Big News: Come With Me To Rioja in November, Lushes!

Vinted on February 3, 2015 binned in wine industry events, wine tasting

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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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For April 27, 2015

Vinted on April 27, 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!

  • 11 Chateau Panis Mialhe Minervois Les Eglises (Languedoc-Roussillon): The church bells here are ringing tunes of rustic amicability. $13 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Casa Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Atalayas Vineyard Chardonnay (Casablanca Valley): Drinkin' like a queen, spendin' like a pauper. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Prinz Salm Two Princes Riesling (Rheinhessen): Punching above its weight in the refreshing-length-of-lemony-finish department. $17 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Inman Family Whole Buncha Love OGV Estate Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Whole buncha tasty, but kinda hogs the dinner table. $45 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Flowers Camp Meeting Ridge Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Eschewing richness of mouth for richness of deeper rewards. $90 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Helfrich Riesling Noble Varieties (Alsace): Mineral-and-tropic lightening, and the thunder has a nice, refined ring to it, too. $17 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Signorello Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Whoooaaaaa, easy there, little bison, you're a little too wound up $90 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Paul Hobbs Crossbarn Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Sweet, oaky & ripe meets poised, lithe and… ok,and powerful. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Domaine la Croix d'Aline Saint-Chinian (Languedoc-Roussillon): Like a local bluegrass band, this one's just endearingly rustic. $13 B >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Saint AIX Provence Rose (Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence): Once again, Provence proudly proves why Provence is… well… Provence. $19 B >>find this wine<<
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Sangria Is For (Wine) Lovers

Vinted on April 21, 2015 binned in going pro, wine tips

It might not yet be quite hot enough outside for this topic, but the good folks over at Fix.com have published my take on Sangria (that most warm weather of wine-related beverages), complete with their always-on-point graphical talents (which often make the majority of my accompanying words superfluous, but hey, they’re paying so I’m not complaining).

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image: Fix.com

Personally, it takes a *mighty* fine Sangria to sway the taste buds of this particular wine lover, but I’m nowhere near snobbish enough not to find enjoyment in a good one. Hopefully, the Fix.com guide will maximize your chances of mixing up a superior Sangria batch, as we provide some tips on what to try (and what to avoid) when utilizing different wine styles as your Summertime liquid fun base material.

The full awesomeness of Fix.com’s Sangria infographic are below after the jump, with the full article available at http://www.fix.com/blog/sangria-for-wine-lovers. Enjoy (responsibly)!

Cheers!

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For April 20, 2015

Vinted on April 20, 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!

  • 12 Fulcrum Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley): It most certainly smokes them, because it most certainly has got them. $55 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Fulcrum Landy Vineyard Petite Sirah (Russian River Valley): Remember the Sara Ramirez Got Milk ad? It's pretty sexy like that. $42 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Hickinbotham Trueman Cabernet Sauvignon (McLaren Vale): You'll need pencil sharpeners & plenty of coin for all the graphite here. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Hickinbotham The Revivalist Merlot (McLaren Vale): Alive, earthy, excellent, and above all else, eccentric and damned proud of it. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Hickinbotham Brooks Road Shiraz (McLaren Vale): Brooding, brawny, berry-filled, and clearly built for a big, long haul. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Hickinbotham The Peake Cabernet Shiraz (McLaren Vale): Like attending The Who's Live At Leeds performance & not being on LSD. $150 A >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Wind Racer Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): A long, leathery – and warm – ride in search of fresh game. $50 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Wind Racer Chardonnay (Anderson Valley): Honey and flowers? Hell yeah, that's usually – as it is here – pretty hard to pass up. $40 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Rose (Sancerre): Fresh strawberries, authentic and sparing pretty much nothing; vines, leaves, and all. $23 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Melka Wines CJ Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Almost no one does the CA big, generous, & luxuriant thing a turn better. $65 A- >>find this wine<<
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