1WineDude Giveaway! Classical Music Hottie Edition!

Vinted on September 8, 2010 binned in giveaways

It’s time for another giveaway here on 1WineDude.com – and for this edition, we are teaming up with Sony Music to deliver you some Classical music goodness for your aesthetic imbibing pleasure!

Oh, I should mention that one of the Classical CDs we are giving away features the conducting prowess of A TOTAL HOTTIE.

The featured hottie is Alondra de la Parra, a young Latin-American phenom who has been tearing up the Classical music scene lately.  According to her website:

Among her recent conducting highlights have been performances with the symphony orchestras of Houston, Phoenix, Columbus, San Antonio and the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Mexico, as well as conducting concerts at the New Hampshire and Colorado Summer Music Festivals. This past summer, she led the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas at the Napa Valley Festival del Sole where they collaborated with violinist Sarah Chang and actor Robert Redford, and at Vermont´s Music Festival of the Americas at Stowe.

That’s right, Napa peeps – next July you can go to the festival yourselves and try to get her to pay attention to you (good luck with that).

Anyway… our giveaway today features Alondra’s latest release, My Mexican Soul. We’re also including some amazing piano-prowess kick-ass-ness from Lang Lang – Live In Vienna – in which he takes on works by Beethoven, Albeniz, Prokofiev and Chopin.

You know the drill – you leave a comment, and a lucky winner who will receive a copy of both double-disc CDs will be selected at random in one week’s time from the commenters. Leave a comment and tell us your favorite (or least-fave!) Classical music artist, composer, or work to spin when you’re unwinding with a glass of vino.

To get us started, here are my picks…

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I Drink The Blood of Summer and Toast To Its Death! (Rosé Round-Up)

Vinted on September 6, 2010 binned in crowd pleaser wines, overachiever wines, wine review

This Summer has been a season of meteorological discontent in the greater Delaware Valley. The (multiple) successive (and repressive) heatwaves might actually make the local wines interesting to taste once they’re finally bottled, but it hasn’t exactly jived with the tastes of the rest of us.

In other words, it’s been too f-ing hot and miserable around here lately!

So, I for one will be very, very happy to see Summer hightail its sorry ass out of here. To celebrate this Summer’s pending death, and of course the rise of Autumn (and therefore also the hallmark of Steelers football), I recently raided the sample storage and pulled out a bunch of Rosé, because it reminds me of blood and when it comes to this Summer, I’m definitely out for its blood. The outcome of all of the vinous bloodshed is an overview of Rosé production (and a few reasonably-priced picks) that I penned last week over at Table Matters.

The good news is that the current state of international Rosé remains interesting, vibrant, fun, and for the most part affordable. If you’re a Rosé fan, it’s a good time to be alive; if you’re not yet a Rosé fan, it’s a good time to get your act together and try some because very, very good and varied examples are being made all over the world right now.

My reviews from the Rosé sample raid are below after the jump – along with a couple of badges for two standouts among the mix…

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-09-04

Vinted on September 4, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 08 Kunde Magnolia Lane Sauvignon Blanc (Sonama Valley): Goes down a little too easy. And the memory of it goes away a little too easy $15 B- #
  • 08 Kunde Chardonnay (Sonoma Valley): Sweet tangerine and ripe pear aromas make a promise that the mouthfeel can’t quite keep. $17 B- #
  • 07 Kunde Reserve Century Vines Zinfandel (Sonoma Valley): Very spicy, supple & peppery. Dollops of Barbera & PS smooth things out. $30 B #
  • 07 Fess Parker Ashley’s Chardonnay (Santa Rita Hills): Use to shut your wine snob friends up when they say all creamy Chards suck. $28 B+ #
  • 07 Fess Parker Syrah (Santa Barbara County): Could be used as the main blueberry blacktop ingredient for road paving in Candy Land. $24 B #
  • 09 La Scolca “Rosa Chiara” Rosato (Gavi): Like taking an exquisite bunch of roses, ripping off the petals & chucking them everywhere. $16 C+ #
  • 09 Santi “Infinito” Rose of Bardolino (Veneto): Straaaaawberryyyyy Fieeeeeelds Forevaaaahhhhhhh. $11 B- #
  • 09 El Coto de Rioja Rosado (Rioja): If you’re the impatient type who picks raspberries before they’re ripe, this one’s hard to beat. $9 B- #
  • 09 Hecht & Bannier Vin de Pays d’Oc Rose (Languedoc-Rousillon): Proof that France has never really resigned the global Rose crown. $12 B+ #
  • 09 Paul Jaboulet “Parallele 45″ Rose (Cotes du Rhone): A beauty who’s not afraid to mix it up with us commoners. Total overachiever. $12 B+ #
  • 09 Michel Torino Malbec Rose (Cafayate Valley): You’ll have a hard time keeping our friends’ hands off this candied berry goodness. $11 B #

 

 

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