I’ve got some huge news for you fine wine-&-travel-lovin’ folk!
This November, I’ll be co-hosting a wine-soaked jaunt to Rioja wine country with esteemed wine writer Ben Weinberg. And hopefully, YOU will be along for the ride!
I’m pretty stoked to be working with Ben on this, and for the opportunity to show you the vinous, cultural, and culinary wonder that is Rioja.
There’s much I could write about the awesomeness that will be encountered on this tour, but the high-level summary is that by joining us, you will get the insider, VIP treatment in Rioja wine country, without having to do an of the work (wine writing, reviewing, spitting) that Ben and I normally have to do to get the same. Score!
You can check out all of the details at http://www.wineontheroad.com/spainwith1winedude.php. If it whets your appetite / blows your skirt up / etc., then download the Preliminary Itinerary and Booking Form to get started. You can, of course, always contact Ben or me for more details. For more on Rioja in general, take a gander through the past here at 1WD land. A bit more detail about our upcoming Rioja jaunt is available in video form below after the jump.
This is going to be an entertaining, informative, and incredibly FUN trip. You’ll need to prepare your wallet, your mind, and your liver for this incredible jaunt…
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In like a frozen lion, out like a lamb paired with well-aged Cabernet Sauvignon, March is behind us. Er… wait a second… it’s still cold here. Ok, whatever…
Here’s a roundup of some of the items in which I’ve had a hand in penning during the month:
There were two items highlighting Turkish wine this month; the first for Snooth.com, penned after tasting through a case of samples, the majority of which were very good to excellent (which I am ashamed to admit surprised me, as it had been a long time since I’d tasted through a number of wines from Turkey, and back then it wasn’t nearly as exciting, and was actually pretty grim). The second was for Answers.com, focusing on (what I found to be) interesting trivia about that country’s rich wine history.
Of course, the month wouldn’t be complete without me putting some items through the review ringer for Answers.com; here were the wares put to the test in March:
Wine Product Review: Ventorosso Wine Aerator – While it’s not the most aggressive (or effective) aerator out there, it’s certainly one of the most aesthetically pleasing, and undoubtedly one of the quietest.
Wine Product Review: Edgy Wine Foil Cutter – Well… it’s a foil cutter. It works. otherwise, it’s a funny, NSFW marketing gimmick. The quality is there, but whether or not you’ll want to patronize Edgy Wine will largely depend on your sense of humor, I think.
Wine Book Review: “Beyond Jefferson’s Vines” By Richard G. Leahy -A thorough rendering of the Virginia wine scene it’s not, but an entertaining insider’s view of the what, who, and why of VA vino it is. Beyond Jefferson’s Vines is recommended, especially if you enjoy deeper dives and Right Coast / cool climate juice.
- 12 Red Car Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Qualifies as a textbook entry introduction to what high-end SC PN looks like. $40 A- >>find this wine<<
- 13 Red Car Rose of Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Elegant & Fun matched together authentically, & not a in fake new-car-commercial way. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 12 Red Car Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast): Four different vineyards, but it's all single-minded in its focused intensity. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 10 Red Car Sonoma Coast Syrah (Sonoma Coast): Savory & herbal, lithe & deep, and still kicking it fresh, fresh, fresh! style. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 11 Bastianich Vespa Rosso (Colli Orientali del Friuli): Mostly Merlot, mostly excellent, mostly aiming to please & hitting its mark. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 12 Bastianich Vespa Bianco (Colli Orientali del Friuli): Nutty, fruity, floral & not likely to remain full for very long post-popping $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 11 Bastianich Plus (Colli Orientali del Friuli): Plus-sized in every way, lusciously so; and we ought to be very grateful for it! $40 A- >>find this wine<<
- 12 Maggy Hawk Afleet Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley): This horse can certainly run, and it favors the spiciest trails available, too. $70 A- >>find this wine<<
- 09 Arcanum Arcanum Red (Toscana): Cab Franc, speaking old school Latin, the tannins saying "Tenui Nec Dimittam, you lushes!" $100 A >>find this wine<<
- 13 Chapoutier Belleruche Rose (Cotes-du-Rhone): Gorgeous of color, tasty of form, friendly of disposition, & too quick of finish. $14 B >>find this wine<<
Have metallic embossed label, will travel
Before you ask… yes, I am still not quite up to the full-on feature articles, and am woefully behind. Look, I’ve got major issues on the homestead, people, so you’re going to need to be patient (or, simply enthrall yourselves with any of the other billion English-language wine blogs out there for now).
The issues have not stopped me from imbibing wine, however (even after having mouth surgery – oh yeah, who’s your drinkin’ daddy?!??). Hey, this is me we’re talking about, here!
Fortunately for both of us, the sample pool gods hath been smilingly generous towards me in my time of personal woe. Thanks to them, I can throw the following wines and resulting frissons of gustatory excitement out at you, my friends.
Just so long as you don’t mind a penchant for wagon pictures on wine labels, or Pinots that clock in at over 14% alcohol (please… leave that abv-hate at the virtual door before entering here, ok?); trust me, James MacPhail knows what the f–k he’s doing with his Pinot…
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