Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up For September 10, 2011

Vinted on September 10, 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!

  • 07 Miss Vicky Wine (Fleurie): Lives up to Fleurie’s feminine, flowery nature w/ its sexy, candied red berries & a sprinkle of violets. $18 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Graff Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese (Mosel): Citrus, apples & stone fruits FTW! For anything from cheese to spicy Indian. $17 B >>find this wine>>
  • 07 Hess Collection Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Blackberry & chocolate are tasty but wrapped up tight (for now…) $48 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Trapiche Varietals Malbec (Mendoza): Enjoyably simple, easy-drinking, raging bargain of a red plum, cherry-filled quaffer. Gulp. $7 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Trapiche Broquel Pinot Noir (Mendoza): There are vibrant & silky red berries in here. Somewhere, under all that toasty toasty-ness $15 C+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec (Mendoza): Those oak casks might have had some Funk-tion as well as function. You’d better like em toasty $10 C+ >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Trapiche Broquel Malbec (Mendoza): The dark fruit finish is very long. But also very smoky. Lots of oak, but deftly applied. $15 B >>find this wine>>
  • 06 Chateau Chevalier Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Chocolate & juicy stewed fruit, with sights set squarely on the steakhouse. $24 B >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Cru Appellation Series Chardonnay (Santa Lucia Highlands): Lots of complexity for the price. Lots of butterscotch & booze, too. $27 B- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Flowers Camp Meeting Ridge Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): A strong case for a Fort Ross AVA. A ways to go, but this horse has legs! $55 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 08 Littorai Thieriot Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): A bit too much heat in here, but this is one GREAT-smelling, spicy kitchen. $70 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Littorai Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Like cherries & raspberries balanced on top of squares of high-end chocolates. $38 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Littorai Hirsh Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Totally comfortable in its own gorgeous, complex & pure coolish-climate skin. $65 A- >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Patz And Hall Burnside Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Silky, sophisticated & certainly worth your time if you like them rich. $65 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Small Vines MK Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): For all the charm, we’ve ventured a bit too far into Cola Territory here… $70 B >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Freeman Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Focus focus focus! is the mantra. You’ll wanna focus on the gr8 structure. $40 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 09 Cobb Emmaline Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): She’s tart, wearing leather & carrying herbs; you just might fall in love w/ her $69 B+ >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Grafen Neipperg Lemberger (Wurttemberg): If you want pepper aromas any purer, you’ll need to shop for a grinder at Williams-Sonoma. $21 B >>find this wine>>
  • 10 Castell Silvaner Trocken (Franken): Might inspire you to sing Fishbone’s “Lemon Meringue” (or at least queue it up on the iPod). $17 B- >>find this wine>>



What We Drank When Our Neighbors Betrayed Us

Vinted on September 8, 2011 binned in crowd pleaser wines, elegant wines, wine review

Okay… so technically our neighbors didn’t betray us. It just feels that way.

By any conservative measurement, we (my family at “Chateau Dude,” that is) have the greatest neighbors on the face of the planet. Correction: had. Our neighbors are moving away from us, those backstabbers!

Okay… so technically they’re not backstabbers, and we’re just fiercely disappointed that they will be moving to the Midwest, where an impossible-to-pass-up dream job opportunity awaits their primary bread-winner. These are people who we see nearly every day, and enjoy seeing nearly every day. Think about that for a second, and just how rare that situation is in our modern lives. Hell, some people never even see their neighbors or learn their names… And the number of significant disagreements we’ve had as neighbors over the last several years? Just about Zero.

When Stephanie and Natalie moved in next door, I was floored at how cool they were. It got to the point where even I was tired of hearing about how cool I thought they were. And for a few short weeks initially after the moved in, I deliberately avoided long spans of contact with them so they wouldn’t think I was some weirdo stalker type (I’m weird, just not stalker-weird). Over the years, we’ve shared a lot more than each others’ power tools – there have been dinners, great conversations, big parties, small parties, shoveling driveways after blizzards, and countless beers consumed together on our porches and decks. Most significantly, though, we’ve supported and cheered each other on through the early stages of parenthood, and our kids (who are about the same age) play together often, having so far known each other their entire short little lives.

So when you head out to dinner to celebrate a major life milestone with people like that, what do you pop open to celebrate? Even if they’re betraying you, I mean…

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1WineDude TV Episode 38: Why The Argument Against Wine And Social Media Is Illogical (Getting’ Groovy With Cruvee)

Vinted on September 7, 2011 binned in 1WineDude TV, commentary, going pro

Part of me is really just sick and tired of making this argument… but what the hell, let’s throw more kindling on the fire and talk about why saying social media isn’t for wineries because “the brand is too small,” or “it takes too much time because we’re really farmers and we’re too busy,” or “it doesn’t connect us with local customers” is, at this point, a stinky pile of total bull honkey.

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