Episode 29 – Wine

Here at Such a Crock we know you love your wine… but it doesn’t love you back, baby. Turns out bottles are pricey, inconsistently rated, and lots of whack facts about them will surprise you!

Wine Rankings Kinda Reek

A three step process to a wrong answer

Michael excitedly shares his wine tasting research, relevant videos and personal stories. Turns out sommelier training means little. That’s because a single alleged “expert” will often give the exact same bottle of wine a completely different ranking between glasses.

Although sommeliers are pretty inconsistent when it comes to handing out medals, they do get some things right. For instance, a good sommelier can often pick out which bottle is priciest by the taste.

But humans also have a tendency to like a wine simply because it costs more. We’re a buncha suckers when it comes to pretentious labels – surprise! Learn more about Michael’s declaration that “Pricey wine is a crock!” with a listen to this week’s wine-soaked CrockCast.

Is Wine Actually Healthy?

Many facts can be found in this wonderful book

Then Katherine explores the health benefit claims pouring like a cabernet waterfall out of media mouths. She’s not surprised to find lots are a crock. Thanks to the terrific book Wine Folly, Katherine unpacks this complex conundrum.

How can it be that all this research quoted on morning shows is wrong? Well, these benefits are conditional for one. In other words, sure you can get all these health perks drinking vino. In fact, Katherine lays out three of the best ones. They’re yours for the taking. BUT you have to drink a specific amount of wine within a precise amount of time in order to get these benefits. Check out this week’s Wine Episode to find out the details.

Statistics Can Save Your Life

This podcast gives great stats

A few years ago Michael heard scary alcohol statistics on the Freakonomics podcast. They made such an impact that he’s still talking about them today. Not only that, these facts and numbers continue to affect how Michael lives his life.

One great thing about life is that we get to pick which facts to live by. It’s admirable that Michael chooses to live by some scary booze facts, especially given his Soju shot record from a Korean bar about twenty years ago.

Katherine also shares some whack facts. Many of which go against common knowledge and may even make you question some assumptions you make about vino. What makes one wine better for you than another? Does a bottle really improve with age? The answers to these basic queries may surprise you. Luckily you can hear all about these whack facts and more on the CrockCast.

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