Low Alcohol? B*tch, Please! (Perspectives On Paso Robles For Palate Press)

Vinted on October 19, 2016 binned in on the road

Mr Rogers finger

Last week, Palate Press published my take on the current state of the Paso Robles wine scene (based on a recent media tour of the region), titled Paso Robles: Sorry, not sorry.

That title seemed more publication-appropriate than “Bitch, please!” or “I heard what you said, I just don’t give a f*ck.”

You see, a funny thing happened on the way to producing the fine wines with lower alcohol levels that are supposed to represent the changing tastes and preferences of the American consumer: Paso Robles largely stopped giving a sh*t.

Palate Press Paso 2016

image: Palate Press

By largely ignoring said trend and focusing on what the region naturally provides, Paso Robles’ finest are arguably making some of their best wines yet, to the benefit of those who favor big, bold, but ultimately well-balanced vino.

Check out the full story for the details; below are the wines highlighted in the piece (in case you’re the impatient type):

Cheers!

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For October 17, 2016

Vinted on October 17, 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 Palivou Vineyards Vissino Dry Rose (Nemea): Dark of color, dark berry of flavor; you are gonna want some cheese, and a lot of it. $NA B >>find this wine<<
  • NV Ruffino Sparkling Rose (Italy): Sooo easy to drink. Sooo moderately priced. Sooooooo short on the finish, you might get whipliash. $15 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Binomio Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva (Abruzzo): Ripe, taught, spicy and intense; so… grilled-and-rubbed lamb chops, anyone? $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 La Scolca Black Label-Etichetta Nera Secco (Gavi dei Gavi): Probably misunderstood, but most definitely refreshingly delicious. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Trinity Hill Hawkes Bay Pinot Noir (New Zealand): Juicy, fresh, & impeccably friendly, but decides to bail on the shindig too soon. $17 B >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Stonecroft Gimblett Gravels Crofters Syrah (Hawkes Bay): Unapologetic about its penchant for pouring on the black pepper spices. $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Amici Cellars Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Sonoma County): Starts so, so well that you'll forgive the quick exit that it makes $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Anaba Landa Vineyard Viognier (Sonoma Valley): Sultry but also serious, there's an enticing siren song being called out here. $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Trefethen Oak Knoll District Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Some presentations are called "classic" for very, very good reasons $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Bodega Vistalba Corte B (Mendoza): Brawniness that comes with more than a bit of braininess; but still, best attempted with steak. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
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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 usbevexpo.com 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.

Cheers!

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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<<
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