Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For October 1, 2011

Vinted on October 1, 2011 binned in wine mini-reviews

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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 Leitz Rudesheimer Berg Rottland Riesling Spatlese (Rheingau): Apples, lemons, flowers & just general sigh-evoking gorgeousness. $37 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 M. Chapoutier Belleruche Rose (Cotes-du-Rhone): A simple & tasty raspberry & red currant toast to give Summer a fond send-off. $12 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Duarte Georgetown “Georgetown Divide” Mountain Estate Tempranillo (El Dorado): Spicy complexity & boozy brute force meet for dinner $24 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 St. Amant Tempranillo (Amador County): Dubbed “The Road Less Traveled” – & this dark, chewy, smokey, feral trip is well worth it. $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Pomum Cellars Tinto (Columbia Valley): Spicy, take-no-prisoners Tempranillo blend; you’ll feel every second of those tannins’ grip $21 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Kabinett (Mosel): The word we’re looking for here? That’s “Beautiful” $31 B+ >>find this wine>>

 

 

1WineDude TV Episode 39: Backstage With Rocker Les Claypool Talking Claypool Cellars Wine

Vinted on September 29, 2011 binned in 1WineDude TV, best of, California wine, interviews

In the latest installment of 1WD TV, I go backstage in D.C. to talk to rocker Les Claypool about his Claypool Cellars wines, eat the butterscotch cookies in his Green Room, and generally geek out about great Sonoma Pinot Noir.  Les has just kicked off a tour with Primus in support of their new (excellent, dark & funky) album Green Naugahyde, a jaunt that will take them across a wide swath of the U.S., with stops in South America later this year and a stint at London’s famed Royal Albert Hall next April.

This is my second interview with Les (you can check out the first one here), and he’s still clearly very into the CC endeavor, and is quite the CA-boy homer when it comes to Pinot Noir.  Words can not accurately describe the coolness of this interview for me, so just watch the friggin’ video already because it’s Pudding Time, children!!!

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Cheers!

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Vacation? What Vacation?!?? (Nine Days Under The Tuscan Sun)

Vinted on September 28, 2011 binned in going pro

I’m about to do something that I haven’t really done in about ten years.

No, not drink a bunch of crappy, low-end Pinot Grigio. C’mon, I’m not insane here.

No, I’m talking about taking a vacation.  As in, a real vacation and not one in which I actually end up visiting something like 75 wine producers over five days.

I am flying off to the greater Tuscany area for the better part of ten days (!), and generally getting away from it all.  Including getting away (albeit briefly) from 1WineDude.com (though I suspect, given the location, that the wine bug will bite, I will visit some producers, and I’ll end up reporting on it from Tuscany – WiFi availability permitting – in some way/shape/form, mostly because I’m a compulsive and anal Right Coaster and generally-speaking am unable to help myself)…

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