recommend the book “Sideways”.

    And to the Blahnik/wine comparison the $400 kitten – $10 glass of Pinot at Appleby’s would be like comparing a first growth Bordeau to a pair of $14.99 mules from Payless. Apples to oranges.

    Merci to the Manolo for an excellent web site!

  9. Courtney February 1, 2006 at 9:08 pm #

    I am in the wine industry – the retail side, where i get to deal with all these types of people! I think Sideways was positive as a whole – it made many people want to learn more about wine, and these are the funnest customers – those who trust in your expertise and want to try new things. The insufferables mentioned above are a lesser percentage. And if they want Pinot over White Zin, I am more than happy to provide it!

    I suppose the problem is that now we’ll see an ocean of cheap (and gross) pinot being made to satisfy the demand, which is exactly what happened to Merlot in the past 5 or so years! There are many merlots out there that are fabulous and can stand up to any cab – Clos du Val, or Matanzas Creek for example.

    In “Sideways,” the Cheval-Blanc that Miles drinks near the end is actually a blend of Merlot and Cab Franc (which he also claims to hate in one of the tasting rooms!). Though, of course, Bordeaux Merlot is very different from Gallo merlot. Still, it makes Miles’ character that much more deliciously dispicable.

    I recommend the documentary ‘Mondovino,’ about the globalization of the wine industry.

    And for magazines, definitely check out the Wine Enthusiast – much more down to earth than the Wine Spectator.

    and completely unrelated: I predict KARA WILL BE OUT!!!

  10. triticale February 1, 2006 at 9:36 pm #

    I know nothing of wine; I drink midrange beer and high-end Scotch. I will nonetheless recommend the wine blog of Professor Bainbridge. He writes about wine because he enjoys wine, he judges wine by quality for the price range, and is militantly against treebark bottle closures.