Furmint Spotlight Series 1: Introducing FurmintUSA

Vinted on January 6, 2016 binned in on the road
Öreg Király Vineyard

A view of Barta’s Öreg Király Vineyard

During the second round of my Furmint Adventures travels, I had the pleasure of dining at Barta Pince, which some of you might recall have been involved in salvaging the historic Öreg Király Vineyard in Tokaj.

During dinner, our traveling group had a bit of an impromptu video recording session with one of the leaders of the FurmintUSA project, Laszlo Balint. Not only is Laszlo a winemaker, wine writer, and wine critic, he’s also a passionate consumer/collector of Hungarian wine. He’s the emotional heartbeat of the FurmintUSA program, and he’s also a family man, and a good friend.

You get a chance to meet Laszlo (albeit virtually) in the latest video release from FurmintUSA (see embed below), taken from the conversation that was filmed between him and me during our stop at Barta (you also get a chance to see how many “uhms” I utter on video when jet-lagged). If more indigenous grape varieties had guys like Laszlo pushing them into wine marketing modernity, we’d be overrun with more interesting and geeky wine choices in the States…

Furmint Spotlight Series 1: Introducing FurmintUSA





Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 4, 2016

Vinted on January 4, 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!

  • 14 Rock Wall Wine Company Russian River Valley Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Minerality puts on its sexy date night clothes. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 07 Gloria Ferrer Royal Cuvee Brut Late-Disgorged (Carneros): Pay attention, total gorgeousness just strutted right into the room! $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Rock Wall Wine Company Jack’s Petite Sirah (Dry Creek Valley): Grippy, juicy, minty, spicy, inky… oh, & honestly authentic. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Rock Wall Wine Company Teroldego (Yolo County): Northen Italian sets up shop in CA, loses none of his geeky, traditional charm. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Rock Wall Wine Company Jesse’s Vineyard Zinfandel (Contra Costa County): Reds this powerful just aren’t often this damn good. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Salton Intenso Brut (Serra Gaucha, Brazil): Intense it is not; tasty, vibrant, refreshing, and food-capable, it certainly is. $14 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Trimbach Gewurztraminer (Alsace): Lychee-&-spices-dipped, silky benchmark continues its uninterrupted streak at being a benchmark. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Bonny Doon Vineyard Cinsaut Counoise (California): The word “lovely” will appear in your thoughts about 400 times while sipping. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Bodegas Cepa 21 Tempranillo (Ribera del Duero): Chest, meet Hair. Hair, meet chest. Smoked BBQ, meet a capable dining match. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Faire La Fete Cremant de Limoux Brut (Cremant de Limoux): Brings tasty baked apple to the party; also, brings the entire party. $20 B >>find this wine<<



“Life Goes On, Man” (The Most Popular 1WD Articles Of 2015)

Vinted on December 30, 2015 binned in about 1winedude blog, best of

Life goes on, man

Normally for these year-in-review recaps, I start by going into some details about my life over the last twelve months.

F*ck that sh*t this time. I’m focused full steam ahead on the future, baby.

If you need a summary, 2015 was the year that I gifted myself my freedom. The results are much more positive than I’d expected: while far from being perfect, generally speaking my life is great. Most importantly, my kid is doing great. And what I do for a living is still, well, great (although, from here anything else would be a pretty serious letdown, unless I could finagle a paying gig as a hammock nap tester).

So this year I am skipping the detailed recap, and getting right to the good stuff (you’re welcome!).

Here are the top ten most popular 1WD articles published in 2015, as measured by visits (if I’m utilizing my website analytic skills correctly, that is… which is a seriously sizable if)…

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