Gobble, Gobble, Mother F–ker! (Turkey Day Wine Survival Guides 2016)

Vinted on November 23, 2016 binned in holidays

Gobble Gobble

Yeah, it’s that time of year. Again.

I know that plenty of people hate Thanksgiving wine pairing articles (because many of you contact me to complain when I write them). The trouble is, just as many of you seem to love the things and ask about them every year.

I almost never give specific wine recommendations for Turkey Day, because there are just too many culinary options on the table for any one wine to handle. It’s best to stick with general guidelines, which happen not to change year-on-year, so from the 1WD perspective, what’s needed to be said on these things has already been said. Which is why I am at the point of recursively recycling the said items that have already been said.

In that spirit, here are two previous articles on the T-Day wine pairing topic, which happen to link to other articles with information that the perennially buzzed among you may find useful (including a recent guide on what and how to gift booze, which many of you may almost certainly find yourself doing on Turkey Day):

Ye Olde Dreaded Thanksgiving Day Wine Article (And Other November Tidbits, Including The Most Talked About Wines Online In 2013)

Gifts For Another Horse’s Mouth (Gifting Alcohol 101 For Fix.com)

Back to more regularly-scheduled programming next week.

Cheers!

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For November 21, 2016

Vinted on November 21, 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!

  • NV Esporao Quinta dos Murcas 10 Year Old Tawny Port (Porto): We're talking box-of-chocolate-covered-caramels levels of imbibery here. $26 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (Oakville): It's impossible to imagine a more worthy toast to RMW's 50th vintage. $155 A >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Maison Joseph Drouhin Drouhin-Vaudon Chablis Premier Cru (Chablis): Coriander & flint happen to be really, really close friends. $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Tongue Dancer Wines Putnam Vineyard Pinot de Ville Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Impossible to open. Just as impossible not to love. $65 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Domaine de Terra Vecchia Clos Poggiale Red (Corse): Brambly red berries that aren't afraid to get dirty wrestling with the wildlife $25 B >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Domaine de Terra Vecchia Clos Poggiale White (Corse): Flowers, mandarins, and lemons, all would up as tight as drum heads. $25 B >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Domaine de Terra Vecchia Ile De Beaute White (Ile de Beaute): Citrus, flowers, herbs, mint, and just way, way, way too much fun. $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Fattoria Viticcio Chianti Classico Riserva (Tuscany): Madly, wildly, dangerously drinkable window into the soul of Tuscan soil. $29 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel (Napa Valley): Bursting out in just about every way, from ripe fruit to spice to raw, boozy power. $36 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Qupe Y Block Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County): Witness here one of the world's small wonders of totally delicious consistency. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
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What We Drank When We Remembered That America Was Already Great

Vinted on November 17, 2016 binned in commentary, elegant wines, kick-ass wines, wine review
Conan 2016

Crom’s chosen candidate!

A good number of people, both within the USA and abroad, read this blog. At times, that includes a lot of the U.S. wine biz, but also many wine lovers and wine insiders abroad. This post is dedicated to all of them.

Look, I’m not gonna sugarcoat this, things have been pretty f*cked up since the 2016 presidential election concluded. Yes, a minority of the population of largely white voters actually replaced a wildly popular sitting president with someone who has never held public office, and has an at-best questionable truth-telling record, among many other distasteful episodes of past behavior. Given Clinton’s shaky popularity, and Trump’s, well, everything, I wouldn’t be surprised if “Conan the barbarian” was written in as a viable alternative on a not-insignificant number of ballots this year.

Sadly, there have been crazies emboldened by the outcome of this recent election; I myself had to Facebook-block a few people, the most abusive of which was a Navy serviceman, which is just profoundly messed up. Even sadder, wine writer Eric Asimov was harassed online, presumably because being Jewish, American, and outspoken is somehow viewed as wrong by a very demented few.

So, yeah, when wine writers – a demographic about whom almost nobody should really care passionately unless they have a glass of vino in hand – are getting harassed, then things are definitely very, very f*cked up. While I certainly understand the need for some drinking right now (two nice recommendations on that coming up soon), I don’t think that the results of the recent election should send anyone into total panic mode. Deep concern, yes; panicked terror, no.

Why not? Because America has faced worse adversity than the political divisions that currently plague us, and we’ve always come out better for those experiences; maybe not immediately, but certainly better in the long run.

The president-elect ran on a campaign slogan to make America great again. Having traveled to and/or worked with people in Canada, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, the UK, Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Austria, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Russia, India, China, and Australia (and that’s not a complete list), I have a bit of a global perspective. And nothing against any of those wonderful places, but there is nowhere that I would rather live than the USA. America is, was, and almost certainly always will be great, not because an elected official tells us so, but because we are a nation that recognizes that we are consistently made better through increased diversity and tolerance, and I have faith that, as such a nation, we have come too far along that path for our course to be permanently diverted. Distracted and delayed, maybe, but not diverted.

At our heart, we’re a band of fighters; we don’t capitulate. Our greatness – our true greatness as a nation – lies in our goodness, and our goodness is almost always in direct proportion to our support of one another, no matter their gender/sexuality/creed/etc.

Hopefully, we can all drink to that; and I’ve got just the wines (from the sample pool) with which to start…

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Gifts For Another Horse’s Mouth (Gifting Alcohol 101 For Fix.com)

Vinted on November 16, 2016 binned in holidays, learning wine
fix.com gifting alcohol

image: fix.com

My latest piece for Fix.com was published this week, and it’s geared towards the When, How, and What of gifting booze.

And not a moment too soon, I think, considering that the holidays are nigh upon us, and that you might have many, many friends who are desperately in need of a stiff drink (for example, the majority of the U.S. electorate after last week’s presidential election).

After being asked by Fix.com to write this piece, I was amazed in my research at how little information is readily available when it comes to gifting alcohol.And that’s likely because it’s fraught with opportunities to drop the ornament ball. As I mentioned in the article, “..why all the gift-giving drama when it comes to booze? After all, isn’t this stuff supposed to be fun? The trickiness comes from a combination of history, culture, and subjective personal preference.”

I’m hoping that this little article contribution helps a few of us to brave the puritanical taboos that might otherwise prevent the booze from flowing generously (but responsibly!) this holiday season. Because, you know, I really don’t want people thinking that they can’t gift booze to me.

Anyway, head on over to Fix.com to read Gifting Alcohol 101 and let me know what you think. Crazy-cool Fix.com infographic awesomeness for this installment is, of course, included below after the jump.

Cheers!

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