Archive for October, 2017

Through Some Glasses, Prettily (October 2017 Wine Product Roundup)

Vinted on October 4, 2017 binned in wine products
Hand-painted wine glasses by Jodi Granovsky

Photo-bomb courtesy of Lorelai Roberts

Hand-painted wine glasses by Jodi GranovskyOnce again with travel looming, and with a break between bouts of Alsace coverage probably not being that bad of an idea, we’re going with an early run of the monthly wine product review roundup (in which we highlight wine product samples that I receive that cannot be safely digested).

First up, we go (very) small scale with Hand-painted wine glasses by Jodi Granovsky (around $30 and up). Granovsky contacted me and offered up some examples of her work (available on Etsy), which I can now attest to striking a fantastic balance between obviously-hand-made and display-worhty-rustic-chic. As you’ll see from the inset pics, she’s fond of seasonal themes.

Generally – and it’s the case here – I don’t recommend ornamented stemware for drinking, as the designs tend to overshadow (and in some cases obscure) the true star of the gustatory show, which ought to be the wine, and cleaning something that is hand painted tends more often than not to be a pain. But if you’re looking for a pretty, high-quality gift for a wine lover on your list, these would likely find a nice spot on display somewhere in his/her home.

ArT wine preserver


Next, and lastly, I was recently able to put a sample of the ArT Wine Argon Wine Preserver Spray (about $15) through the paces. The ArT is basically a can of non-toxic argon gas that you spray directly into an opened bottle of wine. Being denser than air, the argon should sink below whatever oxygen is in the bottle, protecting the unfinished wine in the bottle from oxidation (thanks, chemistry!). ArT claims a fourteen day preservation maximum; I sprayed the stuff into a half-empty bottle of Christophe Pacalet Chenas (delightful, by the way), put the ArT-provided stopper into the bottle neck, and left town for about a week. When I came back, that Chenas was still fresh-as-a-daisy drinkable (ask me how I know).

On the plus side, ArT is easy to use, it seems to work great, and the can is recyclable. The downsides: I’m not sure how the hell you will be able to tell when you’re getting low on argon in the can (ArT claims it’s good for up to 130 uses), and it’s probably the least-romantic wine preserver ever (unless you consider spraying Glade to be a romantic endeavor). Still, I can see a lot of viable uses for it, particularly on premise.





Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For October 2, 2017

Vinted on October 2, 2017 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!

  • 16 De Martino Gallardia Old Vine White (Itata Valley): Flowers, lychee, energy, and a deeply grounded and humble sense of soul. $27 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Addendum Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah (Atlas Peak): Pls wait for all of that silk to wrap around all of that wood. $80 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Stewart Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): In this case, the Sonoma Coast is a bit more like the Sultry Coast, but it works. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs (North Coast): This is begging – BEGGING – to be the tag-along for your next Thai dinner outing. $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Ridgeview Fitzrovia Brut Rose (England): Mellow wild berries that pretty up well, with nary an ounce of pretension to be found. $40 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Prosper Maufoux Chablis (Chablis): Steel, flint, and lemons, all cuddled up together as cozy and familiar bedfellows. $27 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Zuccardi Jose Zuccardi Malbec (Valle de Uco): Almost as amiable, focused, convincing, and full of character as its namesake. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Enate UNO Tinto (Somontano): Black licorice to start, then but this Cab/Merlot blend starts to sing a lot more than just one note. $NA A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Enate UNO Chardonnay (Somontano): Peachy, pretty, perfumed, and powerfully sexy; and glowing gold like handfuls of bling. $NA A- >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Sommos Colleccion Gewurztraminer (Somontano): Flowers angling their way towards sunlight with clear, precise determination. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<



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