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Who is Your Vote for the Susan Boyle of the Wine World?

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For those of you living under a rock for the past week,  you may have no idea what I’m talking about, so a quick bit of background info before I begin. There is a television show called, Britains Got Talent, where individuals get up on stage and attempt to impress a bunch of snarky judges with their given “talent”. Each of the three judges then decides the contestant’s fate with either a “yes”, continue onto the next round, or “no”, keep your day job. Each year, there are a generally a few surprise contestants, along with a bunch of overly viewed YouTube videos. But this year, the shocker to the entire world was a woman named, Susan Boyle.

Frumpy is putting it lightly. Susan is no supermodel, and has an awkward nature about her, which albeit is endearing, would never make you think “superstar” if you saw her. Yet despite her aesthetics, she has a talent in the form of a spine tinglingly beautiful voice. Having bravely endured a round of laughter from the audience at her appearance, she proudly  sang “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Misérables. What came out of her mouth shocked the world and made me consider what might be the vinous equivilant?

I’ve been to a lot of wine tastings and often, when embeded within a press trip, they are endured as a polite gesture to the hosts. More than one winery has appeared to be something less then interesting, showing only a few wines worth taking notice of. While on the other hand, there are many a grape that are either hard to pronounce, or just plain boring to taste, but just when you least expect it, they shine. My question to you is:  what is your “Susan Boyle” moment in wine tasting? When did you taste the wine, not because you wanted to, but because it just happened to be there, finding that your assumptions about the wine were dead wrong. Or do you have a grape that you hate, or find ghastly, which on one occasion, completely surprised you?

For me, there have been many. More than once a grape whichI normally find hard to live, like Baga, or Airen, has made me stop dead in my tracks and reconsider. There have also been regions like DO Extremadura, where I once found a small sweet wine made from a grape I had never heard of. At the time, I had tasted the wine only to be polite, but in the end, I fell in love.

Quote: …a table grape that goes by the name of Eva found in the region of Extremadura, currently producing wine in only a handful of bodegas in that region? Bodegas Dolores Morenas used this grape to produce a 10% sweet wine that is crisp, refreshing, light and full of flowers and minerals.

I have a list of stories a mile long, but for now, I want to hear about your “Susan Boyle” wine moment. Leave it in the comments below.


Ryan Opaz

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