Burdened With Glorious Purpose (Livio Felluga Terre Alte 2011)

Vinted on November 20, 2014 binned in elegant wines, wine review

It’s been a while since I bitched and moaned about tasting (okay, and drinking) wines long before “their time.” So I think we can both agree that I am due for a repeat.

The trouble is, in the words of Loki, “I am burdened with glorious purpose!” when it comes to wine criticism. Generally, I’m supposed to taste vino, ascertain where it sits on the quality spectrum from worst to best in the world, taking into account where it’s from, what it’s made of, and when it was crafted, and guessing at the intentions of those who made it, then make a determination of a recommendation (or not), including guessing when it will likely be drinking at its best, even though that last part is almost entirely subjective.

Easy, right?

It also makes the “job” bittersweet, in that occasionally I run into a bottle from the sample pool that is excellent and downright stunning, enjoyable now but teasing at how, given X amount years of further bottle repose, the constituent elements might come together to offer something even more compelling.

It’s the “f*ck!-this-tastes-great-now-dammit-why-couldn’t-I–have-waited?!??” syndrome. First World problem, yes. But doesn’t make the tinge of regret any easier to bear, probably because I am a weakling.

Anyway, before I flagellate myself over this and you start playing sad songs on the world’s smallest violin, let’s talk about the stunner…

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Pucker Up (Talking Tannins For Publix Grape Magazine Winter 2014)

Vinted on November 18, 2014 binned in going pro, learning wine

Winter is nigh (sorry, peeps, face into it), bringing with it the 2014 Winter edition of Publix Grape Magazine.

I’m still fortunate enough to be penning items for Grape, including this time out several wine pairing write-ups, including desserts and other seasonal recipes. So, if you’re hankering to know what supermarket wines might pair up with a Double Apple Crisp with Salted Bourbon Caramel Sauce, or Squash & Lentil Salad with Hazelnut Vinaigrette, you’ll want to head over to one of their locations and check out the issue (try not to drool over the food porn too much, okay?).

For this issue, I’ve also provided an introduction to the topic of wine tannins (including a primer on which grapes have lower / higher pucker-up tannin potential, from Gamay to Tannat) for their In Focus section.

You can subscribe to Grape (for free) to check it out.

Just make sure to have your pucker face ready.

If you need a break from all that palate-ripping tannin talk, head over to my article section on Snooth.com where you can find a primer (and recommendations) on the different levels Chablis (and its palate-ripping acidity).





Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For November 17, 2014

Vinted on November 17, 2014 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 Szent Tamas 3909 (Tokaji): This zip code is an upscale, respectable & sweet, orange blossom-lined neighborhood for late harvest. $NA A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Szent Tamas Szent Tamas Furmint (Tokaji): For some wines, the minerality quotient must be measured not in stones, but in boulders. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Szent Tamas Percze Furmint (Tokaji): Sooo linear. Sooo lovely. Sooo elegant. Sooo lively. Sooo heady. And sooooooo damn young. $35 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 06 Dobogo Tokaji Aszu 6 Puttonyos (Tokaj-Hegyalja): Sort of like edible liquid gold, only with sides of flowers, orange peel & tea. $85 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Dobogo Mylitta (Tokaji): I'm picturing the words "Sultana, sultana," only being sung to the tune of Toto's Rosanna. But I'm weird. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Dobogo Furmint (Tokaji): Tangerines & citrus zest, moving in straight, determined lines, their GPS coordinates set for Freshville. $16 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Viento Underwood Mountain Vineyards Gruner Veltliner (Columbia Gorge): Everything but the meat, from veggies to fruit to bread. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Maysara Asha Pinot Noir (McMinnville): Grab a few handfuls of chewy, savory, sour cherries, and then join in the proceedings. $39 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Cliff Creek Cellars Claret (Southern Oregon): Sheets of red fruits & cardamom, all hung up with savory, tannic threads. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Brandborg Ferris Wheel Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir (Elkton): Packing surprising levels of oomph for having such a light step. $38 B+ >>find this wine<<



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