Archive for December, 2014

No Wine? Sorry, No Story.

Vinted on December 9, 2014 binned in commentary

A troubling trend is starting to appear in my Inbox.

[ Editor’s note: I wonder how many cheesy detective novels now begin with that premise… ]

Somewhat ironically, the troubling trend seems to mostly be coming from very well-meaning wine producers and their various public relations arms / firms / etc., and with very well-meant intentions. But the gameplan execution is all fumbled-at-the-five-yard-line.

What’s happening is that I am seeing a lot (LOT!) more wine brands clue into the fact that what differentiates them in what has become the single most competitive wine market in the history of mankind is, in part, their stories. So far, so good.

Some of them have even clued in on the other great differentiator in a market in which we are deluged with mostly non-human, robotic, advertorial interactions: the simple act of caring enough to deal with customers and consumers as real people, and giving them the extra love inherent in good service.

What they seem to be forgetting, however, is that the price of entry in this intensely competitive marketplace that is the modern wine biz is quality. If we in the media don’t get a chance to check out the wine, we cannot answer the fundamental question of whether or not the service and story are worth getting into in the first place.

The troubling trend? I am getting inundated with requests to talk about wine brand stories, connected to wines that I’ve yet to taste. Whoops!…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 8, 2014

Vinted on December 8, 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!

  • 11 Vie White Hawk Vineyard Syrah (Santa Barbara County): Bold, meaty, dense, big, but above all else, waaaay to young for the now. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Vie Las Madres Vineyard Los Carneros Syrah (Sonoma County): Rugged & expressive, a lumberjack taking up Manhattan art residency. $39 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Cornerstone Cellars The Cornerstone Red Wine (Napa Valley): Still in the process of formulating its complex, engaging opinions. $150 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Fox Run Vineyards Semi-Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes): Peaches, limes, and a strong preference for sweet and spicy Asian take-out. $14 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Pina D’Adamo Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Iron fist, velvet glove, and several handfuls of stones and garden herbs. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Azienda Agricola Fratelli Berlucchi Brut 25 (Franciacorta): Sharp as a tack, crisp as morning air, aggressive as an angry bull. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Schloss Johannisberg Silberlack Riesling Trocken (Rheingau): Stone fruit that’s bruised but unbowed, toasty but still spirited. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Blanc Reserve En Bonbonne (Arroyo Secco): Funky, nutty, authentic & opinionated; you’ll love her, or hate her. $54 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Blanc (Arroyo Secco): Inviting, and enticing, despite stretching the limits of the spandex just a bit. $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Laurel Glen Vineyard Sonoma Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma Mountain): Sports cocoa, currants, & a butler-proper attitude. $65 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Emina Prestigio (Ribera del Duero): Unabashed and unapologetic; but it will reward those who like their wood front and center. $32 B+ >>find this wine<<



A Post From Under The Floorboards (Two Grenache Blancs As Winter Warmers)

Vinted on December 5, 2014 binned in overachiever wines, wine review

As a general rule, I am not a fan of “phoning it in.” Not in anything, particularly in writing here on 1WD.

I’d love to tell you all that the demands of holiday planning with a first-grader around, hosting Christmas for out of town visitors, and various writing gigs are keeping me from writing up for you my thoughts on some of the recent visits to stellar producers that I have had, but it’s not the complete picture. I have all of that and  other shizz going down right now, and I am finding it difficult to do anything requiring focus and producing interesting thoughts with regularity.

I’m not fishing for sympathy here (though I wouldn’t turn it down), but I thought that the collective 1WD readership ought to know that in the near term, I might not be getting to the things I want to get to within the time-frames that you or I might want.

And so, the producer deep dives are going to have to wait a bit, but I did manage to get stoked enough about two recent white wine samples, the kind that delivered a brief, warming respite during the Winter of my discontent, and overachieved at their price points, to boot. So consider this a post made from under the holiday-decorated emotional floorboards, with the hopes that I will be reconnecting with regular 1WD drinking and merriment sooner than later…

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11 Wine Article Roundup, Post Holiday Shopping Edition

Vinted on December 2, 2014 binned in going pro, learning wine, wine books

While I love Thanksgiving (eating, football, family time), if it weren’t for my daughter, I would loathe the Christmas season. Shopping, pressure, tinsel, pressure, and freezing temperatures? And pressure? Sorry, that just doesn’t sound jolly to me.

All the more reason to drown out the din of the real world with the alcohol content of fine wine, I suppose!

Anyway, I’m late on this (I would blame holiday shopping, but we both know I do that shizz online in my pajama pants), but I present below the 2014 November article roundup for your reading pleasure:




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