Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-03-27

Vinted on March 27, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 09 Ducca del Frassino Garganega Pinot Grigio (Venezie): Crisp & refreshing if you dig aromas of artificially-flavored banana candy. $20 3L C #
  • 07 Dancing Bull Zinfandel (CA): Easy to like, & easier to drink, though the candied red fruit on the nose might wear out the welcome. $9 C+ #
  • 06 Brutocao Quadriga (Mendocino): 4 Italian grape blend but it's the 18% Barbera that *really* keeps things interesting (& red-plummy) $24 B #
  • NV Henry's Drive Vignerons "The Postmistress" Blanc de Blanc (Padthaway): Squeaky clean pears, she snuck in flowers & brioche, too. $19 B- #
  • 06 Story Winery Picnic Hill Zinfandel (Shenandoah Valley, CA): Ugly label, but solid old vine sipper. Tangy, w/ sweet black licorice. $25 B #
  • 07 Gramercy Cellars 'Lagniappe' Syrah (Columbia Valley): A magic carpet ride to berry-land; only the carpet is made of smoked meat. B+ $38 #
  • 07 Doyenne Syrah (Yakima Valley): Someone just blitzkrieged your senses Old World style w/ sandalwood & black fruit. And you liked it A- $49 #
  • 07 K Syrah "Phil Lane" (Walla Walla): They got the whole butcher shop, incense store, & blueberry bush in there, topped up w/ booze. A- $70 #
  • 06 Columbia Winery Syrah (Columbia Valley): Too funky for its own dang self. A shame, because the spice & supple texture are nice. C+ $16 #
  • 08 Hayman & Hill Chardonnay Reserve Selection (Russian River Valley): Solid as a barely-ripe peach; tastes just as good as one, too. $15 B- #
  • 08 Hayman & Hill Pinot Noir Reserve Selection (Santa Lucia Highlands): Oak, lees contact, & a big dose of Malbec. None of it helped. $18 C #
  • 07 Hayman & Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Selection (Napa Valley): Simple, but you won't be mistaking it for succulent anytime soon $15 C+ #

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Wine Gives Back: Relief for Haiti and Chilean Wine Workers

Vinted on March 26, 2010 binned in commentary

A few tidbits to end the week on some hopeful notes:

Palate Press Kicks Ass for Haiti Relief

Mad props are due to on-line wine e-zine Palate Press for their efforts (mostly spearheaded by yeoman David Honig, its Publisher) to raise money for the Red Cross’ Haiti Relief & Development activities

David organized a stellar wine auction catalog that leveraged the generosity of dozens of wine producers and wine industry stalwarts.  The result was well over $10,000 raised in donations to the Red Cross for the people of Haiti.  David’s work was nothing short of amazing and he’s really shown what the wine blogging world is capable of when it’s determined and focused. 

THANK YOU DAVID!

In a similar vein, the wine world is also reaching out to help Chile take care of its own after the recent earthquake there impacted not just wine production, but also affected the lives of many of Chile’s winery workers and their families

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Tastes of Things Before My Eyes: The Beauty of Wine, Under A Microscope

Vinted on March 25, 2010 binned in book reviews

Just when you thought that wine has been analyzed form pretty much every angle possible, along comes Philadelphia native, biochemist PhD and former medical research scientist Sondra Barrett.

Sondra’s journey to wine seems spiraling and circuitous: Originally a researcher on human leukemias, she was asked to photograph a patient’s leukemia cells, which lead to her presenting slide shows of normal and abnormal cell comparisons at oncology clinics.  After attending a photographic exhibit of chemicals of the brain, Sondra saw parallels in her leukemia work and, noticing an artistic quality in the brain chemical photos, decided to try similar photographic techniques on molecular structures in nature.

Structures like wine.

Sondra is now the author of a recently released collection of those photographs, titled Wine’s Hidden Beauty.

And the images in this book (Sondra sent me a review copy) are, simply put, extraordinary.

According to Sondra:

“My first discovery was at Sterling Vineyards when I was artist-in-residence documenting winemaking from the inside out. The winemakers gave me barrel samples and wines from all over Napa Valley. This extraordinary experience led me to uncovering distinct patterns and beauty in a glass of wine. Early on, a Napa grape grower, Rachel Balyeat, provided some financial support for me to delve further into the life of wine. She hosted a special dinner with acclaimed wine maestro André Tchelistcheff to discuss what these pictures could mean. Andréʼs first reaction – ‘They are the jewels in wine. Put them on silk scarves.’”

I think Andre was on to something (though I don’t wear silk scarves so I’ll stick to admiring the photos in printed form)…

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