In this episode, I take a break from my busy schedule of eating, napping and playing Infinity Blade during my Tuscany vacation to field test a sample of the VinniBag, a unique inflatable travel bag meant to protect wine bottle from damage and temperature fluctuations.
How did my Tuscan Vin Santo fare in the VinniBag after being left out in the car in Chianti and Volterra, getting dragged in my luggage through the bumpy streets of Siena, and then subjected to multiple British Airways flights and the formidable Terminal 5 in London Heathrow airport? Watch the vid to find out!
Apologies in advance for the low volume during the first part of the vid (screw it, I was on vacation!) and for the jumpiness in the second stanza (the 100+ lb dog was trying to play a bit too friskily with the camerawoman at the time…).
- 06 Castello di Volpaia Balifico (Toscana): Very dark, very young, more than a little moody, but full of rustic charm (& potential). €29 B+ >>find this wine>>
- 07 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva (Chianti Classico): Tangy, black-fruited balance between the Old & New Chianti worlds €19 B+ >>find this wine>>
- 08 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico (Chianti Classico): Bright cherry Ferrari w/ leather seats speeding thru the green countryside €12 B >>find this wine>>
- 10 Castello di Volpaia Bianco di Volpaia (Toscana): Citrus, pear, yellow apple, flowers & a desperate need for pecorino and ham. €8 B- >>find this wine>>
- 05 Castelvecchio Vigna La Quercia Riserva (Chianti Colli Fiorentini): All things dried (fruit/herbs) but might be yer slice of the pie €13 B >>find this wine>>
- 10 Calo Giordano Grillo (Sicilia): A bit of lemon, a touch of lychee, & a whole lot of simple refreshingness to love. €7 B- >>find this wine>>
- 05 Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Port (Porto): Say, have you met Vintage’s refined but fruity/peppery & feisty little sister? $22 B >>find this wine>>
- 07 Cliff Lede Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Fans of the hedonistically opulent might feel that they’ve found their Mecca. $150 A >>find this wine>>
Wine has often inspired poetry (and still does – check out this example reviewed here a few short years ago), and in today’s case, waxing poetic about the most expensive wines that all of you out there have imbibed in turn inspired me to pull out some of the more expensive sample bottles calling to me in siren song from the bowels of their cardboard box prisons in my basement.
Actually, the first of these isn’t all that expensive, but at over $30 bucks isn’t (at least not by any real-world-with-real-people-spending-real-money-in-it measure) cheap. But it sure drinks like it’s high-end and well-worth the cash.
The second is a famously expensive, high-scoring Napa Cab blend from a producer that got on my good side by quoting Spinal Tap on its website [Editor’s note: quoting Spinal Tap is always welcome, and will get you a smile, but not necessarily a high rating!].
Anyway, to quote Spinal Tap myself, enough of my yappin’ – let’s boogie!…
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A friend of mine, that talented writer David White, recently gave a speech at the 2011 Nederburg Auction in South Africa. The title of the talk: “The End of the Gatekeeper: How The Online Revolution is Revolutionizing Wine.”
Forgiving the potential redundancy in the title (a revolution does have to revolutionize something, by definition, at least I think it does but maybe we’ve revolutionized the definitions as well and I missed it), David’s speech (which you can read in its entirety) is chock-full of interesting tidbits regarding the state of the on-line wine world. And if that speech has a theme, it’s this: gatekeepers are largely wasting their time, especially when it comes to wine.
One of the more interesting tidbits from that speech comes from David’s observation of the current market’s combination of social media and the long-tail of how we search for and eventually consume products…
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