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Wes Marshall: What’s a Wine Lover to Do?

19 August 2010 1,960 views 5 Comments

Back in June, Adam and I were guests at the Whole Foods flagship store for a wine pairing dinner with Wes Marshall. Marshall has a column for the Austin Chronicle called Liquid Assets and also writes for the Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Chronicle, and various wine publications. He is now also the author of What’s a Wine Lover to Do?

What's a Wine Lover to Do by West Marshall

What's a Wine Lover to Do by West Marshall

This was our first time meeting Wes and he is as approachable in person as he is in print. Also, he knows a great party trick (that he demonstrates below) where you can open a bottle of champagne in a very dramatic fashion using a Samurai sword. A chefs knife works also. Check out this video to see how it’s done.

Marshall Demonstrates Opening a Champagne Bottle with a Knife

Marshall Demonstrates Opening a Champagne Bottle with a Knife

Each course we enjoyed was served with two types of wine — an “old world” and a “new world” wine. Old World wine is wine primarily from Europe. New World wines are basically everything else — wines from Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa, the U.S., and so on. It was interesting to learn that old world wines tend to taste more subtle while new world wines often have a bolder taste.

Seared Scallop with Corn Puree and Roasted Red Pepper Coulis; chateau St. Michelle Chardonnay vs. Cave de Lugny Macon Villages Chardonnay

Seared Scallop with Corn Puree and Roasted Red Pepper Coulis; Chateau St. Michelle Chardonnay vs. Cave de Lugny Macon Villages Chardonnay

We sat at the bar and Chef Kristian from Whole Foods created a menu to go with the wines. The amazing thing I learned about Kristian is that he has lost over 100 pounds after becoming vegan. Go Kristian!

Chef Kristian Prepares Lamb Lollipops with Asparagus and Roasted Cauliflower Masha nd Honey Demi-Glace

Chef Kristian Prepares Lamb Lollipops with Asparagus and Roasted Cauliflower Masha nd Honey Demi-Glace

Adam and I got two copies of the book — one for us and one to give to my dad who is very interested in learning about (and of course drinking) wine. I read the whole thing on the plane ride from Austin to Baltimore. The book is filled with pictures, interesting facts, and eye-opening explanations that helped fill in a lot of my wine knowledge gaps. And my dad LOVED IT. I was home for five days and he had his nose in that book the whole time. He reads much more carefully than I do and loves to talk about the new things he learns as he goes. Wes — you have a VERY happy customer!

Bonus for me — my dad is now excited to visit some of the Hill Country wineries outside of Austin when he comes to visit in October.  I’m pretty sure we are going to visit Spicewood Vineyards so any recommendations in the Spicewood area would be welcome.

Just before publishing this, I read Jessica Dupuy’s Texas Monthly post on the Spicewood Vineyards 2008 Sauvingnon Blanc. You can only buy a bottle at their tasting room. Adding that to the tasting list for sure!

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  • Andybart99

    Great article sweetie. True. A Samurai sword would be a great birthday present. Mommy would really love it around the house. True about the book too. I really did enjoy it.

    Love You Always

    Dadster

  • Andybart99

    Great article sweetie. True. A Samurai sword would be a great birthday present. Mommy would really love it around the house. True about the book too. I really did enjoy it.

    Love You Always

    Dadster

  • jodibart

    I'll make note about the samurai sword, dad. You're b-day is just around the corner after all!

  • jodibart

    I'll make note about the samurai sword, dad. You're b-day is just around the corner after all!

  • jodibart

    I'll make note about the samurai sword, dad. You're b-day is just around the corner after all!