Archive for August, 2012

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For August 27, 2012

Vinted on August 27, 2012 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!

  • 08 Bastianich Plus (Venezia Giulia): Bianco that proves the real boot of Italy is in the north, & it’s kicking the wine world’s ass. $45 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Fable Jackal Bird (Western Cape): A kitchen sink white blend that’s far more tropically refreshing than its individual parts. $28 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Fable Lions Whisker (Western Cape): Even S. African lions don’t encounter as much game meat & leather as in this Syrah/Mourvedre. $28 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 La Mozza Aragone (Maremma Toscana): Raspberry & dried cherry in a friendly Italian argument over who is more of the true badass. $36 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Ridge Monte Bello Vineyard Merlot (Santa Cruz Mountains): A tight, tart frame upon which hangs plums, minty green & potential. $40 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Fable Bobbejaan Syrah (Western Cape): You’re only a baboon if U dig meaty complex Syrah & don’t go hunting for this one eventually $48 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Briar Valley Red (Pennsylvania): As rustic as the name, but charming, too; stick around, there’s after-dinner tea on that finish. $25 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Galer Estate Cabernet Franc (Pennsylvania): Toast, coffee, sweet spices, thyme, cherry… wait a second here, am I at Starbucks? $35 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Waltz Vineyards Crow Woods Cabernet (Lancaster County): Thin, muscular but poised on a wire btw prune & plums, and tea & balsamic. $38 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Waltz Vineyards Cherry Tree Merlot (Lancaster County): Yes, there are cherries here; but there are tangy blackcurrants here, too. $30 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Presque Isle Dornfelder (Lake Erie): Like the German settled in PA & doesn’t mind the crazy winters, his cupboard full of pepper. $12 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Galer Estate Chardonnay Reserve (Pennsylvania): Liveliness, with a side of apples, apricots & toasted bread roll for good measure. $23 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Waltz Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay (Lancaster County): What it lacks in linearity it makes up for in richness, cream & minerality. $36 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Galen Glen Dry Riesling (Lehigh Valley): Their soils are similar to FLX, turns out their limes-&-minerals crispy Riesling is, too. $14 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Allegro Cadenza (Pennsylvania): Right Bank Bord’x meets Right Bank U.S.; but you’d better be (very) into earthy, savory & red. $34 B >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Tariquet Sauvignon (Vin de Pays des Cotes de Gascogne): Lemony Refreshment as ordered; canned peas,too, whether ordered or not. $8 C+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Tariquet Cote (Vin de Pays des Cotes de Gascogne): Chard & Sauvignon finally see past their differences; we r refreshed as a result $9 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 11 Tariquet Rose de Pressee (Cotes de Gascogne): Strawberry parade-style entry for a refreshing watermelon main act, rind & all. $8 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Bodega Tacuil RD (Salta): Malbec & Cab as sexy, round (& maybe too soft) as you can expect w/out an ounce of wood framing support. $45 B+ >>find this wine>>



Weekly Wine Quiz: Octalactating

Vinted on August 24, 2012 binned in wine quiz

Welcome back to the Weekly Wine Quiz, my friends!

Based on feedback from ever-so-vocal-and-intelligent peeps like you, I supply the quiz question each week, but do *not* supply the quiz answer directly in the post. That’s because YOU are supposed to supply the answer in the comments, and then tune back in later today in the comments section for the official answer. This week, we’re wrapping the foray into the science of oak aging, with a not-so-easy question to put your wine smarties through the staves…


Methyl octalactones imparted to wine by the wood from aging in oak barrels can be an important source of aroma development in wines meant for aging. What aroma characteristic do they give to a wine?

  • A. Leather
  • B. Vanilla
  • C. Toasted bread
  • D. Coconut

Cheers – and good luck!




Hey, Road Warrior: You Taste Wine Differently In-Flight (A Master Somm’s Business Class Vino Selections)

Vinted on August 23, 2012 binned in crowd pleaser wines, wine review

Last week, I had the pleasure of taking part in a Google+ video hangout chat hosted by Master Sommelier (and general dynamo/spitfire) Andrea Immer Robinson. Andrea asked me to participate in the hangout as part of select group to taste through wines that she had picked for the in-flight business class selection one of Delta Airlines’ cross-country routes (apparently I’m to get a free trip on that route as part of the deal to test the wines in flight myself, so this was a promotional chat sponsored by Delta).

More on Andrea’s picks in a minute; first, I want to talk about something that Andrea brought up in the context of the hangout discussion (a video recap of which you can watch below after the jump). That event got my wine brain juices flowing, and not only because I was treading water, trying not to look like a complete hack in front of a group of mostly Master Somms, many of whom have individual taste buds on their tongues with more collective wine tasting experience than I possess.

What intrigued me was something that Andrea mentioned about plane travel that impacted her choices of wines to include for the biz class long-haul journey: we (as in all of us, not just those banished to coach class) taste food differently in-flight versus when we’re on terra firma.

Specifically, she wanted to pick wines that had big aromatic, textural, and flavor profiles because wines and food taste duller in the air. At first I thought that Andrea was just going on common sense borne from personal experience (she flies the routes to taste how the potential wine picks fare in-flight), but it turns out there’s some potentially solid science behind that approach. And I care because, like probably many of you reading this, I’m a wine lover who’s also put in a butt-numbing amount of miles and hours sitting in an airplane seat this year…

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Wine Blogging Monetization (1WineDude TV Episode 53, The #WBC12 Edition)

Vinted on August 22, 2012 binned in 1WineDude TV, wine bloggers conference, wine blogging

Last weekend, I sat on a panel at the 2012 Wine Bloggers Conference in Portland, OR, discussing wine blog monetization – what works, what doesn’t, and what you need to consider to monetize both your blog’s website and your blog’s brand.

Below is a video that I recorded in Santa Barbara wine country just prior to flying to Portland for the conference, and you can treat it as the expanded version of the talk that I gave at WBC12 (for those who were there, I told you that you wouldn’t have to take notes!). Want to know what I’ve learned about making money in the wild west territory of the ever-changing online wine world? Have a seat and take a view.

Wine Blog Monetization ( TV Episode 53 – WBC12)





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