Welcome to a rather long-overdue episode of 1WD TV, in which I get geeky with wine maven Doug Frost and give him crap about the wines he *didn’t* pick for his list of Portugal’s 50 Greatest Wines. We express communal love for Madeira, and then Doug sort of disses Napa, but generally shows why he’s one of the most well-regarded wine educators and tasters on the planet. To find out why Doug’s picks are so controversial, fire up the vid!
1WineDudeTV Episode 56: Portugal’s Best Wines? (With Master Wine Geek Doug Frost)
I was able to get a few minutes with Doug when I was a media guest of Wines of Portugal for a lunch event at NYC’s Harold Pratt House, during which Doug and fellow Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein discussed the Top 10 wines from Doug’s list of 50 – which we then tasted paired with various (mostly meat – in fine Portuguese tradition!) courses. My thoughts/ratings/ramblings on those controversial top ten wine picks are below, after the jump…
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Long-time 1WD readers will recall the name of my buddy Jason Whiteside, who has appeared numerous times on these virtual pages playing the refined-palate-straight-man to my more… errr… slapstick approach to all things vinous.
I’m happy to report that since his last 1WD appearance, Jason has more-or-less been kicking ass and taking labels in the wine world, and is now preparing for the Masters of Wine exam (which I’ve little doubt he will pass – I know few people who can taste with as much focus and precision as Jason, and since I know a lot of people who do wine for a living, that might actually be saying something…).
Jason also has no shortage of practical, in-the-trenches wine director / restaurant experience, and so after enjoying some of his cooking over the holidays (and talking him out of a bottle of Gonzalez Byass 30 year aged Del Duque Amontillado “Muy Viejo” Sherry), I concocted a scheme to raid Jason’s brain about wine faults for my Wined Down column on Playboy.com. The result is our view of the wine faults that most normal people are likely to encounter “in the wild,” and – more importantly – what to do about them if/when they do rear their stinky heads; which you can now read over at PB’s website.
Even the more experienced winos among you might be surprised at what Jason considers the single most common/likely fault, which actually has nothing to do whatsoever with what’s inside the bottle (think dirty glasses)…
Anyway, head on over to PB and check it out, and feel free to toss your thoughts from the peanut gallery into the comments section.
Thanks to all of you budding winos (I mean that in the most endearing sense possible!) who took part in the 2013 New York Wine Expo giveaway.
Given that I’ve been spending a good deal of time up on Seneca lake lately, and gaining a renewed sense of appreciation for the area’s wines as a result, I was pleasantly surprised to see so much love expressed for NY’s own Finger Lakes wines in the comments of our latest giveaway. And so I’m happy to report that one such NY wine lover – Patrick Maas – was the randomly-selected winner of the NYWE 2013 giveaway.
Patrick (assuming that he is 21 or older!) will now have the opportunity to indulge a taste (or two… or several) for free at one of this year’s Grand Tasting events! Now, if you didn’t win the latest giveaway (hint: if you’re not Patrick, then you didn’t win), you’ve still got a few options if you want to be NYWE-bound:
1) Wail and gnash you teeth Old Testament Style at the futility of it all, paying full price at the event, or
2) Buy tickets to the 2013 NYWE and use the special discount code “WineDude” (minus the quotation marks), good for $15 off Friday and Saturday tickets through Feb. 28, 2013!
Personally, I’d go with option #2, but I don’t want to be so bold as to tell you how to live your life, okay? Just don’t say we never did anything for you here at 1WD…
Anyway… Go forth and plan your NYWE excursion, my bargain-hunting thirsty imbibers.