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Malitimbuk_1_2Theworld of wine is a confusing one. It’sscattered, fragmented, rife with history, personalities and politics—it includeseverything from farmer’s to gourmands, pundits, and a passionate populace; and its global.

Thereare weird names, weird uses of names, weird made up names—sometimes used todescribe where the wine is from, the wine itself, or, perhaps, how it tastes.

Nowonder it’s intimidating for newcomers.

 I recently bought an Australian wine named Timbuktu BigBlock Red from World Market—a chain of house wares stores that also carries wine—usuallyWorld Market is a nice diversion because they buy nationally and offer adifferent selection than the local supermarkets and wine shops that all pick off thesame distributor scrap heap.

The wine itself wasn’tthat good. In fact, I thought it washorrible—astringent and flaccid. Sometimes when I feel strongly about something, I do a cross-check justto make sure I’m not being a fancy-pants about something that has merit. This blog reviews it and gives it a B ++, somaybe I just need to give it another try.

But,overall, I really didn’t care for this wine—didn’t care for it to the extentthat I, perhaps, drank 2 ozs of the bottle before sending it down thedrain. I do recycle bottles, so it wasn’ta complete loss.

Cometo find out later on that it’s a World Market exclusive—which means a graphicdesigner in the marketing department won the departmental label creation contestand they bought & blended some bulk wine to fill out a SKU in the $9.99slot.

Theweb site says:

Producedfrom South Australian Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Petite Verdot, Malbec andMerlot, this all new, five-speed red blend is no ordinary wine. Big Block Redis deep purple in the glass with a nose of blackberry and mulberry fruit, newleather, spice and a dash of wood. It’s very willing, able, and readyright now.

This fun wine is produced exclusively for World Market stores by the talentedteam at Galvanized Wine Garage of Australia. Winemaker Benjamin Riggs wasnominated for the 2005 Qantas "Winemaker of the Year" down under. 

So, that’s thepreamble and context, but what’s mildly interesting related to my initial pointaboutHead_timbuktu_2 how confusing wine is, is the fact that a Google search for “Wine +Timbuktu” yielded technical information on Linux. Linux, for all non-technical folks is best described here.

Apparently,there is a derivation of Linux called Wine that is essentially a compatibilitylayer to make Linux work with Microsoft Windows—probably a good and fair namesince wine is a nice social lubricant.

Tomake it even more exasperating, under Linux and under Wine is also a programcalled Timbuktu, which, If I’m not mistaken is some sort of applicationdatabase for Wine.

Confused? You betcha. Me, too.  And, all of thisbecause I haven’t been doing any wine reviews on the site and wanted to rectifythat in a small way.

But,Timbuktu really is a place and while the Aussies co-opted the name for theirlabel wine, they really do drink wine in Timbuktu, located in West Africa. It’s called Palm wine and it’s made from thesap of the Palm tree—it’s a mild intoxicant and ferments in up to twohours. If interested, you can readabout it here.

 My answer to all ofthis duplicitous wine-speak is to go to World Market, buy something allegedlyimported from West Africa, pop a cork on another bottle and give it a anothertry. I can usually find some clarityafter a glass or two, even if it is rot gut stuff.


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