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French Wine Society Membership Giveaway!

Vinted on June 4, 2013 binned in giveaways

UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed. Thanks for the awesome responses! I’ve contacted the winners via email, so they’ll be enjoying some French wine learnings in short order. For those who did NOT win but are still interested in an FWS membership, the French Wine Society has graciously offered to supply a discount code. If you order a membership via their website and use the discount code “winedude” (all lower case, no quotation marks) during checkout, you’ll get a 10% discount on your purchase. The discount code expires on June 30th, so get cracking!

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This week, I’m partnering with the venerable French Wine Society, purveyors of well-regarded wine education, certifications and study trips, for one of the biggest giveaways we’ve had to date here on 1WD!

We’ll be giving away five (!) one-year memberships to the French Wine Society, valued at $100 each. Membership in the FWS gives you access to wine education webinars produced by some of the top Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers in the business, a guide to pronunciation of French wine terms (that one, for my money, is worth the admission price alone), and discounted pricing on their on-line study programs and exams, among other benefits.

In addition to offering cred-building certifications (such as the The French Wine Scholar Study & Certification Program and several Master-Level programs for regions like Burgundy, Bordeaux and Languedoc-Roussillon), FWS also coordinates wine immersion study trips throughout France. I’m particularly interested in the latter, as anyone who knows 1WD knows that I’ve long espoused that to really understand wine, book knowledge has to be combined with travel and tasting wine in its proper feet-in-the-vineyard context (butt-numbing plane rides be damned!).

Here’s how the giveaway will work, eligible to any reader who is of legal drinking age, and is not possessed by a parasitic alien being controlling their every thought and action while biding its time to try to take over our planet:

  • Leave a comment on this post telling us what French wine region you’d most like to visit and/or learn more about, and why.
  • You’ll have until Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 8PM ET, after which I will draw the names of five (!) lucky winners who will each receive a one-year FWS membership.

By the way, for me the answer is now Champagne – have never been there, and in retrospect that seems… just… silly that it hasn’t happened yet. Followed closely by Corsica (Vermentino FTW, beeatches!) and Burgundy (because… well, duh!). Can’t wait to see what you all come up with for this.

Cheers – and good luck!

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For June 3, 2013

Vinted on June 3, 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 Venteux Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles): Like finding a succulent, award-winning tomato at the rustic county fair. $48 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Robert Hall Winery Merlot (Paso Robles): Pruney & dark, but also herbal & fresh, & pretty damn easy on the checking account. $18 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 L'Adventure Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles): The dusty power will pack a wallop, but it also gives a floral peace offering $80 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 07 Chateau Margene Beau Melange (Paso Robles): Bringing artisanal coffee and tea to the big diner party, because it insists on it. $175 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Mooney Family Reserve Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands): Peppery, fresh, savory & bright; honestly, what else do you need? $64 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Kieran Robinson Le Voyageur Syrah (Bennett Valley): Vibrantly alive, professing truth, & dispensing wisdom with zen-like honesty. $38 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Kieran Robinson Vivio Vineyard Syrah (Bennett Valley): We got the meeeeat, we got the meeeat, we got the meeeat, yeah, we got it! $50 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Murrieta's Well The Whip (Livermore Valley): Smells like a stunning floral bouquet, it's about as stunning of a value, too. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Egalite Cremant de Bourgogne (Cremant de Bourgogne): Toasting a worthy cause with a toast that's chock full of… toastiness! $24 B >>find this wine<<
  • 06 Bodegas Franco-Espanolas Rioja Bordon Reserva (Rioja): Can spiciness be profound? This is certainly trying to make a case for Yes. $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Understated, but with seductive powers that are not to be underestimated. $50 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Signature Valley richness + mineral zing = please-sir-may-I-have-another-thanks. $50 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Jericho Canyon Jericho Creek Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Too ripe? Maybe, but just try keeping your friends' hands off of it $55 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Jericho Canyon Jericho Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): A bit awkward now, but just wait until it grows into that toasty oak suit $90 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Pazos de Lusca Zios Albarino (Rias Baixas): Chomping at the tropical bit, snarling lemon zest & ready to bolt right out of the gate $17 B >>find this wine<<
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