It’s Wednesday. Wine Pairings!

Because every tech tip deserves a little something extra.

I don’t know that much about wine.  But ever since the movie Sideways debuted, I’ve been learning more, like the difference between Champagne and sparkling wine and why it matters; that all grapes are not created equal; and that wine charms can keep you from finishing off Uncle Harold’s Asti Spumante.

Wednesday Wine Pairing

But, I do know a thing or two about technology and it seems to me that nothing goes better with a Tech Tip than a good Something-or-Other. So I have teamed up with Jeff Siegel, author and self-described Wine Curmudgeon, to offer Wednesday Wine Pairings. 

And here’s a little bit about Jeff and his first wine for you to sample while you reboot your computer.   (You know you need to.)

Jeff Siegel

Jeff Siegel

Jeff Siegel, the Wine Curmudgeon. writes about the wine that most of us drink – cheap wine. And he isn’t ashamed of using that term, either, which sets him apart from almost everyone else who writes about wine (plus he uses English, and not winespeak). Jeff will contribute an occasional article to TechMom, as well as his weekly cheap wine review. You can find his website here.


One of the most difficult things about buying cheap wine is consistency. Given the way the system works, where production costs often matter more than quality, a great $10 wine one vintage is no guarantee of a great $10 wine the next vintage. Right, Meridian?

toadhollow2012Fortunately, the Toad Hollow Chardonnay ($12, sample, 13.9%) is usually immune from that process. It has its up and downs since it was first made 20 years ago, but those are more likely vintage differences than pencil pushers squeezing the bottom line. When the wine is right, and the 2012 is the best vintage in several years, un-oaked chardonnay don’t get much better than this, even for wines that cost $15 or $18. It’s even a value at the suggested retail price of $12. If you can find it at $10, which it often is with grocery store discount cards, buy a case.

Look for green apple fruit in the front, a little tropical something or other in the middle, and some stoniness in the back. This is a clean and refreshing wine, without the fake oak used to make so many other wines at this price. But it also has some body, so it’s not as crisp as a sauvignon blanc. Drink the Toad Hollow Chardonnay on its own, or with summer salads, grilled chicken, and the like. If I can find it for $10 in Dallas, it’s a candidate for the 2015 $10 Hall of Fame. 


Now get out there and jump into a Toad Hollow Chardonnay 2012 and I’ll see you soon.

Ciao Sweeties,
Tech Mom

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