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Southern Hospitality? (Sampling VA’s Loudoun County Wineries)

Vinted on August 24, 2009 binned in commentary, on the road, wine review
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Virginia, as the marketing slogan goes, is for Lovers.

VA may soon be for wine lovers, especially if you’re fond of Old World style  Cabernet Franc.

VA is not necessarily for wine writers, however.

Those are the tidbits of knowledge that I came away with anyway, after touring a handful of Loudoun County wineries with a group of other bloggers, sponsored by Reston Limousine.

To be fair, before I start making pronouncements on the state of wine in D.C.’s wine country – and I will make pronouncements about D.C.’s wine country, of course – my tour visited only a handful of wineries in the Harmony Cluster.  While it’s situated in close proximity to D.C. and Reston, Loudoun County gets particularly rural particularly quickly, and if you’re planning on a tour of the area’s wineries you could hardly do better than to hire someone else to navigate the narrow, twisting, unpaved roads between wineries, which I imagine would be harrowing to navigate in poor weather, darkness, or when you’re hammered.  Not that you’d do that, right?  Right?!??

I did come away quite impressed with Reston Limo, who sponsored our trip and offer public tours of the area’s wine trail.  Our driver was big enough to have been on NFL offensive lineman, and thankfully was quite funny, approachable, and talented (he possesses a very good singing voice, and is able to create – I am not making this up – cursive renditions of your name created from a piece of twisted wire).  So I came away from the tour fairly impressed by Reston Limousine.

The Loudoun country wineries, on the other hand, did not all impress me…

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2009-08-22

Vinted on August 22, 2009 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 07 Rued Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Aromatic & *almost* balanced at 14.5 abv with stone fruits galore. Pretty good deal for $18. #
  • 05 Blair Wedding Cuvee (Pennsylvania): Bad label, good wine. One of the spiciest (& best) East Coast Cab Franc blends I've had in a while. #
  • 08 d'Arenberg 'Broken Fishplate' Sauvignon Blanc (Adelaide Hills): From tropical fruit to an herbal finish. But the ride btw is a bit bumpy. #
  • 08 Cono Sur Vision Pinot Noir (Colchagua Valley): All of the jammy fruit that PN can muster, & then some more jammy fruit for good measure. #
  • Senor Sangeria (NV): Fruity (red) w/ pleasing sweetness & acidity. Pour this at a party, & it's gone in a flash. Great work & a fun concept. #
  • 07 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Blanc (Monterey): Like an amuse-bouche, but it's a pear soaked in tasty booze. Thank you sir, can I have another? #
  • 05 Diamond Terrace Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa): Dark Chocolate-covered black cherries are nice, but prob. not as good as this. #
  • 06 Cliff Bar Family Winery 'The Climber' Red (CA): Like a mountain pass, things get rough. But the black fruit along the way is enjoyable. #

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1WineDude Featured on Tom Wark’s Fermentation!

Vinted on August 21, 2009 binned in about 1winedude blog

Wow – I feel like I’ve arrived!

This week, 1WineDude is featured on Tom Wark’s long-standing and excellent wine blog Fermentation.  This mention is extra-special for me, because I’ve really enjoyed Tom’s Bloggerviews series and have often been turned on to new and interesting writers that Tom has featured.

To me, when Tom features a blogger on Bloggerviews, it usually means that they’ve really hit their stride as a writer.  I don’t know if I quite qualify as hitting my stride, but I’m certainly honored to have been included in the great company of wine bloggers that he’s featured.  I think that Tom’s prescription for eyeglasses may need renewal, however, since he mentions in the feature that I’m a good-looking guy… clearly his glasses require work (or at the very least, need a good cleaning).  Anyway, check out Tom’s post here:

http://fermentation.typepad.com/fermentation/2009/08/bloggerview-25-joe-roberts.html

Tom begins his feature with the words “Here’s what I think about Joe Roberts…”  Well, I need to tell you all what I think about Tom Wark.

Tom deserves a medal for the work that he has done, sometimes behind the scenes and outside of the public eye, as Executive Director of the Specialty Wine Retailers Association, with a mission to further the fight for a free market for wine in the United States.  To put it simply, if you are able to have wine shipped to your home directly then you probably owe a small debt to Tom and the SWRA for helping fight to maintain that right for you.  If you can’t yet have wine shipped directly to you legally, then Tom is the person you want on your side in the battle to get there.  Keep fighting the good fight, Tom!

You can follow the SWRA’s Wine Without Borders blog here.

Cheers!

(images: fermentation.typepad.com)

5 Blogs in 5 Minutes: The First Edition

Vinted on August 20, 2009 binned in wine blogging

Technically speaking, there are approximately a boat load of wine blogs out here on the “global interwebs.”

I know what you’re thinking.

What, there are wine blogs besides 1wineDude.com?  Really??

A recent count has us at about 1,000 wine blogs being published worldwide.  Nearly 50% of those are published in English.  That’s about as dizzying an array of choices to the average American wine consumer as his or her available wine brand choices, which some estimates have pegged at about 7,000.

Personally, I subscribe to a paltry, tiny percentage of those blogs.  Not because only a small percentage are any good; it’s mostly because I’m lazy.  In fact, I am constantly amazed at the quality of many of the wine blogs available.  But… I’ve got a toddler running around the house, a side career in music, and an IT career.  Oh, yeah, sometimes I like to see my wife, too.  So time isn’t exactly a luxury at Chateau Dude.

For those of you who are also busy, I’m going to start featuring small pieces on other wine blogs that I follow.  The idea is that if you have 5 minutes, I’ll give you five wine blogs that you should check out in those 5 minutes, if only to bookmark and come back to them later when you do have more time.

Hopefully these blogs make it into your RSS reader of choice, if they’re not there already.  Just remember to come back to 1WineDude once in awhile, okay?

So… here is the first edition of “5 in 5”…

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