Sangria Is For (Wine) Lovers

Vinted on April 21, 2015 binned in going pro, wine tips

It might not yet be quite hot enough outside for this topic, but the good folks over at have published my take on Sangria (that most warm weather of wine-related beverages), complete with their always-on-point graphical talents (which often make the majority of my accompanying words superfluous, but hey, they’re paying so I’m not complaining).



Personally, it takes a *mighty* fine Sangria to sway the taste buds of this particular wine lover, but I’m nowhere near snobbish enough not to find enjoyment in a good one. Hopefully, the guide will maximize your chances of mixing up a superior Sangria batch, as we provide some tips on what to try (and what to avoid) when utilizing different wine styles as your Summertime liquid fun base material.

The full awesomeness of’s Sangria infographic are below after the jump, with the full article available at Enjoy (responsibly)!


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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For April 20, 2015

Vinted on April 20, 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 Fulcrum Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley): It most certainly smokes them, because it most certainly has got them. $55 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Fulcrum Landy Vineyard Petite Sirah (Russian River Valley): Remember the Sara Ramirez Got Milk ad? It's pretty sexy like that. $42 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Hickinbotham Trueman Cabernet Sauvignon (McLaren Vale): You'll need pencil sharpeners & plenty of coin for all the graphite here. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Hickinbotham The Revivalist Merlot (McLaren Vale): Alive, earthy, excellent, and above all else, eccentric and damned proud of it. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Hickinbotham Brooks Road Shiraz (McLaren Vale): Brooding, brawny, berry-filled, and clearly built for a big, long haul. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Hickinbotham The Peake Cabernet Shiraz (McLaren Vale): Like attending The Who's Live At Leeds performance & not being on LSD. $150 A >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Wind Racer Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): A long, leathery – and warm – ride in search of fresh game. $50 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Wind Racer Chardonnay (Anderson Valley): Honey and flowers? Hell yeah, that's usually – as it is here – pretty hard to pass up. $40 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Rose (Sancerre): Fresh strawberries, authentic and sparing pretty much nothing; vines, leaves, and all. $23 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Melka Wines CJ Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Almost no one does the CA big, generous, & luxuriant thing a turn better. $65 A- >>find this wine<<



Science Has Not Really Spoken (On The Study Of Big Flavor Wines)

Vinted on April 15, 2015 binned in commentary, wine news

Ok, geeks; REMAIN CALM.

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That’s the message we need to repeat to our geeky wine selves after reading the article “Science has spoken: Big wine doesn’t mean more flavour” by Beppi Crosariol in The Globe and Mail.

In case you missed it, the scoop is that a rather cleverly executed experiment involving 26 “relatively inexperienced wine consumers” who tasted wine and had their noggins MRI scanned revealed that those tasters had a bit more brain activity happening when the wines that they tasted were lighter-bodied and lower in alcohol.

To the tape:

“Contrary to prevailing wine-industry wisdom that most consumers prefer brawn to finesse, the scanner revealed startling images. There was greater activity in the taste-processing regions while the subjects drank the lighter wines. The implication: Lower alcohol encourages stronger attention to aroma and flavour nuances.”

Is this finding interesting? Hell yes.

Is it definitive enough that we can draw any serious conclusions from it? HELL NO!

Also, even if we did draw conclusions from this study, I am not sure those conclusions are where are focus should actually be trained…

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