Italian Wine, Tunes, And Dude At VINO 2015 in NYC!

Vinted on January 13, 2015 binned in going pro, wine industry events

What does great music have to do with killer Italian vino?

I’m not 100% sure, either, but we’re going to find out at VINO 2015 in NYC, when the Italian Wine Week and Convention takes over the Waldorf Astoria on Park Avenue February 1-4!

VINO 2015 will showcase 200+ Italian wine producers, and the days are scheduled to be filled with some very intriguing informational sessions and discussions, led by some serious fine wine personalities.

Thanks to my music background, I’ll be on the docket on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 3:30-5pm for Vino e Musica: The International Language, moderated by City Winery’s Michael Dorf. Joining me in the discussion will be Master Somm and nigh-indefatigable hardcore heavy metal music fan Fred Dexheimer, as well as Jon Morrell, the celebrated opera tenor (which I personally equate with being a bad-ass, but that’s just me).

More info. in the screen print below (click to embiggen), with the full program available here for your perusal, along with details on how to register for the event.

I hope to see you there!





Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 12, 2015

Vinted on January 12, 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 Domaine Jean Foillard Morgon Cote du Py (Beaujolais): Has the pepper headphones on, and is digging on some very funky beats. $33 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis (Chablis): There are many ways to describe this, and almost all of them begin with the word Zippy. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 The Woodhouse Wine Estates Darighe Propreitor's Blend Red (Columbia Valley): A smokey room, that room being in the barnyard. $65 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 The Woodhouse Wine Estates Kennedy Shah Reserve Riesling (Yakima Valley): Flowers to start, toast to finish, finesse throughout. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Rodney Strong Brothers Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley): Curvy, sultry, sexy and assertive, this is not for the meek. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough): The passion and star fruit version of How to Make Friends and Influence People. $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Inviting you to scale its herbal, dark-fruited heights. $80 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Cornerstone Cellars Stepping Stone Cabernet Franc (Napa Valley): Sweet oak is dominating some sweeeeeeet Cab Franc moves. $45 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Hoopes Vineyard Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Dark of fruit, generous of green herbs, and a fan of the bombastic. $65 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Weingut Wittmann Westhofener Riesling Trocken (Rheinhessen): Stone fruits, pure of heart, and shooting bright citrus laser beams. $32 B+ >>find this wine<<



Furmint Adventures, Part One: Balassa Winery

Vinted on January 8, 2015 binned in 1WineDude TV, going pro

The first official episode of my Hungarian Furmint jaunt has finally been released!

In the inaugural vid, I get down in the dirt – literally – with István Balassa, the man behind Balassa Winery in Tokaji. We talk about his stones – also literally – and their effect of those various interesting soil types on the resulting Furmint grapes (and, of course, the wines, which I get to drink during the video and you don’t… sorry!).

Interspersed among the important and interesting facts about Tokaji, Balassa, and Furmint are my usual annoying antics, including a very, very, very sad attempt at juggling.

For more background on the video series and the FurmintUSA project, see my introductory post at

Furmint Adventures – Episode 1.: Balassa Winery

The official press release is below (only because I lack an online version to which I can link) after the jump (sorry, the interview wasn’t my idea!)…

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