Alive And Kicking: Has NY Wine Come Of Age?

Vinted on September 22, 2010 binned in best of, commentary, wine review

Ten years ago, on a trip with friends to New York’s Finger Lakes wine country, I bought a few bottles of bubbly.

I was not a pseudo-wine-pro back then; I was an avid consumer (that term still applies!), and the majority of my vacation travel was centered around wine exploration.  I had a budding interest, passionate zeal, and I knew what I liked though I would have had a lot more trouble telling you why, or explaining how, a wine I liked got to that point.

It was one of those gorgeous sunny Autumn days that was quickly turning into a chilly Autumn evening (no sun = no heat) and most of the Finger Lakes tasting rooms were closed or moments-away-from closing; we happened upon what was then a joint-producer tasting room featuring only local sparkling wines.

I knew what I liked, and I really liked the 2000 Chateau Frank Brut that evening.  So, my girlfriend and I bought some.

Ten years later, at the surprise 50th birthday party of one of dear friends (who helped us greatly in getting through the tough times leading up to the recent loss of our Weimaraner, Samson, and to whom we gave a bottle of 2007 Quinta do Vesuvio so you know we love her), I had occasion to open the 2000 Chateau Frank Brut – Dr. Frank is one of the birthday girl’s favorite wine producers (alongside the most recent offering of Chateau Frank’s non-vintage Riesling sparkler, Célèbre Cremant).

And it rocked.

The fruit had started to subside a bit, but what remained was bready, lively, and wonderful; still fresh, still food-friendly, still (in the words of Simple Minds) Alive & Kicking.

An apt comparison, it turns out, for the state of NY wine in general…

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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+ #

 

 

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