Check out the big shirt on Brad!
Check out the big shirt on Brad!
Just wanted to drop you all a quick jimmy-jahn to highlight a way-cool article from my buds over at WinePeeps.com. They’ve put together their list of favorite budget wines (and in the current economy, who isn’t lookin’ for a bargain right now) – these are selections that cost about $10 a pop, and scored high (in their opinions) in QPR.
I’ve only tried three of these wines myself (the Hogue, Yalumba, and Penfolds – though they were likely different vintages, you’ll these producers will probably be very consistent year to year especially in this price range).
Worth a look if you’re scoping for everyday drinking.
Thanks, Wine Peeps!
The concept sounds totally geeky, but it turns out that it kicks all kinds of ass.
The kick-ass portion of this is not just live access to the winemaker (you can easily imagine the amount of cool info. you can get out of them by asking them questions live about the wine you are drinking at that moment).
The real kick-ass portion is that it takes the social connection that wine gives us when we drink it together, and extends it instantly across cultural and geographical boundaries.
For a wine geek like me, it’s a blast to see the jokes, comments, tasting notes, and questions coming from different personalities (some on different continents) tasting the same wine that I am having at the exact same time. We don’t always agree, but the wine does help us connect – amicably. Couple that with what I’m doing locally (hosting a wine tasting dinner party centering around the same wines), and I’m in 7th wine heaven.
Now, here’s what’s up for the next Live twitter tasting happening on Sept. 18…
I will be joining the BinEndsWine.com staff LIVE at Wine 2.0 in NYC at 7PM ET.
I’ll be at the BEW booth, drinking their wine, blogging about the event via twitter, stealing BEW’s water, and maybe making them bring me wine crackers! Or something like that. BEW will also have staff from CA wine producer Michel-Schlumberger on tap LIVE, to answer questions about his wines (which are this month’s focus for the tasting).
After the dust settles on the twitter live tasting events, I usually also provide more focused reviews of some of the wines from the event on my twitter wine “mini” reviews feed (please note this is NOT the twitter feed I use during the live tastings!). Below are a my “mini” reviews for a few of the wines included in the last twitter live tasting of Hugel’s Alsace wines:
|06 Hugel Gentil (Alsace): A kitchen sink blend of Alsatian grapes. Citrus, flowers & stone; good, but it’s got a bit of an identity crisis.||
|06 Hugel Gewurztraminer (Alsace): Lychee & limes, a hint of orange rind, and just really well put-together. Pair it with Indian take-out.||
|04 Hugel Riesling Jubilee “Grand Cru” (Alsace): Peeps like me love petrol & vinyl with our rose water & citrus. Buy this if you’re like us!||
|01 Hugel Gewurztraminer Vendage Tardive (Alsace): Viscous, loads of citrus, lychee, & autumn leaves. Holy Hannah it’s good! But not cheap.|
Hope to “see” you on-line and LIVE at the next tasting – friend me up beforehand and let me know if you’re joining in.
You might recall from my previous post (the one that Wine Enthusiast’s Steve Heimoff, bless his soul, interpreted so darn incorrectly as a disparagement of the 100 Point wine rating system, which isn’t quite what I was goin’ for…) that the 89 Project is a collaborative effort involving several bloggers that pokes a bit of good-natured fun at the current state of wine ratings. When you rate wines using a 100 point scale (like the big boy wine reviews in the big boy wine mags), giving a wine a 90 or above is ticket to 30% plus price hikes. Conversely, an 89 or below might get you into the discount bin – and could get overlooked by the general wine buying public, since many retailers don’t publicize those wines. A viscous cycle of non-showcasing, non-buying, non-showcasing, non-buying ensues.
Anyway, the 89 Project has wine bloggers from all over wine blog-o-land giving their take on 89-point wines. If you’re interested in learning more of the goals and genesis behind the project, check out David’s explanation via podcast from his guest appearance on WineBizRadio.com.
I’m pleased to report that the 89 Project is not only still alive, it’s alive & kicking. Not only was it featured on WineBizRadio.com, it’s also got its own discussion group over at the Open Wine Consortium (I love me some OWC!), and it’s now up to 30 contributors….
Personally, I’ve been having me a good time with my 89 Project contributions (you can check out my 89 Project reviews here). First, it’s an absolute hoot to go through a wine store looking for points, which I usually avoid like the plague (because, let’s face it, nobody talks in points, unless they work for Wine Spectator…). It’s even more fun to run through the wine store pushing a cart, taking pictures of the point ratings and getting positively giddy when you are finding wines clearly labeled as being given ratings less than 90 points.
The wine shop employees (especially in my local PLCB stores) think I’m totally insane now. It’s great…
So – stayed tuned to the 89 Project. You might find some interesting recommendations that you might otherwise have missed. And if you go looking for some of these wines, you just might, if you’re lucky, get yourself one hell of an “interesting” reputation among the wine shop employees in your neck of the woods…
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