Archive for December, 2016

The Most Popular 1WineDude Articles of 2016

Vinted on December 29, 2016 binned in best of

Walter 2016

As 2016 draws to a close (and by the looks of it, most of us won’t be sad to see its hiney shuffling out of the doorway), it’s time for the annual tradition of looking back on the 1WD articles that got the most play during the year.

Yeah, I know it’s kind of a lazy cop-out; hey, man, go easy, my 2016 was just as crappy as yours, ok? For example, technically I am still not 100% divorced (though it’s definitely not for a lack of trying on my part!).

On the plus side, I’m still doing what I love, my daughter is still amazing, and my “work” travels have seen me hit Chile, Madeira, California, Washington, Italy, Texas, NYC, and most of those more than once. Overall, shiz is still pretty excellent in 1WD land.

Anyway, here are the top 10 most popular 1WD articles of 2016, as measured by the Google Analytics Gods…

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STFU, You Probably Aren’t Allergic To Sulfites (Taking On Red Wine Headaches For

Vinted on December 27, 2016 binned in learning wine Red wine headaches


Ah, the holidays; time for family, friends, and overindulgence!

The latter, almost certainly, is the cause of your red wine headache, by the way.

In any case, that evil cranial pain some of you experience after drinking red wine almost certainly is not the result of a sulfites allergy. Seriously… statistically, the most likely reason that you have a headache is because you’re HUNGOVER.

I go into the specifics of this – and many other likely causes (and non-causes) of legitimate red wine headaches, in my latest article for If you suffer from the dreaded RWH (or know someone who does), hopefully this article can help you understand, mitigate, or even avoid getting a RWH.

And as we’re heading up to the close of 2016, and the subsequent imbibing that often comes with new year’s celebrations, I’m guessing that some of you might find this one handy (along with my previous tips on how to mitigate your hangover).

You’re welcome…

The way-cool infographic version of the article (complete with chemical formulations!) is included below after the jump.

Cheers – and watch your intake!

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 26, 2016

Vinted on December 26, 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 Pietro Beconcini Reciso Sangiovese (Toscana): Bring your penchant for deep, dark cherry fruits, cigars, & a whole lotta patience. $38 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Fattoria di Fibbiano L'Aspetto (Toscana): When you're ready for a juicy Tuscan red – & I mean the *real* stuff – it's waiting here $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Wakefield St Andrews Single Vineyard Release Riesling (Clare Valley): Lime petrol with enough energy to power a white dwarf star. $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): An appropriate adult substitute for hot cocoa on a cold night. Just sayin'. $58 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Dutton Goldfield Deviate Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Excellence has a name. That name, in this case, is probably Ms. Spicy Richness. $72 A >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Spell Russian River Valley Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Warmth, life, richness, texture, and flow… how much is this again? $39 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 La Jota Vineyard Co. Howell Mountain Merlot (Napa Valley): Rubbing mocha on ripe, plummy fruit. In the presence of some angels. $85 A >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Mt. Brave Merlot (Mt. Veeder): Meaty, smokey, and savory enough to be its own set of organic, homegrown, gourmet pizza toppings. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Schramsberg Brut Rose (California): A young, sharp stone that will ease up after a couple of years of having the river run over it $44 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Domaine Chandon Rose (California): Bringing the following to the table – watermelon, cherries, strawberries, & a lotta versatility $24 B+ >>find this wine<<



The Most Interesting Wines Of 2016

Vinted on December 22, 2016 binned in best of, Most Interesting Wines of the Year

MIW 2016

Holy shnikies!

We have arrived at the ninth (!) annual recap of the most interesting wines of the year. I feel old. Really, really, f*cking old.

Anyway, while I am coming to grips with the fact that there have been nine (!) incarnations of this list, you can check out the previous entries for 2015, 2014, 2013 (parts 1 & 2), 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 & 2008.


“What the sh*t?!??” It’ll make sense in a few minutes…

I have written about the process behind the garnering of this list nine (!) times, but it’s worth repeating for those of you who might be knew to this particular little game of mine:

These are not the “best” or “highest rated” wines, they are the wines I tasted which most stuck with me during the entire year, those that I felt offered the most geeky, thought-provoking experiences. Please note, these are not necessarily wines released during the year, they are releases that I tasted during the year. Also, I once again attempted to select only wines that you’d have at least some modicum of hope of obtaining. The final ranking is my own, and is totally subjective.

Once again, we have a tie. Actually, we have two ties, so the list is really a top 12 rather than a top 10. Once again, the list has some very expensive wines on it. Having said that, there are several bargains that made the MIW list this year, specifically because I found their QPR to be incredible.

In the words of Bugs Bunny: “Okay, Smokey, roll ’em!”…

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