Blast From A Cult Winemaker’s Past: Buehler Vineyards 1985 Cabernet Sauvignon

Vinted on January 16, 2012 binned in California wine, wine review

In the world of winemakers, Heidi Peterson Barrett is a household name, and not just because she shares a last name with her husband, who founded the only winery that can rightfully claim to be a full-fledged movie star.

That Heidi Barrett is a household name, a winemaker’s winemaker, can be attributed to two words: Screaming Eagle – Napa’s Cult Cab among Cult Cabs, manifest in concentrated style, produced in small quantities and regularly fetching over $1000 per bottle.

Those slugging back bottles of SE in the comfort of the temperature-controlled cellars inside their custom yachts probably don’t know that Heidi Barrett landed her first head winemaking job back in 1983, when at the young age of 25 (now that I’m nearly forty, I can call 25-year-olds “young”) she was hired by St Helena’s Buehler Vineyards (for more on Buehler, check out my interview with owner John Buehler’s daughter Helen, who now looks after their Social Media and Sales).

So when I was invited to talk shop over lunch by long-time wine biz veteran (and very nice guy) Bob Trimble, I was intrigued by the selection he picked to help us wash down our meal – Buehler’s Napa Cabernet Sauvignon from 1985 – since it was not only a glimpse into Napa Cab’s past, and into Buehler’s past, but also an opportunity to turn back the clock on Barrett’s (now storied, but then just promising) career

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For January 14, 2012

Vinted on January 14, 2012 binned in wine mini-reviews

Uhm, like what is this stuff?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine sample tasting notes via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be fun, quickly-and-easily-digestible reviews. Below is a wrap-up of the twitter reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find them so you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 08 Kanonkop Pinotage (Stellenbosch): Deftly capturing the entire BBQ picnic in a single bottle; toast, smoked meats, fruits & all. $27 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Graham Beck Chardonnay (Robertson): Still has more bite than the great white sharks hunting in the Cape; overachieving all the way. $15 B >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Golden Kaan Pinotage (Western Cape): Spread some tart cherry on a slab of smoked meat & you’ll get the general idea on this one. $10 C+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Dashe Cellars Zinfandel Florence Vineyard (Dry Creek Valley): No new oak; thanks to those chunky-monkey tannins, you won’t miss it $32 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Dashe Cellars Zinfandel Todd Brother Ranch Old Vines (Alexander Valley): To sip while contemplating the implosion of the Universe. $32 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Dashe Cellars Les Enfants Terribles Grenache (Dry Creek Valley): Its namesake Wild Children grew up flirtatious & down-right sexy $24 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Dashe Cellars Dry Riesling McFadden Farm (Potter Valley): Funny, coulda sworn this peachy, lemony, lush beauty hailed from WA state $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • 06 d’Arenberg The Galvo Garage (McLaren Vale): Lots of tangy, spicy black cherry fruit left in its (slightly-overly) oak-lined tank. $29 B+ >>find this wine>>
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Weekly Wine Quiz: The Secret History Of Champagne?

Vinted on January 13, 2012 binned in wine appreciation, wine quiz

There’s been a good deal of positive reaction to my new contributions to the Wine Quiz section of The Juice newsletter (thanks for that, by the way!), and so I thought it would be fun to run each week’s Juice quiz here on 1WineDude.com, so that you can complain directly to me that the answers are incorrect for one obscure reason or another we can extend the conversation around each of the quizzes.

The quizzes will appear a week behind those that run in The Juice – otherwise the folks at LocalWineEvents.com would be (quite justifiably!) upset with me.

So… here’s last week’s The Juice Quiz, with the answer hidden (click the “+” button below to reveal; those reading this through RSS are just gonna have to exercise enough restraint not to scroll down far enough to spoil the fun) [Editor’s note: see comments, we’re turning off this feature in favor of adding a bit more suspense to future quizzes – the answer will appear later in the comments section from here on out!] to help slake your thirst for wine knowledge (the theme for the first several quizzes is my personal fave bubbly action – Champagne).

Enjoy!

The Secret History Of Champagne?

Many of you were ringing in the new year with Champagne, but do you know who might have invented sparkling wine, in terms of deliberately trying to make still wines get fizzy? It almost certainly wasn’t Champagne icon Dom Perignon, who likely tried to prevent his still wines from fermenting for a second time in their bottles, thus causing the bubbly action (and exploding a not-insignificant number of those bottles!). According to award-winning wine writer Tom Stevenson, evidence suggests which country may have been the inventors of sparkling wine?

  • A. France
  • B. Spain
  • C. England
  • D. Italy
  • E. Portugal…

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