I Left My Heart-Shaped-Double-Gold Medal… In San Francisco… (2015 San Francisco International Wine Competition)

Vinted on May 5, 2015 binned in going pro, on the road, wine industry events
SFIWC 2015

SFIWC 2015

Later this year, I will have the pleasure of judging at the 2015 edition of the San Francisco International Wine Competition. This will mark my second year as a judge at SFIWC, and is part of my gettin’ busy Summer, during which I’ve somehow amassed a series of competitions, tours, and speaking gigs with little rest between them.

My understanding is that somehow that peripatetic sequence is part of Marvel Studios’ Phase Five plan.

Or not.

Anyway, I suspect that, while I will enjoy myself at SFIWC immensely, I most likely will not enjoy it quite as immensely as last year, when I had the good fortune of being seated with event host Anthony Dias Blue. Which meant that our table got to judge the best bubbles (by reputation, anyway!) submitted in the competition.

Once can hope, though, right?

Anyway, much more to come on that as events unfold. SFIWC will take place in… San Francisco (duh!) on June 12, 13 and 14.

Cheers!

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For May 4, 2015

Vinted on May 4, 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!

  • 12 Bonterra The Roost Blue Heron Ranch Chardonnay (Mendocino County): A hot kitchen, but they're cooking up some tasty toast. $38 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Lazy Creek Vineyards Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley): There's certainly nothing lazy – or short – about the structured finish here. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Ferrari Carano Pinot Noir Anderson Valley (Anderson Valley): Sheeeee wooooore reeeeeeed vellllllllllllllveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet… $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Buried Cane Heartwood Red Wine (Columbia Valley): AN energetically spicy dance that never quite finds its structural footing. $25 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Domaine de la Bastide Figue Rose (Cotes du Rhone): Go figure, this is bargain figgy-ness with a refreshingly fine & floral figure. $15 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Loveblock Pinot Noir (Central Otago): Earth below, smoke above, & basically all red fruited goodness filling the landscape between $36 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Nobilo Icon Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough): It's kind of like exotic fruits are makin' romance to sweet, smooth, soft soul music. $23 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Anaba Turbine Red (Sonoma Valley): Dark plums are dancing playfully, kicking up the dust & sprinkling spices as they twirl about. $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Anaba Turbine White (Sonoma Valley): Somewhere, Roger Daltrey is probably belting out "Bargain" at the top of his lungs in tribute $28 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Bonny Doon Contra Red (California): A spicy meatball, imparting a vivid history lesson on old style CA field blended fruitiness. $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
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April 2015 Answers.com Article Roundup (The Big Divorce Edition)

Vinted on April 30, 2015 binned in going pro, learning wine

“On the midnight street
No moon and no stars
No one around to calm you down
And to soften the stings to my heart
The dream is sand in my hands
The dream becomes sand in my hands”

-Morrissey, Good Looking Man About Town

 

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”

-Japanese proverb

 

Answers.com April 2015

image: Wine.Answers.com

OK, folks…

First, an explanation of why I have been several months behind on writing up producer features here on 1WD (Amici, Red Car, some high-end KJ brand stuff, and several Sicily items are all in that pipeline, waiting patiently for me to get my act together). The short version of the story: I am getting divorced, and it’s an enormous time, energy, and emotion suck.

So now those of you who have been giving me crap about only posting references to my paying gigs know why I am so behind on things (I barely have enough bandwidth and energy to get the paying work in on time). I am the one who filed, so I am not looking for any pity here (and I am having far more good-to-great days than bad at that moment). Everything that has transpired on the home-front since my marriage crisis started has more-or-less showed that ending the marriage is absolutely the right thing to do, so little sleep is being lost on that front now. The kid is also doing great, so the tippy-top priority is well in-hand.

While I am not fishing for sympathy, I do want to tell you that I am deeply grateful for the enormous and touching outpouring of support that I have received about this situation, both publicly and privately, from so many of you. I will never, ever forget it, and not one sunset passes right now that I don’t list those words of encouragement near the top of my list when I review the things for which I am most grateful right now.

So I hope that you’ll understand why today I am giving you yet another pointer to more of my paying gig work (I know, I suck)…

Read the rest of this stuff »

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