1WineDudeTV Episode 22: Wine Blogger Welfare (or “What Doesn’t Work In Wine Blog Advertising”)

Vinted on November 24, 2010 binned in 1WineDude TV, going pro

In the latest Going Pro series installment, I talk about what works (and doesn’t work!) for advertising on wine blogs.  Why? Because YOU asked for it!

I also engage in some very, very strange dancing behavior which I hope doesn’t offend anyone. (Sorry!).

Have a safe & happy Turkey Day, people!

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Cheers!

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Dreaded Thanksgiving Wine Pairing Article (The Secret To Decent Holiday Wine and Food Matches)

Vinted on November 22, 2010 binned in commentary, holidays

I love Autumn (Fall colors & Football!), but I hate at least three things whose approaches are heralded by the falling leaves:

  1. Raking those falling leaves
  2. Thanksgiving / Holiday food & wine pairings
  3. The Dallas Cowboys

Since I find numbers one and three above so unpalatable, let’s talk about number two.

Holiday wine pairings are one of those things that prove immensely divisive among wine geeks. On the one hand, when you enjoy a subject passionately you want to help people when they ask you about it. On the other hand, the topic is not only a culinary landmine (see “bottom lines” below), but it’s treatment is boringly repetitive year-after-year (though some year-on-year takes are done well); the attempts to make it interesting can backfire so badly that the authors attempts at making the subject creative end up looking more like obligatory acts of desperation.

The bottom lines with holiday wine pairings are a) your preference trumps any recommendations and so-called rules, and b) no one wine, variety, or style will match up perfectly with all of the tasty but crazy epicurean sh*t that will appear on your tables during the holiday season, because there’s simple too much variety.

Still, many folks just want picks to minimize their food-pairing risk during these adventures culinary months, an approach which I can respect. So I’m gonna let you all in on a little secret for maximizing your chances of holiday wine-and-food pairing success…

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up for 2010-11-19

Vinted on November 20, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • NV Domaine Ste Michelle Brut (Columbia Valley): Tosses nunchucks of tart green apple flavor at the other cheap sparklers on the shelf $10 B- ->
  • 04 Azul Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec (Mendoza): A tad heavy-handed but U might like that from someone this complex, dark & sexy. $32 B+ ->
  • 06 Ricominciare Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza): 750ml of stewed fruit, herbs & meat. Interesting but never quite connects $26 B ->
  • NV De Chanceny Cremant de Loire (Loire): This bubbly’s 1-2 combo move of bread-&-pear will deke you out of noticing the rough edges. $12 B- ->
  • 08 Romerhof Riesling (Mosel): Kind of like having the somewhat overly-flirtatious daughter of a Baron hitting on you at a posh party. $10 B- ->
  • 09 Simonnet-Febvre Saint-Bris (Burgundy): A wine trivia question answer, but also a decent Sauv Blanc buy if you’re into lemon zest. $12 B- ->
  • 08 Dievole Dievolino Sangiovese di Toscana (Toscana): A mouthful of dark cherry, burnt-orange-peel goodness for U Old World paisanos. $15 B ->
  • 07 Valley of the Moon Syrah (Sonoma County): Brings the blackberries, but also brings Da Funk. A little *too* much Funk, actually. $13 B- ->
  • 09 Paso a Paso Tempranillo (La Mancha): Plumy, floral & spicy proof that La Mancha is getting its fine wine shiz together. A bargain. $11 B ->
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