Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For March 16, 2015

Vinted on March 16, 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!

  • 13 Bodega Dominio Buenavista Veleta Vijiriega Viji (Granada): Might just be your cup of tea, if you like your tea floral & forceful. $10 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Steven Kent Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (Livermore Valley): Youthfully exuberant for now, but will shed it all for elegance later. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Gundlach Bundschu Estate Vineyard Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast): Polished to a glistening, smooth, creamy, lemon-tinged sheen. $27 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Alois Kracher Trockenbeerenauslese (Burgenland): Delivering big man honeyed performance, for a little man price tag. 187 ml. $25 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Pina Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Wolff Vineyard (Yountville): Currently in a dark confusion, but will undoubtedly sort things out. $85 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Mesa Cantina Buio Buio (Isola Dei Nuraghi): Surprising Sardinian juiciness delivered with capital G Gusto & capital A authenticity $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Schloss Saarstein Serriger Schloss Saarsteiner Riesling Spatlese (Mosel): Prism-like purity, with lemonde-like drinkability. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Gali Merlot Cabernet Franc (Gallipoli Peninsula): Well now, *this* isn't afraid to put on the ritz and strut its classy stuff. $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Diren Karmena Red Blend (Tokat): Red fruits, pumped up & practically bursting kids-candy-TV-commercial style with vibrant juiciness $14 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Diren Collection Okuzgozu (Tokat): Speaks with Eastern European accents, and his ideas are clearly on the brighter side of things. $15 B >>find this wine<<



Furmint Adventures Episode 10: Gróf Degenfeld Winery

Vinted on March 12, 2015 binned in 1WineDude TV, on the road
Gróf Degenfeld Winery

Checkmate, lushes!

I have very fond memories of filming this week’s episode of my Furmint Adventures. But then, if you can’t recall a beautiful day in Tokaj, eating gourmet fare and drinking Gróf Degenfeld wine at their historic hotel with lovely winemaker Vivien Ujvári (who, incidentally, is into prog rock; for that alone, she is a champion)… well, then you have major, major problems, my friend.

In this vid, we have medieval history, small-production Furmint, crazy-good vittles, a Countess, and… damn, what, do you need any more to get you to watch? C’mon, already!

Furmint Adventures Episode 10: Gróf Degenfeld Winery





Wine Scores: Please, Wine Producers, Stop Shoving Them In My Face

Vinted on March 10, 2015 binned in commentary

This little meme-type-thingy that I generated several days ago got a bit of traction on The Book of Face, and so I thought that I’d elaborate a bit on the position behind it (friends of mine will enjoy the RDJ inclusion, since they are constantly telling me “dude, you are so RDJ as Tony Stark, except you are Tony Snark!!!”):

My Face When wine scores

Seriously, people, can we just stop shoving wine scores into the faces of media types?

Here’s the deal:

I know that you’re justifiably proud of the scores that your wine received from [ insert major wine publication here ]. By all means, use them to help you sell wine: advertise them, put them on shelf talkers, teach your tasting room staff to wax philosophically in fake humility about them to your winery’s visitors.


I don’t want to know about them, for two (to me) very important reasons:

1) Putting my critic-type-guy hat on for a moment, I’d rather not know what other critic-type-people have said about your wine. I don’t want it to influence me, even if subconsciously, so I strongly feel it’s best to just not go there until I’ve had a chance to taste it (usually using a very different process than what’s employed at those publications) and have at least formulated the genesis of an opinion on my own. What you’re implying by continually mentioning the score is that if I disagree with it, then you will think that one of us is wrong (and I am pretty sure that I know which of us that will be).

2) As a knowledgeable wine consumer, I might find a score helpful, and I might not. It’s not that simple; it depends on who is giving the score, their history of such scores, etc., etc., etc. I know what I like, from a purely subjective point of view, and so I’ll just formulate my own opinion on how good your wine is for me (thankyouverymuch). By the way, I strongly suspect, given the fact that it’s easier than every before for wine consumers to become knowledgeable, that I am not the only person buying wine for personal consumption who feels this way.

So… can we be done here, please?





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