Wine Chiller Giveaway (and 1WineDude Reader Wine Fridge Discount)!

Vinted on November 1, 2010 binned in giveaways

During the month of November, we have teamed up with WineFridgesPlus.com to offer you a (literally) cool giveaway!

From now until December 1, 2010, you’ll get 10% off* any single-item built-in wine fridge purchase of $50 or more (*some new-fangled legalese restrictions apply, of course – we’re not that good – see details below) from WineFridgesPlus.com. 

At the same time, you can also enter to win a VinoTemp single-bottle wine chiller at http://www.winefridgesplus.com/giveaways (the prize will be awarded after December 1st – check the link for full details)!

Depending on your wine storage needs, this could end up saving you up to $500 so it’s worth checking out.

My take on wine fridges is that you’re better off going high-end with a unit that controls both temperature (obviously the most important, especially for those of you without a cellar) and humidity

(fridge air tends to be dry, which can affect cork closures, though I never once had an issue with this with my relatively low-end wine fridge when I had it running for several years) – a quick look through the WFP offerings shows a few that have humidity reservoirs like this model.

All in all, I’d still opt for an underground cellar over any other wine storage system, but if you try that route in many parts of the U.S. or U.K. you will end up with a swimming pool underneath your house, so I understand the need for these things.  Some of them also pack anywhere from 50 to 200 bottles in a relatively small amount of space, which is great if you are limited in available wall/shelf space.

Another thing to ask about is how the wine fridges regulate temperature – some winemakers with whom I’ve discussed this topic have argued that constant small temperature swings are almost as bad for wine storage as quick dips/spikes in temperature; ideally you’re looking for something that performs temperature stability in the gentlest ways possible.

The WFP item that filled me with the most G.A.S. (gear acquisition syndrome, the name we in the music biz give to that feeling that compels you to keep buying gear/gadgets/instruments/what-have-you, despite the pleas to the contrary from your inner conscience and probably also from your significant other) was this wall-mounted thermoelectric wine cooler.  That kind of thing just screams “wine badass” the same way that having a pool table screams “man cave.”  No idea if it’s any good (or not), I just know that the pic makes me want it (sad, really, I know).

Anyway – full details on the discount available after the jump.

Would love YOUR thoughts on using wine fridges, and if you take advantage of the discount please check back in and let us know how it goes!

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini Reviews Round-Up for 2010-10-29

Vinted on October 30, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 02 Churchill's LBV Port (Porto): Somebody tell Jack Sparrow that when the rum is all gone, this rum-ish & pruney port might do instead $29 B ->
  • 07 Line 39 Petite Sirah (North Coast): It might be a dark & grapey one-trick pony, but it's a *tasty* dark & grapey one-trick pony. $10 C+ ->
  • 06 Robert Biale "Royal Punishers" Petite Sirah (Napa Valley): Blackberry, game & smoke won't punish tastebuds, but will punish wallets $42 B ->
  • NV Graham Beck Brut Rose (Robertson/Stellenbosch): Finishes a bit of a brute, but comes on as tangy & fun as a mixed fruit cocktail. $14 B- ->
  • 09 Bonny Doon Contra (Central Coast): The price is right for this fun, almost candied berry, lip-smacking-with-pork-chops red blend. $14 B- ->
  • 08 Graham Beck Viognier (Robertson): The honey & peach are far from a joke, but there's way too much smoke for just 20% french oak. $14 B- ->
  • 08 Paul Dolan Sauvignon Blanc (Mendocino): A bit of a heavy hand, but that hand is dealing lemon grass & citrus fruits n spades. $18 B- ->
  • 08 Paul Dolan Chardonnay (Mendocino): The smoke might run you out, but don't leave before you meet the pear, golden apple & vanilla. $18 B- ->
  • 08 Paul Dolan Pinot Noir (Mendocino): A Burgundian dons a cowboy hat, spurs, boots, & moseys out on the range. And it almost works. $29 B- ->
  • 07 Paul Dolan Zinfandel (Mendocino): One of the best, most complex, complete and ageworthy Zins I've had in what seems like forever. $25 B+ ->
  • 07 Paul Dolan Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendocino): So much chocolate you'll feel like you're at a tasting with the Easter Bunny, & like it. $24 B ->
  • 06 Paul Dolan Deep Red (Mendocino): Big, pruny, rough, but as pure & true-to-place an expression as you're likely to find in the U.S. $42 B+ ->
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1WineDude TV Episode 19: Flock Me, I Need To Wet My Beak!

Vinted on October 28, 2010 binned in 1WineDude TV

In today’s episode of 1WineDude TV, I offer my take on the new trend in in-home wine tasting – T.A.S.T.E. sample packs – using Blackbird Vineyards’ “Flock Box” as my primary target specimen.  In fairness to Blackbird, their wines are, for the most part, superb and you can read my takes on some of their recent selections  after the jump.

The Pros: the tasting kits work, and the wine quality from them is pretty much 100% (though they are NOT designed for aging); they’re also a good and inexpensive way to sample a wine portfolio, and they score high on the coolness factor.

The Cons: a 1.69070114 US fluid ounce pour is not a lot to go on when you’re trying to give a wine serious attention (and it’s probably not enough to get a Barbie doll drunk).

What do you think?

Are these new T.A.S.T.E. sample packs good, bad, or just plain scary? Also, please don’t comment on my orange sweater, it’s almost  Halloween for Pete’s sake…

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