Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For March 14, 2016

Vinted on March 14, 2016 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!

  • 13 Estate Crush Bechthold Vineyard Cinsault (Lodi): The vines might be ancient, but there's nothing but youthful verve to be found. $27 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 La Valle Franciacorta Rose Brut (Franciacorta): Dressed to the nines, but its soul prefers jeans & a slightly less cleaner image. $55 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Trapiche Broquel Malbec (Mendoza): Getting more oak than you bargained for, but also more spicy enjoyment than you deserved. $16 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 La Mozza Morellino I Perazzi (Morellino di Scansano): Your gourmet pizza has a new boyfriend, & he's stable & really, really cool. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Fields Family Wines Sherman Family Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi): Reticent now, exceptional later; consider this one a steal $26 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Rodney Strong Reserve Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Not reserved, but amply fruity & definitely strong; Pinot for Cab lovers $45 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Donnafugata Ben Rye Edizione Limitata (Passito Di Pantelleria): Bronze, luxuriant, focused, complex, haughty, & probably expensive. $NA A >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Nieto Senetiner Don Nicanor Malbec (Mendoza): Smoked meat, with stewed plums, spice, & cloves taking side roles as the garnish. $19 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Francois Montand Rose Brut (France): Not nasty or brutish – actually, fruity and exuberant – but it is most definitely short.$15 B >>find this wine<<



I Find Your Lack Of Impromptu Opera Singing Disturbing (VINO2016 Highlights)

Last month, I was a media guest for VINO2016, the annual Italian multi-day info-tasting event held in New York City.

As it was last year, this year’s incarnation proved an enlightening experience, both in terms of the breadth of Italian wine offerings not yet widely available Stateside, and in the informative nature of the panel discussions. I can, however, tell you – with the requisite amount of false humility – that nothing in VINO2016 compared to the epic-ness of my panel last year, which included impromptu opera singing.

Vittorio Moretti

Vittorio Moretti, about to crack open some awesomeness (more on that in a few minutes)

But still, an informative event for both palate and brain. Also, how often does a guy like me get to shake down other attendees such as legendary wine educator Kevin Zraly for money (more on that development in the coming months)?

Anyway, let’s get to the vinous stars of the VINO2016 showcase…

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Furmint Adventures Episode 14: Béres Winery

Vinted on March 8, 2016 binned in 1WineDude TV, on the road

The 14th (holy crap! have we really done fourteen of these already?!??) episode of my Furmint Adventures has recently been published, so I’m sharing it here to give you a five-or-so-minute distraction from working.

And a beautiful distraction it is.

Beres winery

Hungary’s Béres Winery has recently won awards for its construction, and their vineyard site is among one of the most gorgeous that I’ve ever encountered in the wine world (and the wine world is, if anything, not short on gorgeous locations). You’ll see what I mean in the first 50 seconds when you watch the video.

I’m really happy at how this video turned out, not just because I’m also again joined by Master Somm Peter Granoff, and not just because the wines were such excellent examples of dry Furmint (their sweet wines are killer, too), but also because the folks behind Béres seem to be genuinely lovely people (the kind that you want to see succeed).


Furmint Adventures – Episode 14.: Béres Winery





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