Question: What do you get when you cross a law-school trained producer of films and commercials with a former professional mountain snowboarder?
In the case of Tanner Dafoe (named after Jeff Tanner and Rob DaFoe, the producer and snowboarder, respectively), you get some fairly complete and substantial Cabernet Sauvignon priced like the California cult red that it is, only (blessedly) with more acid.
What, you didn’t see that one coming?
That Tanner Dafoe can price their (very) small production wines (less than 200 cases for the most part) the way that they do (over $100 per bottle), and yet produce Santa Ynez Valley Cab so complex that the lofty price tag seems justified, is a bit of a minor miracle in the high-end CA wine world. Based on the uncorked contents of a large wooden box full of samples that I received recently from this duo, the hype surrounding their mini-cult endeavor ought to be entertained seriously, if not believed outright.
Even if the guys look like a pair of Metallica or Rolling Stones roadies (sorry, somebody had to say it… c’mon, just look at that picture!)…
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[ Warning: This post has very little to do about wine. But, it might just help to make you a millionaire. Your mileage may vary. ]
Back in March, when I let the cat out of the bag on my personal financial situation, I got a lot of interesting reactions. Most of them were of the attah-boy! variety, but since that time there’s been no shortage of questions coming to me in private about it.
Most of those are some variation on the theme: “how the f*ck did you do that?!??”
I am here today to tell you everything that I know about investing. Interestingly, I learned the most important aspects of it from tasting wine, though I am not trying to fool anyone that one will lead to the other in any meaningful way.
The bottom line is that after spending some countless hours delving deep into the pits of wine and tasting knowledge, I emerged in nearly the same place where I began, which is to approach the topic humbly, simply, and with a plan that lets me tune out the “noise” of scores or similar attempts at taste-making / gate-keeping that purport to tell me what is “right” or “wrong” to drink. When it comes to personal satisfaction, 90% of what we see in terms of wine coverage is more or less “wine porn.”
And after spending the last two years delving deep into the pots of investing and finance knowledge, I’ve come to the conclusion that successful investing requires almost exactly the same approach: ignore the porn.
Ah, simplicity, thy name is investing!
Here’s the skinny on how (in my somewhat learned opinion) 90% of those reading this can find success and wealth through investing…
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- 13 Pebblestone Cellars Ellis Vineyards Block 9 Viognier (Rogue Valley): Floral, fruity, fresh, flamboyant, fun, fine, & flirtatious. $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 13 Cowhorn Vineyards Spiral 36 White (Applegate Valley): Honey-dipped tropical fruits, crisp in attitude & searching for fine cheeses $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 12 The Pines 1852 Syrah (Columbia Gorge): Gamey meat done up right on an iron skillet, with pinches of wood, freshness & character. $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 12 Viento Annala Vineyard Pinot Noir (Columbia Gorge): Rosy, peppery & pretty; what it lacks in oomph, it makes up for in character. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
- 11 Viento Riesling (Columbia Gorge): Petrol & pears, limes & litheness, nuts & no-nonsense, lovely & long; a beauty & a bargain. $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 12 Phelps Creek Vineyards Cuvee Alexandrine Pinot Noir (Columbia Gorge): Quite fond of rose-hips, smoke, leather & its own sexiness. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
- 13 Phelps Creek Sauvignon Blanc (Columbia Gorge): The Gorge does its best NZ impersonation, & it's a darn fleshy & entertaining one. $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 08 Joseph Drouhin Gevery-Chambertin Premier Cru Champeaux (Gevery-Chambertin): Crazy pretty, but hiding its true feelings for now. $75 A >>find this wine<<
- 11 Talley Vineyards Rincon Vineyard Pinot Noir (Arroyo Grande Valley): Cocoa, tea & leather, served up with grip, poise & attitude. $55 A- >>find this wine<<
- 11 Jean-Marc Brocard Bougros Chablis Grand Cru (Chablis): Unquestionably low octane & unquestionably gorgeous as it drives off slowly $58 A- >>find this wine<<
- 11 Brandl Heiligenstein Erste Lage Reserve Riesling (Kamptal): Reserve it for yourself if you happen to have thirsty dinner guests. $34 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 11 Tanner Dafoe Rogue's Blend (Santa Ynez Valley): A rogue it may be, but this rogue is practically Errol Flynn levels of dashing. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
As you read this, I’ll be in Hungary, a trip of which half is a curated media tour, and half a working stint doing video interview stuff that I will discuss later, but about which I am particularly excited (not just because it’s a paying gig, but also because it involves one of my personal fave white wine grapes, one that is seriously underrated and underrepresented in the U.S. market at the moment; much more to come on all of that soon).
Today, I’m going to be talking about a different paying gig that I recently took on, and a previous media jaunt.
The gig is a monthly run over at Snooth.com, and in the first installment (for the September “edition”) I dish on some of my favorite wines from the the IPNC 2014 alfresco tasting, held in the pre-dinner hours on both days of that event (the next installment will be on Chablis… I know, life is hard, right?). I also photo-bomb Sokol Blosser’s vineyard view in that piece (sorry, guys!).
Now, the Snooth article is only so long, and I found myself with a smattering of other fine Pinots about which I wanted to pontificate, but for which we just didn’t have enough room in that first article. And since this is my blog and I can pretty much do whatever the hell I want here, today we’ll be pontificating on those leftovers, which are themselves totally capable of making a superb, captivating meal. Think of them as the post-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich lunch of IPNC 2014 Pinots…
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