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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Postcard from Porto (Legends Edition)

Vinted on December 10, 2010 binned in on the road, wine review

Greetings from Porto, where I’m a guest of the Wines of Portugal international Conference 2010 speaking later today on the topic of the importance of the Internet in the promotion and future of Portuguese wines.

I’m quite happy to be here, and staying at what must be on the world’s most gorgeous hotels (The Yeatman – see inset slightly-blurry-low-light-morning-panoramic pics of the view from my room’s balcony) – which I’ll argue was at least somewhat deserved after the 24+ hour travel day I experienced to get here, in which a 90-minute-connection in Frankfurt turned into a near seven-hour-endurance-test-layover (apparently Germany – a northerly country that experiences frigid Winters – was unprepared for snow… in December…).  But the views (as you can see) are making up for it!

Highlights so far, aside from the mere act of successfully arriving, include meeting Jancis Robinson and watching her tweet during dinner, catching up with old friends, and sampling a bevy of the now-legendary 1994 vintage Ports, three of which were awarded 100-point scores from Wine Spectator (I know… but when a heavy-hitting pub awards heavy-hitting scores, it does merit some attention) – the real focus of the “legends” of this post’s title and one in which I found myself surprisingly in the minority…

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The (Too) Many Faces of Promoting Portugal (Going Pro at the Wines of Portugal International Conference 2010)

Vinted on December 8, 2010 binned in going pro, wine industry events

Ok, so I probably need to explain the (relatively) recent twitter update by VisitPortugal.com involving an interview with me focusing on my take on Portuguese wines.

Below is the tweet in question, which takes you to the Facebook Notes page of We Love Portuguese Wines. [ Warning: The Portugal promotion connections get a lot more complicated from here, so if you’re already as confused reading this as I was typing it, you might just want to pour yourself a glass of tasty vino and stop reading now. ]

The most interesting aspect of this interview (for me) was that I didn’t know it was an interview. I therefore had no idea that it would be published; my answers were part of an on-going conversation with Vini Portugal regarding my participation in the upcoming 2010 Wines of Portugal International Conference in Oporto this December.  For those of you who are counting, this brings the number of seemingly-related Portuguese-promoting on-line properties to (at least) four.

I don’t mind at all that the questions I answered for Vini Portugal were used by VisitPortugal.com on the Facebook property We Love Portuguese Wines to help promote the WoPIC.  Or, I don’t think I’d mind if I could keep track of all of this.

I need a beer!…

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