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Anthony dias Blue Goes on the Attack Against Wine Bloggers

Vinted on July 16, 2009 binned in commentary, wine blogging
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Here we go again.

I don’t know why wine writing icons feel compelled lately to disparage wine bloggers as a whole, but it seems that the venerable Anthony dias Blue is joining Robert Parker in painting all wine bloggers with an overly broad and negative brush. As in the case of Parker’s blogger diatribe, by casting aspersions on wine bloggers with such a broad brush, Blue undermines his own (otherwise very compelling) argument and credibility.

Blue’s attack comes in the July 2009 issue of Tasting Panel in a piece titled “…And Who Regulates the Bloggers?” Blue starts by coming to defense of Robert Parker with respect to the recent brouhaha that Tyler’s article drummed up on his Dr. Vino wine blog. You might recall that Tyler uncovered what appeared to be very inconsistent behavior by some of Parker’s staff, behavior that didn’t seem to line up at all with Parker’s published code of ethics. This event generated quite a bit of discussion on the Internet, and even prompted Janis Robinson to (finally) detail her own ethics code with regards to samples and reviews.

Strangely, he cites “barbarian bloggers” instead of simply referencing Tyler’s Dr. Vino blog. I don’t recall anyone but Tyler breaking the Parker story, so I’m confused as to why Blue would use a broad and disparaging term to describe bloggers a group.

Things get much worse…

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Announcing 1WineDude TV!

Vinted on July 15, 2009 binned in 1WineDude TV, wine bloggers conference

Friends, Romans, Wine-Country-Peeps:

1WineDude TV has officially launched!

What are the plans for 1WineDude TV?

First off, covering next week’s second annual American Wine Bloggers Conference from Sonoma with what will hopefully be a witty collection of wine edu-tainment vids.  Personally, I can’t watch long vids over the Internet so I’m going to ensure that all 1WineDude TV episodes are short (very short).

After that, I’ve got absolutely no plans.  But hey, that’s never stopped things around 1WineDude.com before so what they hell, let’s Get This Par-Tay Started!  Enjoy… and shout out your thoughts (especially regarding my “face-plant”) in the comments!

Future 1WD TV episodes will be posted here on 1WineDude, of course, sourced from my YouTube channel.

Cheers!

p.s. – Special thanks to Shirley Thompson for the camera work, and to Black Box Wines for supplying the Flip Mino.

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

Vinted on July 13, 2009 binned in California wine, commentary

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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