All Reference Books, Great And Small (November 2017 Wine Product Roundup)

Vinted on November 8, 2017 binned in wine books, wine products
Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine 2018

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This month’s wine product review roundup requires you to get your reading glasses, as we’re taking a look at two upcoming wine reference book releases, one of them tiny (and insanely useful), the other heavy and large (and maybe a lot less useful).

First up is the venerable Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine, 2018 edition (Mitchell Beazley, 336 pages, about $17). This tiny marvel is updated annually, and at this point I struggle to say anything about it that I’ve not already said in my usual yearly boot-lickingly obnoxious recommendation of this mighty mini-tome. No wine reference book series even comes close to packing as much utility into such a small package, and doing it so consistently. That I know so may of the contributors probably only makes my endorsement seem even more boot-lickingly boot-licking, but that won’t stop me from highly recommending it. Again.

In the interests of offering a balanced appraisal, I will say that the supplemental material in last year’s 2017 40th Anniversary edition is, in my view, superior to this most recent release; so if you own that one already, you may want to skip this one and see what the 2018 edition has to offer.

Next up is a new edition of the much larger, heavier, and visually impressive Larousse Wine (Hamlyn, 656 pages, about $60). Headed by technical consultant Master Sommelier Georges Lepré, with a team of contributors that are primarily French-based or French-wine-focused, you’d think that a book with 800 photographs and 37 maps would be insanely useful. And you’d be half right…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For November 6, 2017

Vinted on November 6, 2017 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 Vina Cobos Cocodrilo Corte (Lujan de Cuyo/Valle de Uco): Did you know that cloves & dark plums could be sexy? Well, it's true. $29 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Malbec (Mendoza): Old vines + know-how + a lot of smoked meat = a can't-go-too-wrong Malbec pick. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Nieto Senetiner Blend Collection Cabernet Franc-Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza): Friendly, fruity, fragrant, & f–king quaffable red. $13 B >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Zuccardi Santa Julia Reserva Malbec (Mendoza): Witness your incredibly addictive gateway drug to juicy, spicy Argentine reds. $14 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Luigi Bosca Finca Los Nobles Cabernet Bouchet (Las Compuertas): Rustic, funky, eclectic, and, above all else, sternly genuine. $70 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Meyer Fonne Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Sporen Vendange Tardives (Alsace): Death by marmalade might actually be a very good way to go $NA A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Meyer Fonne Pinot Gris Hinterburg de Katzenthal Cuvee Eloi (Alsace): Heady, honeyed, late of harvest, & basically just heavenly. $NA A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Meyer-Fonne Riesling Kaefferkopf (Alsace Grand Cru): If lemons went camping & used flint fire to toast their apple-&-pear dinners. $NA A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Meyer Fonne Riesling Vignoble de Katzenthal (Alsace): Vines that almost literally storm the castle have gorgeously calm souls. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Stephane Aviron Morgon Cote du Py Vieilles Vignes (Beaujolais): The only thing old about this lively delight are those vines. $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
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WOLVERINES! (Talking Albarossa For MyNameIsBarbera.com)

Vinted on November 1, 2017 binned in Italian Wine

Red Dawn

For my latest installment over at MyNameIsBarbera.com, we go in-depth on Incrocio Dalmasso XV-31, better known as Albarossa… as in Red DawnWOLVERINES!!!

The Albarossa grape has a history that winds almost as much as the roads throughout the Piedmont hillsides, and in its own inimitable, roundabout way ended up achieving what its creator set out to accomplish, though not exactly in the way that he intended. All of which is just so adorably typical of Monferrato.

If you’re interested in learning what this iteration of Red Dawn can do for you, check out the full story via the link below (invasions and grenades not required):

ALBAROSSA! A NEW RED DAWN IN PIEDMONT

Cheers!

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For October 30, 2017

Vinted on October 30, 2017 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 Attune Pinot Noir (Carneros): Now this… this is just pure delight, & will get your lips smacking if you have any sense about you $48 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Attune Station Ranch Chardonnay (Carneros): The fruitiness and brioche you’d expect, with the politeness that you might not. $38 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs Brut (North Coast): The mildest hint of red cherry, with the not-so-mildest hint of pure awesomeness. $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Claiborne & Churchill Claiborne Vineyard Riesling (Edna Valley): This one’s cooking with limes and gas -the petrol kind, of course $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Knudsen Vineyards Estate Reserve Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills): Brought to you by the letter ‘S’: Structure, Spice, and Spirit. $70 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Aecovi Alexandro Oloroso Sherry (Marco de Jerez): Like a bowl full of toasted almonds at the bar, you just can’t stop tasting… $26 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Poderi Oddero Rocche di Castiglione (Barolo): A treatise on structure that won’t totally be decipherable for many more moons. $79 A >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Brancott Estate Letter Series B Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough): The perennial penchant for piquant passion fruit prevails. $23 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV McBride Sisters Brut Rose (Marlborough): Like your bubbles brighter than a room full of smiles? Then this is your jam, my friend. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Hickinbotham The Revivalist Merlot (McLaren Vale): Got here too early for the wood, but supple sexiness awaits those who r patient $75 A- >>find this wine<<
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