1WineDude TV Episode 13: Vintage Port of Will-Call (Toast of the Town D.C. Recap)

Vinted on June 14, 2010 binned in 1WineDude TV, wine industry events, wine review

The latest video edition of 1WineDude.com, in which I recap. my experience at the D.C. Toast of the Town event, and wax all googly-like about one of the most awesome Ports on the planet.


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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-06-12

Vinted on June 12, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 09 Trapiche Torrontes (Mendoza): Much to like for tropical fruit lovers; Torrontes fans might find much to gripe about (except price). $7 C+ #
  • 08 Ruffino Chianti (Chianti): Only about 75% Sangiovese, but it’s a total chewy cherry, crowd-pleasing steal of a deal nonetheless. $9 B- #
  • 07 Novelli “Rosso Cube” (Umbria): Probably the earthiest, spiciest, darkest carbonically-macerated steel-fermented red you’ll ever try $14 B #
  • 08 d’Arenberg “Feral Fox” Pinot Noir (Adelaide Hills): By ‘feral’ I think they mean ‘lively’ & definitely NOT foxy (and NOT Old World) B $35 #
  • 08 Plantagenet Riesling (Great Southern): Focused, lovely & dare-we-say-it “elegant.” A strong case for what can be done down under $20 A #
  • 08 Maryhill Pinot Gris (Columbia Valley): Slightly rough finish is a small price to pay for peaches of this chest-pumping magnitude. $12 B+ #
  • 06 L’Ecole No 41 Pepper Bridge “Apogee” (Walla Walla): I’m falling seriously for this exercise in balanced dark fruit awesomeness. A $50 #

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Date Night Winners (and Losers)

Vinted on June 10, 2010 binned in wine review

Last week, I had the (relatively rare) treat of a double-date night with our groovy neighbors.  Since this excursion into the (now strangely fascinating) world of conversation that doesn’t involve Elmo took place at a fabulous BYOB joint in (a recently revitalized and restaurant-friendly) downtown Phoenixville, PA – Majolica you might actually care, in a “tell-me-about-the-BYOB-part” kind of way. All of the wines mentioned below were samples, from different sources and picked (somewhat randomly) for the event.

Double-Date Night (DDN) began, as most quality date-night’s do, with a sparkler: in this case, a non-vintage NV Lamberti Rose Spumante.  I hadn’t had a Spumante in what felt like forever, so I was stoked to try this.  Our waitress just about recoiled from the aggressive opening procedure of this bottle; the only thing keeping the cork from achieving escape velocity into Earth orbit was the (now slightly worse-for-wear) Majolica ceiling.  That should have been a warning sign about the aggressiveness of the mousse on the Lamberti, but I ignored it anyway and I nearly injured my brain when I stuck my schnoz into the glass for a good sniff.  When the aggressiveness died down a bit, the flowery components really came out (a function of the Charmat method of production, I suppose?) but overall it’s a wine for Now and not a wine for “Wow!”

For appetizers, I went for a 2009 Nobilo Icon Sauvignon Blanc (a fave of the groovy neighbors).  I get a good deal of grief for liking the larger-production New Zealand SB producers, but there’s something to be said for going with a winning formula and overall I really dug the aroma profile of this wine, though it was also a bit aggressive (our dinner table review was summed up as “it’s like having gooseberries shoved up your nose while you’re mowing the lawn; but in a good way”).

It was the final two wines of the DDN, however that were, for me, the real winner and loser of the event – for which I expect I’m gonna get some more flack…

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