To Sicily, via the Danube, with Shout-outs (More Travel Stuff for NVWA)

Vinted on January 30, 2020 binned in on the road
NVWA Riesling

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I’m still wading neck-deep in the book writing waters, but wanted to throw a quick update your way to let you know that I still haven’t forsaken (not totally, anyway) those regions that were kind enough to host me on recent media tours.

I’ve got two travel pieces recently published on the Napa Valley Wine Academy website. The first contains my impressions of some of the most underappreciated white wine gems in Austria: The Best Riesling that You’re Not Drinking (a Ride Along the Danube). Seriously, folks, these things are goooooood.

The second recaps (rambles?) some of my latest ramblings through Sicily, in which I postulate whether it’s high time for us to revisit what we think that we know regarding some of that island’s white wine grapes: Sicily’s Unsung Grapes: Grillo and Zibibbo.

Finally, I want to offer up a huge shout-out to the entire NVWA team, who just took home the WSET Educator of the Year Award. It’s a huge validation for the hard work that those fine folks put into their WSET program, and it’s heartwarming for me, in that I enjoy working with folks who happen to be so successful while managing to be such nice people.

Cheers!

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 27, 2020

Vinted on January 27, 2020 binned in wine mini-reviews

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 in a “mini-review” format.
 
They are meant to be quirky, fun, and (mostly) easily-digestible reviews of (mostly) currently available wines (click here for the skinny on how to read them), and are presented links to help you find them, so that you can try them out for yourself. Cheers!

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We Interrupt Our Programming for This Interruption (Book Hiatus)

Vinted on January 23, 2020 binned in about 1winedude blog, wine news

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As if I wasn’t behind enough on my ramblings here on 1WD (I’ve still got several Sicily updates to share with you, after all!), I’m going to put myself even further behind! Overachiever here!

Here’s the skinny: it’s going to be light on the feature content here on 1WD (though I expect to keep up, for the most part, on the weekly mini-reviews), probably throughout February.

The reason is that I’m smack-dab in the middle of a book contract, and the pace is Ludicrous Speed through at least the first week of March. Ostensibly, this is actually good news. I’m not sure how much I’m at legal liberty to divulge with respect to the book, so I’m uncharacteristically erring on the side of caution.

What I can tell you is that it’s a wine book, and it’s targeted mostly at the beginner end fo the wine drinking spectrum, which is exactly the kind of wine book that I’ve kept asking over the years, as each one was released, if the world needed yet another beginner-oriented wine book. But the publishers have done their homework, and see a market need for the particular type of book in which I now find myself enthralled; and we both saw a fit in terms of voice and style.

So… I’m excited, and am now frantically typing my little wine-stained fingers off, and hope to share more details with all of you in the (very) near future (and get back to writing my usual freakish features and market screeds on these virtual pages).

Cheers!

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 23, 2020

Vinted on January 20, 2020 binned in wine mini-reviews

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 in a “mini-review” format.
 
They are meant to be quirky, fun, and (mostly) easily-digestible reviews of (mostly) currently available wines (click here for the skinny on how to read them), and are presented links to help you find them, so that you can try them out for yourself. Cheers!

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