Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For October 8, 2011

Vinted on October 8, 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 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 As Bottled Poetry, Poetry As (Really Expensive) Bottled Wine

Vinted on October 6, 2011 binned in elegant wines, kick-ass wines, wine review

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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Down With The Gatekeepers, Up With The Long Tail

Vinted on October 5, 2011 binned in going pro, wine industry events

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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