Going Pro: I Will Drink All Wine Before Its Time

Vinted on January 19, 2011 binned in commentary, going pro

When it comes to tasting wine in a critical context (critical as in “for the purpose of reviewing potential and quality” and not critical as in “life-threateningly-important” – though way, way, way too many people treat it that way), I’m often reminded of the phrase made (in)famous decades ago in wine TV commercials by an aging (and rapidly expanding) Orson Welles.

No, I don’t mean “Mmmmyyyyaaaaaargh…The French!…

I mean “wine before its time.”

The deeper I go into this Going Pro rabbit hole, the more often I find myself tasting a fine wine (several) years before “its time” – what I would consider its optimal drinking age.  It’s something that came to mind while I was reading (and subsequently commenting on) a recent blog post by Wine Enthusiast’s Steve Heimoff, when he mused that it’s a treat for wine reviewers when they actually get an appreciable amount of time to enjoy a wine at leisure (a point with which I agree, and one I can appreciate given that I’ve found myself in similar circumstances recently – though as a general rule I eschew tasting large volumes of wine quickly and, as mentioned before on these virtual pages, I’m not interested in going that route for 1WineDude.com).

So, what is a wine’s optimal drinking age, then?…

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1WineDude Radio Episode 4: Talking Biodynamics with International Viticulture Consultant Alan York

Vinted on January 18, 2011 binned in 1WineDude Radio, interviews

In the latest podcast installment here on 1WineDude.com, I interview Alan York, an international consultant on Biodynamic viticulture and farming, who I met last year when visiting Benziger (one of Alan’s clients).

Alan is probably best known as the consultant who is overseeing the Biodynamics conversion of mega rock star Sting’s vineyard area in Tuscany.

Despite being fully immersed into the world of Biodynamics, Alan has a pretty laid-back, live-and-let-live approach to BioD farming in general.  Except when it comes to talking about all-out attacks on BioD, particularly winemaker Stu Smith’s blog Biodynamics Is A Hoax.

Alan talks to me about his work with Sting, his views on the differences between Organically- and Biodynamically-farmed wines, how to explain Biodynamics to the layperson, and explains why he’s flummoxed that Biodynamics would come under attack in the first place (though he certainly acknowledges its inherent strangeness).

It should be another fun opportunity to discuss an always hot-button, powder-keg topic on the virtual pages of 1WD.

Next week… I interview Stu Smith himself to get the opposing viewpoint.  Stay tuned…

Cheers!


1WineDude Radio: International Consultant Alan York Talks Biodynamics

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For 2011-01-15

Vinted on January 15, 2011 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 07 V. Sattui Black-Sears Vineyard Howell Mountain Zinfandel (Napa Valley): Hey, U want some tasty, brambly Zin with that black pepper? $40 B #
  • NV Elyssia Pinot Noir Brut (Cava): Let's get reeeeaaaaaaady to ruuuuummmmmble (in the red raspberry bubble jungle). $18 B- #
  • 07 Vigne Regali "La Lus" Albarossa (Monferrato Rosso): Red berry & slightly tough love child of Barbera, Nebbiolo & a bit too much oak $30 B #
  • 09 Bouké Perlant (New York): NY's refreshing, pear-infused answer to Vinho Verde. It wants slightly-spicy Asian food. Right now. $17 B- #
  • 07 Kimmel Merlot (Mendocino): Has a lot (anise, chocolate, herbs) going on, if you can get past the "puts hair on yer chest" factor. $42 B+ #
  • 09 Bouquet White Dessert Wine (Long Island): Comes on feminine (lychee but watch out for her tough, bitter (lemon rind) side. 375 mL $37 B #
  • 08 Persimmon Creek Seyval Blanc (Georgia): Lively citrus marred by bitter finish. Might get U wondering if GA is onto something tho. $22 C+ #
  • 07 Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (Alexander Valley): Big but gorgeous w/ cocoa, mint & currant. Built to last, & a bargain $45 B+ #
  • 08 Cru Chardonnay (Arroyo Secco): A great big ball of (surprisingly food-friendly) passion fruit/mango/pineapple butterscotchery. $27 B #
  • 07 Sartori Regolo (Rosso Veronese): Like trying to eat beguiling dried cherries… while standing firmly in some stinky barnyard muck. $19 C #
  • 09 Sartori Ferdi (Bianco Veronese): A bit off-the-beaten-path, but beating a lively lychee-&-apricot-infused path to your taste buds. $14 B #
  • 07 Vinos y Viñedos Dominio Lasierpe "Flor de Lasierpe" Garnacha Vinas Viejas (Navarra): A bit oaky but más que preparado para tapas! $18 B #

 

 

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