And You Were Expecting What, Exactly? (Lugana Highlights From L’Anteprima Lazise 2016)

Vinted on May 26, 2016 binned in crowd pleaser wines, elegant wines, on the road, sexy wines, wine review
Lake Garda

Nonplussed on Lake Garda (I think this is swan for “F*ck off”)

Back in March (yeah, yeah, I know…) I attended, as a media guest, the 2016 edition of the well-executed but unfortunately-named L’Anteprima Lazise (seriously… how many of you knew that was a town near Lake Garda in N. Italy?).  The event marked the first time that the nearby winemaking regions of Chiaretto, Lugana, and Bardolino all shared a single en premier style event, with an early showcase of what the 2015 vintage for each had to offer.

You might expect, then, that I’d discuss the vagaries of the vintage, with an extensive run-down of what wines fared best in 2015 for those regions. Along with an exposé on the amazing food and beauty of the area (the two exist, for sure, and in abundance). To wit:

And you’d be very wrong, because this is me, and this is 1WD; if you came here expecting what everyone else is doing, then you’re almost as crazy as I am.

And while I can certainly recommend some 2015s for you (during blind tastings, I particularly enjoyed the Luganas from Avanzi, Bolla, Citari, Le Morette, and Olivini), and tell you that I like where the drier style of Chiaretto rosés are headed in general, I am instead going to focus exclusively on Lugana, and only on three wines.

Cue the quote from Airplane

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Okay, So You Knew This Was Coming (Italian Red Wine Grapes For

Vinted on May 24, 2016 binned in going pro, Italian Wine Italian Red Grapes


In what will come as a surprise to no one, has published the companion piece to my Italian White Wine Grapes article, The Grapes Behind Italian Red Wines.

That one definitely fits right into the saw-it-coming-from-a-mile-away-bro category.

Having said that, I think that the geeky among you will be pleasantly surprised by my grape picks from central Italy on down. And can we get a major shout-out to the graphics team here? I mean, they did a killer job of representing the different grapes and their flavors (check out what the did for minerality… just… awesome).

The full infographic is embedded below for your enjoyment, but you’ll need to head on over to for the full text.


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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For May 23, 2016

Vinted on May 23, 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!

  • 92 Barbeito Frasqueira Sercial Madeira (Madeira): Like munching salted caramels by the sea, while getting the world's best massage. $170 A >>find this wine<<
  • 92 Barbeito Boal Frasqueira Madeira (Madeira): Brand new high-end, polished wood cabinet, filled to the brim with spices & figs. $165 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 98 Blandy's Colheita Verdelho Madeira (Madeira): It hits your mouth, & you momentarily forget the crushing depression of mortality. $80 A >>find this wine<<
  • 98 Blandy's Colheita Sercial Madeira (Madeira): Portuguese vinous version of a philosophical debate about the nature of consciousness $80 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Blandy's 10 Year Old Bual (Madeira): Caramel that decided to get down and dirty, much to your sweet tooth's future delight. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 64 Justino's Malvasia Vintage Madeira (Madeira): The kind of art that won't give a rat's ass whether or not you're ready to like it. $325 A >>find this wine<<
  • 64 Justino's Boal Vintage Madeira (Madeira): Kind of like simultaneously experiencing the entire dessert table at Christmas dinner. $150 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 96 Justino's Colheita Madeira (Madeira): Totally nutty, and yet totally focused. So, basically, it's the Dr. Emmett Brown of desserts $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 95 Justino's Colheita Madeira (Madeira): A bottled magic trick – balancing delicate spices on top of 113 grams of residual sugar. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Justino's 10 Year Old Terrantez Medium Dry (Madeira): How often do you get to combine the fake words Superfresh and Superelegant? $NA A- >>find this wine<<



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