Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For May 16, 2016

Vinted on May 16, 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!

  • 13 Dutton-Goldfield Emerald Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir (Green Valley): Blueberries and violets, starring as a not-so-odd couple. $62 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Cherry Ridge Syrah (Russian River Valley): That is one hella-good Northern Rhone impersonation. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): What we really, REALLY need now are soft-shell crab sandwiches. $38 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Dutton-Goldfield Walker Hill Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): I think that the word we're looking for here is "triumph." $50 A >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Le Charmel Cotes de Provence Rose (Cotes de Provence): If a wine could belt out an extended Deee-Lite dance club mix, it'd be this. $13 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Hickinbotham Brooks Road Shiraz (McLaren Vale): Single vineyard, singularly focused; and for us, a powerfully multilayered payoff. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Capture Wines Tradition Sauvignon Blanc (Lake County – Sonoma County): Successfully captures the territory between rich & vibrant. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Galerie Latro Cabernet Sauvignon (Knights Valley): Might be the valley of Knights, but the juice is pretty much king-worthy. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Galerie Terracea Spring Mountain Riesling (Napa Valley): From "this smells really nice" to "fill that glass back up" in seconds. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Mt. Brave Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Plums for minutes, spices & blueberry for hours, violets and silk for days. $75 A- >>find this wine<<



I Have Hate, But I Still Love (Italian White Wine Grapes For

Vinted on May 12, 2016 binned in going pro, Italian Wine

As I’m recovering from mouth surgery, I am currently into my second consecutive week without a sip of vino. This scenario has created something angry and sinister very deep inside my psyche; the type of thing that is best left in its evil slumber and not forced upon the fragile, gossamer-like veil that separates what we know of as civilized society from its dark, savage underbelly.


So, yeah, I have some hate happening.

As a result, I am waaaaaay behind on writing up my recent wine travels, finishing up my paying gigs, tasting through samples, and what-have-you.

Despite the angry railing against the heavens, I did manage to pen a little love letter to some of my favorite Italian white wine grapes for, titled The Grapes Behind Italian White Wines. Long-time 1WD readers will not be surprised to find Fiano and Carricante on that list. The full-on infographic format of the article is embedded below after the jump, but the curious among you will want to head over to for the Full Monty on the article, which contains some geek-tastic bits of history and trivia about the grapes, and about Italian wine in general.


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Cabfest For The Eyes (Napa Valley Cabernets Available For Pre-order)

Vinted on May 10, 2016 binned in going pro, wine books


 Napa Valley Cabernets book 1

image: Insight Editions

I often joke that I’m a shining example of how not to run a freelancing career. For starters, here on 1WD, I write about whatever moves me (rather than the conventional “discover what your audience wants and tailor to suit” style of blogging that is apparently much more likely to attract pageviews), and I do so in ways that actively explodes standard wine writing constructs, putting the pieces back together in any way that I deem fit. And let’s not talk about my penchant for run-on sentences.

I also have done embarrassingly little in terms of hustling for work. Every once in a while, something awesome seems to fall into my lap (yes, I consider myself blessed… as well as kind of stupid…).

Such was the case when I got a call to author the foreword to an upcoming hardcover book celebrating some of the best purveyors of Napa Valley Cabernet (who were recently highlighted at the CabFest 2016 event), joining wine PR maven (and very good writer) Lisa Adams Walter, who penned the introduction.

 Napa Valley Cabernets book 2

image: Insight Editions

For about $25, you can now pre-order a copy of the book, titled Napa Valley Cabernets: The Best of California’s Wine Country, which will be released by Insight Editions on September 27, 2016.

If you dig NV Cab, I think that you’ll love everything about this book. Having seen the digital preview, I can tell you that the layout and photos are gorgeous, but then if you’d expect anything less from photographer Bob McClenahan (who more-or-less specializes in capturing gorgeous imagery in the Valley), then you’re not probably paying much attention to CA-wine-related publications these days. Some of the best Cab producers in Napa Valley (and, I’d argue, by extension, the world) will be featured in its pages.

You can pre-order Napa Valley Cabernets: The Best of California’s Wine Country here.





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