The 14th (holy crap! have we really done fourteen of these already?!??) episode of my Furmint Adventures has recently been published, so I’m sharing it here to give you a five-or-so-minute distraction from working.
And a beautiful distraction it is.
Hungary’s Béres Winery has recently won awards for its construction, and their vineyard site is among one of the most gorgeous that I’ve ever encountered in the wine world (and the wine world is, if anything, not short on gorgeous locations). You’ll see what I mean in the first 50 seconds when you watch the video.
I’m really happy at how this video turned out, not just because I’m also again joined by Master Somm Peter Granoff, and not just because the wines were such excellent examples of dry Furmint (their sweet wines are killer, too), but also because the folks behind Béres seem to be genuinely lovely people (the kind that you want to see succeed).
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!
09 Piccini Chianti Classico Riserva (Chianti Classico): A relatively inexpensive way to get whisked off to the Tuscan hillsides. $21 B+ >>find this wine<<
13 Santi Pinot Grigio Sortesele (Sortesele): Melons and stones; not much else, but this one hits the mark when it comes to texture. $16 B >>find this wine<<
09 La Valle Naturalis Extra Brut Millesimato (Franciacorta): This is Persistent, in all of the vinously positive senses of the word. $55 A- >>find this wine<<
15 M. Chapoutier Domaine Tournon Mathilda Rose (Victoria): We appreciate her fruity efforts; but she's still working out some issues. $15 B- >>find this wine<<
12 PlumpJack Merlot (Napa Valley): Plump is the operative word here, but lovers of richness will also be totally jacked to drink it. $60 A- >>find this wine<<
NV Sektkellerei Szigeti Pinot Noir Rose Sekt Brut (Neusiedlersee): Friendly red berry wins you over, especially if tacos are involved $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
13 Buglioni Lo Spudorato Spumante Brut (Valpolicella): Fresh, fresh, fresh! And in search of pasta, just strictly on the lighter side $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
09 Elyse Winery Morisoli Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): With patience you'll coax out its earthy, luxuriant & fruity best $70 A- >>find this wine<<
12 Schramsberg Brut Rose (North Coast): All by its little old self, sipping this is nearly enough reason to go and put on a tiara. $43 A- >>find this wine<<
Seriously, this late-monthly-product-review thing is becoming a bit embarrassing. But late again I am, because, well, my life is kind of bonkers. Awesome, but bonkers.
Anyway, today I present my take on another wine product sample, a take that was technically meant to be published last month, but technically I got all, like, too busy an’ stuff.
This last month, I gave a sample of the Tribella wine aerator (about $40) the once-over. Tribella is the brain-child of Skip Lei, who wrote to me that the product is an attempt to “complete the circuit of beauty from the bottle to the glass; My simple goal was to make the wine the hero, not some device.”
Simple, maybe, but loftily stated.
At this point, you might be almost as sick of wine aerator products as I am, but the Tribella actually has quite a bit going for it. First and foremost, this portable little ditty meets Lei’s primary aim, which he expressed was to create an aerator that “allows the existing wine to naturally catch a breath.” The product does a very good job of aerating wine without subsequently beating the living hell out of the juice.
While in its case it looks like a medical blood-drawing instrument from straight out of from the Alien movies, once inserted into the neck of a wine bottle the petite Tribella takes on a much more aesthetically-pleasing air. It’s separation of the wine being poured into three streams is relatively quiet, effective, and almost hypnotic in appearance (think picturesque fountain waterfall). Even your kids will think it’s cool. It’s also sturdy, and the non-drip pouring action is a nice bonus.
The best thing about it? It might be the dead-easiest wine aerator to clean. Rinse it in tap water, and you’re done.
The bad news? It costs forty bucks. To me, that seems a bit too steep for this nifty little gadget, as much as I’ve come to enjoy using it. But the bottom line? The Tribella delivers, even if expensively.
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