Archive for June, 2015
Writing about rosé wines in the Spring / early Summer is fraught with pitfalls, most involving haters going ballistic on the authors, along the lines of “WTF?!?? Drink rosé all year long, you talentless freak!”
It’s not that those people are wrong; I share their opinion that rosé ought to be a drinking option no matter what the season. Where I disagree is that rosé coverage shouldn’t happen in the Spring, because that is, almost certainly, when most people drink it or first become exposed to it. As the modern pop philosophers The Kinks put it, sometime you have to Give The People What They Want!
So when Fix.com agreed to have me pen an introductory piece on rosé, I was 100% game. Especially since that lets me mention Tavel, which I’m inclined to do anywhere, even to wandering vagrants or at religious functions. That’s just how I roll (until I get questioned by the police, anyway).
And so, the Fix.com folks once again performed their infographic Kung Fu, and the results, as you will see below, are pretty cool (though, of course, far from comprehensive – this is an intro to rosé, after all). Enjoy…
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It’s that time of year again, when the Wine Blog Awards come around and wine bloggers such as moi ask you to vote in them. In the 2015 incarnation, I’m a finalist in the Best Overall Wine Blog category, along with the following excellent websites:
Today, I am writing to implore you to vote (you can do that here), but not necessarily for me. The way I see it, the past several months on 1WD have kind of sucked.
Between divorce and my paying gigs, I’ve barely had enough time or energy to post on 1WD; I’ve all but abandoned the normal editorial calendar that this site has followed for several years, I am woefully behind on writing up some of the amazing wine experiences that I’ve had so far in 2015, and for the first couple months of the year I barely had the spiritual energy to get out of bed, let alone write at the level of what I’d consider to be my normal quirky standards.
That’s what happens when you find out that the person to whom you’d been married had been lying to you for, oh, the last fifteen years or so.
Now, I am not looking for sympathy, folks. Serving divorce papers on my wife is one of the smartest moves I’ve yet made in my adult life, and I should’ve done it two years ago when I uncovered a hefty portion of her secret life. So, you might have noticed that things are starting to pick up a bit here on 1WD, and that’s no accident, as the natural consequences of my improving personal life have started to bear fruit; I’ve been focusing on taking care of my amazingly resilient kid, I am feeling hopeful and free, I am on the dating scene (ahem… ladies… just sayin’…), I’m offering support to others who are going through the types of betrayal I’ve had to face, and I’m more-or-less back to being myself (only with some new-and-improved personality features – hey, you’d hope all of that money spent in personal therapy would pay off somehow, right?).
But these aren’t the 2015-to-2016 Wine Blog Awards, and I’m not feeling too good about 1WD being seen as cream of the crop for the 2015 portion so far, because it’s not. So go vote for someone else’s wine blog (all of the above listed sites are well worthy of the honor), but most importantly, just go VOTE!
p.s. – Apologies for the over-sharing, but if you’re looking for a wine blog where personal aspects don’t enter into things, you’ve been reading the wrong one. Seriously. In fact, this site has always been like that, so if I were you, I’d be questioning my level of attentiveness, and I’d stay away from shiny things because they might easily distract you. Just sayin’…
- 11 Azienda Agraria Scacciadiavoli Montefalco Rosso (Montefalco): Spreading out its fleshy influence, & maybe reaching a tad too far. $18 B >>find this wine<<
- 10 Il Mosnel Brut Saten (Franciacorta): That is, indeed, brisk, baby. And it'll classy-up your Summertime porch drinking, too. $21 B >>find this wine<<
- NV Villa Crespia Muratori Brolese Extra Brut Rose (Franciacorta): Putting on a short clinic on how texture for dry bubbly ought to be $40 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 11 Elk Cove Vineyards Estate Riesling (Willamette Valley): Floral, and for sure considering itself full of fortunate fabulous-ness. $19 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 12 La Chablisienne Fourchaume Chablis Premier Cru (Chablis): White flowers & ripe peaches that are punching above their weight class. $36 A- >>find this wine<<
- 12 Domaine Bernard Defaix Cote de Lechet Chablis Premier Cru (Chablis): Chewy stone fruits, themselves chewing on some gun-flint. $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 12 Albert Bichot Domaine Long-Depaquit Chablis (Chablis): A soft start, perhaps, but then the yellow apples are off to the racy races $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 13 Jean-Marc Brocard Domaine Sainte Claire Petit Chablis (Chablis): Pucker up for this pithy lemon drop of a pretty, petite Petit. $17 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 08 Corkscrew Clary Ranch Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Sometimes favoring boldness over subtlety can be more a virtue than a vice. $NA A- >>find this wine<<
- 08 Corkscrew Syrah (Sonoma Coast): Suit up, lad, for we are hunting strong, big game elk in fields of wild raspberries & blackberries $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
Tuff Luv at Wine Conversations 2015
As I write this, I am dutifully heads down in the process of remaining woefully behind on the coverage I have planned for these virtual pages (a deep dive into some high-end Knights Valley action is currently simmering on that back-burner). Which I suppose will come as a surprise to exactly zero of the long-time readers here.
I am also, as I type this, fresh from delivering a talk at the 2015 DIAM Wine Conversations sessions in Petaluma and Portland, in the form of a presentation outlining why no one “needs” to buy the producer attendees’ wines (and how they might get some of their potential consumers interested anyway). That my talk was replete with “tuff luv” for the industry folks in the audience will also come as a total shocker to, I’m guessing, precisely none of those who are reading this.
Silver linings tempered the dark clouds of my tuff luv messages, however, in the form of the lineup of wines chosen by organizer Evan Goldstein for the blind tasting portion of the seminars. The common denominator (apart from them all consisting primarily of water, I mean) being that each of the chosen wines were closed with DIAM technical corks (also, given the event sponsorship, not a shocker).
Now, I’m not stumping for DIAM here, but as I mentioned during the seminar, in general I’m a fan of DIAM, in that I’m a fan of anything that lights a fire under the ass of the natural cork industry. Look at it this way: if staples such as milk or peanut butter had similar failure/contamination rates as wines sealed with natural cork, there’d be Walmarts in the Midwest getting stormed by angry, pitchfork-wielding mobs and engulfed in flames. No one would accept failure rates that high in other food products.
Anyway… All of the wines were also pretty damn interesting, in my not-so-humble opinion, as Evan characteristically went with some geeky surprises (including Okanagan Pinot Noir, Rivesaltes, and a single-vineyard California Viognier). Much entertaining stumping of the crowd (this participant included) thus ensued, and I don’t think that, given the quality of what we were testing, any of us would’ve cared if those wines had been sealed with natural cork, technical cork, or mud and cow dung.
One of the wines in the blind tasting lineup stood out as the clear ringer, however, and it’s the focus of our little virtual gathering of thirsty like minds today…
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