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1WineDude.com TV Episode 56: Portugal’s Best Wines? (With Master Wine Geek Doug Frost)

Vinted on February 7, 2013 binned in 1WineDude TV, interviews, wine industry events, wine review

Welcome to a rather long-overdue episode of 1WD TV, in which I get geeky with wine maven Doug Frost and give him crap about the wines he *didn’t* pick for his list of Portugal’s 50 Greatest Wines. We express communal love for Madeira, and then Doug sort of disses Napa, but generally shows why he’s one of the most well-regarded wine educators and tasters on the planet. To find out why Doug’s picks are so controversial, fire up the vid!

1WineDudeTV Episode 56: Portugal’s Best Wines? (With Master Wine Geek Doug Frost)

I was able to get a few minutes with Doug when I was a media guest of Wines of Portugal for a lunch event at NYC’s Harold Pratt House, during which Doug and fellow Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein discussed the Top 10 wines from Doug’s list of 50 – which we then tasted paired with various (mostly meat – in fine Portuguese tradition!) courses.  My thoughts/ratings/ramblings on those controversial top ten wine picks are below, after the jump…

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Talking Wine With Aldis Hodge Of TNT’s Hit Show LEVERAGE

Vinted on December 11, 2012 binned in interviews

What’s the point of drinking something that makes you thirsty? – Aldis Hodge

Hollywood’s got no shortage of wine tie-in attempts. Most fall prey to one of two tired clichés: either they play off of some outdated wine snob douche-baggery, or they over-emphasize the romantic ideal of winemaking to the point that it would make most winery owners I know laugh their asses off and then puke into their own mouths (kind of the way I imagine the lawyers I know reacting to most of the crime dramas that have flooded the cable-waves over the last two decades). Far fewer strike the right balance between Hollywood-izing the trade enough to make it entertaining to mainstream audiences, but treating wine and its production reverently enough to get the facts at least somewhat right.

Tonight, I’m hopeful that we might get to add one more Hollywood wine attempt into the “balanced” column, when TNT’s Leverage takes on the topic in a new episode titled “The Corkscrew Job,” in which the team of reformed con artists (starring Academy Award winner Timothy Hutton, along with Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf and Aldis Hodge) swindles a corrupt winery owner whose workers are collapsing (maybe he uses too much MEGA PURPLE?) out of a priceless bottle.

Mrs. Dudette records, by my rough calculations, about 763 TV shows per week, almost none of which I watch apart from Burn Notice, which doesn’t count since I only watch it because Bruce Campbell is a legend (a deal he sealed by his turn in Army Of Darkness). I do, however, often watch Leverage with her, finding it entertaining and well-acted.

So when I was approached about the airing of “The Corkscrew Job” and asked if I’d want to interview any of the cast about the wine-related episode, I knew I wasn’t saying No because Mrs. Dudette is a fan. “I hope it’s Aldis Hodge!” Mrs. Dudette told me, not bothering to hide any of her enthusiasm for the actor who portrays the team’s handsome hacker (no worries, it’s all good – I don’t hide my enthusiasm when seeing Kelly Vrooman whenever my daughter is watching Sprout…). 

As luck would have it, Aldis Hodge was available; and so I give you (and, more importantly, my wife) a few minutes of wine-related talk with TNT’s young Leverage star. Enjoy – and if you’re so inclined, tweet me up tonight when the episode airs!…

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The Punch Down Episode One With Eric Asimov

Vinted on December 5, 2012 binned in interviews, The Punch Down

The Punch Down Episode One is in the books!

MUCH thanks and mad props to our first guest Eric Asimov, who braved the wiles of our pilot endeavor, and especially to all of YOU who watched and chimed in during the show. The full geekiness is available for replay in the embed below. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the first go-round (I’m already thinking of several improvements), guest suggestions, and what-have-you.

Mentioned in this episode (among quite a lot of other things!):

Watch The Punch Down Episode One (with NYT’s Eric Asimov) on YouTube

Cheers!

1WineDude.com TV Episode 54: The Gina Gallo Interview (Tasting Through Gallo’s Signature Series Recent Releases)

Vinted on September 13, 2012 binned in 1WineDude TV, crowd pleaser wines, interviews, on the road, wine review

Wanna get inside the head of one of THE most powerful people in the entire wine world? Start watchin’ already – because that’s exactly what we do with Gina Gallo in today’s episode of 1WD TV.

1WineDude.com TV Episode 54: The Gina Gallo Interview

[ Editors note: For those not totally up on the current events in the love lives of the wine world’s richest-and-most-famous, part of the vid might get a bit confusing; Gina is married to Jean-Charles Boisset, scion to the largest negociant business in Burgundy and a man best described as a charming whirling dervish and with whom Gina has recently sired twin baby girls. Incidentally, JCB makes me look like I’m standing still, which those who know me will understand isn’t all that easy to do! ]

I caught up with Gina at the 2012 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend’s Taste of Sonoma event, and we talk about what it takes to get motivated to work when you’re so rich that you could have somebody killed and buried at the bottom of the Russian River and not have anyone ever know a thing about it.

If you’re interested in what that wine we were drinking in the video was like, by the way, read on

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