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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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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- 12 Weingut Clemens Busch vom Grauen Schiefer Riesling Trocken (Mosel): Has a mantra; & that mantra is "slate! citrus! slate! citrus!" $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 12 Anaba Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast): Like finding just a little steak of pure gold embedded in a pretty river rock. $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 12 Anaba Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): And for that effort, please proceed to the front of the class, my young lad! $34 A- >>find this wine<<
- 08 Glen Carlou Grand Classique (Paarl): Did we just see this red flip the bird to all of its naysayers? Yeah, I think we just did. $20 A- >>find this wine<<
- 12 Penner-Ash Wine Cellars Willamette Valley Riesling (Willamette Valley): Brought to you by the letter Z; apparently for Zippiness. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 11 Vall Llach Embruix (Priorat): Funky, fruity, full-bodied, & full of familiar ripe flavors to fit your fancy for steak pairings. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 08 Claudia Xinomavro Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon (Chalkidiki): Put on a few pounds, it seems, but still able to go several rounds. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 13 Claudia Viognier Assyrtiko (Chalkidiki): Tropical, vibrant, and exotic enough to satisfy your kingly Macedonian vinous thirst. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 09 Meerlust Rubicon (Stellenbosch): A broad back, clad in leather, with a head wreathed in circles of long, spicy, aromatic smoke. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 10 Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Cigare Volant (Central Coast): Cool climate pepper, & a bard's heart, lend pep to the juiciness therein. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
I do believe that our Furmint adventures, alas, come to an end with this episode, the eleventh in the series (more were filmed, but I’m not sure in what context those will be cropping up; when they do I will let you know). Special thanks to all of those who were responsible for making this happen; I will treasure the memories, the wines, and the insane amount of inside jokes that were added to my already peripatetic personal narrative!
Going Pro with A Go Pro in Tokaj
We go out strong, my friends: in this incarnation, I meet the young and social-media-savvy winemaker László Szilágyi, who hikes me up a steep vineyard, let’s me go a bit crazy with his Go Pro camera, and puts my taste-buds to the test with two of his finest Furmint wines from the Gizella Cellar label.
The wines are excellent… almost as good as the views from the top of the vineyard, and almost as fun as horsing around with a Go Pro.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed the Furmint USA video series (if you enjoyed them a tenth as much as I did making them, we will have accomplished something!).
Furmint Adventures Episode 11: Gizella Cellar