Archive for December, 2015

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

Vinted on December 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!

  • 12 Steven Kent Winery Lineage (Livermore Valley): Awkward as a newborn gazelle, but will surely leap with elegant grace as an adult. $160 A >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Nottingham Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (Livermore Valley): Everything's dialed up high, but should grow into its spicy, modern skin $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Olema Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County): Dark and handsome, and making for fine company for a thick, juicy, chargrilled hamburger. $22 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Olema Chardonnay (Sonoma County): Pushing you towards the creamy side, but sometimes going there ends up being a nice little trip. $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Kracher Auslese Cuvee (Burgenland): High-energy lemon-drop kisses? You are probably not gonna say No to that, are you? 375ml $23 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Barone Pizzini Animante Brut (Franciacorta): A bit of peach biscuit, a sprig of herbs, a few flower petals, a lot of delightful. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Domaine Grosbois La Cuisine de ma Mere (Chinon): As fresh, inviting, & smooth as a set of washed and pressed cotton sheets. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 P. J. Valckenberg Weingut Liebfrauenstift Riesling Trocken (Rheinhessen): Imagine Lite Brite used as a genuine artistic medium. $17 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Domaine de La Janasse Terre d'Argile (Cotes du Rhone Villages): A large volume of hedonism, for not a large volume of cash. $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Chateau d'Esclans Rock Angel' Rose (Cotes de Provence): A strong pink for those who prefer their rock – & their vino – powerful. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<



Back To The Future, And The Furmint Paradox (Thoughts On The Potential Of Dry Furmint)

Vinted on December 3, 2015 binned in elegant wines, going pro, on the road, wine review
Furmint 5

“The Furmint Five” (image: FurmintUSA)

As you’ll see from the vid published earlier this week’s, I recently had the pleasure of going back to Hungary, primarily to engage in Phase 2 of the FurmintUSA promotional program, filming a new set of videos for the Furmint Adventures series.

That’s always fun, because the wines are largely excellent, the scenery settings beautiful, the producers amicable, and the crew totally professional. And it gave me a chance to eat at pretty much every restaurant in Tokaj (again).

This time, however, I was also able to take part in a media tour, tagging along with Master Somm’s Peter Granoff and Scott Harper, Balzac Communications’ Paul Wagner, and Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant’s Debbie Zachareas. Great travel companions all, and (an added bonus) people who aren’t afraid to share their deeply-educated wine opinions (I fit right in, unsurprisingly). Photog evidence provided below after the jump.

In going back to Hungary, it was in the latter capacity that I got to get all deep-thoughts-by-Jack-Handy on the future of dry Furmint wines. Which began one evening when I was thinking about the Fermi Paradox (don’t worry, it’ll all make some sort of sense in a few minutes)…

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Furmint Adventures Episode 12: Szent Donát Winery

Vinted on December 1, 2015 binned in on the road
Szent Donát Winery

Spooky, haunted new cellars. And perky white wines!  (image:

The latest episode of my Hungarian Furmint Adventures is ready to temporarily distract you from holiday shopping, and make you thirsty.

In this episode, I’m joined by Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant’s Peter Granoff, who makes a comical appearance and adds a bit of spot-on, Master-Somm-infused tasting commentary on the Furmint wines of Szent Donát Winery. Another twist: this time, we’re on the shores of the gorgeous Lake Balaton in Csopak; so we’re delving into the burgeoning world of Furmint beyond the hamlet of Tokaj.

Oh, yeah – the wines are pretty damn good, too!

Furmint Adventures – Episode 12.: Szent Donát Winery





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