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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2009-05-09

Vinted on May 9, 2009 binned in twitter, wine mini-reviews
  • 08 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough): With those tropical fruits, this is NZ SB with a big, fun Hawaiian shirt and a sun hat. #
  • 08 Alamos Malbec (Mendoza): Inky & not as big as you might expect, but still much more of a ‘Godzilla’ wine than, say, a ‘Moth-Ra’ wine. #
  • 07 Wolffer Estate Icewine (Hamptons): White pear, sugar crystals, and glycerin. Sounds like a bomb, but that 20+ sec. finish is THE bomb… #
  • 07 Shinn Estate Cabernet Franc (North Fork, LI): Pre-release, promises to be stunning. A carriage ride through spice & red berry patches… #
  • 05 Wolffer Premier Cru Merlot (Hamptons): The blueberry fruit is svelte, as are the minerals, spices & liveliness. The price is NOT svelte. #
  • 06 Merliance Merlot (Long Island): 5-winery LI showcase blend. All smoke on the nose, but smooth as silk red berry once it hits your mouth. #
  • 06 Mer Soleil Barrel Fermented Chardonnay (Santa Lucia Highlands): It was a BIG time when they drank BIG wines with BIG butter & BIG oak… #

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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)!

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