Archive for February, 2013

1WineDude.com TV Episode 56: Portugal’s Best Wines? (With Master Wine Geek Doug Frost)

Vinted on February 7, 2013 binned in 1WineDude TV, interviews, wine industry events, wine review

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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Wined Down: Besting The Most Common Wine Flaws?

Vinted on February 6, 2013 binned in wine appreciation, Wined Down (Playboy.com)

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.

Cheers!


 

 

New York Wine Expo 2013 Discount Code (And Giveaway Winner)

Vinted on February 5, 2013 binned in Uncategorized

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.

Cheers!


 

 

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For February 4, 2013

Vinted on February 4, 2013 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!

  • 10 Greywacke Pinot Noir (Marlborough): Jammy berry shouts in public, but then deftly composes itself and finishes the night a charmer. $39 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Greywacke Wild Sauvignon (Marlborough): Sauv Blanc and wood make surprisingly happy marriage; dig that grassy, chalky Boutonniere. $29 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough): Pink grapefruit stacked up like a snowman; dried herbs and fresh veggies for arms and legs. $20 B >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Poggiotondo Vigna delle Conchiglie Chianti Riserva (Chianti): Vibrant, juicy embrace showing tenderness in most of the right spots $68 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Dunham Cellars Lewis Estate Vineyard Riesling (Columbia Valley): Enough petrol in the tank to put this citric ride into high gear. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Poggiotondo Chianti Superiore (Chianti Superiore): Minerals & meat, funk and leather, fruit serious and sensual, and seriously sensual. $20 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Poggiotondo Rosso (Toscana): A soft, gritty, and brambly retreat; a prosciutto sandwich is pretty much required for entry. $11 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Poggiotondo Vermentino (Tuscany): Lemons & nuts that are practically kissing cousins with soapy, floral Viognier, wild and fancy free $20 B >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Chateau Bousquette Saint Chinian Prestige (Saint-Chinian): Not won over by the balance, vibrancy and prettiness? Check your pulse!! $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Trimbach Gewurztraminer (Alsace): It likes the spiced life, it’s gotta booogie, at the wine bar toooniiiiiiight, oh yeahhhhhhhh $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Nals Margreid Galea Schiava (Alto Adige): Picture a rosé after its wild strawberries did a serious muscle building workout regimen. $23 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Nals Margreid Lyra Gewurztraminer (Alto Adige): Like a lychee and rose petal perfume, sprayed in your face at point blank range. $13 B- >>find this wine<<

 

 

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