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Bubbling Over (A Fix.com Guide To Sparkling Wine)

Vinted on April 7, 2015 binned in going pro, learning wine
Fix.com sparkling wine

image: Fix.com

Attention, peeps!

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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Going Hot Turkey (March 2015 Wine Article Roundup)

Vinted on March 31, 2015 binned in going pro
wine.answers.com march 2015

image: wine.answers.com

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.

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MS, MW, 1WD (DIAM Wine Conversations Forum 2015)

Vinted on March 3, 2015 binned in going pro, wine industry events

What do you get when you cross a Master Sommelier, a Master of Wine, and… me?

I don’t know, either, but it’s happening, and I am guessing that it will be entertaining, and hopefully not a little informative.

Wine Conversations 2015

Wine Conversations 2015

I’ll be joining Master Somm Evan Goldstein, and Master of Wine Bob Paulinski in both Santa Rosa and Portland this summer as part of the DIAM Wine Conversations Tasting and Marketing Forum. We’ll be discussing wine consumer trends, and I’m not gonna say that there will be a lot of tough love on that topic… but… well, we all know about my reputation as a speaker on such matters so consider yourselves officially warned.

Press-release-style details can be found below, after the jump.

Hope to see some of you there!

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