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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.
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
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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A bit on the early side, but what the hell, we’re all drinking so it’s all good, right? Right?!? C’mon, don’t tell me I’m the only one of you tasting at 8AM ET (hell, some of you West Coasties might still be up drinking from last night as you read this…)!
Herewith you will find the roundup of this month’s articles from my Wine.Answers.com gig. Much edu-tainment, and, hopefully, some review-related insights await you:
Wine Product Review: Sommelier’s Preference Bordeaux 1855 Classique Wine Aerator
For those of you who don’t already own a Vinturi, there’s this little number, similar in appearance (and in sound) but quite different in terms of internal design, and about as effective. Apparently, we did, in fact, need yet another entrant into this crowded accessory market.
Wine Product Review: Sip & Save Vacuum Wine Pump
Vacuum wine pump style preservation systems either suck air, or just plain suck, depending on to whom you speak in the wine loving company that you keep. I take a middle-ground view here, in that I think they have their place in the preservation of simpler wines. If you fall on the “they’re not so bad” side of the debate, you’d be hard pressed to find a higher quality version than the Sip & Save.
Wine Book Review: “Wine To Water” by Doc Hendley
Ok, technically this is far from a wine book. In fact, it has almost nothing to do with wine in the grand scheme of the memoir that Wine to Water founder Doc Hendley has spun. BUT… “Wine to Water” is a terse, friendly, and moving yarn of a tale, and it just might get you rethinking your jaded, wine-soaked stance that one person cannot really make a difference in this world.
Three Things You Didn’t Know About South African Wine Country
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know, you already knew all of this stuff. Including the production figures. Because you are a bad-ass of the highest vinous order. Whatever…
In episode four of my Hungarian jaunt in search of dry Furmint, I visit Paulay Winery and guest house. Yeah, the sertting is just as pretty as all of the previous Tokaj stops. Feel free to hate me!
The owners of Paulay (the Hudáks, who you will “meet” in the video below), have both a pretty and a pretty interesting site on their hands. First, their guest house is the former home of the 19th century playwright Ede Paulay, a celebrated figure in Hungarian history. Second, they’ve mirrored the historical connection in their tiny, steep vineyard, by experimenting with some traditional, pre-phylloxera grape varieties. And finally, while they’ve got a typically awesome moldy Hungarian cellar for aging their wines, their soil isn’t typical of the region.
Basically, it’s a wine geek’s Hungarian trifecta!
So… another beautiful landscape with historical vinous significance in Tokaj. I wish that I could tell you that makes this episode special, but I’m pretty sure you’re going to see quite a few more beautiful landscapes with historical significance before this is all over. Enjoy…
Furmint Adventures – Episode 4.: Paulay Winery