The Jerk: Not Steve Martin

So it's a bit late on a Saturday here and I will not try to snow you into thinking that I actually had a Friday Fermentable post that I just accidentally forgot to post yesterday.

However, I wanted to leave you with a link to a column by the husband and wife wine columnists for "Tastinggs" at the Wall Street Journal, Dorothy J Gaiter and John Brecher. Dottie and John capture the vibrancy of wine and its role in celebrating life like no other pair in the business.

They are serious but are not snobs - they encourage the full enjoyment of life that includes wine. Plus, they are the only wine writers who have ever made a suggestion of a good wine to accompany Southern boiled peanuts (one or both of them are from Keystone Heights, Florida - near Gainesville in that northern part of Florida that is really just south Georgia.).

For example, John and Dottie began OTBN: "Open That Bottle Night." On the last Friday of February they encourage readers to open that bottle of special wine they have sitting around that they never get to. The collection of stories they receive from reader experiences are heartwarming.

This week, they have updated their A-Z wine glossary they last published in 2003. As I have become a fan of Behind The Stick blogger, scribbler50, I thought this edition's "J" entry was appropriate:

Jerk. Because of the increasing confidence and sophistication of wine drinkers all over the world, more and more people hear an insufferable wine bore and say, "Wow, that guy [it's always a guy] is a jerk," instead of saying, "I guess I don't know anything about wine." In terms of wine, we think jerk is a term you will be hearing more in the next few years.

Enjoy - and a happy Saturday night to all in North and South America for whom it is still Saturday night.


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