Archive for April, 2013
In this episode of 1WDTV, I rant about why it’s stupid to make a distinction between wine bloggers and fine wine consumers, as if the two populations couldn’t possibly overlap (they do); and yet, the wine media tries to make this distinction time and time again, effectively setting everyone off on a wild goose chase.
To illustrate this, I play off a theme I tackled during a recent interview I gave in South America, only this time with a (very crude) graph to show how I believe the U.S. population of wine consumers and wine bloggers is distributed, which involves a standard deviation bell curve (actually, alcohol consumption probably more closely follows a Gamma distribution, but that’s splitting hairs).
The Artificial Distinction Between Wine Bloggers and Consumers
- 10 Justin Isosceles (Paso Robles): Like a red wine mashup of The Simmonses, both Richard and Gene, carrying an enormous spice rack. $62 A- >>find this wine<<
- NV Ferrari Rose (Trento): Frothy currents of currants, and toasty, baked pie crust; but alas, they all leave us far too soon. $37 B >>find this wine<<
- 11 Georges Duboeuf Fleurie Clos des Quatre Vents (Fleurie): Baby I'm amazed at the way you pepper up my wine… ba da dada ba dada… $19 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 11 Georges Duboeuf Pouilly-Fuisse Flower Label (Pouilly-Fuisse): Peaches in brackish water, not that you'd do that, but here it works. $20 B >>find this wine<<
- 09 Cornerstone Cellars The Cornerstone (Napa Valley): Remember Lyn Cassady's concentration staring at the goat? It's kinda like that $125 A- >>find this wine<<
- 11 Chanson Vire-Clesse (Vire-Clesse): Chardonnay with a puff of brimstone, a basket of tropical fruit and a penchant for wet stones. $22 B >>find this wine<<
- 06 Familia Deicas 1er Cru Garage Tannat (Uruguay): Viscous, earthy, and hypnotizing you with its deep, dark, black-as-night stare. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
- 08 Dona Paula Seleccion de Bodega Malbec (Mendoza): Go ahead, just pour that aged balsamic all over those plums & see what happens. $50 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 11 Dona Paula Estate Malbec (Uco Valley): This kind of juiciness could supply all the Jamba Juice airport locations for several hours. $15 B >>find this wine<<
- 11 Dona Paula Estate Torrontes (Cafayate): Tropically fruity, but in a nervous, tightly-wound, is-that-guy-staring-at-me? kind of way. $15 B >>find this wine<<
- 11 Dona Paula Estate Chardonnay (Uco Valley): The scales of justice, freshness on one side, and broad melon richness on the other. $15 B >>find this wine<<
- 12 Dona Paula Estate Sauvignon Blanc (Uco Valley): Pungent melons, in a bright mood, and taking a nice long stroll through the grass. $15 B >>find this wine<<
- 08 Hess Collection 19 Block Cuvee (Mount Veeder): A sagacious sage prefers more flower & less sugar, but appreciates the sage herein. $36 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 10 Pazo San Mauro Albarino (Rias Baixas): "She… wore… leeeeeemon…" Only imagine it sung in falsetto by Bono. Trust me, it works. $18 B >>find this wine<<
- 07 Pueblo del Sol Edicion LImitada Tannat (Uruguay): "Left me here to, die aloooone… In the middle of Tobacco Roooaaaaaaaaaaaaad…" $25 B >>find this wine<<
- 09 Chateau Gaillard Clos de Mez (Morgon): Searching for a more serious, age-worthy Morgon than this? You'll be looking a long time. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 11 Jean-Luc Colombo Les Abeilles Cotes du Rhone Blanc (Cotes du Rhone): Well, those bees brought plenty of flowers, honey and wax. $12 B- >>find this wine<<
- 11 Colome Torrontes (Salta): A pinch of lime zest, a spritz of jasmine, and a ton of value, all tied up with a cute tropical bow. $15 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 10 Colome Estate Malbec (Salta): Ohhh… Sweet Tannin-Chain [sung to the tune of The Velvet Underground's "Sweet Jane" of course]. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
Last month, I had the sad duty of bidding farewell to Shelby Vittek, who most of you know as “The Young Unpaid Shelby,” the 1WD intern. Shelby’s official internship (the actually-earning-university-credits part) concluded at the end of March. Everyone in Roberts HQ has been sad to see her go, most palpably my daughter who literally hung herself around Shelby’s right leg, mockingly begging her not to leave.
Only a few weeks removed from having Shelby around to help out, and I can say that I wish I’d grabbed the other leg and begged her to stay. From cataloging samples and finally making sense out of the sample pool mess that had taken over my basement, to working directly with Google on performing the technical legwork required for setting up The Punch Down show, to performing research that made its way into several articles across all my various gigs, Shelby totally crushed it as an intern. So much so that we’re discussing opportunities to keep her on in some (hopefully paying) capacity, along with the occasional guest post.
Which is, I think, where Shelby really shone during her 1WD tenure: behind the keyboard. Her guest posts were stellar, her writing chops are impressive, and I can tell you that she’s bright when it comes to yielding knowledge of the wine world (so much so that her smarties outshine some people that I know who involved in the business and are twice her age).
All of which is another way of saying that if you’re in the biz and are reading this, you ought to seriously consider this young woman if you’ve got a job opening requiring great communication skills combined with practical wine knowledge and a drive to continuously improve on both.
Now that I’ve given you my commercial for Shelby’s professional value-add, we can talk about the fun stuff: namely, wines that she picked to serve during her send-off dinner…
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This week, I’m teaming up with NobleWorksCards.com to give away a set of ten wine-themed cards (valued at around $30)!
As will surprise none of you who know me, several of the cards push the envelope (ha!… okay… sorry…) on safe-for-workness, all are wine-themed, and all of them are amusing. The pack includes handfuls of funny birthday cards, humorous get-well-soon cards and a smattering of cards that could be used for Valentine’s Day or as greeting cards. Basically, you’ll find something in the pack that fits the bill for one (or more) of your wine-geeky friends or family.
The entire Card Pack can be viewed at the following links: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (yes, I know those are small, but I wanted to squeeze them in without making the post two thousand words; look, do you want a chance to win something or not?!?).
Here’s how the giveaway will work:
- Check out the cards using the links above, and let us know in the comments which is your fave (and why).
- On Tuesday, April 30 at 8PM ET (5PM PT), I will randomly choose a winner from the commenters.
It’s that simple; but you also need to be a fully-evolved home sapiens living in the continental U.S. who is of legal drinking age to be eligible to win (sorry, Cro-Magnons)!.
As for my fave to kick this off (and no, I’m not eligible to win): it’s a bit crude of me (ah, you expected nothing less!), but I’ve got to go with this one as my personal favorite (there’s just a part of it that, deep down, actually rings poignantly true… in a sick sort of way).
Cheers – and good luck!