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 #

 

 

Planet of the Grapes, and “Going Publix” in Your Pocket

Vinted on September 2, 2010 binned in about 1winedude blog, wine review

In my ongoing effort to, uhm, branch out in the wine world (read: get paid), I’ve got myself involved in a couple more ‘extra-blogger’ activities that I thought I’d share.  They are geared more towards beginner (I know, I hate that term too, but I can’t manage a better one) wine enthusiasts and so I didn’t feel that they were a fit for 1WineDude.com, but some readers might find them interesting (or doubtless you will know someone who might – which might buy you a day or two of respite from those folks asking you for wine advice!).

First, I’ve contributed some wine recommendations to the Fall 2010 issue of Publix® Grape Magazine. My contribution was made so many months ago that I don’t in fact remember what I wrote for them… and I don’t live in a state that has a Publix… so any of you in the Southeast U.S. who can refresh my memory, please feel free to help me out… Anyway, if you live in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, or Alabama you can subscribe to receive the magazine for free.  Because, you know, free is a good price.

Second, you’ll start to see my reviews pop up on another iPhone app (also coming soon to Droid and Blackberry), Pocket Wine Assistant, in their new version.  Because, you know, one can never have too much 1WD in one’s pocket, right?   That, and I’m fond of over-extending myself.  Anyway, more to come on that when he new version is released.

Third, I’m contributing (ongoing, this time) to a very cool on-line Philadelphia food & drink publication called Table Matters. I’ll be penning articles in the awesomely-named Planet of the Grapes section (It’s a madhouse! A MADHOUSE!!!), the first of which appeared last week.   Table Matters is a Philly-focused publication, so I’ll be covering wines available in the Philly/PA market.  Because, you know, I enjoy a challenge.

Your thoughts, as always, are welcome – including story ideas for the Table Matters column (just don’t expect a cut of my fees…).

Cheers!
(images: publix.com, tablematters.com, pocketwineassistant.com)

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China: The Next Big Thing In Wine and Continued Totalitarian Oppression

Vinted on September 1, 2010 binned in commentary

Asia, as most of you are already aware, is THE NEXT BIG THING in wine consumption.  China, of course, is the current big thing in Asia, which means that the Chinese market is THE NEXT BIG THING in wine consumption.  So big, it must be stated IN ALL CAPS!

This is not news – it’s all over the place in print and on-line.  Most of the talk of the Chinese market in the wine community is cloudy, amorphous, and short on understanding of the real scope of the potential dollars involved.  And the real scope is real, real BIG.

Here’s a recent quote from Wines-Info.com on Chinese wine consumption trends, to give you some perspective on what a bold, capitalized and italicized BIG represents:

The current situation in China is that domestic wine production doesn’t meet its market’s need, which has resulted in surge growth of imported wine. Statistics show that imported bottled wine to China has increased 2368% since 2002 to 2009. With bigger number of Chinese enterprises joining to wine importing business, more foreign vintners and wineries from France, Italy, Spain, Australia, U.S., Chile, Argentina, etc. also step into Chinese market, sharing the hope of wine bonanza in China.”

No, that’s not a typo. That’s an increase of over two thousand percent of wine coming in from other countries to fill the demand created by the emergence of a bona-fide middle class in the Chinese economy. In less than ten years. YOWZA.

My bruthah-from-anothah-muthah Jeff Lefevere over at the award-winning GoodGrape.com, recently highlighted some of the Chinese wine market numbers – and they’re similarly downright shocking:

It’s anybody’s guess how China will impact the domestic wine business, but we know that the existing auction market and Bordeaux futures are largely being driven by the Chinese. According to reports, US wine exports to Hong Kong totaled $49 million in 2009-2010.  And, it’s been said that the U.S. wants to be the number one exporter of wine to Hong Kong and mainland China.

That’s a fair chunk of change – and an impressive commitment by the U.S.  And one in which I think they should be deeply cautious, because our businesses are so busy looking at the dollar signs that they aren’t seeing the imprisonments, tortures, and executions that made those dollar signs so big…

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