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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For February 10, 2014

Vinted on February 10, 2014 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 Bodega Catena Zapata Catena Alta Historic Rows Malbec (Mendoza): Smooth operator; somehow stays sexy while juggling multiple items $55 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Domaine Ehrhart Riesling Vieilles Vignes (Alsace): Lime blossom, dancing funkily & long, & is most definitely *not* messing around $15 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Frank Family Vineyards Zinfandel (Napa Valley): Leather-seated fireside chat between blue, red & black berries, often debating. $32 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Frank Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Sultry housewife, sporting dark eyeliner, & out tending an herb garden. $45 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Frank Family Vineyards Pinot Noir (Carneros): Afternoon tea, coffee, smoke & Slim Jim, pretty much served all at the same time. $33 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Frank Family Vineyards Chardonnay (Carneros): Life is a creamy peach; & then, apparently, you eat a fresh, organic pineapple. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir Reserve (Carneros): Replete with the nervy energy needed to carry around all that heft and power. $60 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Lieb Cellars Bridge Lane Rose (Long Island): Lovely herbs-and-flowers garnish to a main course of refreshing pink grapefruits. $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Grgich Hills Fume Blanc Dry Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley): Pendulum is swinging between "green" & "rich;" buckle up for the ride. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Lieb Cellars Right Coast Red (Long Island): Maybe a bit too much Right Coast for some; in search for turkey burgers for lunch. $25 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Chateau de Sancerre Sancerre (Sancerre): Fruity, full, floral, flinty, friendly, almost fabulous, and far from costing a fortune. $29 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 06 JCB No 39 Blanc de Blancs Brut (Cremant de Bourgogne): Beginning to show the wisdom acquired by age; but still has its fun side. $60 B+ >>find this wine<<

 

 

Welcome To The Icebox (Warre’s Otima 10 Year Tawny, Chilled Old School)

Vinted on February 6, 2014 binned in overachiever wines, wine review

The icebox in the title has several meanings (in undergrad literature class fashion). First, it’s a reference to my neck of the woods, currently blanketed in ice, and with > 500,000 homes sans power. Including 1WD HQ.

Then, there’s a coy reference to the internal temperature of my house, which, after two days of no heat and sub-freezing external temperatures, is starting to feel more like home-sweet-meat-locker than home-sweet-home. Incidentally, I’m also without Internet access, and Swype-typing this on my cell phone after enough of you complained when I mentioned on Twitter and The Book of Face that 1WD would probably be going dark since I couldn’t really get online to write (a service for which you complainy lushes pay $0.00, I might add; you’re welcome!).

Finally, in terms of symbolic references, there’s the makeshift “ice box” we’re using to chill a sample of one of my fallback / favorite winter warmers…

 

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Anyone Else Notice That Bay Area Wine & Food Trendsetting Is Up For Grabs?

Vinted on February 4, 2014 binned in about 1winedude blog, commentary, wine publications

I was recently (ok, more like a month ago) Quick-Sipped (Supped?) by Jessica Yadegaran, in a profile/interview that ran online and in bay Area papers such as The San Jose Mercury News. It (very) briefly tells my wine backstory, and gave me an opportunity to implore people to drink more Vermentino (with fish tacos). So I didn’t squander the opportunity, Vermentines!

Interestingly, Mercury’s parent company, Media News Group, is expanding its food and wine scene coverage, at a time when most others are contracting theirs. MNG seems to be making a play for what will almost certainly be a media gap in the San Francisco region: trendsetting the wine and food scene, now that the #1 seed, the SF Chronicle, is planning to radially change its food and beverage coverage.

I’m not sure how else to take the comments from SF Chron managing editor Audrey Cooper, in her response to the NY Times breaking the news late last year on the SF Chron’s planned Wine/Food section shakeup:

“We are undergoing a newspaperwide section-by-section review with the idea that we need to reimagine sections to more intuitive cultural topics that are more aligned with how Northern Californians think and live.”

My translation: we’re not going to spend the money and effort to set regional dining and wine trends anymore, because it’s not working out; we’re going to react to the trends already being set by others, instead.

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For February 3, 2014

Vinted on February 3, 2014 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 Monteverro Terra di Monteverro (Toscana): Close to the vest is how this contemplative, earthy & spicy game is going to be played. $120 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Monteverro Toscana Rosso (Toscana): Lip-puckeringly powerful, broadly generous, & as modern as a Frank Lloyd Wright blueprint. $175 A >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Monteverro Chardonnay (Toscana): Marzipan, honey, nuts, toast, orange rind, pears & earth that all want to PUMP… YOU UP! $120 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Amavi Cellars Syrah (Walla Walla Valley): Sweet berry fruit soldiers, military crawling through violets, sage, & dry underbrush. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Owen Roe Ex Umbris Syrah (Columbia Valley): What's chocolaty, 26 bucks, and red-and-blue-berries all over? Take a wild guess. $26 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 DeLille Cellars Doyenne Signature Syrah (Yakima Valley): An Exxon Valdez style oil-thick slick of appealing dark fruit & spices. $40 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Nota Bene Cellars Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Syrah (Red Mountain): Rich plums that are plumbing dark, inky flavor & color depths. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Weinlaubenhof Kracher Beerenauslese Cuvee (Burgenland): Refreshing salinity, elegant femininity, crowdstopping stonefruit affinity $35 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Chateau de Sours Grand Vin (Bordeaux): Merlot, unadorned & unashamed, through a looking glass, darkly; bargain hunters take note. $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Chateau de Sours La Fleur d'Amelie (Bordeaux): Fairly long trip to tropical isles, on a saline sea, via honeysuckle flower boat. $14 B+ >>find this wine<<
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