Wine Enthusiast’s “Toast of the Town” D.C. Event (1WineDude Reader Discount!)

Vinted on June 7, 2010 binned in wine industry events

This Friday (June 11), Wine Enthusiast will be finishing up their 2010 Toast Of The Town events at the National Building Museum in downtown D.C., where some ridiculous number (upwards of 500) wines will be poured for you to sample.  And we’ve got a discount code for ya!

I’m always of two minds about events like these.

On the one mind – wait, that sounds terrible, let’s go with hemispheres instead – on the one hemisphere… ok, that’s crappy too; on the Right brain (I like this one better), access to so many wines (even more if you spring for VIP tix) provides a fantastic opportunity to up your wine tasting IQ, and it’s just plain fun in an overwhelming, hedonistic kind of way.  Add great food to the mix and you’re looking at a gourmand sensual overdose of awesome.

On the Left brain, it’s probably gonna be crowded, and you just know that some people are not going to be spitting, which means they are going to be drunk.

If the prospect of facing drunk wine enthusiasts (and possibly drunk wine bloggers, since I’m working on attending the event myself) doesn’t frighten you, then I’m pleased to offer you a 1WineDude reader discount to the event:

You can get $10 off Grand tickets and $20 off VIP tickets – just purchase tickets by going to and enter in the promotional code WD2010 during the check-out process.





Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-06-05

Vinted on June 5, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 07 Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma/Napa Counties): Mr. toasty oak told Ms. Blackberry that he'd "be gentle." But he lied. $23 B- #
  • 07 Ghost Pines Merlot (Sonoma/Napa Counties): Frighteningly supple crowd-pleaser. Dunno who brought the toasted nuts, but they're good $20 B #
  • 09 Dancing Coyote Albarino (Clarksburg): Wow. Alive, well, fruity, peachy, lively, food-friendly & living comfortably in California! $11 B+ #
  • 09 Dancing Coyote Gruner Veltliner (Clarksburg): Peppery & capable, if not a home run. They get bonus points for trying GV in CA. $11 B- #
  • 08 L'Ecole No. 41 Seven Hills Vineyard "Luminesce" (Walla Walla): A bit too broad & flirting with flabbiness. Tropical nuances a plus B- $19 #
  • L'Ecole No. 41 Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Syrah (Walla Walla): A triple-threat, & a damn good 1 – tasty red fruit, spice & earth. $36 A- #
  • 08 Red Newt Cellars "Circle" Riesling (Finger Lakes): Refreshing, crisp & capable of converting sweet-tooth relatives onto fine wine. $12 B #
  • 07 Red Guitar Old Vine Tempranillo/Garnacha (Navarra): Surprisingly & delightfully simple, like unexpectedly finding $20 in yer pocket $10 B #
  • 09 Château Tanunda "Grand Barossa" Riesling (Barossa): A great buy; as spritely, acidic & spicy as any Aussie you're likely to meet. $12 B #
  • 06 Elderton Tantalus Shiraz / Cabernet Sauvignon (S. Australia): Too much cola, but more than enough juicy, fruity, tasty goodness. B- $13 #
  • 07 Henry Fessy Fleurie (Beaujolais): Big ol' Beauj. Don't pick those strawberries before they're ripe; this one needs a bit more time. $15 B #
  • 09 Nobilo Icon Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough): Like having your nostrils seduced by a gooseberry while you're out mowing the lawn. $20 B+ #
  • NV Lamberti Rose Spumante (Veneto): The flowers have a light touch, but the bubbles are heavy-handed. Charmat but not charming. $14 B- #
  • 08 Heinz Eifel Eiswein (Rheinhessen): German eiswein is usually much more expensive & in this case you'll be getting what you pay for. $20 C #
  • 05 Penley Chertsey (Coonawarra): Sometimes (like this Cab-blend beauty), "big & bold" and "sense of place" aren't mutually exclusive. $50 A- #

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PA Wineries Get Toasted for Guinness World Record Event

Vinted on June 3, 2010 binned in wine industry events

It’s not every day that I get to shout out to my home state for something positive in the world of wine, outside of some of the wine itself, that is – usually it’s to rail against the PLCB monopoly.

In this case, the shout out is for an event that is supporting a great cause (The Fund to Benefit Children & Youth), is hosted by a kick-ass race-car-driving Italian (and now PA-resident) legend (Mario Andretti), and like its host is going for a record-breaker – specifically, an attempt to get into the Guinness Book of World Records by breaking the record for the largest ever simultaneous wine tasting.

This event is draped in ass-kicking coolness for me for reasons beyond just having my home-state show well in the wine department.

I grew up primarily in an Italian neighborhood and my ancestry is pretty much all-Italian, so Andretti is like a living legend for me and my old neighborhood buddies.  He’s also an owner of a California winery – which proves yet again that you can take the Italian out of Italy, but can’t take Italy out of the Italian, baby!

The event is being dubbed The Great Pennsylvania Wine Toast and will take place on August 14th, 2010.  Mario is serving as
the event’s toastmaster and will lead the simultaneous tasting via video at all of the participating PA wineries (which includes pretty much all of them). 

A contest is being held to select the toast that will be recited by Mario (I can call him Mario, all Italians are on first-name speaking terms after all) during the event – you can submit a toast (100 words or less) at now through June 21.

This is a local event that I can (and probably will) raise a glass to (sorry, couldn’t resist)…






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