Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-10-02

Vinted on October 2, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 06 Louis M. Martini Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Heck of a crowd-pleasing, velvety, tobacco-infused ride for the price. $25 B #
  • 07 Continuum Red (Oakville): Graphite & fig did it for me, but w/ complexity like this you can find 20 other things to float yer boat $129 A #
  • 09 Jean-Paul Brun Dme. des Terres Dorees L'Ancien (Beaujolais): As good as many of the Beaujolais Crus out there & a few $ cheaper! $15 B #
  • 09 Dme. de Vissoux Les Griottes Rose (Beaujolais): Long on acid, short on fruit. Still, better give it benefit of the doubt w/ food. $15 C+ #
  • 09 Domaine Dupeuble Pere et Fils (Beaujolais): What, u don't like red berry w/ peppers & flowers? Fine – more for me then, buck-o! $13 B- #
  • 09 Chateau des Pethieres (Beaujolais): Slightly homely love-child of Strawberry, banana, violet & venison tryst. Yeah, I'm serious. $15 C+ #
  • 09 Castell Silvaner trocken (Franken): Lime Sprite for the wine set, & about as easily / drinkably accessible (if a tad overpriced). $17 B- #
  • 05 Clos Du Val Stags Leap Dist. Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Napa Cab in a sharp European suit, talking w/ a mild French accent. $70 A- #
  • 06 Kilikanoon M Reserve Shiraz (McLaren Vale): If u like yer cola big, black & extracted you might just fall in love; otherwise avoid $70 B+ #
  • 08 Penley Estate Aradia Chardonnay (Coonawarra): It went big (& buttery), I went home, but lovers of large might feel right *at* home $20 B #
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1WineDude TV Episode 18: Wine Preservation on the Cheap (Wine Secrets with Marnie Old)

Vinted on September 30, 2010 binned in 1WineDude TV, interviews, learning wine, wine books

She Said “Freeze!,” He Said “Wow. Really?!?”

In this (long overdue!) episode of 1WineDude TV, I (briefly) interview (the very tall) Marnie Old, Philly’s first lady of wine and co-author (with Dogfish Head’s extreme beer maven Sam Calagione) of He Said Beer, She Said Wine: Impassioned Food Pairings to Debate and Enjoy: from Burgers to Brie and Beyond.

Marnie and I dined earlier this week at downtown Philly’s excellent Osteria, where Marnie deftly navigated the Italian-heavy wine list to match lesser-known selections with our crazy-good fare (the perks of friendship – Marnie’s been at the forefront of the Philly restaurant scene for years). 

In this interview, Marnie talks about her new book Wine Secrets: Advice from Winemakers, Sommeliers & Connoisseurs, and shares a (very!) inexpensive tip from the book for preserving open bottles of wine – and it’s one that I guarantee most of you haven’t tried yet!

Interview after the jump. Enjoy…

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Napa’s Wild Weather Summer: Dispatches from the Vineyard

Vinted on September 29, 2010 binned in California wine, wine news

“Strange year!”

That’s the (apt) summary that winemaker and grower Steve Matthiasson gave me when I asked him how things were looking in Napa as they approached harvest of what has been one of the craziest growing seasons in recent memory.

There’s been much speculation in the wine press as to the impact that the bizarre Summer weather patterns would have on the quality of the fruit that will shortly be going into Napa’s wines, so I reached out to Steve for an update, because he’s probably the most passionate person I know when it comes to making great wine and growing great fruit in the Valley (since he does both, and does them both very well).  A somewhat narrow view, arguably, but I’ll take a dispatch from the field over speculation, any day.

The short version of the Napa 2010 story is that it’s not all gloom-and-doom, but it does seem to be a case of feast-or-famine and a potential study in extremes.

While some varieties in particular, and some pockets of the Valley in general, are taking a nasty hit, others have fared pretty well – and some growers may actually be onto fruit that could result in extremely high-quality wines, despite the atypical weather…

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