For the last year or so, I’ve been amassing a nice little collection of winemaker interviews.
Not here on 1WD, mind you, but for one of my gigs with the excellent people at the Wine4.me app team.
Long-time 1WD readers may recognize Wine4.me as the mobile app incarnation of Vinesleuth, with company whom I spent many an excellent day (and many a fun-filled evening) as one of the experts on their wine tasting panels (the subject of which sparked an interesting debate regarding the repeatability, consistency, and statistical accuracy of wine tasting in general here on these virtual pages).
The winemaker interviews have been part of a series on the Wine4.me blog, in which we try to get inside the head of some of the personalities behind the wines featured in the app’s extensive database. To date, I’ve gotten to run questions by such notable characters as Kim Crawford‘s Anthony Walkenhorst, Ravenswood‘s Joel Peterson, Catena Zapata‘s indefatigable Laura Catena, and fifth generation wine guy (and fellow musician) Karl Wente.
Not a bad lineup!
So consider this a long, long (long!) overdue introduction to that growing body of work.
You can check out all of the interviews at http://wine4.me/author/joe-roberts/. Enjoy!
My latest entry for Fix.com is now live; this time, we’re providing an overview of some of the world’s more exciting sparkling wine regions, titled Bubbling Over. See what they did there? Ok, I’ll shut up now.
Once again, the Fix.com crew’s stellar graphics talents are on full display, making the most (and then some!) of my modest attempt at the prose. The full info-graphic is embedded below for your viewing pleasure.
Most of these bubbly regions will be familiar to you geeks, though I think there’s one in there that might come as a slight surprise even to you fabulous wine nerds. Enjoy!
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In like a frozen lion, out like a lamb paired with well-aged Cabernet Sauvignon, March is behind us. Er… wait a second… it’s still cold here. Ok, whatever…
Here’s a roundup of some of the items in which I’ve had a hand in penning during the month:
There were two items highlighting Turkish wine this month; the first for Snooth.com, penned after tasting through a case of samples, the majority of which were very good to excellent (which I am ashamed to admit surprised me, as it had been a long time since I’d tasted through a number of wines from Turkey, and back then it wasn’t nearly as exciting, and was actually pretty grim). The second was for Answers.com, focusing on (what I found to be) interesting trivia about that country’s rich wine history.
Of course, the month wouldn’t be complete without me putting some items through the review ringer for Answers.com; here were the wares put to the test in March:
Wine Product Review: Ventorosso Wine Aerator – While it’s not the most aggressive (or effective) aerator out there, it’s certainly one of the most aesthetically pleasing, and undoubtedly one of the quietest.
Wine Product Review: Edgy Wine Foil Cutter – Well… it’s a foil cutter. It works. otherwise, it’s a funny, NSFW marketing gimmick. The quality is there, but whether or not you’ll want to patronize Edgy Wine will largely depend on your sense of humor, I think.
Wine Book Review: “Beyond Jefferson’s Vines” By Richard G. Leahy -A thorough rendering of the Virginia wine scene it’s not, but an entertaining insider’s view of the what, who, and why of VA vino it is. Beyond Jefferson’s Vines is recommended, especially if you enjoy deeper dives and Right Coast / cool climate juice.