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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For August 11, 2014

Vinted on August 11, 2014 binned in wine mini-reviews
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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!

  • 10 Antica Terra Antikythera Pinot Noir (Oregon): The main protagonist is Intensity, supported by a cast of Spices, Tea, & Balsamic. $100 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Antica Terra Angelicall Rose (Eola-Amity Hills): A rose that's like a beautiful math equation, it demands your focus & attention. $75 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Antica Terra Aurata Chardonnay (Willamette Valley): Power, poise, persistence & powerful aromas. Only your wallet will protest. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Kramer Vineyards Celebrate Rose Of Pinot Noir (Yamhill-Carlton): Strawberries for days? Well, strawberries for days it is, then! $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Donnafugata Tancredi (Sicily): Picture the Everly Brothers singing "All I Have To Do Is Dream" but wearing leather & going glam. $44 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Alma Rosa Santa Barbara County Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County): Cream on the outside, lemon on the inside, drink it by a bayside $19 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Alma Rosa Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills): My Pinot's big! I'm not ashamed. Big like a pickle, I'm still gettin' paid $29 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Faust Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): No devilish pacts to here, just crowd-pleasing amounts of rich, tart fruits tangy & herbs. $49 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Alexana Revana Vineyard Riesling (Dundee Hills): Wrapped taught in the high tension – and future promise – of youthful energies. $30 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Sanctuary Heintz Vineyard And Dutton Ranches Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): A sweetie-pie, but at heart she's a contrarian. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Sanctuary Bien Nacido Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley): Full of come-hither rhubarb, & will likely leave a sweet, lingering memory. $40 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Claypool Cellars Sonoma Coast Pinot Nor (Sonoma Coast): Hard to argue with the elegant deliciousness of how this tastes right now $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 02 Cameron Hughes Lot 263 Tempranillo Gran Reserva (Ribera del Duero): Dry as the leather it harkens, but the ride sure is a long one $30 B+ >>find this wine<<

Lower Alcohol Wines Can Still Get You Sh*t-faced (What We Drank With The Greeks, Part III)

Vinted on August 7, 2014 binned in crowd pleaser wines, elegant wines, wine review

If you are under any delusions about lower (under 14% abv) alcohol wines being inherently superior to higher (15% abv and above) alcohol wines, let my recent foray into the lonesome and loathsome territory of sweating profusely from dehydration and feeling nauseous in the middle of the night be a beacon of light guiding you to the truth.

That truth being the fact that wines that clock in at sub-14% abv can also be just as totally unbalanced as 15%+ monsters, and over-consumption of them in good company (followed by glasses of Ouzo) will still do a fine job at getting you sh*t-faced and hung-over. I mean like sweating sheets/buckets hung-over, folks.

Just sayin’. I meant it when I said that the wine alcohol debate was a total red herring that tells us nothing significant or predictive about overall wine quality, balance, potential longevity or getting-you-sh*t-faced potential.

Anyway…

I hereby submit to you three wines from the sample piles to you as evidence of the above, as each is well under 14% abv and delicious (and balanced) enough to promote abundant and quick over-consumption, particularly when imbibed in the presence of great friends like our Greek neighbors (for more on the drinking exploits with those fine folks, see Parts I and Part II)…

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The Wine Blogging Community Is A Joke (But It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way)

Vinted on August 5, 2014 binned in commentary

During the recent Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Barbara, I performed one of the more self-serving actions of my entire life (and that’s saying something, right there). During Corbett Barr’s keynote speech, I clapped deliberately and loudly when Barr told the conference-goers that the wine blogging community needs to do more to work together and foster community. A few seconds of my obnoxious clapping got (more or less) the entire room applauding Barr’s astute comment.

I label that as self-serving because Barr and I spent over an hour on the phone together prior to WBC14, discussing the current state of wine blogging, during which I pressed hard on the fact that too many wine bloggers view themselves as someone apart from the wine blogging community, and, like their wine print brethren, are too competitive and catty and need to share more in rising-tide-lifts-all-boats fashion.

I fear that, based on the blogging about WBC14 that has transpired since that speech, that much of Barr’s wisdom fell on some deaf ears. While we’ve seen a handful of well-reasoned WBC14 criticism and balanced debate about topics such as the conference’s Wine Writers Workshop session, we’ve seen a bit more carping about the conference not meeting expectations, and/or the speakers being too old, too white, too print, too out of touch, too whatever.

WTF?!?? Are you people out of your minds?!???

Folks, if you’re blogging about wine and want to wine blogging to be taken more seriously, then let me tell you something about the state of your writing, and your approach to the wine blogging community: It’s a joke

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For August 4, 2014

Vinted on August 4, 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!

  • 12 Rockpile Pritchett Peaks Vineyard Zinfandel (Rockpile): Like a James Dean, young but full of intense, focused, brooding intent. $38 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Rockpile Jack's Cabin Vineyard Zinfandel (Rockpile): The dusty, smoky, mineral-laden Cab of Zins? Yeah, it's pretty much like that $38 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Rockpile Rockpile Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Rockpile): The kind of kick-ass focus you're only getting from good farming. $42 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 David Caffaro My Zin Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley): Poised and complex, but certainly suffering no lack of rustic bravado, either. $32 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 David Caffaro Terre Melange (Dry Creek Valley): The word we're looking for here? Piquant; that finish pleasantly bites back. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Domaine Wardy Rose du Printemps (Bekka Valley): Cinsault & Syrah that are springing into serious – and downright earthy – life. $12 B >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Donnafugata Contessa Entellina Mille e una Notte (Sicily): A torrid love affair of a red, beguiling, maddening, but never boring. $80 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Rocca Sveva Soave Classico (Soave Classico): And then there were apples. And flowers. And refreshment. And there was much rejoicing $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Ravines Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes): I want everybody in the house to know… I came here tonight to hear the limes go BOOM!!! $17 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Domaine Carneros The Famous Gate Pinot Noir (Carneros): The gate's rightfully famous; it's also made of – & rules with – iron rods $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 M. Chapoutier Banuyls (Banuyls): Do yourself a favor; have the chocolates – and the hangover remedies – ready well in advance. $27 B >>find this wine<<

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