Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For November 28, 2016

Vinted on November 28, 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 Troon Vineyard Black Label Vermentino (Applegate Valley): Nuts, lemons, & the waterfront; wait this isn't from Corsica? Holy sh*t! $30 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Concha y Toro Don Melchor Puente Alto Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipo Valley): This label is as Chilean as their national flag $125 A >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Principe Corsini Fattoria le Corti Cortevecchia Chianti Classico Riserva (Chianti Classico Riserva): Tuscan sun, with attitude. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Chateau d'Esclans Rock Angel Rose (Cotes de Provence): It really does kind of rock, actually, & hard enough to forgive the moniker $29 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Long Shadows Pedestal Merlot (Columbia Valley): Hold on to yer butts, & prepare yourself for a powerful, tannic kick to the kisser $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Talbott Vineyards Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands): For those who like their game meat adventurously raw. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Etude Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills): Maddeningly schizophrenic in presentation, but also undeniably talented. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Etude Bannockburn Pinot Noir (Central Otago): Contains French film noir amounts of intrigue, in earthy, serious Kiwi packaging. $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage Blanc (Rhone): Cleaning white flowers & exotic fruits on slate, using crisp, clear mineral water. $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Albert Mann Gewurztraminer Tradition (Alsace): Hitting the right notes; just be prepared to experience those notes at high volume. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
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Devilish Details (Understanding Port Wine For Fix.com)

Vinted on November 25, 2016 binned in holidays, learning wine
Fix.com Port

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There are, in fact, only two styles of Port.

Yeah, I know, that goes against everything that your senses tell you, especially when you see thirty different types of Port for sale on a wine store shelf. But quantum physics defies much of the common sense that you develop to survive at the macro-physical level, and it happens to be true, too. It just won’t give you as bad of a hangover.

Anyway, I’ve been singing this dois estilos de porto song for several years now, and I’m not backing down now. There are only two styles of Port wine, and the rest of it is detail. Granted, there are a lot of details, And the devil is, absolutely, in those details, and he will give you a brain-meltingly awful hangover (ask me how I know), but that doesn’t stop the differences in Port types – small and large – from all being details.

If you’re looking for a reminder – along with some super-nifty visual representations of the flavors, aromas, and nuances offered by most of the different types of Port expressions out there – check out my latest for Fix.com, titled A Port Wine Primer.

As always, the Fix.com way-cool infographic is embedded below after the jump, and I always get a kick out of seeing how they pictorially represent my wordiness. For the impatient among you, skip directly to the bottom to see what they did with the food pairings, it’s pretty bad-ass.

Cheers!

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Gobble, Gobble, Mother F–ker! (Turkey Day Wine Survival Guides 2016)

Vinted on November 23, 2016 binned in holidays

Gobble Gobble

Yeah, it’s that time of year. Again.

I know that plenty of people hate Thanksgiving wine pairing articles (because many of you contact me to complain when I write them). The trouble is, just as many of you seem to love the things and ask about them every year.

I almost never give specific wine recommendations for Turkey Day, because there are just too many culinary options on the table for any one wine to handle. It’s best to stick with general guidelines, which happen not to change year-on-year, so from the 1WD perspective, what’s needed to be said on these things has already been said. Which is why I am at the point of recursively recycling the said items that have already been said.

In that spirit, here are two previous articles on the T-Day wine pairing topic, which happen to link to other articles with information that the perennially buzzed among you may find useful (including a recent guide on what and how to gift booze, which many of you may almost certainly find yourself doing on Turkey Day):

Ye Olde Dreaded Thanksgiving Day Wine Article (And Other November Tidbits, Including The Most Talked About Wines Online In 2013)

Gifts For Another Horse’s Mouth (Gifting Alcohol 101 For Fix.com)

Back to more regularly-scheduled programming next week.

Cheers!

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For November 21, 2016

Vinted on November 21, 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!

  • NV Esporao Quinta dos Murcas 10 Year Old Tawny Port (Porto): We're talking box-of-chocolate-covered-caramels levels of imbibery here. $26 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (Oakville): It's impossible to imagine a more worthy toast to RMW's 50th vintage. $155 A >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Maison Joseph Drouhin Drouhin-Vaudon Chablis Premier Cru (Chablis): Coriander & flint happen to be really, really close friends. $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Tongue Dancer Wines Putnam Vineyard Pinot de Ville Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Impossible to open. Just as impossible not to love. $65 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Domaine de Terra Vecchia Clos Poggiale Red (Corse): Brambly red berries that aren't afraid to get dirty wrestling with the wildlife $25 B >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Domaine de Terra Vecchia Clos Poggiale White (Corse): Flowers, mandarins, and lemons, all would up as tight as drum heads. $25 B >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Domaine de Terra Vecchia Ile De Beaute White (Ile de Beaute): Citrus, flowers, herbs, mint, and just way, way, way too much fun. $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Fattoria Viticcio Chianti Classico Riserva (Tuscany): Madly, wildly, dangerously drinkable window into the soul of Tuscan soil. $29 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel (Napa Valley): Bursting out in just about every way, from ripe fruit to spice to raw, boozy power. $36 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Qupe Y Block Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County): Witness here one of the world's small wonders of totally delicious consistency. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
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