Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-01-16

Vinted on January 16, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 07 Rossi-Wallace Pinot Noir (Napa Valley): A dense cherry core draped w/ aromas of violets, like it’s wearing a boa made of flower petals. #
  • 07 Rossi-Wallace Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Bright, steely, awesome, & about as close to Chablis as you’re ever gonna get from California. #
  • 07 Swanson Pinot Grigio (Napa Valley): As grapefruity & aromatic as you'd expect out of Alsace or NZ. Still priced like Napa, though. #
  • 06 Wallis Little Sister Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Luxurious dark fruit & fennel take a long (& affordable!) trip down tobacco road. #
  • 04 El Coto de Rioja Coto de Imaz Reserva: Sure-footed (those are vanilla-dipped red berry feet), dependable, tasty, & a tad overpriced. #
  • 07 Six Prong Chardonnay (Horse Heaven Hills): 1 prong lemon, 1 prong pear, & 4 prongs flab. Mouthfeel = letdown, even for a budget pick. #
  • 06 Robert Mondavi Chardonnay (Napa Valley): *Almost* enuf harmony in the stone & peachy fruits to forgive the touch-too-much of oak & lees. #

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Wine For Haiti Disaster Relief (How You Can Help)

Vinted on January 15, 2010 binned in commentary

Driving home last night, I heard a segment on NPR about the local response to the current disaster in Haiti:

  • A Haitian man had made his way to one of the camps being set up to care for the displaced. He was asked if he was injured or looking for lost relatives.  No, he said, he was fine and his family was unharmed.  He had come to see if he could in any way comfort those who had no one left after the devastating earthquake.  The man ended up comforting an eight year old girl whose entire family had been killed in the disaster.

There are scores of stories like this. 

The situation for Haitians was dire before the quake – now, it’s abysmal, and there is no government relief effort.  Now you can help, in two wine-related ways:

  1. The first way comes to us via mweb’s posterous site: If you purchase charity wine at ONEHOPEWine.com using the promo code HAITI you receive a 20% discount and 20% of your purchase will go to support those in need (via donations to Partners in Health).
     
  2. The next comes to us via PalatePress: PalatePress.com is partnering with Brother, can you spare a bottle? to create a wine auction from wines that you donate from your cellar, with proceeds going to the American Red Cross.  Palate Press is covering costs of shipping and handling to the auction winners. Check out the details at http://palatepress.com/2010/01/haiti/.

Please spread the word, support one of these causes if you can!

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Wine Ratings on 1WineDude.com: The Aftermath

Vinted on January 14, 2010 binned in about 1winedude blog, commentary, wine review

I love you people – you sure have some intelligent opinions!

My open discussion on whether or not 1WineDude.com should implement a rating system for its wine reviews generated just a teeny bit of discussion… as in over 70 comments worth of discussion!

There was a poll as well, for those who prefer to have their say without commenting. 

The results?

The poll ended up over 60% favoring the addition of ratings (see the previous post for an explanation of how those ratings would work). 

The comments had a slight majority in favor, with the remaining roughly comments falling into the following groups (in descending order of responses):

  • It’s your blog, do whatever you want.
  • I don’t like ratings but I’ll forgive you if you use them.
  • Please, please, please do NOT do this.

Despite the fact that the majority of responses to the wine rating question were in favor, the mix of poll results and comments didn’t strike me as the type of majority that implies a Dick-Cheney-style voting “clear mandate of the people.”  I’m not sure it feels right.

So what am I gonna do?

Well… I’m gonna compromise

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