Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For June 13, 2016

Vinted on June 13, 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!

  • 14 Westwood Annadel Gap Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir (Sonoma Valley): So gorgeous that you'll get over those green tannins quickly. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Chateau Saint-Maur Cru Classe L'Excellence Rose (Cotes de Provence): Roses & bright splendor, but you'll be feeling the heat. $45 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Joseph Drouhin Domaine des Hospices de Belleville Morgon (Beaujolais): Wild strawberries, but sophisticated attitude and attire. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Broadside Wines Ephemera Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles): Impeccably crafted, impeccably delicious, & impossible to put down. $125 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Martin Ray Mill Station Vineyard Dutton Ranch Chardonnay (Green Valley): If you want ginger with your toast, you're in luck here. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Morgan Double L Vineyard Riesling (Santa Lucia Highlands): Desperately trying to draw you into a slightly deeper conversation. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Dutton Goldfield Dutton Ranch Rued Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): A lemon pie, plugged into a high-voltage outlet. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Francis Ford Coppola Archimedes (Sonoma County): That one firm spot it uses to move the Earth is covered in richly textured velvet $65 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Mazzocco Winery Maple Reserve Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley): Some like it hot; & that some will definitely like this spicy number. $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley): Pulling a neat trick; making ripe fruit and vibrant personality play nice together. $60 A- >>find this wine<<
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Wine Stuff, Rediscovered (June 2016 Wine Product Roundup)

Vinted on June 8, 2016 binned in wine products

I’ll be hitting the judging circuit this week at the 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition, so it seemed a good time to get a jump on the June wine product round-up (my monthly attempt at working a path through the product samples that I receive that aren’t drinkable).

This month, I’m happy to report that I’ve got two strong recommendations to out forward; one for your mouth, and one for your brain.

RÖD Wine white glassesFirst up, the RÖD Wine series of stemware (available in packs of three glasses for about $48 per pack). These come in three impressively-packed incarnations: glasses for red, and white wines, and flutes for bubbles (the latter of which I found superfluous, as will be explained in a moment).

The three designs all share a similar sturdy, restaurant-quality build that seems quite ready to stand up to everyday use; and the rims are juuuuust slender enough that the sturdiness doesn’t impact the delivery of the wine to your eager face. The base of the stemware takes a bit of getting used to, as it’s a thicker design than you’ll find in most stemware, but apart from that minor cavil, I thought that the RÖD Wine glasses sent to me struck an excellent balance between durability, price, and elegance. If picking one style, I’d recommend the white design; for me, they were the most versatile performers, handling white wines, delicate reds, and sparkling wines without breaking a sweat (or whatever the eqivalent of glassware sweating is)…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For June 6, 2016

Vinted on June 6, 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!

  • NV Henriques & Henriques 20 Years Old Terrantez (Madeira): Toasted nuts & fresh marmalade, served up with razor-sharp precision. $100 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 71 Henriques & Henriques Garrafeira Sercial Vintage Madeira (Madeira): Your almonds & salted caramel, paired w/ total awesomeness. $315 A >>find this wine<<
  • 98 Henriques & Henriques Medium Rich Single Harvest Madeira (Madeira): Cigars, tea, figs, and a whole heap-load of sophistication. $NA A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Tenuta di Arceno Arcanum (Toscana): Gorgeous, slumbering giant that will not be happy until you allow it 6 more years of sleep. $100 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Trefethen Oak Knoll District Dry Riesling (Napa Valley): As close to biting into a fresh, crisp, green apple as a glass allows. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Lazy Creek Vineyards Gewurtaztraminer (Anderson Valley): There's a bit of stone fruit flesh on those well-rounded floral bones. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Summerhill Pyramid Winery Pinot Noir Cipes Rose (Okanagan Valley): Complex? Nah. Jolly, crowd-pleasing red berry fun? Oh, yeah. $26 B >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Brancott Estate Letter Series B Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough): Intent on makin' sweet, sweet luurv in the sweet, sweet lemon grass $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Kim Crawford SP Small Parcel SpitFire Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough): Mostly spitfiring on all the right passion-fruity cylinders. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Dutton Goldfield McDougall Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Dark, lean & stony, let it labor for a years; you'll be rewarded. $62 A- >>find this wine<<
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