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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2009-05-02

Vinted on May 2, 2009 binned in twitter, wine mini-reviews
  • 07 Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc (Napa Valley): Granddaddy of modern CA wine going strong. More lemongrass & vanilla than a Vietnamese dinner. #
  • 07 Crane Lake Cabernet Sauvignon (CA): Cab?? Yeah, & I’m the Pope. Amazingly unbalanced for its low abv. To be served to your worst enemies. #
  • 05 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Blackberry & chocolate. Probably overdone, but with grilled steak you won’t mind one bit #
  • 04 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mtn. Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Sublime balance btw focused black fruit & silky tannic structure. Drool #
  • 08 MontGras Reserva Carmenère (Colchagua Valley): Black, spicy & peppery enough to stand up to blackened swordfish. Tasty, if not exciting. #
  • 06 Martin Codax Ergo (Rioja): New world in terms of forward berry fruit, old world in terms of acidity & raging, massive Rioja oakiness. #

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TasteCamp Kicks Off in Long Island Tomorrow!

Vinted on April 30, 2009 binned in twitter

TasteCamp EAST is nigh upon us!

The entire Dude clan (minus the dog) will be en route to Long Island wine country tomorrow to spend the weekend celebrating the 5th wedding anniversary of Dude & Mrs. Dudette… oh, yeah, and also taking part in TasteCamp, a regionally-focused spin-off of the North American Wine Bloggers Conference

I’m trying very hard to figure out something better to do for celebrating my anniversary than visiting a regional wine area and tasting their wares… hmm… sorry, drawing a blank here… 

Anyway, Lenn Thompson has done a great job so far in pulling together the first-ever TasteCamp event, and I and some of my fellow Right Coast wine bloggers will be reporting (probably sporadically) from the event.  Here’s a quick list of the wineries and sponsors that will be part of the event:

I’m pretty stoked, especially to be kicking off what will hopefully be many, many more years of married bliss with Mrs. Dudette, and also to be meeting up with my wine blogging compadres in New York. More to come, but you can follow the TasteCamp happenings as reported via twitter by checking out the widget embedded below on this post.

 

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Cheers (and snoochie-boochies)!

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2009-04-25

Vinted on April 25, 2009 binned in twitter, wine mini-reviews
  • M’Hudi Pinotage (South Africa): This is like the entire pig, skin and all, hanging out in a mulberry bush, ready to jump you. #
  • 06 Four Vines “The Peasant” (Paso Robles): Hefty S. Rhone style blend from CA. Very blackberry, very dark, very heavy, & very tasty. #
  • 07 Bonny Doon Le Vol Des Anges (CA): Late harvest Roussanne. Honeysuckles galore. Once you pop, you will NOT be able to stop… #
  • 06 Rutherglen “The Alliance” (Rutherglen): Viognier/Marsanne that isn’t as floral or as fat as you might expect, with good acidity balance. #
  • 04 Fireblock Grenache (Clare Valley): Remember that Van Halen song “I’m On Fire!”? It’s like that, but in your mouth, & with black peppers. #
  • 04 Robert Weil Kiedricher-Grafenberg Riesling Spatlese (Rheingau): Stone fruit & rose petal; sweetness & acidity will integrate – eventually #
  • 06 Napa Cellars Napa Valley Syrah: Blackberries, vanilla, blackberries, cedar, blackberries, vanilla, blackberries, & some blackberries. #
  • 06 Mapema Malbec (Mendoza): More proof that the Argentinians have perfected the Steakhouse wine. As if we needed any more proof, that is. #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2009-04-18

Vinted on April 18, 2009 binned in twitter, wine mini-reviews
  • 07 Polka dot Riesling (Pfalz): Sweet but not cloying; floral but not that fruity; cheap but not too bad #
  • 07 Sebeka Cabernet Pinotage (Western Cape, SA): Dark red fruit… followed by… the fat of… BACON!!! #
  • Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier (CA): You might expect this to be flabby, but bright acidity & tropical fruits carry the day with this one #
  • 07 Sebeka Sauvignon Blanc (Western Cape, SA): You might find the acidity a tad lacking, but the minerality will win you back (so will the $) #
  • 04 CarmelVintage (Israel): Port-style dessert petite syrah from the OLD Old World. Blackberry syrup gives way to smoke & dried prune. Nice. #
  • 07 Napa Cellars Napa Valley Pinot Noir: VG, but I’m waiting for more fruit. It’s like a fabulous cherry, with a pound of X-mas spice on top. #

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