January 2016 Wine Product Roundup (A Bit Late…)

Vinted on February 4, 2016 binned in wine products
UPDATE: The Decantiere folks at unbiasedwine.com have offered 1WD readers 10% off the Decantiere if you purchase it at this link and use the coupon code 98NFUCQW at checkout.

Ok, so I am a weeeeeee bit late on the wine product round-up for January 2016 (I blame travel, and drinking, both of which constitute “work” in my bizarre-but-fantastic life).

This month, I’ve got only one product to feature; a small one, with a relatively big price, and even bigger aspirations: Vagnbys Wine Decantiere ($44).

Vagnbys Wine DecantiereThe Decantiere is billed as a “7-in-1” wine accessory, but I am having trouble fulling understanding what all seven of those functions are supposed to be, so I will rattle off the ones that I am sure that thing does after giving it the once-over in the 1WD test kitchen:

  • Non-drip Pourer
  • Aerator
  • Filter (for sediment, etc.)
  • Stopper (for storage)

That’s probably good enough…

Anyway, it’s made of stainless steel, TPR, PP and silicone, and seems pretty easy to clean (though I’ve not given it a go with a wine that had serious sediment, so your mileage may vary). From a design standpoint, the thing definitely looks good. It’s also light, and doesn’t make the bottle top heavy when you use it.

Too often, multi-use wine accessories end up not being very good at any of their functions, but the Wine Decantiere is a nice exception to that rule; while the aeration isn’t superb, it’s more than good enough to handle young red wines in need of some O2. The filter is a nice touch (though I suspect it will become difficult to clean with heavy usage), and works well, and not having to clean up pouring drips is always a welcome feature in my household. Finally, the stopper is, indeed, air-tight, which will help prolong the drinking window of an opened bottle maybe an extra day or so.

All in all, the Wine Decantiere is worth a serious look, but you’re paying a premium for the construction material and the stylish design.





Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For February 1, 2016

Vinted on February 1, 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!

  • 13 Bonny Doon Vineyard The Heart Has Its Rieslings (California): Prancing to capture the hearts of both geeks & imbibers alike. $16 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Bonny Doon Vineyard Vinferno (Arroyo Seco): If this honeyed nectar is hell, then I'm all for having a laugh with the sinners 375ml $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Bisol Desiderio Jeio Prosecco Brut (Veneto): Need an instant celebration? Just add this. Well, & wine glasses. & maybe other people $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • NV Anna de Codorniu Blanc de Blancs Brut (Cava): Well now… *this* is an energetic and very fun – and very cheap – date right here. $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Dry Creek Vineyard The Mariner (Dry Creek Valley): Confidently continuing its seaworthy, coffee-laden, sophisticated resurgence. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Sol Rouge Cabernet Franc (Lake County): Full marks for that seductive smokiness, but wipe your feet before coming in next time. $32 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Howell Mountain Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel (Howell Mountain): At 101 years young, these vines have grave, contemplative thoughts $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Isaac Fernandez Seleccion Biutiful Cava Brut Rose (Cava): Raspberry lover? Yeah? Go get yourself a full on case of this one, then. $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Famille Hugel Pinot Gris (Alsace): Apricots, nuts, brioche, jam… so, basically, it's the lighter side of the charcuterie plate. $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Arnaldo Caprai Montefalco Rosso (Montefalco Rosso): Sometimes silk & earth make for rather compelling & food-friendly bedfellows. $23 B+ >>find this wine<<



Yeah, I Am Gonna Eat That (Dispatch From Sicily With Zonin 1821’s Gastronomy Experience)

Vinted on January 28, 2016 binned in kick-ass wines, on the road, wine review

Sicily shore

Last year, I did a sort of double-dip on the Italian wine community. I traveled on a media tour to Asti in the north (to eat fried cow brain and other fantastically odd delicacies, while getting immersed in all things Ruchè). And, since I was in Italy anyway, I was taken on another media tour with Zonin 1821, wrapping around the southern coast of Sicily on a trip with other wine writers and sommeliers. Because, well, Italy.

The Sicily jaunt focused specifically on pairing the various wine brands under the Zonin umbrella with artisan fare from producers of some of the world’s most authentic ancient grain pasta; its historic chocolates; its mind-(and-adrenaline-)blowing coffee; its unparalleled seafoods; and its almost life-alteringly-good cheeses.

I’d thought about if/how/when I was going to write about this trip, but Zonin one-upped me and put together this amazing video of the trip, which I’m happy to report they’ve allowed me to share with you (in which you can see Lorenzo Zonin go for a swim, and me doing my best Family Guy impersonation)…

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