Burgundy, Your Schnoz, Global Warming, And 3000 Year Old Vino

Vinted on January 27, 2015 binned in going pro, learning wine

There have been some behind-the-scenes changes going on here at 1WD HQ. The more observant among you will notice that I finally ditched the comment engines altogether and have declared that war officially over, it having ended in my inglorious defeat. We’ll be sticking to some enhanced WordPress comments from here on out.

1WD also has a new home, courtesy of WPPronto.com, with whom so far things have been going swimmingly. I’ve tweaked some other technical hosting items here and there; just enough to get me in trouble.

Anyway, today’s update is supposed to be about how this month, for the Wine.Answers.com gig, I decided to go with a double-shot of two themes. So let’s stop messin’ around and get to it, already. Those themes are —

1) The love-it-or-loathe-it “three things…” trivia (primarily because I am a nerd), and

2) Wine book reviews (primarily because I am getting sick of looking at the ever-increasing piles of yet-to-be-reviewed sample books on my office floor).

And so, linked for your reading edu-tainment:

Three Things that You Didn’t Know about Wine Tasting – Seriously, you need to respect the epithelium, people. I mean it. Get on it, your schnoz has power!

Three Things that You Didn’t Know about BurgundyYes, I mean besides the incredibly-priced rarities. Anyway, you’ll be able to impress your wine-snob friends with a few of these tidbits, I’ll wager.

Wine Book Review: “Wine and Climate Change” by L.J. Johnson-Bell – “Wine and Climate Change” is a bit of a schizophrenic read (in terms of tone), but it will likely have wine geeks fascinated anyway by its well-researched and well-argued opinions (not to mention the “what-if” scenarios) about how global warming is and will f*ck-up the wine world as we currently know it.

Wine Book Review: “Uncorking the Past: The Quest for Wine, Beer, and other Alcoholic Beverages” by Patrick McGovern – Call me a homer for a wine history tome written by a fellow PA guy, but nobody covers wine’s distant past like McGovern, and “Uncorking the Past” is at turns witty, insightful, and almost brilliant.

Cheers!

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 26, 2015

Vinted on January 26, 2015 binned in wine mini-reviews

So, like, what is this stuff, anyway?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 11 Nieto Senetiner Don Nicanor Blend (Mendoza): Living up to the promise suggested by the sum of its separate silky, vibrant parts. $19 B >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Kokomo Winery Ruth's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley): Overacting doesn't necessarily mean not being entertaining. $42 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Gallegos Yountville Charmer Vineyard Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Tough to argue with this charmer's tone & captivating conversations $35 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 V. Sattui Winery Paradiso Red Wine (Napa Valley): A consummate winner, at turns explosively adamant, & compassionately smooth. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Bodega Dominio Buenavista Veleta Nolados (Granada): Spicy, ripe, meaty, luxuriant & one with which you'd do well not to trifle. $17 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Bodega Dominio Buenavista Veleta Tempranillo Privilegio (Granada): Concentration that delivers, and most decidedly will not break. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Robert Oatley Great Southern Riesling (Great Southern): Cleaner than a slate whistle that's been thoroughly washed in lemon juice. $17 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Davis Family Vineyards Cuvee Luke Saralee's Vineyard White (Russian River Valley): Luke has a cool hand, inside a heady glove. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Vall Llach Idus de Vall Llach (Priorat): Like dark matter – inky black & not lacking for density – if dark matter liked violets. $55 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Crossbarn by Paul Hobbs Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley): No shortage of things to say, no lack of pride in doing so. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Starmont Winery and Vineyards Stanly Ranch Estate Chardonnay (Carneros): Bold, d complicated, big-time; & yet, never losing grace. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
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Furmint Adventures Episode 3: Barta Winery

Vinted on January 22, 2015 binned in 1WineDude TV, on the road

The third episode of my Furmint Adventures is now available for your viewing edu-tainment.

In this episode, I get my sorry lush ass dragged up to the Öreg Király dűlő (Old King Vineyard), an ancient volcano with an historic vineyard on it that was saved from oblivion by Károly Barta, owner of Barta Winery.

Of course, we also drink some stellar Furmint wines, while he shows me the stunning views from the vineyard site, and jokes (I think it was joking, anyway) that a lot of wine bloggers have… monkey brains. It will all make sense in less than six minutes!

Furmint Adventures – Episode 3: Barta Winery

Cheers!

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