Superiore… SMASH!!! (Talking Barbera d’Asti Superiore For MyNameIsBarbera.com)

Vinted on May 2, 2017 binned in Italian Wine, learning wine

Hulk Smash

The venerable Barbera d’Asti Superiore as… The Incredible Hulk?

Yeah, it’s probably a stretch… BUT

1999 Bava Stradivario, Barbera d'Asti Superiore DOCGThere’s something to be said for a superhero of an Italian red that is perennially underestimated, and yet in its best examples can stand up in aging to its more glamorous Asti-area cousins Barbaresco and Barolo. At least, that’s the case I make in my latest piece for MyNameIsBarbera.com.

And yes, I’ve been lucky enough to have experienced this stuff first-hand.

When touring the Monferrato region last year, I had the chance to get my grubby little paws on a few older bottles of Barbera d’Asti Superiore, and I was frankly stunned at how well they’d held up over the years. Take, for example, the 1999 Bava Stradivario, Barbera d’Asti Superiore DOCG. At nearly twenty years old, that wine was vibrantly, energetically alive, still had a tart red fruit core, and earthy, ample spiciness. It wasn’t just “drinkable;” it was refined, elegant, and surreptitiously powerful.  In other words, it was kicking ass.

Anyway, read on and you can tell me if I’m crazy or not…

BIG BIG BIG. BIG BARBERA D’ASTI SUPERIORE

Cheers!

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For May 1, 2017

Vinted on May 1, 2017 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 Errazuriz Don Maximiano Founder’s Reserve (Aconcagua Valley): Executed with ultra-luxury watch brand elegance and precision. $100 A >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Elk Cove Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): Offering textbook OR PN, which kind of makes it dangerously impossible not to enjoy it. $27 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Broadley Vineyards Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): Broadly speaking, this is going for – & getting – fruity, bright, broad appeal. $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 The Diving Rod Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): Kind of like a BBQ chain restaurant meal; meaty, smokey, & thoroughly accessible. $19 B >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Troon Vineyard Whole Cluster Ferment Riesling (Applegate Valley): Will make more conversation than converts; vibrant & interesting. $20 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Colli di Lapio di Romano Clelia Vigna Andrea (Taurasi): Dead sexy in how much of its spicy, inviting self it’s teasing right now. $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Colli di Lapio di Romano Clelia Fiano di Avellino (Campania): Mineral, floral, nutty & lovely; swoon-worthy drinking right now. $30 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Colli di Lapio di Romano Clelia Fiano di Avellino (Campania): Fiano that, while still wound up, is decidedly on the friendly side. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc (Cotes du Rhone): Packing seemingly endless amounts of floral, tropical expressiveness for the coin $15 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage Blanc (Crozes Hermitage): A tiny bit of Roussanne, a bunch of Marsanne, and a whole lotta muscle. $15 B >>find this wine<<
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In The Pink (April 2017 Wine Product Roundup)

Vinted on April 27, 2017 binned in wine books, wine products

rose wine Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan

Closing out the fourth month of 2017’s spin around the sun here on 1WD means that it’s time for the monthly look at the wine product samples that we can’t drink (at least, not without the use of a blender, and not without probably being rushed to the hospital afterward).

For April, I’ve got only one recommendation, and once again it’s a wine book (because, hey, the market needed more of those, right?): Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan’s Rosé Wine: The Guide to Drinking Pink (Sterling Epicure, 184 pages, about $20).

Full disclosure: I consider Simonetti-Bryan to be like the childhood tomboy friend that I never had, and  drink rosé wines all year long (and think that you should, too); so my take on this MW’s latest written release might be a tad biased.

In any case, there’s a lot to like about Rosé Wine, starting with the attractive layout and the hold-it-in-one-hand-while-drinking-a-glass-of-rosé-with-the-other design. This is a book very much geared towards beginners who love rosé, and want to take a deeper dive into it without getting the mental bends. A good portion of the book is devoted to understanding how rosé wine is made, why it’s popular, and what to expect from the various sub-styles on offer in the market (with solid recommendations in each that helpfully include label shots).

Simonetti-Bryan is a bit of a self-professed geek, and it’s nice to see how deftly and entertainingly she weaves that geekiness into the sidebar elements of Rosé Wine. For example, she offers advice on the proper use of the word varietal, facts and figures on moderate alcohol consumption, tidbits on wine region trivia, and results of wine-related scientific studies, all in helpful contexts and in a decidedly non-douchebaggy writing voice.

Is Simonetti-Bryan cashing in on the current market love affair with rosé with this book? Sort of, but that’s a minor cavil to levy against Rosé Wine, particularly when you consider how helpful and entertaining it will be to the novice rosé fan (and when you consider just how little coin wine books net for their authors in general).

Cheers!

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For April 24, 2017

Vinted on April 24, 2017 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!

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