They Can Be Heroes (Ben Rye Retrospective At Palate Press)

Vinted on August 27, 2015 binned in on the road
Palate Press Ben Rye

image: Palate Press

Continuing the coverage from my Sicily jaunt earlier this year, if you head on over to Palate Press you can now view my take on a bit of a vinous historic first (“Heroic Viticulture on the island of Pantelleria”).

While in Sicily, I was lucky enough to have a chance to visit both the wind-swept isle of Pantelleria (or, as I will now refer to it, “The Wind-Swept Isle of Pantalleria,” properly capitalized, since that seems to be the most common way it’s referenced across all of wine media, and it sounds kick-ass), and to meet at length with the Rallo clan, the family who head up iconic Sicilian producer Donnafugata (or, “Iconic Sicilian Producer Donnafugata”).

For their sense of hospitality, I would call the Rallos impeccable hosts, but they get the fully capitalized “Impeccable Hosts” title for inviting me to the first ever retrospective tasting of every available vintage of Ben Ryé, their celebrated Passito di Pantelleria dessert wine (“Celebrated Pa…” ok, you’re right, enough already)….

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Rolling Out The Barrels (PUBLIX Grape Fall 2015)

Vinted on August 25, 2015 binned in going pro, wine publications
PUBLIX Grape Fall 2015

image: PUBLIX Grape Magazine

Summer’s almost over. Yeah, I said it. Yeah, it’s mildly depressing. Yeah, it’s a good excuse to drink.

For those of you within the mailing address sphere of supermarket chain PUBLIX, you can find my latest contribution to their wine-focused magazine, Grape, in the soon-to-be-released Fall 2015 issue.

Therein, among other things, we revisit the impacts of barrel aging on wine (not all oak is the enemy, folks), as well as on beer, with some quotes from wine luminaries such as Master Somm Evan Goldstein, who is one of the few wine people for whom I’d consider taking a bullet (hopefully, we never have to test that promise…).

You can subscribe to PUBLIX Grape Magazine for the low, low price of $0.00, for those of you who live in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Alabama. Which is probably those of you who have been wanting Summer to end for the last two months already.

Cheers!

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For August 24, 2015

Vinted on August 24, 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!

  • 13 Barnard Griffin Rose of Sangiovese (Columbia Valley): Well, now, that's a lot of ruby joy for not a whole lot of coin, isn't it? $15 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Segura Viudas Gran Cuvee Reserva (Cava): Almost entirely about mouthfeel, and will put paella front and center on your mind. $14 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Robert Craig Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): From opening to closing, holds the promise of complete expression. $80 A >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Catena Alamos Torrontes (Salta): Well, it's awfully hard to argue with Delightful when she shows up on a hot Summer day, isn't it? $10 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Boschendal 1685 Grande Cuvee Sauvignon Blanc (Coastal Region): Piquantly making its point that it wants some smoked fish, NOW. $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Cantara Cellars Ruth's Vineyard Chardonnay (Lodi): A whole bushel full of ripe pineapples, with big spiky green leaves and all. $23 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Luigi Bosca Finca La Linda Torrontes (Mendoza): White flowers, drunk, arm in arm & loudly singing Queen's We Are The Champions. $12 B >>find this wine<<
  • 14 M. Chapoutier Vignes de Bila-Haut Blanc (Cotes-du-Roussillon) >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Donnafugata Anthilia Bianco (Sicily): Open bottle, add cooling Summer evening breezes, then watch all liquid in bottle disappear. $17 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Le Volte dell' Ornellaia (Toscana): Like The Giving Tree, of it were a plum tree and all of said plums were juicy, sweet, & ripe. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 VIE Las Madres Vineyard Los Carneros Syrah (Sonoma County): And you will know us by the trail of intriguingly spiced tobacco smoke $39 B+ >>find this wine<<
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