Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For February 5, 2018

Vinted on February 5, 2018 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 Wunsch & Mann Pinot Gris Hengst (Alsace Grand Cru): Taking you back to old school Alsace; squash soup, drizzled with smoked honey. $NA A- >>find this wine<<
  • 96 Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Hengst (Alsace Grand Cru): Simultaneously intellectual & insane; imagine complex oyster honey, only it’s actually excellent. $75 A >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Hengst (Alsace Grand Cru): Lemon drop and marmalade candy, only they were dropped from the heavens, apparently. $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Domaine Barmes-Buecher Pinot Noir Vieilles Vignes (Alsace): For when you need to be reminded that Pinot is supposed to also have earth, balsamic, and freshness. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Domaine Barmes-Buecher Hengst Grand Cru Riesling (Alsace): Still thoroughly an infant, maybe even a zygote; give it a few more years for those limes to blossom. $46 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Josmeyer H Vieilles Vignes Pinot Auxerrois (Alsace): Don’t let the broad melon fruits fool you, this one is energetic enough to act as a battery for most modern electronics. $42 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Siduri Parsons’ Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Delivering the generous fruit of the CA sun, but with the flab trimmed. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut (South Africa): A classic Cap Classique that that manages to cap off its classy reputation with even more classiness. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Donnafugata Ben Rye (Passito di Pantelleria): Rich, bold, sticky, and triumphantly resplendent, this should excite you if your heart is actually still beating. 375ml $40 A >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Podere Sapaio Bolgheri (Bolgheri): Refined, rustic chewiness; bring Bolognese pasta and prepare to be pleasantly surprised. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<

 

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A Tale Of Wannabe Abject Hatred (Simonsig Recent Releases)

Vinted on February 1, 2018 binned in crowd pleaser wines, sexy wines, wine review

This is a tale of hatred.

Well, of wanna-be hatred.

I’m not sure exactly why I approached the wines I am about to discuss with you with such abject internal bile. But rage my bile against them I did, although they ultimately showed me who was boss and got my attitude turned around; but I did not make it easy for them.

Personally, I blame the current U.S. President. This week marked the first time in decades that I simply ignored the Presidential State of the Union address. I mean completely and utterly ignored the fact that it was happening, to the point of not even reading about its contents or subsequent Democratic party rebuttals. The less intelligent reader (who, of course, isn’t here reading this anyway, right??) will ostensibly chalk that up to me having some sort of Liberal-leaning angst over Donal Trump, even though I’m not actually a Liberal and the only time I ever affiliated with a party was as a Republican in the 1990s.

No, my bile-boiling is the result of the unique personal political hell-scape that a Trump presidency has created; I am a bit of a fiscal/budget hawk, highly value reasonable discourse, and support (along with the majority of Americans) a tolerant, progressive social agenda (within reasonable spending!). Trump is literally the opposite of all three of those things: he acts without proper analysis of how much money will be burned as a result, he is often embarrassingly angry and unintelligible in his speeches, and he seems to court the kind of oh-whatever-just-get-over-it kind of subversive sexism and racism that had no real place in the USA in the 1970s, let alone in 2018. So, basically, he’s a raging douchecanoe in my view, and since he dominates the national news cycle, I’m kind of always in a minor state of angry despair these days, waiting for that thing on top of his head to admit that it can no longer control him and crawl off somewhere to find another host…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 29, 2018

Vinted on January 29, 2018 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!

  • 15 Georges Duboeuf Chateau de Saint-Amour (Saint-Amour): This peppery, bright, but not-insubstantial delight will sneak up on you… proceed with caution. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 08 F E Trimbach Riesling Clos Sainte Hune (Alsace): Everything here from the firm scaffolding through the tiny, detailed accoutrements says “instant classic.” $275 A >>find this wine<<
  • 11 F E Trimbach Riesling Clos Sainte Hune (Alsace): Seven years young, and thoroughly, transparently ethereal in ways that strongly suggest that the hype is not really hype. $225 A >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Sipp Mack Rosacker Grand Cru Riesling (Alsace): Well, that’s just lovely. I mean that literally, in this case; that’s just… dramatic pause… lovely! $43 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Domaine Mittnacht Freres Rosacker Riesling Grand Cru (Alsace): Long & toasty, it’s what’s dancing on top that counts here; limes, saline, blossoms, wet stones, & awesomeness. $37 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Domaine Frederic Mallo Riesling Grand Cru Rosacker (Alsace): You’ll come for the stone fruits, stay for the structure, and wish that the finish stayed longer than it does. $37 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Domaine Jean-Luc Mader Riesling Grand Cru Rosacker (Alsace): Poise, power, pith, precision, and a plethora of spice and we’ve pretty much run out of P words now. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Simonsig Chenin Avec Chene Wooded Chenin Blanc (Stellenbosch): Heady, sexy, perfumed in just the right amounts, and profoundly difficult to resist. $36 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Simonsig Merindol Syrah (Stellenbosch): With the oak, sweetness, & extraction, you’ll want to hate it; and you’d be a complete fool for doing so, because it kicks ass. $44 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 16 FEL Chardonnay (Anderson Valley): Baskets-full-of-daisies fresh, but not skimping on the rich apricot promise that is so quintessentially Californian… dude… $32 B+ >>find this wine<<
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Hiatus, And The American Booze Wholesaler Swamp

Vinted on January 24, 2018 binned in wine news
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I’d fully intended to provide some peripatetic and yet somehow also sublimely insightful wine review action for you this week (and I’ve much to tell you about my recent jaunt to Israeli wine country, too). But nature has intervened, once again declaring herself the boss, and me her beeeatch, by providing me with a cold/fever combination, and a broken toe.

Good times!

Anyway, I’m going to actually listen to that harsh task mistress and get up off of my feet for once and just rest and heal. Which means I’ll be delayed in getting things written up here. In the meantime, however, I’d encourage you to check out Wholesale Protection 2018: A Report on Alcohol Wholesaler Campaign Contributions, a new report by the National Association of Wine Retailers (NAWR), whose Executive Director is my friend Tom Wark. According to the press release, the report “examines the amount of money America’s alcohol middlemen give to state political campaigns, to whom they give it and the differences on a state-by-state level.”

Which basically means that you can see which of your state’s politicians actually kinda-sorta works more for the Booze Wholesaler Man, political-swamp-style, then they actually do for you. Two quick takeaways from my perusal:

1. The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America has some cash, baby, and they are not afraid to use it.

2. Repubs have the edge in accepting the coin when it comes to these donations, as do incumbents; in the case of the latter, it’s a a whopping 76%, strongly suggesting that the focus is keep the status quo…

Cheers!

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