What We Drank When Our Neighbors Betrayed Us

Vinted on September 8, 2011 binned in crowd pleaser wines, elegant wines, wine review

Okay… so technically our neighbors didn’t betray us. It just feels that way.

By any conservative measurement, we (my family at “Chateau Dude,” that is) have the greatest neighbors on the face of the planet. Correction: had. Our neighbors are moving away from us, those backstabbers!

Okay… so technically they’re not backstabbers, and we’re just fiercely disappointed that they will be moving to the Midwest, where an impossible-to-pass-up dream job opportunity awaits their primary bread-winner. These are people who we see nearly every day, and enjoy seeing nearly every day. Think about that for a second, and just how rare that situation is in our modern lives. Hell, some people never even see their neighbors or learn their names… And the number of significant disagreements we’ve had as neighbors over the last several years? Just about Zero.

When Stephanie and Natalie moved in next door, I was floored at how cool they were. It got to the point where even I was tired of hearing about how cool I thought they were. And for a few short weeks initially after the moved in, I deliberately avoided long spans of contact with them so they wouldn’t think I was some weirdo stalker type (I’m weird, just not stalker-weird). Over the years, we’ve shared a lot more than each others’ power tools – there have been dinners, great conversations, big parties, small parties, shoveling driveways after blizzards, and countless beers consumed together on our porches and decks. Most significantly, though, we’ve supported and cheered each other on through the early stages of parenthood, and our kids (who are about the same age) play together often, having so far known each other their entire short little lives.

So when you head out to dinner to celebrate a major life milestone with people like that, what do you pop open to celebrate? Even if they’re betraying you, I mean…

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1WineDude TV Episode 38: Why The Argument Against Wine And Social Media Is Illogical (Getting’ Groovy With Cruvee)

Vinted on September 7, 2011 binned in 1WineDude TV, commentary, going pro

Part of me is really just sick and tired of making this argument… but what the hell, let’s throw more kindling on the fire and talk about why saying social media isn’t for wineries because “the brand is too small,” or “it takes too much time because we’re really farmers and we’re too busy,” or “it doesn’t connect us with local customers” is, at this point, a stinky pile of total bull honkey.

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The Riesling Doctor Is IN And He Will Kick Cabernet’s Butt Almost Any Day (12Most.com’s Most Fabulous Wines For Under $20)

Vinted on September 6, 2011 binned in overachiever wines, wine review

The Riesling Doctor is most certainly IN, and his rates are dirt cheap.

So goes the thinking (and tendency towards terrible, terrible puns) behind my contribution to an article titled “12 Most Fabulous Wines To Enjoy Now For Under $20,” coordinated by my friend Marie Payton and published at the popular site 12Most.com last week.

Marie asked me (along with a few other wine bloggers – check out the link for their groovy selections) to chime in and provide a pick for her wrap-up, the only conditions being that the wine had to be in fairly wide distribution and (obviously) cost under $20. Here’s a bit more info. on my selection, and the source of the (terrible) pun, and why I’m saying controversial shizz like Riesling kicks Cabernet’s butt

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For September 3, 2011

Vinted on September 3, 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 M. Chapoutier Belleruche Blanc (Cotes-du-Rhone): Tropical fruit, flowers, heft & bite. Rhone’s version of a high-end Tequila shot. $13 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Catalpa Merlot Single Vineyard (Tupungato): Guilty pleasure that’s surprisingly food-friendly despite all of the prune & oak action $21 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Sterling Vintners Collection Sauvignon Blanc (Central Coast): Refreshing lemons, a hint of green grass &… not a whole lot else. $11 C+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Red Car Heaven & Earth Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Packing too much booze in the trunk but has racing stripes of herbs & suppleness $59 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Hirsch Vineyards San Andreas Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Dried herbs. Dark red fruits. Focused structure. About a keg of kick-ass. $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Peay Vineyards Pomarium Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): A tour across the forest floor with black cherry & tannin lamps to guide you. $59 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Zonin Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore (Valpolicella): Not just a stopover on the way to Amarone. Pour it with spagetti bolognese. $20 B >>find this wine>>
  • NV San Sebastian Vintners Red (FL): Muscadine that’s well-made; but then, so is Robitussin, of which this is vaguely reminiscent. $9 C- >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Kuleto Estate Villa Vista Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Needs time to unravel that grip, & herbal/spicy/red-fruit complexity. $75 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Kuleto Estate Syrah (Napa Valley): So much meat, fennel & red berry you’ll feel like you’re cocking dinner (w/ a shot of coffee). $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Kuleto Estate Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Perfume, peaches & suppleness. Feminine but angular, as grip & minerals make show up, too. $45 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Von Holt Old Lakeville Vineyard Syrah (Sonoma Coast): Meaty, black-fruited & tasty, but like a shot of bourbon finishes a bit hot. $35 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Von Schubert Maximin Grünhauser Abtsberg Spatlese Riesling (Mosel): No shortages of stone fruits, peaches, citrus or finesse here. $34 B+ >>find this wine>>



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