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Anatomy Of A Twitter Wine Tasting Homerun (2011 Donnafugata Ben Ryé Passito di Pantelleria)

Vinted on December 26, 2013 under sexy wines, wine review
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Back on December 18th, 2013, a Sicilian dessert wine made from dried Zibibbo (aka Muscat of Alexandria) ruled the wine twitter world for an hour.

Think about that for a minute. A $40 half-bottle of sweet wine. Of Zibibbo. From Sicily.

I recently wrote up the top five most mentioned wines online in 2013, and Sicilian dessert wine was… uhm… not anywhere near that list… nor in the top twenty… I’m guessing it wasn’t in the top 600

As good as the wine is (and it’s great – more on that in a few minutes), I was skeptical after I received Donnafugata’s invitation to join their twitter tasting of the then newest Ben Ryé Passito release. First of all, after last week’s top ten Most Interesting Wines 2013 roundup (the 2008 Ben Ryé made the cut), how much more publicity did they need from me? And there was no structure whatsoever to the tasting, which isn’t typical of most simultaneous twitter tasting gatherings; usually, there are more than one wine to taste, someone sets the order, and those with the wine (mine was received as a sample for the event) are paced through the tasting by a leader, who fields questions snet via twitter to winery representatives, sometimes with video involved. This Donnafugata tasting had none of that. Until the day of the tasting, they hadn’t even announced a hashtag to use for summarizing all of the tweets involved.

But… I wanted to try the wine, had a free hour that evening, and it was being spearheaded by a friend of mine, Master of Wine candidate and indefatigable wine promoter Luiz Alberto. And so I figured, what the hell, let’s do it. I was unprepared for the outpouring of love that Ben Ryé received. Let’s take a look at the numbers, ‘cause they don’t lie…

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100 Articles Later (December 2013 Wine.Answers.com Roundup)

Vinted on December 24, 2013 under about 1winedude blog, holidays, wine books

It’s hard for me to believe, but since I started my gig as the Answers.com wine dude in the Spring I’ve penned 100 articles for the category (yes, it’s a paying gig; no, I’m not part of their recently announced guest blogger program).

So far, it’s been… well, great, actually.

I’ve been able to find a perfect outlet for product/accessory reviews and wine book reviews on Wine.Answers.com, as well as a means to offer beginner-style advice that otherwise here on 1WD might get flamed to a black, ashy crisp suitable for high-tasted barrel staves by you geeky people (and I love you for that!).

And so today I write not just as a round-up of some of the December 2013 Answers.com wine articles, but find myself reflecting on the past 100 articles and the several months I’ve spent authoring content for gig that are now under my thick black Santa-style Christmas belt. The short version of that reflection is that I’m enjoying the hell out of it, and as far as freelancing “day jobs” go, this one is rockin’ like Dokken (do they have a Christmas album?).

Anyway… here are a few of the December 2013 entries for you to peruse before your holiday libations have you too drunk to read any more…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 23, 2013

Vinted on December 23, 2013 under 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 Palacios Remondo La Montesa (Rioja): Sneaks up on you, whispering, low volume but the words are heavy with dense meaning & gravity $19 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Palacios Remondo La Vendimia (Rioja): The Rioja red welcome center has opened its tart, spicy, sweet-oaky front doors, awaiting you $12 B >>find this wine<<
  • 07 Pewsey Vale The Contours Riesling (Eden Valley): The Never-ending Story, retold with lime, petrol, slate, pith, flowers & toast. $30 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Pewsey Vale Eden B Valley Dry Riesling (Eden Valley): Tropical of fruit, vibrant of mind, dry of character, stern of disposition. $19 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Langmeil Valley Floor Shiraz (Barossa): Like a young Michelle Yeoh in a leather jumpsuit; powerful, dangerous, focused & stunning. $29 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Langmeil Three Gardens SMG (Barossa): Robust, rustic, peppery & finessed; or, exactly why Barossa can kick ass in the right hands. $19 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Grgich Hills Merlot (Napa Valley): That fleshy sweet talk might fool some, but it's well in touch with its herbal side, too. $42 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Grgich Hills Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Enters with soft flowers, leaves much later with suggestive leather glove butt-slap $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Cousino Macul Finis Terrae (Maipo Valley): Smooth moves that have sexy-time written all over them; but it's all over so darn fast. $23 B >>find this wine<<
  • NV Langlois Brut Rose (Cremant de Loire): Maaaama's lil' baby loves sweet berry-berry, mama's lil' baby loves sweet berry bread. $20 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Beni di Batasiolo Barbaresco (Barbaresco): Slate-&-spices beauty dates leather-&-earth beast; witness their sleeping love child. $43 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Beni di Batasiolo Barolo (Barolo): Calm & collected, but mess w/ its sister & you'll be getting a face full of hearty earthy first $47 B+ >>find this wine<<

The Most Interesting Wines Of 2013, Part Two

Vinted on December 19, 2013 under Most Interesting Wines of the Year, wine review

Aaaaaaaannnnd… here they are!

I give you the Top Ten Most Interesting Wines of 2013, as determined by my mouth, brain, and what amounts to my dark little tortured soul. For the preamble and the wines that made the newly-expanded 20 through 11 slots of this round-up, see The Most Interesting Wines of 2013, Part One.

I will add only this to the sentiments of that previous preamble: if you hate the fact that the budget picks were few and far between in the first half of this year’s MIW list, you are really gonna hate the top ten. Sorry, but this isn’t a budget buying guide, peeps; it’s a romp through the stories, emotions, joys and sorrows of 1WD throughout the past year, and a highlight of those wines that I think combine both context and quality in ways that made me remember them months and months after the finishes had left the caves of my olfactory cavities (obviously, their fascinating memory-nasal-cave-paintings remained… okay, whatever, that analogy is really odd). Some of these top ten selections are stupidly pricey; but they’re also ridiculously interesting wines, the kind of stuff that one geek urges another to try if they’re ever presented with the opportunity and inclination.

Oh, and a bit more fodder for ya… the top five are almost entirely expensive, white, or dessert wines (or all three)! You are free to flame me to your dark heart’s content.

Enjoy the long, strange trip…

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