Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-01-23

Vinted on January 23, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 06 Jacob's Creek Steingarten Riesling (Barossa): They ride on blaaaaazing aaaaaciiiiiiiiid! And lemon zest. And then even more acid. B- #
  • 06 Cruz Andina Malbec (Mendoza): More jams than a Phish concert. Decant for 2 hrs, serve w/ brisket & the higher price will seem worth it. B #
  • 08 Folonari Pinot grigio (Veneto): For $9, don't expect the world. But expect its green apple flavor to play nicely with baked fish. C+ #
  • 08 Ritual Pinot Noir (Casablanca Valley): There's dark cherry New World Pinot in there, but you've gotta dig thru the green pepper for it. C #
  • 06 Rocca Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Big & beautiful. 5 yrs will integrate the red fruits, cinnamon & vanilla, but why wait? A #
  • 08 Giovanni Almondo Bricco delle Ciliegie (Arneis): Peach, citrus & screamin' minerality. Could have more aromatic bang for the buck, tho. B #
  • 06 Mettler 'Epicenter' Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi): Too bad about the heat, 'cause the dense blackberry & cracked pepper totally rock. B- #

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3rd Annual New York Wine Expo: Feb 26-28 (1WineDude Reader Discount!)

Vinted on January 22, 2010 binned in wine industry events

On February 26-28, the ginormous Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York will be overrun by equally ginormous 3rd Annual New York Wine Expo.

While the Expo plays host to the wine trade, it also offers wine consumers a unique opportunity to sample a boatload of wines during the Feb 26 & 27 (Friday & Saturday) portion of the happenings – 600 wines from over 170 worldwide producers.  That’s a lot more wine than most wine lovers normally have exposure to, and while I certainly don’t recommend that you try them all in two days, I would recommend that you check out the Expo – and that, if you do, you SPIT - if only to take advantage of the unique opportunity of having so many wine brands available to taste under one roof.

And you can get there more cheaply just by reading this blog!  Hey, don’t say I never gave you anything!!

The Expo organizers have generously offered a discount on advanced ticket purchases for 1WineDude.com readers: if you purchase tickets by February 19, use promo code WINEDUDE at checkout to receive a $10 discount.

More details are below.  And if you’re heading to the NY Wine Expo, let me know – I’m still working on trying to get there for Friday’s portion!

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Turning Pro? (Professional Wine Writers Symposium & Premiere Napa)

Vinted on January 21, 2010 binned in about 1winedude blog, wine industry events

Last week, I had the pleasure of receiving an e-mail from Jim Gordon, all-around nice & talented guy, editor of the wine industry stalwart publication Wines & Vines, and Director of the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, containing the following tidbit:

Congratulations! The winners of fellowships for the 2010 Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood Napa Valley have been selected, and you are among them. I wanted you to know as soon as possible that, yes, you are a winner and that you should proceed accordingly with your travel plans for the Feb. 16-19, 2010 event… The writing samples you sent were judged blind by a panel of accomplished and objective wine writers, and earned you this honor as one of the most talented writers attending the sixth annual Symposium for Professional Wine Writers…

Holy.  Crap.  [Editor’s note: the previous statement refers to my reaction upon reading the e-mail; the words “holy” and “crap” do NOT appear in any form / context in the text of Mr. Gordon’s note. ]

It’s funny – I don’t feel like a professional wine writer…

I can only assume that “judged blind” means that the judges were actually blindfolded when they reviewed the fellowship candidates’ writing samples, otherwise I’m at a loss to explain the extreme lack of sound judgment surprising and unexpected choice displayed by awarding me a fellowship.

Not that I’m complaining.  For one, the speakers on tap for the Symposium read like a wine writing All Star Team line up.  And you’d do a lot worse than to stay at the posh Meadowood for four days.  But the coup de grace (which, by the way, is one of the more violent foreign language expressions to be adopted into common English language usage) is that Alder Yarrow (who is also participating in the Symposium) recently raved about past Symposium events, and I respect Alder’s opinion – even though he once stole my girl (just kidding, Alder – who loves ya, baby?)…

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