Archive for February, 2015

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For February 9, 2015

Vinted on February 9, 2015 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!

  • 13 Johannishof Riesling Kabinett V (Rheingau): Succulent stone fruits, all of moving at CERN large hadron collider energy levels. $19 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Bonny Doon Vineyard Albarino (Central Coast): Who's feeling perky? Are you feeling perky? Because I'm totally feeling perky now. $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Corona de Aragon Special Selection Garnacha (Carinena): Get yer smart, structured, peppery & smokey self to the head of the class! $14 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Robert Keenan Winery Chardonnay (Spring Mountain District): Alternating pretty deftly between pretty rich and pretty spritely. $32 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Robert Keenan Winery Mailbox Vineyard Merlot Reserve (Spring Muontain District): Funky, young & not going anywhere for a long time $64 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Liparita Cellars Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Will piss off big fruit lovers, but there's no denying this brightness $55 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Dylan's Ghost Hell Hollow Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Sometimes those speaking with sweet voices can say very dark things. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Tommasi Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore (Valpolicella): As funky as the Ohio Players, and as bright as an LED light bulb. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Champagne Ayala Brut Majeur (Champagne): Refined, and mostly delicate, but don't get cozy; it's got a serious acerbic streak. $50 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Tommasi Arele Parziale Appassimento (Veronese): Funky and exuberant, fun and fastidious, and fond of thin crust style pizzas. $24 B+ >>find this wine<<



Twenty Years Maligned (Tasting 1995 Chateau de Sales)

Vinted on February 5, 2015 binned in crowd pleaser wines, wine review
Lunchtime carnage

Lunchtime carnage

I’ve been lax in my wine review coverage throughout the start of 2015 here on 1WD. This is not due to a lack of material (I have late 2014 visits to Red Car and Amici in the coverage pipeline, as well as a tasting of a couple of magnums around the Winter holidays, so the material is stacking up), but I’ve got so much going on on the positive end (professionally) and the negative end (personally) that I haven’t been able to get it together to do those items justice.

Not that I’m starting now, alas.


I tasted something recently (courtesy of a business lunch with local Philly wine guy Bob Trimble) that I found intriguing enough to at least temporarily release me from the dreaded lack-of-formal-featured-reviews rut.

As it turns out, the little number that Bob and I drank over lunch has a negative story of its own, and one that, in retrospect, might be undeserved…

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Furmint Adventures Episode 5: Erzsébet Cellars

Vinted on February 4, 2015 binned in 1WineDude TV, on the road

In this episode of my Tokaj jaunt, I visit Erzsébet Cellars, where, as you’ll soon see, the concept of family cannot be easily escaped. Good thing they all get along…

Hajni Prácser, their Estate Manager who’s interviewed in the video, had this to say about the recent push behind dry Furmint:

“This focus on single vineyard Furmints is very recent here; it emerged only in the past two decades. We are very excited about their future. Tokaj’s historical vineyards are yielding exceptional dry wines year to year, wines that display remarkable character—and nuances of character—from site to site. I believe that one day Tokaj will be as well known for its great single vineyard Furmints as it is for its Aszu wines.”

Boom! Enjoy…

Furmint Adventures Episode 5: Erzsébet Cellars




Big News: Come With Me To Rioja in November, Lushes!

Vinted on February 3, 2015 binned in wine industry events, wine tasting

I’ve got some huge news for you fine wine-&-travel-lovin’ folk!

This November, I’ll be co-hosting a wine-soaked jaunt to Rioja wine country with esteemed wine writer Ben Weinberg. And hopefully, YOU will be along for the ride!

I’m pretty stoked to be working with Ben on this, and for the opportunity to show you the vinous, cultural, and culinary wonder that is Rioja.

There’s much I could write about the awesomeness that will be encountered on this tour, but the high-level summary is that by joining us, you will get the insider, VIP treatment in Rioja wine country, without having to do an of the work (wine writing, reviewing, spitting) that Ben and I normally have to do to get the same. Score!

You can check out all of the details at If it whets your appetite / blows your skirt up / etc., then download the Preliminary Itinerary and Booking Form to get started. You can, of course, always contact Ben or me for more details. For more on Rioja in general, take a gander through the past here at 1WD land. A bit more detail about our upcoming Rioja jaunt is available in video form below after the jump.

This is going to be an entertaining, informative, and incredibly FUN trip. You’ll need to prepare your wallet, your mind, and your liver for this incredible jaunt…

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