Furmint Adventures Episode 5: Erzsébet Cellars

Vinted on February 4, 2015 binned in 1WineDude TV, on the road

In this episode of my Tokaj jaunt, I visit Erzsébet Cellars, where, as you’ll soon see, the concept of family cannot be easily escaped. Good thing they all get along…

Hajni Prácser, their Estate Manager who’s interviewed in the video, had this to say about the recent push behind dry Furmint:

“This focus on single vineyard Furmints is very recent here; it emerged only in the past two decades. We are very excited about their future. Tokaj’s historical vineyards are yielding exceptional dry wines year to year, wines that display remarkable character—and nuances of character—from site to site. I believe that one day Tokaj will be as well known for its great single vineyard Furmints as it is for its Aszu wines.”

Boom! Enjoy…

Furmint Adventures Episode 5: Erzsébet Cellars

Cheers!

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Big News: Come With Me To Rioja in November, Lushes!

Vinted on February 3, 2015 binned in wine industry events, wine tasting

I’ve got some huge news for you fine wine-&-travel-lovin’ folk!

This November, I’ll be co-hosting a wine-soaked jaunt to Rioja wine country with esteemed wine writer Ben Weinberg. And hopefully, YOU will be along for the ride!

I’m pretty stoked to be working with Ben on this, and for the opportunity to show you the vinous, cultural, and culinary wonder that is Rioja.

There’s much I could write about the awesomeness that will be encountered on this tour, but the high-level summary is that by joining us, you will get the insider, VIP treatment in Rioja wine country, without having to do an of the work (wine writing, reviewing, spitting) that Ben and I normally have to do to get the same. Score!

You can check out all of the details at http://www.wineontheroad.com/spainwith1winedude.php. If it whets your appetite / blows your skirt up / etc., then download the Preliminary Itinerary and Booking Form to get started. You can, of course, always contact Ben or me for more details. For more on Rioja in general, take a gander through the past here at 1WD land. A bit more detail about our upcoming Rioja jaunt is available in video form below after the jump.

This is going to be an entertaining, informative, and incredibly FUN trip. You’ll need to prepare your wallet, your mind, and your liver for this incredible jaunt…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For February 2, 2015

Vinted on February 2, 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!

  • 11 Geyser Peak Winery Devil's Inkstand Red (Alexander Valley): Beelzebub's a decent writer, crafting a long dark fruited, herbal tale $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Champagne Ayala Brut Nature (Champagne): Steely, moody, easy to misunderstand, & in search of open-minded palates & souls. $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Ferrari-Carano Middleridge Ranch Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley): A nuanced, complex, and overall fascinating dining companion. $55 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Dylan's Ghost Stags Leap Ranch Proprietary Red (Napa Valley): All scaffolding now, but what's "coming soon" looks mighty enticing. $55 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): You've been hit by a very smooth Cabernet criminal, indeed. Dang gone it! $38 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Sequoia Grove Chardonnay (Napa Valley): A touch of heat doesn't spoil the prettiness of the flickering flame in this bonfire. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Pierre-Marie Chermette Domaine du Vissoux Les Trois Roches Moulin-a-Vent (Beaujolais): A heap of funky, bright, & peppery bliss. $29 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Lieb Cellars North Fork Blanc de Blancs (Long Island): Apples, doing their best interpretation of that clay scene from Ghost. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Pina Firehouse Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Silky, sultry, & serious; & it spruces things up with violets $90 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Stemmari Dalila White (Terre Siciliane): How do you argue with such a long, nutty expression? By shutting up & not arguing. $14 B+ >>find this wine<<
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