Insert Your Own Minecraft Pun Here (Ornellaia’s 2012 “Enchantment” And Other Releases)

Vinted on May 28, 2015 binned in crowd pleaser wines, elegant wines, sexy wines, wine review
Ornellaia NYC 2015

High-end Bolgheri, anyone?

If you’re me, when you get an invite to attend a guided tasting of Ornellaia’s 2012 “L’Incanto” release (and some past vintages) with Giovanni Geddes da Filicaja and winemaker Axel Heinz at 620 Loft and Garden in NYC in May, you accept.

Because, well, that’s how you spend a Monday when you’re me, alright? And it’s been a couple of years since I’d had an opportunity to get up close and personal with Ornellaia’s wares.

Also, if you’re me, when they name a wine “L’Incanto” (“the Enchantment”), you expect them to put pixelated references to Minecraft on the label. I am sad to tell you that didn’t happen, my friends. I know, right? C’mon, even first graders know the Minecraft references now (not that those consumers should be Ornellaia’s market…).

Ornellaia NYC 2015 lineupI am not sad to report, however, on the wines that we tasted during that session, most of which were excellent (as you will read in a few moments). I am sad to think that several of you reading this will flame me for liking these wines, though I am quite sure that will happen. Having said that, I incite you to consider the following insight:

Some of Ornellaia’s releases are every bit as high quality (and age-worthy) as high-end Bordeaux reds, yet (while certainly expensive) rarely reach the lofty, scale-K2-with-oxygen-tanks price points of those First and Second Growths.

Just sayin’…

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Lone Vineyards, Italian Trivia, 100 Bottles, And Steel Rods (May 2015 Answers Article Roundup)

Vinted on May 26, 2015 binned in learning wine may 2015


You want more article madness, peeps?


Well, too f*ckin’ bad! Because here’s the article roundup for the month!

Wine Product Review: Mooma Wine Chill Rod

Hmm. Well… I was divided on this one. The Mooma has three functions, none of which it excels at performing, BUT… if you don’t already have a pourer/aerator/chiller and are tight on storage space, the price makes it compelling.

Wine Book Review: “A Vineyard In Napa” by Doug Shafer

I’d been meaning to review “A Vineyard in Napa” for some time now. As in, like, more than a year. So I’m happy to finally have had an opportunity to enjoy it and to talk about it, as it’s well-written and deftly avoids being a long Shafer commercial. There’s actually some conflict (imagine that… in a wine book!), and it does a nice job of following the development of Napa Valley and the Stags Leap District as broader settings to the Shafer foundation story.

Three Things That You Didn’t Know About Soave

Look, it’s getting warmer in the States, which means you ought to at least be thinking about drinking more Soave, right?!??

Wine Book Review: “The History of Wine in 100 Bottles” By Oz Clarke

Ah, the irrepressible Oz Clarke, who manages to somehow be British and yet a part slightly removed from full-on, dry-as-a-bone British humor. The narrative of “The History of Wine in 100 Bottles” often seems as though it’s about to go totally off the rails, and yet never does, and Clarke manages to hit a surprisingly large volume of detail about the key moments in wine history in a short space.





Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For May 25, 2015

Vinted on May 25, 2015 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 Le Charmel Cotes de Provence Rose (Cotes de Provence): The Good Life is out there somewhere, So stay on my arm you little charmer. $13 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Corona de Aragon Special Selection Garnacha (Carinena): Tall, dark, handsome & friendly stranger, speaking in thick Spanish accent $15 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Idella Syrah (Santa Barbara County): You'll need to don the Big Boy Wading Pants to step into this rich spice-fest of a river. $65 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Idella Las Cerezas Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Yountville): Densely packing up the tropical fruit oomph in controlled, tight rolls. $39 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Nasiakos Nemea Red (Nemea): All tension & pretension were left at the door, in their places are just tartness & lovely spices. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Sigalas Santorini Assyrtiko (Santorini): Canistel, chalk, and citrus… we really don't need more evidence of this guy's talent. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Forward Kidd Napa Valley Red Wine (Napa Valley): The kid is not kidding, is indeed forward, and undoubtedly still quite young. $45 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Pillar Box Shiraz (Padthaway): This pillar box is apparently used to send messages constructed primarily of jam, jam, & more jam. $20 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 M2 Wines Century Vineyard Zinfandel (Lodi): And then, all of a sudden, all of the the kitchen spices totally exploded! I swear! $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Bodegas Paniza Vinas Viejas de Paniza Garnacha (Carinena): NOt shy about giving you something thoughtful to chew – & chew – on. $18 B+ >>find this wine<<



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