“If I was anywhere but rural Italy, I’d feel like a total scumbag” (Guest Post by Matthew Gavin Frank)

Vinted on April 13, 2010 binned in guest posts, Italian Wine, wine books

Following is a guest post from Chicago-born poet and food-and-travel writer Matthew Gavin Frank, who is, by the account of any reasonably sane person, a very interesting guy.

Frank has, at turns, held the following jobs:

  • proprietor of an Alaskan breakfast joint
  • menu designer for Julia Roberts’s private parties in Taos
  • sommelier for Chefs Rick Tramonto and Gale Gand in Chicago
  • instructor of creative writing to undergraduates in Phoenixa
  • poetry teacher to soldiers and their families near Fort Drum in upstate New York.

I told you he was an interesting character.

If that doesn’t totally sell you, this probably will:

Frank has just released the book Barolo (The University of Nebraska Press, 2010), which, as he described it to me, is “about my illegal work in the Piemontese Italian food and wine industry,” during which he spent six months “living out of a tent in the garden of the local Pittatore farmhouse.”

Frank’s guest post is excerpted (with permission) from Barolo (around $17 at Amazon.com), and describes his first meeting with Piemontese vintner Luciano Sandrone, who sounds like the Italian version of Wolverine.  I think you’ll enjoy it as much as I did, though I suppose that we’re going to have to get the book to find out how what happens next in this intriguing tale…

Read the rest of this stuff »

9

 

 

Austria Uncorked: May 5 in NYC (1WD Reader Discount!)

Vinted on April 12, 2010 binned in wine industry events

Those of you on the Right Coast who think that GruVe is groovy would do well to check out the upcoming Austria Uncorked event in NYC on May 5th – and 1WD readers get a discount on tix!

Here are the details on the event, in which what looks like a ridiculous amount of Austrian wine is gonna be poured:

Unlimited wine tasting featuring wines from over 100 Austrian wineries and cuisine from New York City’s finest restaurants at Tribeca Rooftop, May 5th from 6 to 9pm.

Participating restaurants include Wallsé; Gordon Ramsey at the London; Seasonal Restaurant; Aldea; KLEE; BLT Prime; 10 Downing Food & Wine; Salumeria Rosi; Telepan; Recette; 15 East Restaurant, and Grandaisy Bakery.

COST: $55 in advance; $70 at the door.  Tickets can be purchased from bottlenotes.com

Proceeds from the event will benefit GrowNYC’s "Learn It, Grow It, Eat It" program, a local education program that helps teens manage their health through hands-on gardening, nutrition education, and activities like community farm-stands.

Enter the coupon code AUSTRIANYC when ordering to receive your discount on tickets for the event (at the time of this writing, the discount is $10 off the advance purchase price!).

Cheers!

2

 

 

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-04-10

Vinted on April 10, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • NV Banfi Rosa Regale (Brachetto d’Acqui): Cranberries, rose petals, & fun. Don’t expect an open bottle to stay full for very long. $20 B- #
  • 06 Gallo Barrelli Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley): Serve to those who still think fruit bombs can’t be legit. $35 B+ #
  • 08 Mac Murray Ranch Pinot Gris (Sonoma Coast): Honeydew & citrus, please, on the rocks. Easy on the flab. Shaken, not stirred. $20 B #
  • 08 Anthony Road Semi-Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes): The road to spicy Asian food pairing is paved w/ peaches, lemon zest & wet rocks. $15 B+ #
  • 08 Domaine Ricard “Le Clos de Vauriou” (Touraine): The *other* Gamay is grapey goodness, but you’d better really like white pepper. $12 B+ #
  • 06 Cross ‘Brix Vineyard’ Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Checking into the black currant hotel. The beds have velvet tannin sheets. $65 A #
  • 08 Bonny Doon Muscat Ca’ Del Solo (Monterey): Squeeze some lemon onto an orange blossom & you’ll get the (generally excellent) idea. $18 B+ #
  • 08 Bonny Doon Vin Gris De Cigare (CA): If drinking this well-crafted rose in the Summer doesn’t make you happy, then you have issues. $15 B+ #
  • 07 Celler de Capçanes Peraj Petita (Montsant): This kosher Garnacha blend has that “I’m damn sexy” vibe goin’ on. Hello, date night! $22 B #
  • 05 Trefethen Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Enormous & powerful. The obelisk from Kubrick’s 2001 whispering “worship me.” $100 A- #

Powered by Twitter Tools

3

 

 

The Fine Print

This site is licensed under Creative Commons. Content may be used for non-commercial use only; no modifications allowed; attribution required in the form of a statement "originally published by 1WineDude" with a link back to the original posting.

Play nice! Code of Ethics and Privacy.

Contact: joe (at) 1winedude (dot) com

Google+

Labels

Vintage

Find

An abundance of free academic writing tips is waiting for you. An expert writer will share helpful research and writing guides with college students.