Archive for October, 2011
Just in case you’re not sick of me yet (you are reading this, right Mom?), 1WD has cropped up in the Global Interwebs in two interesting extra-curriculars in the past few weeks.
The first is in in the form of an interview I did for The Urban Grocer (don’t ask me, I’m not sure why these people wanted to interview me, either), in which they called me a “Robin Hood of sorts in the exclusive world of vineyards and corkings and oaky undertones” – presumably a reference to my penchant for wearing green tights, which otherwise I was under the impression that no one knew about. More interestingly, I think, is that TUG is now a series on the Cooking Channel, so I’ll be able to say “ah, I knew her way back when!” after Caitlin Zaino is totally famous.
BUT… even more interesting (to me, at least) is the other recent 1WD mention, Tipping Point Labs co-founder Drew Davis’ thoughtful treatise on short-form wine reviews; there’s some seriously tasty meat on the bone at which to pick in that one…
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In this episode, I take a break from my busy schedule of eating, napping and playing Infinity Blade during my Tuscany vacation to field test a sample of the VinniBag, a unique inflatable travel bag meant to protect wine bottle from damage and temperature fluctuations.
How did my Tuscan Vin Santo fare in the VinniBag after being left out in the car in Chianti and Volterra, getting dragged in my luggage through the bumpy streets of Siena, and then subjected to multiple British Airways flights and the formidable Terminal 5 in London Heathrow airport? Watch the vid to find out!
Apologies in advance for the low volume during the first part of the vid (screw it, I was on vacation!) and for the jumpiness in the second stanza (the 100+ lb dog was trying to play a bit too friskily with the camerawoman at the time…).
- 06 Castello di Volpaia Balifico (Toscana): Very dark, very young, more than a little moody, but full of rustic charm (& potential). €29 B+ >>find this wine>>
- 07 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva (Chianti Classico): Tangy, black-fruited balance between the Old & New Chianti worlds €19 B+ >>find this wine>>
- 08 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico (Chianti Classico): Bright cherry Ferrari w/ leather seats speeding thru the green countryside €12 B >>find this wine>>
- 10 Castello di Volpaia Bianco di Volpaia (Toscana): Citrus, pear, yellow apple, flowers & a desperate need for pecorino and ham. €8 B- >>find this wine>>
- 05 Castelvecchio Vigna La Quercia Riserva (Chianti Colli Fiorentini): All things dried (fruit/herbs) but might be yer slice of the pie €13 B >>find this wine>>
- 10 Calo Giordano Grillo (Sicilia): A bit of lemon, a touch of lychee, & a whole lot of simple refreshingness to love. €7 B- >>find this wine>>
- 05 Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Port (Porto): Say, have you met Vintage’s refined but fruity/peppery & feisty little sister? $22 B >>find this wine>>
- 07 Cliff Lede Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Fans of the hedonistically opulent might feel that they’ve found their Mecca. $150 A >>find this wine>>
Wine has often inspired poetry (and still does – check out this example reviewed here a few short years ago), and in today’s case, waxing poetic about the most expensive wines that all of you out there have imbibed in turn inspired me to pull out some of the more expensive sample bottles calling to me in siren song from the bowels of their cardboard box prisons in my basement.
Actually, the first of these isn’t all that expensive, but at over $30 bucks isn’t (at least not by any real-world-with-real-people-spending-real-money-in-it measure) cheap. But it sure drinks like it’s high-end and well-worth the cash.
The second is a famously expensive, high-scoring Napa Cab blend from a producer that got on my good side by quoting Spinal Tap on its website [Editor’s note: quoting Spinal Tap is always welcome, and will get you a smile, but not necessarily a high rating!].
Anyway, to quote Spinal Tap myself, enough of my yappin’ – let’s boogie!…
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