Rest In Peace, Sam Argetsinger

Vinted on January 6, 2015 binned in wine news

A few days ago, I received an email containing a unique (for me, anyway) request:

“On your page you have a special photograph of Sammy Argetsinger. Can you email me a high resolution copy of that picture? I would like to frame it and I know a local wine owner in Hector wants one to hang in his winery near Dave Bagley.”

The photograph to which this person was referring is below; it happens to be one of my personal favorites, because of the subject – I was lucky enough to capture Finger Lakes grape grower Sam Argetsinger at a moment that seemed to encapsulate his explosively buoyant and totally unique personality (it helped that the backdrop was his gorgeous vinous “backyard,” too).

From a follow up note from the same person requesting the photo, I was informed that Sam Argetsinger had recently passed away.

It’s sad news for Finger Lakes wine country, and, given how impressive FLX wines have been recently, a loss to be mourned for the greater U.S. and global wine communities, as well.

For more on Argetsinger, see my Finger Lakes write-up from back in may of 2010; he was one of the most authentically unique wine personalities that I’d ever encountered, and trust me when I tell you that when it comes to personalities in the wine world, that is really saying something.

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 5, 2015

Vinted on January 5, 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!

  • 12 Pina Cellars Low Vineyard Oak Knoll District Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Ostentatious, sure, but far from being obnoxious about it. $34 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Ventisquero Grey Las Terrazas Vineyard Single Block Pinot Noir (Ledya Valley): Quite earthy, very herbal, thoroughly overachieving $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Gundlach Bundschu Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): It's tea time, but, alas, the atmosphere of this cafe is uninspiring. $33 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Ca' Momi Reserve Pinot Noir (Carneros): Feels over-packed, tense, and a little overburdened for the journey that lies ahead. $50 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Dry Creek Vineyard The Mariner (Dry reek Valley): Toasty, fun, & garrulous, but also conducting itself with elegance & aplomb. $45 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Apples, blowing through the jasmine of your mind – & glass $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Wakefield The Visionary Cabernet Sauvignon (Clare Valley): Somehow savory & lush, minty but dark, approachable yet an infant now. $180 A >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Montes Outer Limits Apalta Vineyard CGM (Colchagua Valley): Young, & misunderstood in its brambly, peppery, wood teenage years. $33 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Ventisquero Grey Single Block Trinidad Vineyard Carmenere (Maipo Valley): Funky, but true enough to form that it cannot be denied. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 La Scola Gavi dei Gavi Black Label (Gavi): Telling a long story, at turns complicated, amusing, refreshing, nutty, & engaging. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 06 PureCru PureCos Red Blend (Napa Valley): Finally, someone finds a way to yield the NV Sangiovese sword with precision & skill. $65 A- >>find this wine<<
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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 29, 2014

Vinted on December 29, 2014 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!

  • 12 Quinta do Cume Selection (Douro): Brambly, dusty, friendly, and poppin', making itself quite an amicable regional ambassador. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Siduri Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands): Pinot car revving on full throttle, ready to make a run on your tongue. $55 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Siduri Pratt Vineyard Sexton Road Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Sonoma Coast flexing at its mintiest, woodiest, and most powerful. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Siduri Shaw Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): Cranberry tea being served, in a friendly, showy, flamboyant fashion $38 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Howell Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Howell Mountain): Bordeaux comes to the Mount, sketching landscapes in pencil. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Clos Du Val Carneros Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Tropical drink, side of lemon, on the rocks; as in, literally on some mineral rocks $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Argyle Brut Rose (Dundee Hills): So pretty, so piquant, so pithy, so promising, and so obviously waaaaay too young right now. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Vie L'Intruse Mourvedre (North Coast): Well, hello there, you dark, spicy, meaty little stranger, you; so… how YOU doin'? $39 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Pine Ridge Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Deceptively sweet-talking but its character depth can't be denied $85 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Hugel et Fils Gentil (Alsace): Rarely are the results of the kitchen sink so aromatic, floral, vibrant, tasty & crisply refreshing. $15 B >>find this wine<<
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