Archive for May, 2016
As I’m recovering from mouth surgery, I am currently into my second consecutive week without a sip of vino. This scenario has created something angry and sinister very deep inside my psyche; the type of thing that is best left in its evil slumber and not forced upon the fragile, gossamer-like veil that separates what we know of as civilized society from its dark, savage underbelly.
So, yeah, I have some hate happening.
As a result, I am waaaaaay behind on writing up my recent wine travels, finishing up my paying gigs, tasting through samples, and what-have-you.
Despite the angry railing against the heavens, I did manage to pen a little love letter to some of my favorite Italian white wine grapes for Fix.com, titled The Grapes Behind Italian White Wines. Long-time 1WD readers will not be surprised to find Fiano and Carricante on that list. The full-on infographic format of the article is embedded below after the jump, but the curious among you will want to head over to Fix.com for the Full Monty on the article, which contains some geek-tastic bits of history and trivia about the grapes, and about Italian wine in general.
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image: Insight Editions
I often joke that I’m a shining example of how not to run a freelancing career. For starters, here on 1WD, I write about whatever moves me (rather than the conventional “discover what your audience wants and tailor to suit” style of blogging that is apparently much more likely to attract pageviews), and I do so in ways that actively explodes standard wine writing constructs, putting the pieces back together in any way that I deem fit. And let’s not talk about my penchant for run-on sentences.
I also have done embarrassingly little in terms of hustling for work. Every once in a while, something awesome seems to fall into my lap (yes, I consider myself blessed… as well as kind of stupid…).
Such was the case when I got a call to author the foreword to an upcoming hardcover book celebrating some of the best purveyors of Napa Valley Cabernet (who were recently highlighted at the CabFest 2016 event), joining wine PR maven (and very good writer) Lisa Adams Walter, who penned the introduction.
image: Insight Editions
For about $25, you can now pre-order a copy of the book, titled Napa Valley Cabernets: The Best of California’s Wine Country, which will be released by Insight Editions on September 27, 2016.
If you dig NV Cab, I think that you’ll love everything about this book. Having seen the digital preview, I can tell you that the layout and photos are gorgeous, but then if you’d expect anything less from photographer Bob McClenahan (who more-or-less specializes in capturing gorgeous imagery in the Valley), then you’re not probably paying much attention to CA-wine-related publications these days. Some of the best Cab producers in Napa Valley (and, I’d argue, by extension, the world) will be featured in its pages.
You can pre-order Napa Valley Cabernets: The Best of California’s Wine Country here.
- 15 E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rose (Cotes du Rhone): Strawberries and cherries in jubilee, in just about all senses of that word, too. $19 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 08 Barone Pizzini 'Bagnadore' Decimo Terzo Pas Dose Riserva (Franciacorta): American Ninja villain laser-punch levels of bright focus $50 A- >>find this wine<<
- 13 Concannon Vineyard Founder's Chardonnay (Monterey County): A little cloying at first, but her company starts to grow on you. $18 B >>find this wine<<
- 13 Chelsea Goldschmidt Merlot (Alexander Valley): Do you want your herbs wrapped in leather, or your leather wrapped in herbs? $17 B >>find this wine<<
- 13 Landmark Vineyards Overlook Pinot Noir (California): On the ripe & silky side, but that side also has the bright sunshine on it. $25 B >>find this wine<<
- 13 Justin Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles): Aiming for supple and spicy above all else; & deliciously hitting the bull's eye on that. $26 B+ >>find this wine<<
- NV Taittinger Nocturne Sec Champagne (Champagne): Lithe enough to give ample support to that blowing-you-suggestive-kisses sweetness $75 A- >>find this wine<<
- 12 Palmaz Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Reserved enough to keep its power in check, but it's letting the spices fly. $120 A- >>find this wine<<
- 14 Zaca Mesa Viognier (Santa Ynez Valley): Sporting waaaaaaaay more honeysuckle than you deserve for that kind of cash outlay. $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 14 Cliff Lede Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley): For the times when you like your SB to show off some of its fruity muscle. $29 B+ >>find this wine<<
So… remember when I did that whole Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2010 tasting that I attended? You know, back in the day?
Anti-counterfeit measures at the DRC 2010 NYC tasting
I know… you still hate me for that one, right?
Well, if you makes you feel any better, I’ve not tasted a recent vintage of the fabled DRC since that NYC gathering. I did, however, pen a take on the tasting for my old Playboy.com gig, the result of which was purchased, but never aired (similar to the piece I wrote about a visit to O. Fournier in Argentina).
Today, since I am in the middle of recovering from my second gum graft (combating gum recession due to a combination of genetic predisposition and occupational hazard), I decided to scour the archives, throw some caution to the wind, and share that never-released take on the 2010 DRC.
I suppose that this is, in fact, a bit of laziness on my part, but gum grafts hurt like a motherf*cker, people (and let’s not forget, no wine until this stuff is at least halfway healed up). Putting on some slightly-tinted rosé-colored glasses for a moment, one could (charitably) think of the following article as an alternate take bonus track, 1WD style (fair warning: “1WD style” means that this article contains references to superheroes, ass-licking, despair, and urine).
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