Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For April 13, 2015

Vinted on April 13, 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 Prinz von Hessen H Riesling (Rheingau): Surprising, it's not; totally lemony refreshing, with a fist full of steel, it certainly is $18 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Baron Knyphausen Kiedricher Riesling Kabinett (Rheingau): Flowers, freshness, frantic energy & fortunately not shy on the fullness $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Like your lief on the savory side of things? Well, lucky you that they made this. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Flowers Sea View Ridge Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Rugged but light on its feet; lumberjacks in ballet slippers. $65 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast): The zesty-ness will smack you upside your fool head. And you will like it, fool! $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir (Marlborough): Flexing the finesse, forgetting the haters, and forging itself a lithe, tasty & focused path. $44 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Erste + Neue Kellerei Salt Chardonnay (Alto Adige): By Jove, but there's some sprint left in the old girl yet, my good chap! $11 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 J Vineyards Estate Grown Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Front-&-center creaminess that's a bit too rich for its own blood. $28 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Alta Maria Vineyards Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley): Black tea butterfly kisses; it's pretty much daring you not to like it. $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Alta Maria Vineyards Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley): Uhm, sorry, this couldn't hear you over the sound of how delicious it is. $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
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Winemakers 4 You (The Wine4.Me Interviews)

Vinted on April 9, 2015 binned in going pro, interviews

For the last year or so, I’ve been amassing a nice little collection of winemaker interviews.

Not here on 1WD, mind you, but for one of my gigs with the excellent people at the Wine4.me app team.

Wine4.me interviews

image: Wine4.me

Long-time 1WD readers may recognize Wine4.me as the mobile app incarnation of Vinesleuth, with company whom I spent many an excellent day (and many a fun-filled evening) as one of the experts on their wine tasting panels (the subject of which sparked an interesting debate regarding the repeatability, consistency, and statistical accuracy of wine tasting in general here on these virtual pages).

The winemaker interviews have been part of a series on the Wine4.me blog, in which we try to get inside the head of some of the personalities behind the wines featured in the app’s extensive database. To date, I’ve gotten to run questions by such notable characters as Kim Crawford‘s Anthony Walkenhorst, Ravenswood‘s Joel Peterson, Catena Zapata‘s indefatigable Laura Catena, and fifth generation wine guy (and fellow musician) Karl Wente.

Not a bad lineup!

So consider this a long, long (long!) overdue introduction to that growing body of work.

You can check out all of the interviews at http://wine4.me/author/joe-roberts/. Enjoy!

Cheers!

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Bubbling Over (A Fix.com Guide To Sparkling Wine)

Vinted on April 7, 2015 binned in going pro, learning wine
Fix.com sparkling wine

image: Fix.com

Attention, peeps!

My latest entry for Fix.com is now live; this time, we’re providing an overview of some of the world’s more exciting sparkling wine regions, titled Bubbling Over. See what they did there? Ok, I’ll shut up now.

Once again, the Fix.com crew’s stellar graphics talents are on full display, making the most (and then some!) of my modest attempt at the prose. The full info-graphic is embedded below for your viewing pleasure.

Most of these bubbly regions will be familiar to you geeks, though I think there’s one in there that might come as a slight surprise even to you fabulous wine nerds. Enjoy!

Cheers!

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