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Going Native (In NYC, D.C. And Glossy) With Wines Of Crete

Vinted on June 3, 2014 binned in wine industry events
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This Summer, I’ll once again become an honorary Cretan.

For starters, next week I’ll be working with Wines of Crete in leading two trade and media educational seminars and tastings on the native grape varieties of the twelve recognized PDO and PGI designations of one of Greece’s largest and most dynamic (and challenged!) winemaking regions. The tastings will be blind, and will focus almost entirely on the varieties themselves, most of which will be totally unfamiliar even to the geekiest of wine geeks. fro that perspective alone, it ought to get very interesting, particularly at the lunches and tastings that will follow the seminars. Anyway, those events are invitation-only, so if you can go, you already know about it, and I look forward to you heckling me in NYC or D.C.!

I am fairly sure I got that gig because I’m one of the few U.S.-based wine people who’ve actually been to Crete and then said anything about it. As some of you reading this might recall, when I first visited the island in 2012, it was on assignment for an article idea I’d agreed with the now-defunct glossy Sommelier Journal. After SJ went belly-up, I’d briefly contemplated posting that article here on 1WD, but the voice and tone was tailored for SJ’s glossy style, and just didn’t fit the frenetic psychosis of my normal style of writing on these virtual pages.

So instead I reached out to the new SOMM Journal, and I’m happy to report that the Crete feature will appear in the August issue of that newly revitalized masthead (assuming they don’t also go belly-up this Summer; it’s not likely with their much expanded readership base, but hey, anything’s possible in the print world right now).

More to come on all of that that when the article (which focuses on the island’s most progressive producers, and the ironies in Crete’s battle to get its fine wines – which once ruled the Mediterranean commerce world – onto the modern global marketplace) finally sees the light of day, a year later than originally planned. Welcome to the wine biz, right?

Cheers!

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For June 2, 2014

Vinted on June 2, 2014 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!

  • 10 Doyenne Grand Ciel Vineyard Syrah (Red Mountain): Smooth leather, modern silkiness, and revving an engine that's a little hot. $65 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Delille Cellars Grand Ciel Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain): The fruit is deeper than a canyon, with modern, sexy adornments. $150 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Betz Family Winery Pere de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon (columbia Valley): All that scaffolding? It's holding a ton of dried herbs. $85 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Betz Family Winery La Cote Patriarche Syrah (Yakima Valley): Tale of 2 cities; one peppery & bright, the other brooding & dark. $70 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Betz Family Winery Besoleil Red (Columbia Valley): Somehow, the kitchen sink red blend just got insanely, spicily interesting. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Delille Cellars D2 Red (Columbia Valley): Big, sexy, sexy, sexy, sexy, sexy, sexy ass Merlot; did we mention sexy? Well, it's sexy $40 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate Blanc (Columbia Valley): Don't mistake subdued entry as standoffish; it's more stately than snobby. $37 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Doyenne Winemaker’s Select Roussanne (Red Mountain): Silky, fruity heft that's also, paradoxically, floral, lively and lithe. $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Col Solare Red (Red Mountain): Wound up like a clock spring, but should uncoil slowly – & nicely – given the requisite patience. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Tamarack Counoise (Red Mountain): Proudly – & maybe even defiantly – sporting its rustic threads in a tasty and structured manner. $24 B >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Tamarack Cellars Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Reserve Red (Red Mountain): Tart, tannic, and taking you out for some high-end soy sauce. $50 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Tamarack Cellars Reserve Syrah (Red Mountain): Meaty, mineral, & mad about saline; odd, for sure, but undeniably authentic, too. $40 B+ >>find this wine<<

Enthralled With Pinot Noir (Thralls Family Cellars Recent Releases)

Vinted on May 29, 2014 binned in elegant wines, overachiever wines, wine review

It’s funny (as in “refreshingly interesting,” and not as in “ha-ha, I almost peed my pants!” or “ewww, well… that’s weird) how success in the wine business keeps getting redefined and reinvented.

To wit: by now, we shouldn’t be surprised that we’re seeing wine lovers migrate from the online wine world into viable writing and winemaking careers, but for whatever reason the Hardy-Wallace-type stories still seem oddly out of place in the wine biz. Oh, wait, it’s for “whatever” reason; the reason is that the wine world is still woefully behind on understanding that the online world is populated by actual human beings with actual passions, talents, and funding. Okay, whatever.

We can add another online-wine-wonk-to-promising-offline-wine-producer story to that growing lineup: that of Ed Thralls, who recently sent me samples of his personal project, Thralls Family Cellars.

A refugee from the east-coast (Atlanta) financial tech industry, Thralls was blogging and tweeting at the handle @WineTonite for some time, all the while building up real-world wine chops through an internship at Holdredge Wines, a stint in the Viticulture & Enology program at UC-Davis, and completion of the Certified Specialist of Wine qualification.

The result of Ed’s foray into personal wine branding is tiny quantities of Pinot Noir juice crafted from grapes purchased from interesting spots in Northern California, with an eye towards clonal selection, light use of new French oak, dollops of whole cluster and unfiltered processing, and generally trying to get the results under 14% abv. It’s Pinot that is promising – and elegant – enough that Thralls’ efforts probably ought to be considered for a seat at the “cool kids” table of In Pursuit Of Balance (and similar modern temples to the anti-largeness Pinot crowd; hey, I’m not complaining, I dig both styles)…

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The Rare, The Weird, And The Wonderful (Answers.com Wine Article Roundup, May 2014)

Vinted on May 27, 2014 binned in going pro

It’s that time of month again, when we get all wrapped-up in the wrap-ups. This month over at Wine.Answers.com, I dealt in the rare (and long-overdue), the weird (two kinds, actually), and the wonderful:

 

 

  • The Weird also comes to us by way of reviewing a sample of what I found to be rather odd wine accessory, CulVino’s Air Carafe. I just didn’t quite “get” this one, though I could appreciate where some (primarily those dealing with a lot of fruit flies buzzing around) might find it useful. I’m quite happy to be convinced of the Air Carafe’s usefulness, but I struggled to find a reason to pick one up unless you spend a lot of time drinking vino outside.

 

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