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





Burgundy, Your Schnoz, Global Warming, And 3000 Year Old Vino

Vinted on January 27, 2015 binned in going pro, learning wine

There have been some behind-the-scenes changes going on here at 1WD HQ. The more observant among you will notice that I finally ditched the comment engines altogether and have declared that war officially over, it having ended in my inglorious defeat. We’ll be sticking to some enhanced WordPress comments from here on out.

1WD also has a new home, courtesy of, with whom so far things have been going swimmingly. I’ve tweaked some other technical hosting items here and there; just enough to get me in trouble.

Anyway, today’s update is supposed to be about how this month, for the gig, I decided to go with a double-shot of two themes. So let’s stop messin’ around and get to it, already. Those themes are —

1) The love-it-or-loathe-it “three things…” trivia (primarily because I am a nerd), and

2) Wine book reviews (primarily because I am getting sick of looking at the ever-increasing piles of yet-to-be-reviewed sample books on my office floor).

And so, linked for your reading edu-tainment:

Three Things that You Didn’t Know about Wine Tasting – Seriously, you need to respect the epithelium, people. I mean it. Get on it, your schnoz has power!

Three Things that You Didn’t Know about BurgundyYes, I mean besides the incredibly-priced rarities. Anyway, you’ll be able to impress your wine-snob friends with a few of these tidbits, I’ll wager.

Wine Book Review: “Wine and Climate Change” by L.J. Johnson-Bell – “Wine and Climate Change” is a bit of a schizophrenic read (in terms of tone), but it will likely have wine geeks fascinated anyway by its well-researched and well-argued opinions (not to mention the “what-if” scenarios) about how global warming is and will f*ck-up the wine world as we currently know it.

Wine Book Review: “Uncorking the Past: The Quest for Wine, Beer, and other Alcoholic Beverages” by Patrick McGovern – Call me a homer for a wine history tome written by a fellow PA guy, but nobody covers wine’s distant past like McGovern, and “Uncorking the Past” is at turns witty, insightful, and almost brilliant.





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