Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For May 23, 2016

Vinted on May 23, 2016 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!

  • 92 Barbeito Frasqueira Sercial Madeira (Madeira): Like munching salted caramels by the sea, while getting the world's best massage. $170 A >>find this wine<<
  • 92 Barbeito Boal Frasqueira Madeira (Madeira): Brand new high-end, polished wood cabinet, filled to the brim with spices & figs. $165 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 98 Blandy's Colheita Verdelho Madeira (Madeira): It hits your mouth, & you momentarily forget the crushing depression of mortality. $80 A >>find this wine<<
  • 98 Blandy's Colheita Sercial Madeira (Madeira): Portuguese vinous version of a philosophical debate about the nature of consciousness $80 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Blandy's 10 Year Old Bual (Madeira): Caramel that decided to get down and dirty, much to your sweet tooth's future delight. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 64 Justino's Malvasia Vintage Madeira (Madeira): The kind of art that won't give a rat's ass whether or not you're ready to like it. $325 A >>find this wine<<
  • 64 Justino's Boal Vintage Madeira (Madeira): Kind of like simultaneously experiencing the entire dessert table at Christmas dinner. $150 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 96 Justino's Colheita Madeira (Madeira): Totally nutty, and yet totally focused. So, basically, it's the Dr. Emmett Brown of desserts $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 95 Justino's Colheita Madeira (Madeira): A bottled magic trick – balancing delicate spices on top of 113 grams of residual sugar. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Justino's 10 Year Old Terrantez Medium Dry (Madeira): How often do you get to combine the fake words Superfresh and Superelegant? $NA A- >>find this wine<<
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Drunk People Drop Sh*t (May 2016 Wine Product Roundup)

Vinted on May 19, 2016 binned in wine products

While I extend my procrastination streak gather together my notes in anticipation of (finally) getting around to writing up my most recent wine jaunts, I figured I’d get a jump on the wine product roundup for May (part of my monthly attempt to put some wine product samples through the wringer).

Bacchus Break

image: amazon.com

First up this month is the Premium version of Bacchus Break, a set of two stemless, flexible – and presumably unbreakable – wine glasses made from silicone (about $18). The product tag line, appropriately, is “because drunk people drop shit.” And, indeed, we do.

I love the concept of this sort of product; ideal for casual parties (especially outdoor gatherings), I’ll take a properly (tulip) shaped wine glass made of just about any inert material over a standard-shaped glass or cup, any day. The Bacchus Break glasses provide that, once their silicone-rubbery-smell dissipates (which, for me, took several days). Light, and flexible to a fault, you’re not going to be able to break these things; and the Premium set includes an expandable bag for holding wine, something of which I’m also a big fan (because they’re so much more cooler-friendly than bag-in-box or glass packaging).

The flexibility comes at a cost; two costs, actually. First, the rim of the glasses is a bit thicker than is ideal for wine imbibing. Second, the glasses seem almost too flexible; they don’t feel sturdy in the hand, and require a gently touch (lest you grab it too forcefully and create a sort of juice-box-squeeze mess). In my experience, the similar Govino products perform slightly better; they are more apt to break if you step on them, but have a nice balance between flexibility, rigidity, and size (the new 10oz is a particularly good choice for bubbles, by the way).

Next up, something for your reading pleasure…

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Dropping The Mic On Online Wine ROI (TMRW Engine’s 2016 Digital Wine Report)

Vinted on May 17, 2016 binned in wine news, wine publications
TMRW Engine 2016 report 1

image: TMRW Engine

So much of the material upon which 1WD was built consists, essentially, of opinion pieces (in fact, four or five years ago I sat on a panel focused specifically on opinion writing alongside Lettie Teague and Jon Bonne, about which I imagine both of whom are still scratching their heads).

But over the years, I’ve tempered (well… by my standards, anyway) the opinion-heavy pieces here in favor of conclusions that can be drawn from data. The older that I get, the more I want to see opinion bolstered by something other than the biased, fallible memories of people’s experiences (including my own).

Which is why I get royally pissed at the the wine world’s penchant for defaulting to the data-devoid opinions of entrenched personalities, particularly when it comes to denying the return on investment (ROI from here on out) of wine online (usually with the concept of social media directly in the cross-hairs).

While it seems common sense that their must be at least some ROI for wine brands in talking directly with their consumers (which is part and parcel of what social media online can catalyze), remember that data trump opinions, even when those opinions align perfectly with common sense.

Fortunately, the wine world now has some compelling data that demonstrate a plausible link between online social interactions and ROI. Yes, in terms of real people actually spending real money on wine

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