Archive for September, 2015

Your Memory Sucks Donkey Bong (Or, “On The Importance Of Tasting Notes”)

Vinted on September 8, 2015 binned in commentary, wine appreciation

Because I am divorcing someone at fault, I have been on the receiving end of revisionist history, even when it seeks to conform to a false, self-serving narrative of cognitive dissonance.

It turns out, however, that revisionism towards an agenda of mollifying cognitive dissonance (“yeah, I did that nasty sh*t, but I am different and it’s ok because…”) is actually one of the core elements of a properly functioning human memory.

As strange as this may sound initially, revisionist memory is the reason why I am always carrying around pen and notebook when tasting wine, my friends, and why I think that any budding wine nerd needs to do the same (or an equivalent) when they are getting serious about appreciating wine (let alone criticizing it). Because if you’re anything like the majority of the human population (and, trust me, you are), then your memory is… well… crap.

Not only is your memory poor at capturing actual details as they happened (this includes about wine), it is an ever-changing, malleable storytelling machine, constantly revising and rewriting history, filling in the blanks between factual details in order to preserve whatever narrative best reduces any dissonance between what actually went down, and your (most likely overly-inflated) internal view of your self…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For September 7, 2015

Vinted on September 7, 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 Fulcrum On Point Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): The point, apparently, is to – successfully – showcase SC’s beefier side. $36 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Sol Rouge Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Classically classy, jauntily juicy, freshlly fruity, excpectedly expensive $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Sol Rouge Gypsy Blanc (Lake County): Not shooting blanks; it’s actually well-armed with powerfully vibrant bruised yellow apples. $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Sol Rouge Cabernet Franc (Lake County): Plummy, dark fruit that is spicing it up right, and looking for a night out at Fogo de Chao. $32 >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Rocca Sveva Cantina di Soave Classico (Soave Classico): Brought to you by the letter ‘A’ – All Apples, Almonds, And Appealing. $14 B >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Larry Cherubino Ad Lib Hen & Chicken Chardonnay (Pemberton): Young & old, green & ripe, pithy & juicy, getting both lips smacking. $17 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Larry Cherubino Cherubino Cabernet Sauvignon (Margaret River): Like it’s Figaro namesake, might have you dabbling in infatuation. $54 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 The Federalist Zinfandel (Lodi): Woody like George’s fabled fake teeth, but balanced enough to get a reasonable party started. $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Woodward Canyon Washington State Chardonnay (Washington): Elegantly sings & raps over strong beats, drops the mic, & struts away. $44 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Sokol Blosser Muller-Thurgau (Willamette Valley): Well, now, that’s just *peachy*. And probably really great with spicy take-out. $23 B+ >>find this wine<<



Reader Mail Bag: Help A Newly-Minted Sales Rep

Vinted on September 2, 2015 binned in learning wine, wine tips

1WD reader Robert has written in to yours truly, with an interesting double-barreled challenge. I think that we need the collective wisdom of the insanely-intelligent, hyper-attractive, overly-inebriated, and mega-hyphenated 1WD readership to help this guy. Also, I’m in Champagne this week collecting vinous memories that will make you all jealous, so I could use a little help here as I can’t effectively type with one hand while the other is busy raising glasses of amazing bubbly to my face.

Here’s Robert’s request:

I am brand new to the world of wine, sure I drank my share but now want to get serious in the industry of selling, sampling and the tastings of all types of wine.  I just took on a sales rep position with a small fine wine importer/distributor and want to learn on best ways to succeed. Any advice on what baby steps to take or where to begin as a sales rep would be very much appreciated.

Notice that Robert has a dual challenge here, in that he simultaneously needs to learn the fine wine ropes (primarily, I’m guessing, through tasting, which – lucky for him – has already been touched on in Reader Mailbag form here), and in learning the fine wine sales rep ropes.

Now, I know that there is no shortage of the wine sales rep populace reading 1WD, so I’m asking you folks to help brother Robert!

Shout it out loud in the comments, people: what advice would you give to a newly-minted wine sales rep?





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