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    Dee Randall Guest

    Default "Sexy" as a description of a wine - give me a break!

    In the book "Vino Italiano The Regional Wines of Italy" by Bastianich &
    Lynch, reading pp. 212-213, notes re Grattamacco Roso, it says:

    "A sexy, savory red produced with the help of Tuscan legend Maurizio
    Castelli. One of the best values in the group."

    Sexy? Is that a common description? :-))

    Dee Dee




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    Salil Guest

    Default Re: "Sexy" as a description of a wine - give me a break!

    On Oct 30, 4:44 am, "Dee Randall" <deedo...@shentel.net> wrote:
    > Sexy? Is that a common description? :-))
    >
    > Dee Dee


    Quite common these days. Along with 'hedonistic', 'opulent',
    'seductive' and various other terms certain wine critics deem
    appropriate for every other ink-coloured wine...

    Cheers,

    Salil

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    Mark Lipton Guest

    Default Re: "Sexy" as a description of a wine - give me a break!

    Salil wrote:
    > On Oct 30, 4:44 am, "Dee Randall" <deedo...@shentel.net> wrote:
    >> Sexy? Is that a common description? :-))
    >>
    >> Dee Dee

    >
    > Quite common these days. Along with 'hedonistic', 'opulent',
    > 'seductive' and various other terms certain wine critics deem
    > appropriate for every other ink-coloured wine...


    Not to mention my all-time favorite, "liquid Viagra," penned by the
    inimitable Pope of Monkton. Perhaps there's a sub-group of humanity
    with a special form of synaesthesia between their sense of smell/taste
    and their... uh... tactile sense?

    Mark Lipton

    --
    alt.food.wine FAQ: http://winefaq.cwdjr.net

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    Martin Field Guest

    Default Re: "Sexy" as a description of a wine - give me a break!

    > On Oct 30, 4:44 am, "Dee Randall" <deedo...@shentel.net> wrote:
    >> Sexy? Is that a common description? :-))
    >>
    >> Dee Dee

    >
    > Quite common these days. Along with 'hedonistic', 'opulent',
    > 'seductive' and various other terms certain wine critics deem
    > appropriate for every other ink-coloured wine...
    >
    > Cheers,
    >
    > Salil


    Terms like this, including "feminine wine" and "alluring" and "mysterious"
    are meaningless and toe curlingly twee - has anyone ever written a tossers'
    wine glossary?

    Cheers!
    Martin



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    Steve Slatcher Guest

    Default Re: "Sexy" as a description of a wine - give me a break!

    On Wed, 29 Oct 2008 16:44:33 -0400, "Dee Randall"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Sexy? Is that a common description? :-))


    It comes from marketing-speak, doesn't it? From about a decade ago
    IIRC.

    --
    Steve Slatcher
    http://pobox.com/~steve.slatcher

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    Fred Guest

    Default Re: "Sexy" as a description of a wine - give me a break!

    "Dee Randall" <[email protected]> wrote in news:geai10$ta9$1
    @reader.motzarella.org:

    > In the book "Vino Italiano The Regional Wines of Italy" by Bastianich &
    > Lynch, reading pp. 212-213, notes re Grattamacco Roso, it says:
    >
    > "A sexy, savory red produced with the help of Tuscan legend Maurizio
    > Castelli. One of the best values in the group."
    >
    > Sexy? Is that a common description? :-))


    I remember a movie where someone takes a sip of wine and says "Tepid yet
    flacid." My favorite is at an auction for charity a lot of wine (the only
    lot of wine) was described as "Each bottle represents an unnatural sex act
    you could get someone to perform after a dinner with this wine."

    Fred.

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    Martin Field Guest

    Default Re: "Sexy" as a description of a wine - give me a break!

    "Steve Slatcher" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Wed, 29 Oct 2008 16:44:33 -0400, "Dee Randall"
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>Sexy? Is that a common description? :-))

    >
    > It comes from marketing-speak, doesn't it? From about a decade ago
    > IIRC.
    >
    > --
    > Steve Slatcher
    > http://pobox.com/~steve.slatcher


    A well-known Australian wine person (whose name I forget) when confronted
    with this sort of language said to the perpetrator "Do you want to drink it
    or &%#k it?"

    Cheers!
    Martin



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    Emery Davis Guest

    Default Re: "Sexy" as a description of a wine - give me a break!

    Martin Field wrote:
    >> On Oct 30, 4:44 am, "Dee Randall" <deedo...@shentel.net> wrote:
    >>> Sexy? Is that a common description? :-))
    >>>
    >>> Dee Dee

    >> Quite common these days. Along with 'hedonistic', 'opulent',
    >> 'seductive' and various other terms certain wine critics deem
    >> appropriate for every other ink-coloured wine...
    >>
    >> Cheers,
    >>
    >> Salil

    >
    > Terms like this, including "feminine wine" and "alluring" and "mysterious"
    > are meaningless and toe curlingly twee - has anyone ever written a tossers'
    > wine glossary?
    >


    I'll certainly go along with "liquid Viagra" as being total hokum,
    but I think "feminine" and "masculine" have real meanings WRT wine.
    A masculine wine has a big structure and tannins, a feminine wine
    has round soft fruit and is usually less ageworthy, but more
    enjoyable young. Not meaning to sound perverse, sorry!

    My take on "sexy" is as the English translation of the French
    "seductive," which is certainly a correct descriptive in French,
    meaning (I guess) a wine that grows on you, making you want more.
    Perhaps it wins you over.

    These aren't the most quantitative terms, but then what adjectives
    are?

    Why is "feminine" worse (or better) than "black fruit?"

    -E

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    DaleW Guest

    Default Re: "Sexy" as a description of a wine - give me a break!

    On Oct 29, 5:43�pm, "Martin Field" <onet...@liamezo.moc.ua> wrote:
    > > On Oct 30, 4:44 am, "Dee Randall" <deedo...@shentel.net> wrote:
    > >> Sexy? �Is that a common description? �:-))

    >
    > >> Dee Dee

    >
    > > Quite common these days. Along with 'hedonistic', 'opulent',
    > > 'seductive' and various other terms certain wine critics deem
    > > appropriate for every other ink-coloured wine...

    >
    > > Cheers,

    >
    > > Salil

    >
    > Terms like this, including "feminine wine" and "alluring" and "mysterious"
    > are meaningless and toe curlingly twee - has anyone ever written a tossers'
    > wine glossary?
    >
    > Cheers!
    > Martin


    OK, I'll set myself up for universal newsgroup scorn and say I've got
    no problem with "feminine." Possibly it makes me both twee -whatever
    that means! - and sexist, but I find feminine and masculine as
    descriptors can be meaningful. To me, Volnay is typically more
    feminine than NSG, and St Estephe more masculine than Margaux. There,
    I've said it, scorn me.

    Other than that. pretty much agree with group.

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