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 #

 

 

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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