Archive for May, 2016

In Other Words, The Wine Biz Is Pretty F*cked Up (Thoughts On The Closure Of IPOB)

Vinted on May 31, 2016 binned in commentary, wine news

The wine media world has been tripping over itself to cover the recently-announced ceasing of operations by In Pursuit of Balance (IPOB), an organization of producers that held tastings of wines that fit what the organizers and their tasting panel deemed to be New World wines of particularly elegant expression. In other words, wines that were generally less fruit-bomb, and more high-acid/low-booze.

So much is being said about IPOB’s closure and what that means for the cold culture war of U.S. wine styles that, for me, we’ve lost sight of the most profound implication of that battle: its complete uselessness draws an ugly, unforgiving, damn-that’s-bright-’cause-it’s-last-call-at-the-bar  illumination on just how very fucked up the wine business is right now.

For some of us who have been watching and covering IPOB since its inception, their organized tastings were a bit of fresh air; after all, why not expose wine consumers and media-types to a style of wine that is impeccably made, but offers an alternative to the high-octane, fruit-at-all-costs style of U.S. wine that has, by any reasonable account, dominated vinous press coverage for nearly three decades?

Apparently, the wine business is, in fact, so fucked up that, despite the fact that over thirty-five billion bottles of wine are released into the market every year, any style that doesn’t match up to that which has been primarily lauded in mainstream wine press is viewed as “wrong…”

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For May 30, 2016

Vinted on May 30, 2016 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 Le Morette Lugana Riserva (Lombardy): Isn't quite warmed up yet, but will be all about serving lemon biscuits when it finally is. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Tenuta Roveglia Vigne di Catullo Lugana Riserva (Lombardy): Lanky now, but there's a more-than-capable player lurking in that skin $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Ca' Lojera Riserva del Lupo Lugana (Veneto): From bright tropical fruits, to bright citrus juiciness, to a very bright future. $30 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 San Giovanni Pasini Busocaldo Lugana (Lombardy): Lugana's madcap, saline-rich, let's-see-how-far-we-can-go-with-this-one side. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Le Fraghe Brol Grande Bardolino Classico (Veneto): Sweet tobacco, dark cherries, & a sprig of onion, all playing cards & drinking. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Ancilla Lugana Ella Lugana (Lombardy): An acerbic edge can't diminish this one's round, buoyant, and crowd-pleasing personality. $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Cascina Le Preseglie Hamsa Bianco Lugana (Lombardy): Elegant, vivacious, pure; and not in a hurry when it comes to finishing. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Tenuta Roveglia Limne Lugana (Lombardy): Big, ripe, tropical fruit, out for an epic adventure sailing on saline-filled seas. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Ottella Lugana (Lombardy): All Hawaiian shirt-wearing now, but it looks to have a focused, elegant evening dress in its future. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Corte Gardoni Chiaretto Bardolino (Veneto): A strong, elegant, reserved role model figure for impressionable Chiaretto pink. $15 B+ >>find this wine<<



And You Were Expecting What, Exactly? (Lugana Highlights From L’Anteprima Lazise 2016)

Vinted on May 26, 2016 binned in crowd pleaser wines, elegant wines, on the road, sexy wines, wine review
Lake Garda

Nonplussed on Lake Garda (I think this is swan for “F*ck off”)

Back in March (yeah, yeah, I know…) I attended, as a media guest, the 2016 edition of the well-executed but unfortunately-named L’Anteprima Lazise (seriously… how many of you knew that was a town near Lake Garda in N. Italy?).  The event marked the first time that the nearby winemaking regions of Chiaretto, Lugana, and Bardolino all shared a single en premier style event, with an early showcase of what the 2015 vintage for each had to offer.

You might expect, then, that I’d discuss the vagaries of the vintage, with an extensive run-down of what wines fared best in 2015 for those regions. Along with an exposé on the amazing food and beauty of the area (the two exist, for sure, and in abundance). To wit:

And you’d be very wrong, because this is me, and this is 1WD; if you came here expecting what everyone else is doing, then you’re almost as crazy as I am.

And while I can certainly recommend some 2015s for you (during blind tastings, I particularly enjoyed the Luganas from Avanzi, Bolla, Citari, Le Morette, and Olivini), and tell you that I like where the drier style of Chiaretto rosés are headed in general, I am instead going to focus exclusively on Lugana, and only on three wines.

Cue the quote from Airplane

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Okay, So You Knew This Was Coming (Italian Red Wine Grapes For

Vinted on May 24, 2016 binned in going pro, Italian Wine Italian Red Grapes


In what will come as a surprise to no one, has published the companion piece to my Italian White Wine Grapes article, The Grapes Behind Italian Red Wines.

That one definitely fits right into the saw-it-coming-from-a-mile-away-bro category.

Having said that, I think that the geeky among you will be pleasantly surprised by my grape picks from central Italy on down. And can we get a major shout-out to the graphics team here? I mean, they did a killer job of representing the different grapes and their flavors (check out what the did for minerality… just… awesome).

The full infographic is embedded below for your enjoyment, but you’ll need to head on over to for the full text.


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