Archive for February, 2012

If You Give A Wine Geek A Savennières…

Vinted on February 16, 2012 binned in elegant wines, on the road

If you give a wine geek a Savennières, eventually he’ll want to take a trip to Savennières.

If he takes a press trip to Savennières, he’s probably going to want to visit a Chateau.  Even if it snows and it’s bitterly cold. Even if that area of the Loire valley hasn’t seen snow in a damn long while and he didn’t bring his snow boots.

When you take him to the Chateau (in this case, Chateau des Vaults at Domaine du Closel), he’ll want to tour the vineyard, so you’ll have to lend him some galoshes so he can walk around in the snow and take pictures.

After he’s been walking around the vineyards taking pictures, he feet will get (really, really) cold because the galoshes have no lining. If his feet get cold, they’ll go numb and he’ll start walking around like a duck having a rare viral attack on its nervous system while everyone else on the vineyard tour is trying to pay attention to what the vigneronne (in this case, Evelyne de Pontbriand) is telling them about the vines and the special plot of land.

When he starts walking around like a duck having a strange and rare viral attack on its nervous system, everyone else will start to feel sorry for him, so one of them will give him those little chemical hand warmer packs and tell him they’re great for warming up your hands when tasting wine in cold Burgundian wine cellars.

If someone gives him hand warmers, the little wine geek will stick those hand warmers in his galoshes, where they’ll lodge themselves at the ankles, blocking his feet from moving properly and causing him to walk like a 1950s B-horror film alien robot in the snow (when he’s not falling down, that is)…

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Me, You And, Too

Vinted on February 15, 2012 binned in going pro

I’m happy to announce what most of you reading this already know, which is that I’m now a featured contributor to the video blog on You can check out my first installment, in which I brave the wilderness of my backyard to talk about the brouhaha surrounding the Natural Wine movement.

The idea behind my vid series over at is to take the concept I tried out in “simplifying” the world of Port in about 5 minutes of video, and use that compressed-and-pithy format to dissect other aspects of the wine world, wine biz and wine industry. It’s a paying gig – modest, but fun, and it’s great to be working with the team at again, who are an amicable (and smart, particularly when it comes to leveraging social media to engage their customers) bunch.

Does this mean fewer episodes of the already-too-infrequent 1WineDude TV?

The short answer is, “yeah, sort of.”

BUT… having said that… the “sort of” part probably needs a bit of embellishment…

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7 TV Episode 44: Brix… Howz! (Putting Wine + Chocolate Pairing To The Taste Test)

Vinted on February 14, 2012 binned in 1WineDude TV, holidays, sexy wines, wine review

For Valentine’s Day, I subject myself to the much-dreaded and (in my view not unfairly) oft-maligned dry-red-wine-with-chocolate food pairing, so that you don’t have to (you can thank me later).

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Brix Chocolate (specially formulated to complement wine) – Pretty tasty on its own, especially the medium dark variety
  • 2009 V. Sattui Black Sears Vineyard Zinfandel (Howell Mountain) $42 – Damn sexy, with nice plummy fruit and enticing peppery, spicy notes.





Monday Mini Wine Reviews Round-Up For February 13, 2012

Vinted on February 13, 2012 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!

  • Chateau Pinchon Longueville Comtesse De Lalande (Pauillac): Pass the steak; meaty, refined, elegant, spicy, & basically unaffordable $210 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Pichon-Longueville au Baron de Pichon-Longueville (Pauillac): Steal away w/ it while it whispers to you about its flowers $144 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Lynch-Bages (Pauillac): Getting down low in a good way (except in price); with graphite, spice & earthy, sour red fruits. $165 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Leoville Barton (Saint-Julien): Stately butler of a wine wants to accompany your finest dinner; & it’s bringing licorice. $110 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Lagrange (Saint-Julien): Spicy, gorgeous, seductive red (fruits)-head; & you know what they sometimes say about red-heads. $65 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Gruaud Larose (Saint-Julien): A fine, pretty picnic spoiled at the end by a thunderstorm. In this case, it’s a funk storm. $85 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Beychevelle (Saint-Julien): Spicy, juicy, chewy blackcurrants, chocolate & coffee join in chorus to Styx’s Come Sail Away. $95 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • Chateau Giscours (Margaux): Sometimes sweet, straightforward red fruits can lead to a potentially serious case of buyer’s remorse. $70 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Gazin (Pomerol): Like a caramelized Brussels sprout, but it’s exquisitely prepared by a determined, undefeated Iron Chef. $90 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Soutard (Saint-Emilion): Bucking recent trend of Bordx overcharged under-delivery; but you’d better be into black cherry. $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau La Dominique (Saint-Emilion): Painted in dark chalk, and a work that may never really reach a amicable resolution. $49 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Grand Mayne (Saint-Emilion): Every drop has a message, & that message reads as follows – DAMN STRAIGHT I AM A BIG BOY NOW. $44 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Figeac (St. Émilion): This train has left truffle station & is now bound for glory. Will soften up after our Sun explodes. $250 A >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere (Saint-Emilion): Made off with just about all of the leather and cigars from the Old Boys’ Club. $96 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot (Saint-Emilion): Bright, sexy, tart, fun, elegant, down-to-earth, & in search of mushrooms for dinner. $70 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte (Pessac-Leognan): A dark, chalky grip that is well prepared to squeeze you firmly into submission. $115 B+ >>find this wine>>



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