Worlds Collide In New Wine-Related Music Vid (And YOU Can Win Some Free Tunes!)

Vinted on December 26, 2011 binned in commentary, giveaways, wine tasting

The first thing most people over the age of twenty-five think of when you ask them to name a song about wine is probably UB40’s Red Red Wine, which is ironic because they’re all totally drinking beer in the vid for that tune.

In a similarly ironic case of music-meets-wine creative worlds colliding, the band I’ve been playing in for… well… for a long time (some of you will remember us as the dudes who recorded a rock version of the Snow Miser/Heat Miser song, and a reggae/dub take on the Oompa Loompa Theme – we’re kinda into the holidays), has just released a video (available for your viewing pleasure below, after the jump) for a tune titled Wine Kissing Days.

The ironic part: the song is about the social pleasures of sharing wine (a near-constant theme among these virtual pages), was filmed in part at local PA producer Chaddsford Winery (which has been profiled here) BUT… apart from playing bass on the tune I had nothing whatsoever to do with it. More on that in a minute or two. Also, since we know that the music played during wine tasting impacts the qualities that people recall about the wine, if I were a tasting room manager I’d buy a few copies (you know, like, 10,000 or so) of this song. Just sayin’.

Anyway, you can hit up iTunes to grab the tune (and the album from which it comes, “Tricky, Seabass & the Hun – and damn, it sure makes me feel old to even talk about the conceit of an album at this point), but I’m giving away a copy of the new Steve Liberace Band CD (another near-ancient conceit!) to three lucky randomly-selected commenters!

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For December 24, 2011

Vinted on December 24, 2011 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!

  • 09 Caldora Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (Abruzzo): And may all your red fruits be briiiiiiight (& this peppery… & charcuterie-friendly). $11 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 07 San Leonino Chianti Classico (Chianti Classico): Bright cherry trying (& alas, failing) to free itself from staves of Slavonian oak $14 C >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Patz & Hall Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir (Carneros): Brooding, distant, temperamental & excellent; not a relationship that’ll bore you $65 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Patz & Hall Chenoweth Ranch Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Silkier – and just about as forward – as a set of red satin sheets. $55 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Patz & Hall Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay (Carneros): Not unlike your kid sister – lush, loveable, demanding & needing time to develop. $55 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Patz & Hall Dutton Ranch Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Peaches that are brooding, & buttery. Marzipan fans, you are in luck. $39 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Ancient Peaks Renegade (Paso Robles): Syrah, Malbec & PV all sitting mostly comfortably on oak; a bit loud but they’re well-behaved $23 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Ancient Peaks Sauvignon Blanc (Paso Robles): Sure is a lot of grass around here. Lemon grass, too. So, did I mention the grass? $14 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Rocca di Montemassi Le Focaie Sangiovese (Maremma): A tangy, juicy trip to Tuscan hillsides, for buttloads < than AlItalia charges. $14 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Giovanni Puiatti Zuccole Sauvignon (Friuli): Aggressive SB; as in ‘wearing high armor, lance-lowered, charging at you’ aggressive. $13 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Lamoreaux Landing Red Oak Vineyard Riesling (Finger Lakes): As solid as the flinty stones that it evokes; you’d better dig pear tho $19 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Stepping Stone Rocks! Red (Napa Valley): Sweet, ripe fruit & silky vanilla oak; could double as a postcard from Napa wine country. $15 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Santa Julia Innovacion Tempranillo Malbec (Mendoza): The Spaniard is feeling right at home speaking a dark cherry Mendozan language $9 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Pacific Rim Riesling (Columbia Valley): Where life’s all slightly-sweet organic peaches, but no cream (the peaches are rich enough) $9 B- >>find this wine>>



And The Ultimate Holiday Gift For The Wine Lover On Your List Is…

Vinted on December 22, 2011 binned in commentary, holidays

…wine from “someplace else.”

On the hook for giving a wine geek a holiday gift this season? Here’s some advice for ya.

Skip the books.

Skip the gimmicky wine gizmos that take up way more kitchen drawer space than they’re worth in actually, tired-and-true utility (trust me on this one, I get samples of all of that sh*z and most of it isn’t worth the amount of air molecules it displaces in your home).

Skip all of it.

You really want to make an impression on your wine lover’s holiday season? Then don’t give him/her/it something that they’ll probably never actually use. Give ‘em something that they’ll drink, and will remember for a long time to come.

Give them something truly different: give ‘em wine from an off-the-well-trodden-path wine region…

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