Kathie Lee & Hoda: Wine Reviews
It is time for Today’s Wine Cellar and nothing works up a good sweat like a wine workout. Kathie Lee and Hoda were about to become stronger, faster and more insightful tasters. They were joined by Ray Isle, Executive Editor at Food & Wine Magazine, who gave them an assortment of different exercises to whip their taste buds into a frenzy.
Ray Isle: Tannins in Wine
He said that tannins are what allow a wine to age over time. Ray said some have less and some have more, so it is useful to be able to identify them. To help them check the tannin in wine, he suggested a 2007 Boroli Barolo for $40 and 2010 Boroli Barbera D’Alba for $15. The ladies tasted them and the Boroli Barbera has more tannin in it.
Today Show: Acidity in Wine
Ray said the acidity in wine is what makes it go well with food. He gave them two glasses, one with a little lime juice and one with much more lime juice and the ladies seemed to enjoy neither of them. They then taste 2012 Luna Pinto Grigio for $9.99 and 2011 Kris Pinot Grigio for $13.99. The Kris Pinot Grigio has more acidity.
Ray Isle: Oak in Wine
Ray said that oak in wine gives it more body and more richness. He said sometimes you want more oak for a richer dish and less oak for a lighter dish. Kathie Lee said she does not like oak in wine, but can usually tell by looking at the color. The ladies tested a 2011 Hook & Ladder Russian River Valley Chardonnay for $19 and 2011 Kim Crawford Unoaked Chardonnay for $17. The Kim Crawford has less oak.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Testing Aroma
The ladies got blindfolded and smelled three different foods: bacon, green pepper and leeches. They then tasted and smelled a 2009 Domaine Weinbach Gewurtztraminer for $24 and had to figure out what aroma it was. It smells and tastes like the leeches.