This is part of the ProBlogger podcast 31 Days to a Better Blog. I’m doing it to see what I learn.
Today’s exercise is to publish a link post, or a link to another blog–especially one that is useful. If you’re an active wine blogger, you probably know this one, but if you’re not, then it’s a great one.
The Reverse Wine Snob, like other blogs, includes ratings and notes on bottles of wine. What’s different about his is that
a) he almost exclusively focuses on bottles $20 and under and
b) these bottles are nationally distributed, usually at Costco or Trader Joe’s.
This is convenient, since so often one reads about a bottle and has a hard time finding it.
I liked this post because of the reverse sticker shock–Chianti Classico Riserva for $10 is unheard of. A regular bottle of Chianti, okay, but Riserva is the best. Chianti is a Tuscan wine from the Sangiovese grape that comes in three levels:
Chianti: from the Chianti region
Chianti Classico: from a smaller region within Chianti expected to produce better grapes, and
Chianto Classico Riserva: from Chianto Classico, but aged longer.
You can find out more about the different levels of Chianti at the Jacksonville Wine Guide.
One could expect to spend over $20 on Riserva–certainly not $10. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve even had it…I usually go for Classico. The Reverse Wine Snob recommends this wine, and I would probably try it. Why not? That or a latte.