Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For September 24, 2011

Vinted on September 24, 2011 binned in wine mini-reviews

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I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine sample tasting notes via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be fun, quickly-and-easily-digestible reviews. Below is a wrap-up of the twitter reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find them so you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 06 Monteci Amarone (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico): That spicy dried cherry can’t get out from under its own big boozy shadow. $39 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Giant Steps Chardonnay Sexton Vineyard (Yarra Valley): Drinks like it costs twice the price. A minor food-friendly floral triumph. $35 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Susana Balbo Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza): This tasty & flamboyantly fruity Cab definitely does not put the “ewww!” in “New World.” $24 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Casas del Bosque Pequenas Producciones Pinot Noir (Casablanca): A little jammy/big, but earthy, true & carrying it all with aplomb $34 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Casas del Bosque Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca): Tailor-made for lovers of grassy SB w/ hankerings for seafood cerviche. $16 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Misty Oaks Vineyard Constitution Ridge Pinot Blanc (Umpqua Valley): Has all the melons already, seriously wants some crab cakes. $16 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rose (Coastal Region): A couple of awkward invitees to this wild berry party but it’s still a party $12 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 El Coto de Rioja Rioja Blanco (Rioja): New sheriff’s in town. Name’s pear. Rode in on some lemons. And he’s packin’ white flowers. $10 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Clean Slate Riesling (Mosel): If you’re into the limes-meets-wet-rocks theme, this is pretty damn good (for pretty damn cheap). $11 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 King Estate Acrobat Pinot Gris (OR): Tropical crazy-*ss bargain of a wine. Gets the star sticker for playing well w/ others’ food. $13 B >>find this wine>>



Resveratrol, Red Wine And The Fountain Of Youth

Vinted on September 23, 2011 binned in wine health, wine news

In the immortal words of William Shatner, “I hate to be the bearer of bad news.”

But… you should know that, according to research very recently published in the journal Nature, our old pal resveratrol (a compound found in red wine, among other things) might not be the key to everlasting youth.

OMG! Who would ever have guessed such a terrible thing?! Oh wait, haven’t we been cautioning against the resveratrol craze for something like four years here on 1WD?

Anywaaaaaay… long-story-made-short, a 2006 Harvard study once found that resveratrol might increase production of proteins called sirtuins, which were found at the time to possible prolong the lives of obese mice.  Good news for you red-wine-drinking obese mice out there, or so it was thought at the time.

Turns out, according to the findings being published in Nature, the initial study might have been flawed, and all this stuff around red wine/resveratrol/sirtuins prolonging life might have been a bit overblown. Bad news for you red-wine-drinking obese mice out there. And maybe also for GlaxoSmithKline, who paid over $700 million for the company that the initial study’s author David Sinclair founded to make a drug from the substance.

NPR.org has a great detailed report on all of the above, embedded below for your listening pleasure.  I suggest relaxing with a glass of red wine while you listen to it – not because the red wine will make you live longer, but because the relaxing might help you live longer (or if not, at least help you enjoy the moment a bit more than usual).





A Malbec Three-Way (Or “This Bud’s No Longer For You!”)

Vinted on September 22, 2011 binned in crowd pleaser wines, wine review

Ok, It’s (probably) not what you’re thinking.

What I wanted to do today was highlight the versatility of Argentine Malbec – not just because it’s capable of delivering more than the tongue-coating, savory inkiness of a dry red that we’re used to, but also because I’m kind of all-Malbeced-out from my South American jaunt, and so if I’m gonna cover Malbec it’s gonna need to be a little creative.

Not that creative… look, you really need to get your mind out of the gutter, alright? It’s not even the weekend for krissakes!

So… I grabbed three Argentine Malbecs made in three totally different styles from the ever-expanding and totally-over-run-with-cardboard-boxes sample pool known as my basement, and we hit the grill for some BQ goodness to match up with it all.

My tasting experiment wasn’t without its slight disappointments, but it did yield a crowd-pleasing “sleeper” of a dessert wine – one that happens to deliver a serious amount of bang-for-the-buck, and also even more serious amounts of the “gee-I didn’t-know-they-made-this-kind-of-stuff” factor.  More on that in a minute (or two).

As I suspect is the case with many three-ways, ours started with imbibing some bubbly

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