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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For June 18, 2011

Vinted on June 18, 2011 binned in wine mini-reviews

Uhm, like what is this stuff?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine sample tasting notes via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be fun, quickly-and-easily-digestible reviews. Below is a wrap-up of the twitter reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find them so you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 08 O. Fournier (Maule): A red about as concentrated, powerful & sexy as any sports car that ever cruised the streets of Santiago. $80 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Viña Siegel Gran Crucero Limited Edition (Colchagua): For those who like their bright red fruits w/ a side of savory smoked meat. $29 B >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Neyen Espiritu de Apalta (Colchagua): Savory & just the right hints of spice, herbs & sweet oak. But the structure’s the real star $50 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Manzoni Estate Vineyards Syrah (Santa Lucia Highlands): This wine to BBQ ribs: “oh, yes… you will be mine… you *will* be mine!” $30 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Conundrum (California): A bit cloying? Maybe, but the kitchen-sink white blend scores in the bonus round for food-friendliness. $21 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Los Boldos Amalia (Cachapoal): Smooth-going low rider cruisin’ down the ave. Smoked meat & jammy blue fruit are ridin’ shotgun. $50 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Los Boldos Momentos Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca): Herbs and wonderful citric, acidic lift playing kissing cousins in this charmer. $10 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 05 Haras Elegance (Maipo): Red & black fruits that are as smooth as silk, but it’s got a green streak running about a mile long. $40 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Mt Beautiful Cheviot Hills Sauvignon Blanc (North Canterbury): First guava, then veggies, then some heft, then just total delight. $17 B >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): The kind of stellar Napa red that gets people hooked forever on stellar Napa reds. $215 A >>find this wine>>



On The Road, Off The Beaten Path (A South American Wine Wrap-Up At

Vinted on June 17, 2011 binned in on the road, wine publications, wine review


I know I’m risking turning this blog into a South American wine coverage outlet recently (and there are at least two more posts yet to come from my recent jaunt there).  BUT…

Just in case you’re not yet sick of hearing about the wines and wine-related stories I encountered in Chile and Argentina (or if you’re looking for a sort-of Cliff Notes version), I’ve got a featured article running up at (with corresponding wine reviews) focusing on the off-the-beaten-path, outside-of-the-bargain-bin gems I found during my S. American travels (and travails).

The article also makes me feel good, mostly because it (hopefully?) resets the counter on keeping the “contributing” part of my “contributing editor” title at Palate Press.  Anyway… here’s a run-down of the vinous S. American gems reviewed at as part of the article:





1WineDude Radio: MOVI-n’ On Up (Talking Artisanal Chilean Winemaking With MOVI’s Derek Mossman)

During my March jaunt to South America, I spent my birthday at the Santiago home of Derek Mossman, the man behind Chile’s Garage Wine Co. and iconoclastic director of MOVI (Movimiento de Viñateros Independientes, or “Movement of Independent Vintners”).

Think of them as the collective vinous mice, who are making tiny amounts of hand-crafted wines and are roaring at the Chile’s modern winemaking industrial lions in an area dominated by a (very) small amount of (very) big players who make (very) massive quantities of wine.  They count among their ranks a Swiss lawyer, a French photographer, a former submarine maker and a Scottish miner – not exactly your typical band of Chilean winemaking bothers (or sisters).

MOVI have been making a splash lately, releasing wines that are garnering increasing amounts of critical acclaim (guilty! – see my faves below after the jump) and news coverage.  In the long-overdue return of 1WineDude Radio podcasts, I talk to Derek about where MOVI sits in the grand scheme of the Chilean wine industry, the over-oaking to hell of wines generally, what makes truly authentic wine, and whether or not MOVI is achieving its vision of “effort and dreams put into the bottle.”  Trust me, this guys is good for a controversial quote… or two (or ten).  Enjoy!

1WineDude Radio Episode 7 – MOVI

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Born Digital: Some Of Our Children Are Ugly (What Wine Writing Awards Mean)

Vinted on June 15, 2011 binned in going pro, wine blogging

The ugly child to which I refer in the title being me, of course.  Hey, even in the on-line wine writing world, not all of those who are “born digital” can be handsome, I’m afraid.

I recently (ok, somewhat recently – times are busy, people!) ”took the bronze” in the 2010 Born Digital Wine Awards, in which a story I wrote on the wines of Greek isle of Santorini (Endangered Species: Santorini Wine Fights for Its Survival) was chosen as a finalist in the Wine Tourism category (somewhat ironically I suppose, since one could make an argument that it’s an anti-tourism piece).  This got me a gift certificate to, and a nod from Jancis Robinson (as well as a subscription to her Purple Pages, which I’m looking forward to viewing once I get thirty or more uninterrupted seconds to myself, probably sometime in early October at the rate things are going now).

That, along with some kind nominations for the 2011 Wine Blog Awards (big THANKS to those who nominated me, by the way!), have put wine writing awards front-and-center in my mind lately.  As in, re-pondering what wine writing awards really mean, man.  And what I’ve learned through all of the re-pondering is that I’m not sure what they really mean (but, as usual, that won’t stop me from talking about them!)

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