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Making The Yuletide Not-Very-Dry With Fix.com

Vinted on November 25, 2014 binned in going pro, holidays
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HiYa! If you're new here, you may want to Sign Up to get all the latest wine coolness delivered to your virtual doorstep. I've also got short, easily-digestible mini wine reviews and some educational, entertaining wine vids. If you're looking to up your wine tasting IQ, check out my book How to Taste Like a Wine Geek: A practical guide to tasting, enjoying, and learning about the world's greatest beverage. Cheers!

Ah, holiday wine pairing articles.

I know, most of you hate ‘em.

Trouble is, when it comes to wine drinkers, that vitriol puts us squarely in the minority. Many, many drinkers search for this kind of thing at pretty much every holiday, so it’s up to wine-writer-folk-types to try to make the dreaded duty of holiday wine matchups interesting (a daunting task, when so much of it has been done already that you always run the risk of the article being staler than a box of Capt’n Crunch left open for a month at a Jersey Shore beach house).

I’m happy to report that my Winter holiday installment this year has been made engaging courtesy of the visual wunderkinds over at Fix.com. Titled “Festive Wines Yule Love: Celebrate the Season With Our Holiday Wine Guide,” they’ve put quite impressive visuals onto my overviews of the unsung wines that deserve an airing when the weather gets chillier and the snow starts falling (of course, that’s already happened to us in mid-Autumn… ok, whatever…). Take a gander at how they visualize the “what to expect” aspect of the wines’ aromas and flavors – it’s just freakin’ cool, maaaaaaan!

Below is an embed of the infographic for your viewing pleasure, and so that you can flame me for not including your personal favorite holiday go-to vino in my list…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For November 24, 2014

Vinted on November 24, 2014 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!

  • 13 Onesta Rose of Cinsault (Lodi): From historic plantings come tart red fruits, spice, & pithiness of nearly historic proportions. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Ca' Momi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (Napa Valley): Silky almost to a fault; for those seeking something decadent, & for tonight. $65 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Cornerstone Oregon Chardonnay (Willamette Valley): You'll need to peel back the oak, but enticing texture awaits you underneath. $40 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Apothic Dark Limited Release (California): Sweet & to the point; the point being your future hangover looks very dark, indeed. $11 C- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Gary Farrell Hallberg vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Savory & bold; please prepare your cheeks for the electric jolt. $55 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Not unlike the Energizer Bunny this one never really tires $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Gary Farrell Westside Farms Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Richly rendered, but it's delicately – & vibrantly – delivered. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Cornerstone Cellars Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): Don't fear a little extra barrel time, just exercise a little extra patience. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Helfrich Cremant d'Alsace Brut (Alsace): A refreshing magic trick; open it among friends, & watch the contents quickly disappear! $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Antica Fratta Brut (Franciacorta): When you absolutely, positively need your tasty bubbly liveliness to be forcefully aggressive. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<

Burdened With Glorious Purpose (Livio Felluga Terre Alte 2011)

Vinted on November 20, 2014 binned in elegant wines, wine review

It’s been a while since I bitched and moaned about tasting (okay, and drinking) wines long before “their time.” So I think we can both agree that I am due for a repeat.

The trouble is, in the words of Loki, “I am burdened with glorious purpose!” when it comes to wine criticism. Generally, I’m supposed to taste vino, ascertain where it sits on the quality spectrum from worst to best in the world, taking into account where it’s from, what it’s made of, and when it was crafted, and guessing at the intentions of those who made it, then make a determination of a recommendation (or not), including guessing when it will likely be drinking at its best, even though that last part is almost entirely subjective.

Easy, right?

It also makes the “job” bittersweet, in that occasionally I run into a bottle from the sample pool that is excellent and downright stunning, enjoyable now but teasing at how, given X amount years of further bottle repose, the constituent elements might come together to offer something even more compelling.

It’s the “f*ck!-this-tastes-great-now-dammit-why-couldn’t-I–have-waited?!??” syndrome. First World problem, yes. But doesn’t make the tinge of regret any easier to bear, probably because I am a weakling.

Anyway, before I flagellate myself over this and you start playing sad songs on the world’s smallest violin, let’s talk about the stunner…

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Pucker Up (Talking Tannins For Publix Grape Magazine Winter 2014)

Vinted on November 18, 2014 binned in going pro, learning wine

Winter is nigh (sorry, peeps, face into it), bringing with it the 2014 Winter edition of Publix Grape Magazine.

I’m still fortunate enough to be penning items for Grape, including this time out several wine pairing write-ups, including desserts and other seasonal recipes. So, if you’re hankering to know what supermarket wines might pair up with a Double Apple Crisp with Salted Bourbon Caramel Sauce, or Squash & Lentil Salad with Hazelnut Vinaigrette, you’ll want to head over to one of their locations and check out the issue (try not to drool over the food porn too much, okay?).

For this issue, I’ve also provided an introduction to the topic of wine tannins (including a primer on which grapes have lower / higher pucker-up tannin potential, from Gamay to Tannat) for their In Focus section.

You can subscribe to Grape (for free) to check it out.

Just make sure to have your pucker face ready.

If you need a break from all that palate-ripping tannin talk, head over to my article section on Snooth.com where you can find a primer (and recommendations) on the different levels Chablis (and its palate-ripping acidity).

Cheers!

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