With advice from a few work colleagues I consider to be wine connoisseurs, and more importantly, with the unerring advice of the Vintages Value List, Mel and I have started to expand our wine collection, and training our palates.
The other 15 minutes are taken up with scenes of her actually tasting different wines – which is lame, because we have no frame of reference. It's basically just her saying "Ooh, that's so smoky. And Ooh, that's very fruit-forward." – and shit like that.
Come on! It's not like a cooking show where you see the chef use garlic and ginger and soya sauce and yadda yadda, and you know what those all taste like. When you have that frame of reference you can extrapolate on what the final dish will be. With wines, you just have to take her word for it. There's no basis of comparison.
Needless to say, we stopped recording it. It was too annoying to bother fast-forwarding to the watchable parts.
Maybe we'll just look into guided tastings at the LCBO, and keep relying on the Vintages Value lists – assuming they resume in the new year.