Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For March 9, 2015

Vinted on March 9, 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!

  • 11 Selendi Artist's Series Red Blend (Aegean Region): A work of art splayed in spice, vibrancy, juiciness, & textured berry fruits. $65 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Turasan Kalecik Karasi (Cappodocia): Overachiever that won't accept a No from you on its herbs, red currants, & no-nonsense grip. $15 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Turasan Emir (Cappadocia): A tasty way to fake out your wine geek friends, who will swear they are drinking a nice Torrontes… $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Vinkara Narince Reserve (Black Sea): Love child of zesty Pinot Grigio & creamy California Chardonnay, with a bit of extra bite. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Vinkara Narince (Black Sea): Perk up, people; here's some piquant pineapple preferring a pleasing palate of oily, and pithy purity. $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel (Sonoma County): Not always showing its full hand, but never, ever displaying bad manners. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 M. Chapoutier Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Rose (Pays d'Oc): And then the pink grapefruit stopped laughing & began to get *serious*… $13 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Landmark Vineyards Overlook Chardonnay (Sonoma County): Apples, honey, marzipan, all generally square dancing well in time. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Foris Rogue Valley Riesling (Rogue Valley): Dependably, delightfully, delicately delicious; gives lots, generally asks for little $14 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Domaine Diochon Moulin-a-Vent Vieilles Vignes (Beaujolais): When strawberries get wild, delicious, inked up, & act like bad-asses. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<



Highlights From #Vino2015

Paneling wine + music at VINO2015

Paneling wine + music at VINO2015

I am, as I’ve noted ad nauseam lately, insanely behind on my producer/feature write-ups. That streak continues unabated at the moment, but this time it’s in favor of actually bringing you some vino recommendation (you’re welcome!).

I recently had the great pleasure of being a panelist speaker at the enormous VINO215 Italian wine trade and tasting event in NYC. I’ll get to some highlights from the tastings in a few moments, but first I wanted to tell you with as much humility as I could muster that my panel TOTALLY KILLED IT. I mean, look… we had… THIS:

That’s just Awesome with a capital A, (in the words of Martin Short’s Ed Grimley) “I must say!

Which is, of course, my humorous attempt to tell you that I thought that my fellow panelists and moderator totally killed it in talking about the intersection of wine and music, and that I was basically just trying to keep up with them.

Of course, VINO2015 was chock-full of enough tasting opportunities to pickle all of your livers several times over, and so here are my takes on a few that turned my wine-geek-critic-type-guy head (with apologies in advance to the VINO2015 organizers, who focused on Southern Italy, while I apparently focused on Northern Italy, as you’ll soon see). Also, for those of you complainy-pants who constantly moan that I never talk about inexpensive wines, this your chance to bite it! (I mean that respectfully… I think…)…

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Furmint Adventures Episode 9: Majoros Estate

Vinted on March 4, 2015 binned in 1WineDude TV, on the road

Say, riddle me this, Batman: where else are you going to get Hungarian Furmint coverage coupled with quotes from Terminator 2?

Nowhere, beeeeeeach, that’s where!

Join me on the next episode of my Tokaj jaunt as I visit the cellar of Majoros Estate, and introduce you to The Furmintator!

Furmint Adventures: Episode 9 Majoros Estate





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