Lettie Teague: Educating Peter

F&W's Executive Wine Editor Lettie Teague tells the story of how a "$10 Chardonnay" drinker was introduced to the wider world of wine.

F&W's Executive Wine Editor Lettie Teague tells the story of how a "$10 Chardonnay" drinker was introduced to the wider world of wine.

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[MUSIC] Thank you all for coming. I'll tell little bit about the promise of educating Peter and how this came about and how someone like Peter Travers, who probably have seen most often as a blur, but under a movie. Very very funny guy and a woody film critic. The idea was to take someone, and someone that knew really nothing about wine, and in Peter's case would only drink one wine, a wine that he called Fatty Chardonnay. And in that case, he would be, I could convert someone as prejudiced and as opinionated, because after all he's a movie critic, as Peter Travers, introduce him to the wider world of wine. And not to mention a few other grapes besides chardonnay, then I would be accomplishing something that someone else could actually have the experience. And really, more importantly, that would be a wine book with a hero, or in some cases an anti-hero depending on some of the observations that Peter made, and some of the The comments and feelings he felt about certain wines. Throughout the book, and throughout the experience, Peter, because he had no knowledge really of wine, with the exception of course to those $10 Chardonnays, AKA fatty Chardonnays. But he would say So when you really hated a wine you would say, this tastes like a movie that Harvey Weinstein would have made. And so there's always this correlative. He became friends with Peter Jackson and when they were tasting through New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, he said, I understand Peter Jackson tells me the only wines worthwhile in New Zealand are Sauvignon Blanc. He's He said, red wines are useless. So it was like this throughout, this series of issued opinions and prejudices. [MUSIC]
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