Nine, Ten, Eleven (Tenuta di Arceno In Retrospective)

Vinted on September 28, 2016 binned in elegant wines, kick-ass wines, on the road, overachiever wines, wine review

Tenuta di Arceno

I realize that, by running with yet another Tuscan wine review write-up (and those fresh on the heels of a Soave write-up), I am also running with the risk of 1WD appearing as though it’s an Italian-wine-only website.

But hey, it’s my website, if you don’t like it, go make your own damn wine blog, okay? Actually, if you love wine, you should be doing that anyway, but that’s another topic entirely.

Anyway

Arceno vineyards

Let’s get back to Tuscany, and my recent visit to Tenuta di Arceno in the too-charming-for-words area of San Gusmé. Arcanum isn’t the only thing that they do at Arceno, and, thankfully, not the only thing that they do well, either. So, to provide a little taste of what they’ve got going on at Arceno, I thought it would be interesting take a glide over their other brands, and clue you into some of my favorites from the retrospective tastings of each, which conveniently from a narrative perspective just happened to fall across three consecutive vintages (no, really, I’m not making that up!)…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For September 26, 2016

Vinted on September 26, 2016 binned in wine mini-reviews

So, like, what is this stuff, anyway?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 11 Cecchi Coevo (Toscana): A delicious, delicate, and doggedly determined take on the Super Tuscan vibe, which needs juice like this $100 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Troon Estate Tannat (Applegate Valley): It's only a short trip from Oregon to Uruguay, if traveling via this smoky, tangy ride. $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza): Lip-smacking tanginess & dark richness, all in search of dry-rubbed ribs. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Gustave Lorentz Gewurztraminer Reserve (Alsace): Ginger spiced seriousness underscoring the exotic tropical fruit sweet talk. $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Gustave Lorentz Pinot Gris Reserve (Alsace): Go ahead, through basically anything except grilled steak at it, it won't even blink. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Quinta de la Rosa Dourosa White (Douro): Citrus, nuts, and rocks; and it also rocks in the superlative quality-price-ratio sense. $16 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Quinta de la Rosa Tonel 12 10 Year Tawny Port (Porto): For being Tawny, this one wants to get uncharacteristically fresh with you $38 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Quinta de la Rosa Late Bottled Vintage Port (Porto): Big, dense, and spicy. But very delicious things can come in big packages. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Quinta de la Rosa Tawny Port (Porto): Expect the unexpected; in this case, drier style, fruitier expression, & nutty complexity. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Quinta de la Rosa Estate Red (Douro): What do you call something this brambly, wild, lively, & poised for this price? "A Triumph." $20 A- >>find this wine<<
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Going All-In On Quality (Register For USBevX 2017)

Vinted on September 23, 2016 binned in wine industry events

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There’s a new beverage event in town, pardners!

I’m happy to report that registration is now open for the 2017 US BevX Wine & Beverage Expo, to be held in Washington, D.C. February 22-24.

It’s targeted at beverage industry insiders, and here’s the skinny from the event organizers:

This year’s theme is “The Quality Revolution” and the conference will examine closely new “quality driven” trends in the marketplace and the expected impact on the overall wine and beverage category. Interactive discussions, led by industry experts will highlight innovations in production, packaging, sales & marketing and the effect on quality and consumer impression. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn more about anticipated changes in lending, legislation, legal and compliance and ensure they are prepared for success in 2017.

I’ve been involved in the discussions about this event with its creators for some time now, so I am personally really pleased that it’s coming together, and I can tell you that these folks are not messing around; they want this event to be great.

I’ll be both a panelist (part of The New Press Machine: Bloggers and their Increasing Influence in the Industry) and a speaker (moderating the winemaker/owner panel Leading the Commitment: Owners Investing in Quality), and I’m also slated to be part of some of the General Sessions. The full 2017 speaker list is (present company excluded) quite impressive, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.

So… wine industry peeps: get on over to the website and get registered!

Cheers!

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