89 Years Of Kicking Ass (1927 D’Oliveiras Bastardo Madeira)

Vinted on August 24, 2016 binned in kick-ass wines, wine review

I was heartened by all of the positive reaction to a recent Book of Face post regarding the combination of two aging souls who are still kicking all kinds of ass.

The first is my cousin Kathleen, who turned 89 years old this past Saturday. The second was a certain rare-ish Madeira wine that happens to share Kathleen’s birth year, and so became one of the (very) few wines that I actually purchased with my own hard-earned cash when I toured the Portuguese island earlier this year.

Kathleen 1927 Madeira

Both kick ass, but I’d give the edge to the one on the right.

Since posting the above photo of the two of them together at Kathleen’s birthday party, I’ve been contacted by, well, several of you about spilling the beans on how this wine tasted. And so I shall, but not before I give a shout-out to the coolest relative I’ve ever known…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For August 22, 2016

Vinted on August 22, 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!

  • 14 Ernest The Settler Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Only thing you're "settling" for here is low abv; basically, you're in great shape. $55 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV H.M Borges 5 Years Old Reserve Medium Dry Madeira (Madeira): Dried fruits, but not dry humor; in fact, this guy's overtly friendly $15 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV H.M Borges 15 Years Old Verdelho Madeira (Madeira): Fresh, long, & with more tension than the Reservoir Dogs finale, pre-shooting $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 57 Henriques & Henriques Bual Vintage Madeira (Madeira): The dual-purpose wood polish & bravery-inducing war elixir of the Old Gods. $310 A >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Priest Ranch Grenache Blanc (Napa Valley): Some oddities just ought to be – and thankfully for us, are – diligently pursued. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Quinta de la Rosa L Rosa Reserva (Douro): That juicy dark fruit front? It's disguising the kick-ass, complex battlements behind. $55 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Blanc (Loire Valley): Woman wearing elegant perfume & a wool coat, eating white peaches in the rain. $27 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Chehalem Three Vineyard Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): Spice and Earth royalty, preceded by boisterous red fruited fanfare. $32 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Bella Grace Vineyards Vermentino (Shenandoah Valley of California): It's Italy, by way of a clever Shenandoah culinary short-cut $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Spell Wines Nichole's Blend Pinot Noir (Sonoma County): Consider Nichole a tour guide for Sonoma County's vibrant PN bounty. $39 B+ >>find this wine<<



Rocks & Riesling Proves That Rangen Riesling Rocks

Vinted on August 17, 2016 binned in elegant wines, kick-ass wines, wine industry events, wine review

Rocks & Riesling 2016

So… we were talking about Riesling Rendezvous 2016, before we were so rudely interrupted by about a week of “real life.”

RR 2016 provides some concurrent sessions, during which you can listen about and, usually, taste wines from particular Riesling-producing regions. I happened to get signed up for what was called “Rocks & Riesling: Exploring Alsace’s Diverse Terroirs” with the entertaining and informative Thierry Fritsch, head oenologist and chief wine educator with Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vines d’Alsace (or CIVA).

Rocks & riesling slide

Courtesy of Wines of Alsace

Fritsch walked us through twelve wines from across most of the narrow expanse of Alsace, and did so expertly and humorously. I found his slide attempting to match Riesling wine attributes with particular Alsatian soils quite useful (see inset pic).

But I’m not here to talk about any of that, because this is, well, me. I’m only going to focus on one of Alsace’s Grand Cru terroirs, and only two wines. Because those two wines convinced me that when it comes to Alsatian Riesling, I don’t know what the hell I am doing; I am a mere babe crawling his way out of Rangen Riesling-soaked diapers, my friends…

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