Do You Care About Vintage Charts? (Wine Spectator Giveaway)

Vinted on September 20, 2010 binned in best of, giveaways

You may have noticed that Wine Spectator has been advertising here on 1WineDude.com. I know, right?  The temperature in Hell may just have gotten a couple of more degrees below freezing.

WS are pushing their new iTunes vintage chart app, and part of that push involves a month-long ad stint here and on other on-line wine publications/blogs. Me being me, I asked them to sweeten the deal and as such this week we are giving away a one-year subscription to Wine Spectator (print or on-line), a $49.95 value

I think I just heard teeth chattering by another lost soul in Hell… [though I should note, before you or the FTC send me any flaming e-mail, that this post is not sponsored, I worked with the WS reps to concoct the giveaway idea].

Anyway, here’s how the giveaway works:

  • Leave a comment here telling everyone what you think about vintage charts: are they useful? overrated? essential?
  • In one week, I will randomly select a winner from the commenters to walk away with a one-year Wine Spectator subscription!

I’ll kick things off by talking about my view on vintage charts – but first, I probably need to clear the air about how I view Wine Spectator in general, because right now that air seems to be a little smoky

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-09-18

Vinted on September 18, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 07 Huber Alte Reben Spatburgunder (Baden): I am totally sure this is delicious Pinot, just as sure as I am that it's overpriced Pinot $80 B+ #
  • 09 Kesselstatt Josephshofer Riesling Kabinett (Mosel): Racy & Spicy German beauty seeks caring cellar for 4 years of rest & repose. $30 B+ #
  • 09 Rheingraf Riesling Trocken (Rheinhessen): Feminine but forward. Also packs a bit of a punch, so watch what you say around her, ok? $21 B #
  • 08 Three Rivers Winery Insania Red (Columbia Valley): A bit hot but pleasingly complex (hello Olives & cedar!) Bord'x-style blend. $35 B+ #
  • 09 Three Rivers Winery Insania White (Columbia Valley): Match thisBord blend w/ grilled scallops & your mouth will thank U later $25 B #
  • 06 Hugel & Fils Pinot Gris Classic "HUGEL" (Alsace): I consider it very awesome that someone is making a lively & very non-flabby PG. $15 B #
  • 07 Spring Valley Vineyard Frederick (Walla Walla): A little too big, a little too boozy, but the spice is juuuuust right, Goldilocks. $50 B+ #
  • 09 Shinn Estate Vineyards "First Fruit" Sauvignon Blanc (Long Island): So much lemongrass you'll think you're in a Thai restaurant. $22 B #
  • NV Shinn Estate Vineyards Red (Long Island): The pepper & herbs are nice, but while I don't mind 'em thin, I do mind 'em gaunt. $14 C+ #
  • 07 Shinn Estate Vineyards Nine Barrels Reserve Merlot (Long Island): Walk-on part by dried fig steals the show in off-Broadway hit. $42 B+ #
  • 08 Petroni Vineyards Chardonnay (Napa Valley): A bit too big, a bit too buttery, a bit too vanilla-y, but tropically tasty. $30 B- #
  • 04 Petroni Vineyards Poggio Alla Pietra (Sonoma Valley): Tastes like Sangiovese, not easy in CA. But the heat & the price don't help. $60 B- #
  • 07 Tenuta Rapitala Nuar (Sicily): Sicilians love to argue, but it's tough to fault a Nero D'avola blend this solid, nuanced & tasty. $15 B #
  • 06 Petroni Vineyards Syrah (Sonoma Valley): At turns, like taking alternate sips of dark red berry juice & concentrated jet fuel. $40 C+ #

 

 

Les Badges de la Semaine (Lively & Rockin’ Edition)

Vinted on September 17, 2010 binned in crowd pleaser wines, overachiever wines, wine review

A short-and-sweet little ditty for a couple of badge-worthy wine recommendations this week.  I also want to thank everyone who has contacted me through various channels with their positive vibes for the badges; so far I’m enjoying using them so they’ll be sticking around:

1WD_Badge_Crowd_Pleaser_thumb1[1] 2008 Three Rivers Winery Insania Red (Columbia Valley): A bit hot but pleasingly complex (hello Olives & cedar!) Bord’x-style blend. $35 B+ #

Produced in cooperation with bad-ass hard rock vocalist Geoff Tate, this is one of those reds that has the virtue of being pleasantly drinkable now, complex enough on the nose to get wine geeks talking about its olive and cedar overtones, and carries with it the cache factor of limited production from an emerging hot-spot wine region (and being associated with Queensryche, who kick all kinds of ass).

1WD_Badge_Overachiever_thumb[1] 2006 Hugel & Fils Pinot Gris Classic “HUGEL” (Alsace): I consider it very awesome that someone is making a lively & very non-flabby PG. $15 B #

This wine will definitely come off as too racy and acidic for some, but the geekier among us will love the fact that there’s a food-friendly PG out there that delivers oodles of tropical fruit aromas without turning into a flabby-ass alcoholic mess on the palate (PG lovers will know what I am talking about here).

If anyone out there gets the chance to try these puppies, let me know your thoughts!

There’s a special mention this week as well, one that doesn’t really fit into any of the badge categories, but does deliver some serious goods:

07 Shinn Estate Vineyards Nine Barrels Reserve Merlot (Long Island): Walk-on part by dried fig steals the show in off-Broadway hit. $42 B+ #

Part of a Taste NY twitter live-tasting event earlier this week, this Merlot-based blend from Shinn should bring the smack-down on any naysayers who continue to believe that East Coast reds can’t compete in terms of ripeness and complexity.

Cheers!

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The Role of a Wine Blogger Post WBC10

Vinted on September 16, 2010 binned in about 1winedude blog

An alternative title for this article might be “Sorry, But I Gotta Be Me” or “The 2010 Wine Blog Awards Messed With My Head.”

One thing that I know about good, compelling blogging (because that’s the stuff that I like to read) is that you can’t be afraid to bare all and let readers inside of your head.

Which entre nous, if I want to take this blog up a notch (and I do), might mean making us both a little uncomfortable from time to time.

Like now, maybe.  Sorry, but I gotta be me.

I’ve been thinking about the WBAs lately because the “trophy” just arrived in the mail – a very nice (and rather phallic) Riedel decanter with the WBA 2010 logo and the words “Best Overall Wine Blog – 1WineDude” etched indelibly onto the front (see inset pic and… jesus jumped-up christ, what’s with all of the gray hair on my head?!??).

Anyway… the thing is, the Wine Blog Awards did kind of mess with my head. The part that really got me into the baking-your-noodle-to-a-crisp-golden-brown territory was  trying to figuring out what the award meant, in the grand scheme of things.

Some would argue “not much.”  Others will tell you that it’s a bit like the Oscars with a dash of the People’s Choice Awards thrown in for good measure.  Truth be told, it still makes me uncomfortable to read the description of the Best Overall Wine Blog category; I just don’t yet see 1WineDude.com as competing with the best of the best of all wine media, or advancing the genre of wine blogging significantly enough to make any real difference…

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