Recap: The Punch Down episode 1 with Guest: Eric Asimov!

The first episode of The Punch Down has been recorded in the annuls of history (or at least on YouTube!).

Joe and I had our wine glasses at the ready (see below for what we were drinking), as we charged into the fray of geeky wine topics. Joining us was our intrepid first guest, Eric Asimov – wine critic for the New York Times and author of How to Love Wine – a Memoir and Manifesto.

Some of the topics we took on were tasting notes (are they just a lot of marketing waffle that don’t actually explain the wine?), wine scores (are they just a way wine critics entertain themselves when tasting 100s of wines in a day?) and who Eric thinks is doing a good job of writing about and explaining wine in a way we can all understand (you’ll have to watch to find out!).

If you joined us and watched the show, thank you so much! We’d love to hear your feedback! Did you enjoy it?  Please leave a comment below and let us know what you thought and what you’d like to see more/less of.

If you missed this inaugural attempt, you can catch up here:

During the show, Joe was sipping on Tariquet Classic 2011 from Gascogne in France and I was enjoying the Seven Springs Pinot Noir 2011 from Overberg in South Africa – produced by my good friend Tim Pearson.

Thanks once again to Eric for being such a good sport!

Episode 2 is coming mid-January and we hope you’ll join us then!

Here’s to trying something new, learning something new and enjoying every glass a whole lot more!

Tara – Wine Passionista

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  1. Helena Nicklin
    4 years ago

    Congratulations on the first hangout! Such a good idea. I’m sorry I missed it live and I’ll certainly try to watch the next one as it happens.

    I thought the discussion about writing tasting notes was really interesting. I guess we’re always looking for the best way to do it! I’m a big fan of what I call ‘the vinalogy’ (vinous analogy) when talking wine basics and by this, I mean giving a wine a non-winey personality to make it easier for non winos to remember.

    Generally though, I agree with Eric and think that the best writers put wine in a cultural context to inspire people to drink it!


    • Wine Passionista
      4 years ago

      Hi Helena,

      Thanks for your kind comments about the first show and look forward to having you at the next one in January.

      You make a good point about referencing a personality to help people understand a wine, rather than random fruits & flavours people may or may not have any experience of. Must remember to look for a George Clooney wine :)

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