Come Heckle Me, Now For Less! (#USBevX Discount Code)

Vinted on October 12, 2016 binned in wine industry events

USBevX DiscountFor those of you considering coming to the USBevX 2017 Wine & Beverage Expo in D.C., you can now attend and heckle me at during either of my workshops for less money!

Just head over to and use the code ROBERTS17 to receive a FREE tradeshow floor pass, or 50% off an all-access conference pass (which includes the tradeshow). Aside from the tradeshow, there’s a great speaker list lined up, with interesting workshop topics that are focused on real-world, practical take-aways, so if you’re in the wine biz be sure to check it out.





Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For October 10, 2016

Vinted on October 10, 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 Virginia Dare Winery Two Arrowheads (Paso Robles): 2 flowery heads – Viognier & Roussanne – that certainly aren't butting heads. $23 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Dierberg Pinot Noir Dierberg Vineyard (Santa Maria Valley): This one must be fretting over bold, nuanced matters of great import. $44 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Dierberg Chardonnay Dierberg Vineyard (Santa Maria Valley): Power and perfume, and probably enough that it ought to cost you more. $32 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Donnafugata Sherazade Nero d'Avola (Sicilia): About as femininely lovely a intro to Sicily's heroic Nero as could be provided. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Donnafugata SurSur Grillo (Sicilia): Fragrantly floral & peachy; cheerfully chirpy &… look, just drink the hell out of it, ok? $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Ernest Vineyards The Bombardier Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast): I guess that you can be bombarded with subtlety & awesomeness. Who knew $42 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare (Central Coast): One of those rare occasions of easy-going likability displayed both inside and out. $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Gerard Bertrand Code Rouge Brut Eternel Blanc de Blancs (Languedoc-Roussillon): Ugly packaging, but not actually ugly drinking. $26 B >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Hecht & Bannier Cotes de Provence Rose (Cotes de Provence): Chalky, cherry-filled, crisp & clean; in other words, a delight. $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Cadaretta Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley): He's a little self-possessed, but damn, he's so well-dressed it's not even funny. $40 A- >>find this wine<<



Wine Me, Beer Dude. Or Is That The Other Way Around? (Wine for Beer Lovers on Good Day Philadelphia)

Vinted on October 6, 2016 binned in 1WineDude TV
Good Day Philadelphia wine and beer

image: Fox 29

Last week, I had the good fortune to head back to the Fox 29 studios in downtown Philly and appear on Good Day Philadelphia. This time, the topic was Wine for Beer Lovers; which is the kind of pinch-me-is-this-really-what-I-do-for-a-living? moment that gets a self-professed beer- and wine-loving geek like myself up in the (early) AM with a smile plastered onto my face.

Unlike my previous appearance, there were no hiccups with getting the representative wines through the eight-billion (a rough estimate) levels of Pennsylvania legal red tape. The representative beers were my choice, and I live close enough to the esteemed Victory Brewing Co. to have made that choice a no-brainer (and avoid the PA legal red tape stickiness entirely). Like my previous appearance, the Fox29 staff were fantastically, delightfully amicable…

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Touring ‘Round The ‘Burg (Burgundy: People with a Passion for Wine)

Vinted on October 4, 2016 binned in wine industry events
Burgundy: People with a Passion for Wine


Next week, a new film from former Hollywood television producer/director (and, interestingly, USAF pilot) Rudi Goldman will officially be released, titled Burgundy: People with a Passion for Wine.

Goldman is a rather persistent fellow, and he impressed me by displaying a quality that I sometimes myself brag about possessing; namely, the ability to ultimately convince you that it will be less trouble for you to do what I want (in this case, screen and possibly review his film) than it would be not to do what I want you to do. I actually do mean this as a compliment, by the way.

And so I was able to take an early peek at his film, and decided to offer up some thoughts on his visual tour of what is arguably France’s most famous wine region…

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