Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thrifty Wine Gear: The Word Wine Wheel

LOVE this new budget-friendly, fun trinket I picked up today:

World Wine Wheel:

How it works: It lists 14 common wine varieties (also known as wine varietals) - Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Colombard, Muscat Blanc, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Gewurxtraminer, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Mourvedre, Pinot Noir, and Syrah/Shiraz.  For each wine variety, there is a list of descriptors (attributes that make up the variety's taste and flavor), points of interest, where the grape is grown, the origin of the grape, and the grape color.  Each variety is designated a number, and then on the "outside" portion of the wheel is a list of general foods, seafood, meat, desserts, and cheeses that pair well with a distinctive wine style (dry whites, sweet whites, and dry reds).  If the number associated with the variety pairs with that style, it is listed for a given food group.  

I mean... it doesn't get much easier than this to find a wine variety, know where it came from, what it should taste like, and what you should eat with it!  (Study it before your friends arrive and you'll sound like a real wine connoisseur for dinner!  Oooh yeah!)  

Post it on your fridge clips and you'll never have to wonder what kind of wine to buy for dinner again!

Splurge Factor (out of 4): 1 - this thing is a real bargain!  (Berks County Friendly!)
Price: $8 (about)
Where to buy: If in Napa - buy at your local Napa Fermentation Supply store for $8.37 (including tax) or check it out on or


  1. Great gadget, but I think I'll just ask Denise which wine will go with my Thanksgiving turkey and put the 8 bucks towards a pumpkin pie. ;)

  2. In my life exeriences I have found that any wine goes with anything at any time and any where!