Big News: Come With Me To Rioja in November, Lushes!

Vinted on February 3, 2015 binned in wine industry events, wine tasting

I’ve got some huge news for you fine wine-&-travel-lovin’ folk!

This November, I’ll be co-hosting a wine-soaked jaunt to Rioja wine country with esteemed wine writer Ben Weinberg. And hopefully, YOU will be along for the ride!

I’m pretty stoked to be working with Ben on this, and for the opportunity to show you the vinous, cultural, and culinary wonder that is Rioja.

There’s much I could write about the awesomeness that will be encountered on this tour, but the high-level summary is that by joining us, you will get the insider, VIP treatment in Rioja wine country, without having to do an of the work (wine writing, reviewing, spitting) that Ben and I normally have to do to get the same. Score!

You can check out all of the details at If it whets your appetite / blows your skirt up / etc., then download the Preliminary Itinerary and Booking Form to get started. You can, of course, always contact Ben or me for more details. For more on Rioja in general, take a gander through the past here at 1WD land. A bit more detail about our upcoming Rioja jaunt is available in video form below after the jump.

This is going to be an entertaining, informative, and incredibly FUN trip. You’ll need to prepare your wallet, your mind, and your liver for this incredible jaunt…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For February 2, 2015

Vinted on February 2, 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 Geyser Peak Winery Devil's Inkstand Red (Alexander Valley): Beelzebub's a decent writer, crafting a long dark fruited, herbal tale $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Champagne Ayala Brut Nature (Champagne): Steely, moody, easy to misunderstand, & in search of open-minded palates & souls. $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Ferrari-Carano Middleridge Ranch Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley): A nuanced, complex, and overall fascinating dining companion. $55 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Dylan's Ghost Stags Leap Ranch Proprietary Red (Napa Valley): All scaffolding now, but what's "coming soon" looks mighty enticing. $55 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): You've been hit by a very smooth Cabernet criminal, indeed. Dang gone it! $38 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Sequoia Grove Chardonnay (Napa Valley): A touch of heat doesn't spoil the prettiness of the flickering flame in this bonfire. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Pierre-Marie Chermette Domaine du Vissoux Les Trois Roches Moulin-a-Vent (Beaujolais): A heap of funky, bright, & peppery bliss. $29 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Lieb Cellars North Fork Blanc de Blancs (Long Island): Apples, doing their best interpretation of that clay scene from Ghost. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Pina Firehouse Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Silky, sultry, & serious; & it spruces things up with violets $90 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Stemmari Dalila White (Terre Siciliane): How do you argue with such a long, nutty expression? By shutting up & not arguing. $14 B+ >>find this wine<<



Furmint Adventures Episode 4: Paulay Winery

Vinted on January 29, 2015 binned in 1WineDude TV, going pro, on the road

In episode four of my Hungarian jaunt in search of dry Furmint, I visit Paulay Winery and guest house.  Yeah, the sertting is just as pretty as all of the previous Tokaj stops. Feel free to hate me!



The owners of Paulay (the Hudáks, who you will “meet” in the video below), have both a pretty and a pretty interesting site on their hands. First, their guest house is  the former home of the 19th century playwright Ede Paulay, a celebrated figure in Hungarian history. Second, they’ve mirrored the historical connection in their tiny, steep vineyard, by experimenting with some traditional, pre-phylloxera grape varieties. And finally, while they’ve got a typically awesome moldy Hungarian cellar for aging their wines, their soil isn’t typical of the region.

Basically, it’s a wine geek’s Hungarian trifecta!

So… another beautiful landscape with historical vinous significance in Tokaj. I wish that I could tell you that makes this episode special, but I’m pretty sure you’re going to see quite a few more beautiful landscapes with historical significance before this is all over. Enjoy…

Furmint Adventures – Episode 4.: Paulay Winery





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