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Help 1WineDude Kick Alzheimer’s Ass!

Vinted on September 21, 2009 binned in wine health
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As many frequent 1WineDude readers already know, I recently lost my grandmother to Alzheimer’s disease.  She died at the age of 96 – but the truth is, she was dead years before that, bedridden and unable to care for herself or recognize her loved ones.  Caring for her placed an almost unbearable emotional toll on my family.

I would LOVE for my family to be one of the last who ever had to go through that.

So on World Alzheimer’s Day, I’m asking you to help me KICK ALZHEIMER’S ASS!

YOU can help, and it’s easy. go to the Help 1WineDude Kick Alzheimer’s Ass donation page, and make a donation.

Together, we’re gonna raise $10,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association.  That’s right – 10Gs!  Seems like a big number, but look at it this way:

If everyone who visited 1WineDude.com in a month donated just $1, we’d beat that goal already.

I’m asking YOU to donate a buck.

If you’ve ever had a friend, loved one, or colleague who’s been touched by this disease – and chances are, that’s everyone reading this – then donate.

Donate now – not later, not when you can get around to it, I’m asking you to do it RIGHT NOW.  You will NOT miss that dollar, and you’ll be helping to make the world a better place – we can all toast to that!

If you want to link back to this post to help spread the word, that’s great.  If you want to tweet the link, or throw it into your next facebook update – also great.  But what we really, really, really need is for you to throw a buck into the collective pot – that would do more good than all of the tweeting and facebooking that you could muster.

So donate now – let’s Kick Alzheimer’s ass today!

Cheers!

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2009-09-19

Vinted on September 19, 2009 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 07 Pavo Syrah (Sonoma): Like the Balrog, only he's made of kick-ass dark fruit, w/ red berry horns. Oh, & his whip is made of white pepper. #
  • 08 Shoofly 'Chook Raffle' Chardonnay (Adelaide Hills): Balancing act of melon, acidity, & slight oak, but one of those balls takes a tumble #
  • 07 Lander Jenkins 'Spirit Hawk' Cabernet Sauvignon (CA): Bing cherry fans, rejoice. This puppy delivers the big-time Bing at low-time price. #

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Turkey Talk: A Run-In with Pavo Wines

Vinted on September 17, 2009 binned in California wine, wine review

I know what you’re thinking:

Man, I really hope that today’s 1WineDude post somehow combines the Acura Integra, InfoTech department payroll practices, farm animals, Lord of the Rings, marijuana, and estate-grown California Syrah!

What can I say? Who loves ya, baby?!?

On second thought, I might have painted myself into a serious blogging corner here… let’s just push on and see how all of this pans out, shall we?

You see, Pavo Wines Syrah is not my first run-in with a wild turkey (though this wine is no “turkey” – more on that in a minute or two; or three).  No, not that Wild Turkey, either.  No, what I’m talking about are the large and sometimes colorful birds that tend to roam on farmland across much of North America.

A little over 10 years ago, I was speeding through the backroads of southeastern PA on my way to work, just after dawn on a gorgeous morning, zipping through twisting, winding roads that bisected local farms.  When I say “speeding” I mean speeding.  As in, the kind of speeding that not only breaks local traffic laws, it borders on violating county moral and ethical standards as well.  I was flirting with being late for work, and at that time my InfoTech day job had a punch-card policy – we ‘clocked-in’ for work just like anyone else on the site (which consisted mostly of factory floor workers). This policy managed to promote a few interesting behaviors, like creating a feeling of equity among the entire site staff, and also allowed the company to offer a ‘punctuality bonus’ if you showed up on time (which is a nice way of saying that if you are late, you’ll be docked a percentage of that day’s pay).  In my case, it helped create unsafe roadways, since I was hell-bent that day on not missing out on some pay, if you catch my drift.

Hugging the road, I had but one stretch of farmland to cross before I’d be out of the woods (literally and figuratively).  I took the final turn (blind, of course, as most of these turns are in PA) on the bisecting lane at ridiculous speed, steering for the apex and finding directly in front of me, just as I cleared the corner, two very large and very unsuspecting wild turkeys, making their leisurely way across the road.  They couldn’t have been more directly in front of my oncoming road hazard.

SCREEEEEECH went the brakes.  The car stopped so suddenly, and jerked forward so roughly, that I wasn’t sure if I’d hit anything or not.  I peeked over the steering wheel.  Nothing.  A pregnant moment passed that couldn’t have been more than a few seconds but felt like a lifetime.  A head appeared above the windshield.  A turkey head.  It was bobbing, clearly perturbed, offering up a “Beeatch – I’m gonna f—k you UP!” look, but it was a head that was otherwise unharmed.  I leaned forward and saw its mate follow suit, but she appeared less agitated at the whole affair.  They couldn’t have been more than 16 inches in front of my car.

To recap: that’s the Acura, IT payroll, and farm animals. Now, it’s time to talk about the wine (yeah, yeah, and Lord of the Rings – I didn’t forget); a wine that takes its logo from a wild turkey, and like a turkey is tasty, colorful, and dense (just not that meaning of dense)…

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Twitter Taste Live Tackles Mendoza (and Sees Its Best Wine Yet)

Vinted on September 16, 2009 binned in twitter taste live

Last week saw the continuation of the latest Twitter Taste Live experiment, which has a small number of bloggers tasting a selection of wines from Argentine producers, concentrating weekly on samples from select winemaking regions within that country.  Call it a virtual tour of Argentina, lived vicariously through wine (and the 140-character portal-to-the-world that is twitter).

We’ve already been through the dizzying heights of Salta, where vines are planted 5,000-10,000 feet above sea level and Torrontes achieves styles that range from flowery to elegant.  Last week, we ventured to Mendoza, the earthly dwelling place of the soul of the dense & dark Malbec.

Most Malbec fans know (and love) it in its tannic, concentrated, dark & lovely (and low-priced) form – an almost perfect accompaniment to hearty, grilled or BBQ meats.  But the producers that were highlighted in last week’s TTL (Jean Bousquet, Trapiche, Zuccardi and O. Fournier wineries) showed more complex sides of the stalwart Argentine star performer.  Just as the range of what’s possible with Torrontes stole the show in our Salta tasting, what shone through in last week’s event was just how well Malbec can reflect terroir when it’s put into capable hands.

How impressed was I?  Let’s put it this way: I declared the 2006 O. Fournier Alfa Crux  Malbec to be the best wine that we’ve ever poured for a TTL event, and I’ve participated in nearly every single TTL since its inception over a year ago.  You read that correctly – the best wine poured at a TTL, ever.  For the record, I was spitting and (mostly) sober.

It’s worth noting that, true to recent form, twitter’s search API puked all over itself just as the event was supposed to kick off.  What should have ended in a premature disaster due to twitter’s inaccessibility and slow performance became a memorable and enjoyable tasting – which is a big credit to the TTL staff and participating winemakers who hung in there and rallied the bloggers once things returned to relative normalcy in twitter-ville.  TasteLive.com are planning some changes that will help the events to carry on even when twitter isn’t cooperating – more on that in the near future.

Read on to playback a recap of the twitter stream from last week’s event…

 

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