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California, Cat Piss, Saints & Twitter (or “Joe vs. Napa Sauvignon Blanc”)

Vinted on July 13, 2009 binned in California wine, commentary
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By all accounts, the is past Saturday’s Twitter Taste Live! event, featuring selections from Napa Valley stalwart St. Supery, was a big success.  Some estimates on the event put the number of twitter event posts at greater than 700 (I’ve not seen any definitive statistics yet), which would likely make it the biggest TTL event to date in terms of raw participation.  Undoubtedly the wide availability of St. Supery wines helped to send this event over the top, in twitter terms.

No matter how you look at it, 700 tweets is a lot of exposure for St. Supery especially when you consider that the participants needed to have the St. Supery wines in order to get the full TTL experience.

During the event, I was pleasantly surprised by St. Supery’s Sauvignon Blanc-based wines.  This is because I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc.  Which is to say, I almost love to hate Napa Valley SB because in my experience they’re way too bloated and flabby to compare with the best efforts from New Zealand and France.  I was beginning to wonder if NV SB was a fad that needed to die, sort of like Napa’s questionable experimentation with Sangiovese-based wines.  Wine geeks often refer to SB’s pungent aromas as “Cat pee,” a term I tend to avoid when describing any wine that other humans might actually want to try, but I made reference to the term during Saturday’s TTL event, when I expressed surprise at how enjoyable the St. Supery SB’s were:

I suppose I expected some measure of challenge to that statement.  I just didn’t expect it to come less than 24 hours after I’d made it…

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2009-07-11

Vinted on July 11, 2009 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 07 The Crusher Wilson Vineyard Viognier (Clarksburg): Notes of honey & flowers help to offset the flab & make it a decent value for the $. #
  • 06 Whitehaven Pinot Noir (Marlborough, NZ): Easy-drinking w/ intense red berry, smooth tannin & minerals. Exactly what a kiwi red should be. #
  • 06 Michael David Gluttony Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi, CA): This wine is Godzilla. You are Japan!!! Prepare for total destruction! #
  • 07 Chateau Ste Michelle Riesling (Columbia Valley): Long on the citrus & apricot. Awkward mid-palate, but don’t moan too much at this price. #
  • 07 La Tancia Chianti: Over-delivers a bit for the price. A little astringent, but the acidity & sour cherry will play very well with pizza. #
  • 06 Napa Cellars Stagecoach Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Tasty & not overblown, but so much green pepper you’ll think you’re in Chile. #
  • 07 Dievole ‘Pinocchio’ Nero d’Avola (Sicily): Bright red fruit & herbs, easy drinking & tasty. Maybe a touch too much ML. For now not later. #

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St. Supery And Twitter Taste Live: Rockin’ Like Dokken!

Vinted on July 9, 2009 binned in twitter taste live, wine 2.0

Time for another Twitter Taste Live! event.

I know what you’re thinking.

Will this herald yet another untimely celebrity death and bring twitter to an equally untimely end?

I sure hope not.  At the very least, I hope I have a chance to be buzzed before twitter takes a dump all over the Internet.

So onward we will press… This time around, wine twitter-maven and all-around ubiquitous (and hilarious) on-line wine goddess Thea (a.k.a. WinebratSF) will be leading us through a tasting of wines hand-picked for Summer enjoyment from venerable Napa producer St Supéry Vineyards.

Proceedings will kick off at 9PM ET on Saturday, July 11.  You can read Thea’s energetic intro to the event here.  A run-down of the wines looks promising:

I’ll be in attendance, as I can’t seem to achieve escape velocity for any TTL event… nor would I want to, come to think of it…

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“Gluttzilla” Lodi Zinfandel Attacks City!!

Vinted on July 8, 2009 binned in commentary, Inebriated Press

LODI ZINFANDEL ATTACKS TOKYO!

Crowds flee for their lives as “Gluttzilla” menace destroys theme park.
Tokyo defenses “only stir its already considerable anger.”

July 8th, 2009 – Tokyo
Inebriated Press

A powerfully alcoholic wine emerged from the basement depths of downtown Tokyo wine and liquor shop Tanakaya today, breathing fire and staging a level of destruction not seen in the city since 1954, when the lizard-like menace Godzilla attacked the city and died (along with all other nearby sea life) under mysterious circumstances in Tokyo Bay, reports the IP (Inebriated Press).

Hundreds of local residents are reported missing, and damage to city buildings, public transportation systems, and electrical infrastructure reportedly will “easily reach into the several billions [of dollars]” said  Japanese Defense Minister Hamada.

The rogue wine has been positively identified as the powerful and highly potent 2006 vintage of “Gluttony” Lodi Zinfandel from California wine producer Michael~DavidIt’s unclear at this time if the monstrous wine bottle was angrily disturbed from its slumber by the passing of trains at nearby Mejiro station, or if it became enraged at receiving a 77 point rating in the June 30 2009 issue of Wine Spectator.

What is clear is that at approximately 1:35 PM Tokyo time today, the enormous Gluttony Zinfandel emerged from Tanakaya and began to destroy nearly everything in its wake, leveling buildings with ease and burning down an amusement part en route to the bay nearby, where “Gluttzilla” (as it has been dubbed by the local press) seemingly took refuge beneath the waves and has not been seen since…

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