I Find Your Lack Of Impromptu Opera Singing Disturbing (VINO2016 Highlights)

Last month, I was a media guest for VINO2016, the annual Italian multi-day info-tasting event held in New York City.

As it was last year, this year’s incarnation proved an enlightening experience, both in terms of the breadth of Italian wine offerings not yet widely available Stateside, and in the informative nature of the panel discussions. I can, however, tell you – with the requisite amount of false humility – that nothing in VINO2016 compared to the epic-ness of my panel last year, which included impromptu opera singing.

Vittorio Moretti

Vittorio Moretti, about to crack open some awesomeness (more on that in a few minutes)

But still, an informative event for both palate and brain. Also, how often does a guy like me get to shake down other attendees such as legendary wine educator Kevin Zraly for money (more on that development in the coming months)?

Anyway, let’s get to the vinous stars of the VINO2016 showcase…

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Furmint Adventures Episode 14: Béres Winery

Vinted on March 8, 2016 binned in 1WineDude TV, on the road

The 14th (holy crap! have we really done fourteen of these already?!??) episode of my Furmint Adventures has recently been published, so I’m sharing it here to give you a five-or-so-minute distraction from working.

And a beautiful distraction it is.

Beres winery

Hungary’s Béres Winery has recently won awards for its construction, and their vineyard site is among one of the most gorgeous that I’ve ever encountered in the wine world (and the wine world is, if anything, not short on gorgeous locations). You’ll see what I mean in the first 50 seconds when you watch the video.

I’m really happy at how this video turned out, not just because I’m also again joined by Master Somm Peter Granoff, and not just because the wines were such excellent examples of dry Furmint (their sweet wines are killer, too), but also because the folks behind Béres seem to be genuinely lovely people (the kind that you want to see succeed).

Enjoy!

Furmint Adventures – Episode 14.: Béres Winery

Cheers!

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For March 7, 2016

Vinted on March 7, 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!

  • 09 Piccini Chianti Classico Riserva (Chianti Classico): A relatively inexpensive way to get whisked off to the Tuscan hillsides. $21 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Santi Pinot Grigio Sortesele (Sortesele): Melons and stones; not much else, but this one hits the mark when it comes to texture. $16 B >>find this wine<<
  • 09 La Valle Naturalis Extra Brut Millesimato (Franciacorta): This is Persistent, in all of the vinously positive senses of the word. $55 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 M. Chapoutier Domaine Tournon Mathilda Rose (Victoria): We appreciate her fruity efforts; but she's still working out some issues. $15 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 PlumpJack Merlot (Napa Valley): Plump is the operative word here, but lovers of richness will also be totally jacked to drink it. $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Sektkellerei Szigeti Pinot Noir Rose Sekt Brut (Neusiedlersee): Friendly red berry wins you over, especially if tacos are involved $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Buglioni Lo Spudorato Spumante Brut (Valpolicella): Fresh, fresh, fresh! And in search of pasta, just strictly on the lighter side $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Elyse Winery Morisoli Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): With patience you'll coax out its earthy, luxuriant & fruity best $70 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Schramsberg Brut Rose (North Coast): All by its little old self, sipping this is nearly enough reason to go and put on a tiara. $43 A- >>find this wine<<
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