Aces In The Hole (A Nizza DOCG Deep-dive For MyNameIsBarbera.com)

Vinted on August 8, 2017 binned in Italian Wine, wine publications
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The latest article in my storytelling Monferrato journey is now available over at MyNameIsBarbera.com, and in it we take a deeper dive directly into the terroir (and I mean down to the dirt level!) of the venerable Nizza DOCG.

Those of you who have been following along with my Northern Italian antics might recall that we already compared Nizza Barbera wines to James Bond, and I need to warn you that I inject that comparison with a healthy dose of prose steroids in this most recent piece. You have been warned.

What I didn’t have opportunity to dig into during the penning of this article was the specifics of my personal experience with older Nizza wines, which came via the excellent talents (and, thankfully, well-stocked wine library) of the venerable Tenuta Olim Bauda. I close with a handful of pics from my 2016 visit to that beautiful estate, ostensibly to increase whatever jealous rage I’ve already induced by mentioning the library tasting (warning, cute winery-dog-eating-grapes included)…

Cheers!

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For August 7, 2017

Vinted on August 7, 2017 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!

  • 09 Giovanni Negro Roero Arneis Brut (Roero): Fresco, fresco, fresco! More textural than complex, but in this bubbly case it's enough. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Careglio Roero (Roero): Chewy dark cherries, aromatic well-worn leather, freshly sprouted violets, and heaping helpings of spices. $27 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Matteo Correggia La Val dei Preti (Roero): Roero Nebbiolo that's floral, minty, lovely, and dark, but also wholly accessible. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Consorzio San Michele Invidia (Vermentino di Gallura): If you like 'em tight and stony, then get ready to pucker up to this one. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Marcato 36 Mesi Monti Lessini Durello Brut (Veneto): Raging acids, but it'd be tough to find a better Summer sipping bargain. $10 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Weingut Florian Weingart Bopparder Hamm Engelstein Riesling Kabinett Feinherb (Mittelrhein): That time when apples were gorgeous. $26 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Guy Breton Regnie (Beaujolais): You can cover delightful in earth, pepper, and funk all you like, but delightful it will remain. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Stewart Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): You wanna get bold? You wanna get bold? Cuz this is ready to get bold, brah! $68 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Stewart Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay (Sonoma Mountain): Lip-smacking tastiness, wrapped up in just a bit too much silk. $40 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 16 I Stefanini Monte de Toni Soave Classico (Soave): Like Summer fun in bottle form, with a side of lemons on a slate plate. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
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37th Heaven (Highlights From The 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition)

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All smocked up and ready to go

By the time that you read these words, the results of the 37th (!!) annual San Francisco International Wine Competition should be publicly available, so I thought that I would share some of the highlights among the event’s big winners.

The SFIWC is one of my favorite weekends of the year. Under the watchful eyes of Executive Director Anthony Dias Blue and Director of Judging Tim McDonald, SFIWC assembles a top-notch volunteer crew and some of the best and most experienced tasters in the U.S. wine biz (and yes, I’m still trying to figure out why they keep inviting me to judge).

That large, talented team happens to be chock full of some of the funniest, liveliest, and kindest people in wine, and so it’s a real pleasure to interact, work, and generally just break bread with all of those folks.

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Sweepstakes and super tasting require smocks, not capes…

We also happen to taste some killer juice over that weekend, all done blind within categories, in panels of 3-4 people,  with “super tastings” and an eventual sweepstakes round to help determine the best-of-the-best. It’s from that latter category – the wines fully deserving of having Tenacious D’s To Be The Best as their theme song – that I draw my personal competition highlights…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 31, 2017

Vinted on July 31, 2017 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!

  • 16 Bastianich Vini Orsone Friulano (Friuli-Venezia Giulia): Get yer thinking cap on, you'll need it for this textural, intellectual 1 $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Bastianich Plus Colli Orientali del Friuli (Friuli-Venezia Giulia): Old in spirit, but powerful & fresh in nearly all other ways. $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Chateau Montelena Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Juicy, minty, smokey, & proving that CM haven't missed a beat. $58 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Steven Kent Winery Lineage (Livermore Valley): Checking in a year later &… yep, it's still a complete, total, & utter stunner. $155 A >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Steven Kent Winery Lola White Whine (Livermore Valley): Fresh, zesty, & proud of the fresh ginger it just picked up at the market. $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Three cheers for Petit Verdot & supporting cast, who almost steal the show. $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Maculan Dindarello Moscato (Veneto): A bargain cornucopia of honey, flowers, fresh & dried fruits, with fun & elegance on the side $25 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Tenuta di Corte Giacobbe Vigneto Runcata (Soave Superiore): Rarely does Soave get this serious, or this, well, uhm… suave. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rose (Champagne): Red berry fruit muscles are being flexed by someone who's been training in the offseason $53 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Weingut Kofererhof Gewurztraminer Alto Adige Valle Isarco (Trentino-Alto Adige): Flowers, flowers, flowers, loveliness, & flowers. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
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