1WineDude TV Episode 23: Sharing the Wine Love (Going Pro in Porto)

Vinted on December 15, 2010 binned in 1WineDude TV, going pro, on the road

I hope you’ll forgive the low production quality and complete lack of credits/intro/music in this vid – I’ve had a pretty difficult time trying to post this from Portugal (due in part to a busy schedule with few breaks, fewer Internet access points, and a rather massive laptop PC crash… the HORROR!).

Anyway, I felt it important in the Going Pro saga to report in from Portugal while I was still actually in Portugal – and especially since I was here in a “pro” context.  In the short vid, I talk about a few of the inspirational things that struck me during the conference (most of which consisted of me getting to hang with some seriously talented MW peeps).  As always, I welcome your thoughts and comments, so long as they’re not about my hair or the fact that I had to whisper since I was recording this vid early in the morning!).

Cheers!

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1WineDude Radio: The James Suckling Interview

Vinted on December 14, 2010 binned in 1WineDude Radio, interviews

Technically, this is actually Episode Three of my podcasts, but they’re running out of order.  Because I feel like it.

Anyway, my strong suspicion is that today’s interview with James Suckling (formerly, of course, from Wine Spectator) is going to generate a lot of discussion.  Like Robert Parker, Suckling is a bit of a polarizing figure in the wine world, mostly because for decades he represented concepts that wine geeks have come to either love or loathe: the assignment of numerical scores to assess a wine’s quality, handed down by either experts with exceptional palates honed by years of tastings, or by ivory-tower-dwelling egomaniacs, depending on your point of view of wine scores.

James braved intermittent cellphone coverage, technical Skype difficulties, and (most dangerously) L.A. traffic to be the next victim interview guest on “1WineDude Radio.”

In our interview, James talks about his new website (which launched last Monday, but will be referenced as still being in the future as we recorded the interview on December 3rd), his view on wine scores (and why he thinks they’re still important), why he left Wine Spectator, how he expects to make a living out on his own in the wine world; he also has some surprising things to say about wine blogs.

No doubt there will be many of you who will think I either wasn’t respectful enough or wasn’t hard-edged enough in this interview (likely depending on your points of view of wine scores). I think what you will find, if you keep an open mind, is that James shows a side of himself in this interview that isn’t evident in his Wine Spectator writings or his film appearances.  As always, my interview approach is centrist; it’s meant to have the person voice their views themselves, in the most human and direct way possible; we can of course explore, debate, and discuss our reactions in the comments – which (as always), I encourage you to do!

Cheers!


1WineDude Radio: The James Suckling Interview

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up for 2010-12-10

Vinted on December 11, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 06 Newton Vineyard Unfiltered Merlot (Napa Valley): Undanceable contrasting groove of ripe/sour black cherry, & supple/boozy mouthfeel $60 B ->
  • 08 Alamos Seleccion Malbec (Mendoza): Three-part harmony of smoke, violets & black fruits; flirts with seriousness, but stays fun. $20 B ->
  • 08 Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Bernkasteler alte Badstube am Doctorberg Riesling Spatlase (Mosel): Pricey but spicy lemon & mineral party. $33 B+ ->
  • 07 Mollydooker “Carnival of Love” Shiraz (McLaren Vale): Like a pricier version of Tawny Port, except it doesn’t pair with chocolate. $90 B ->
  • 08 Hugel et Fils “HUGEL” Gewurztraminer (Alsace): Only mailmen deliver more consistently than this spicy, floral & fruity stalwart. $24 B ->
  • 06 Parducci “True Grit” Petite Sirah (Mendocino): She ain’t supple, but she sure is fiery & peppery. Saddle up & ride ’em with pride! $30 B ->
  • Espumante Murganheira Grande Reserve Bruto Assemblage 1995 (Beiras): Man could, in fact, live on bread alone, if it tasted like this. €19 B+ ->
  • 08 Soalheiro Reserva Versao (Minho): Seriously structured (& seriously good) food-friendly take on one of the Vinho Verde varieties. €20 B+ ->
  • 04 Quinta do Crasto Reserva Vinhas Velhas (Duro): Deep, dark & savory. Earth & truffle on the nose for the patient (& so be patient!) €30 A- ->
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