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:
- 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).
- 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!
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 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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If you enjoy what are regarded as some of the world’s most prestigious wines, and happen to have in excess of $600,000 lying around, then you might want to make your way to Sotheby’s in New York on March 10.
That’s when they plan on selling the wines from the cellar of famed wine collector and way-cool-eye-patch-wearer Lloyd Flatt.
Long-time 1WineDude.com readers will recall Flatt and his extravagant cellar when they were covered here in a guest post by long-time friend-of-the-Dude Jason Whiteside (who had the honor of pouring some of Flatt’s collected wines at a party held in his memory). Saying that Flatt’s wine collection was amazing and expensive would be a bit like saying that a nuclear war might "tickle a bit" – in other words, a huge understatement. As Lloyd’s widow, Lauré Flatt, put it:
"There was the rebuilding of Europe, the rebuilding of Atlanta and then there was the rebuilding of Lloyd Flatt’s wine cellar."
Flatt’s cellar contents reads like a Who’s Who of France’s most celebrated wine labels (see the full list for auction after the jump). While he clearly enjoyed the most celebrated of French wines, he seems to have harbored a pretty down-to-earth approach when it came to wine tasting. Recalls Lauré:
" ‘Must be present to win’ – of all of Lloyds quotes, this is my personal favorite. This was the order of the day whenever opening an important bottle to share with family and friends. Many times it was just he and I at our kitchen table or in the garden. Top hats, morning coats, a jazz band through the French Quarter or pajamas in the garden, Lloyd said the dress did not change the taste of the elixir. He had a hunger for fine foods; however he was not one to follow the food to wine match; ‘if the wine is good enough the food will follow.’ He often enjoyed Dom Pérignon and Dominos pizza, or a Lafite with a cheeseburger."
I can get behind the cheeseburger, but Dominos? Really?!??
Anyway, the list of Flatt’s wines on auction is below. Enjoy, and try not to salivate too much on the keyboard…
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Given that the Southern Hemisphere, whose “reversed” seasons give their winemakers a leg up on vintage releases, already have 2009s hitting the wine store shelves, it’s not too early to call the 2009 vintage for Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc a strong one.
I won’t go so far to protest 2009 as excellent for all of New Zealand, because I’ve simply not tasted enough ‘Kiwi’ wine (yet) to make a determination, but I can say that the `09 Marlborough SBs that have made their way into my sample bins have, for the most part, been very good and in some cases excellent.
Case in point is the 09 Drylands Sauvignon Blanc, which is absolutely screaming with passion fruit goodness and a quality finish that is much longer than I’d have expected at a price point under $15. The QPR on that wine is just roof-busting.
Anyway, it seems that every big wine brand has some sort of social network initiative popping up these days, and New Zealand is no exception – Kim Crawford, who produce a few very good Marlborough wines, has recently jumped into the social networking game in a unique way with their Artists’ Lounge concept. The interesting thing about the Artists’ Lounge is that Kim Crawford actually has four artists in residence as part of the community – a poet, a songwriter, a painter, and a photographer. So if you’re into art and NZ wine, Artists’ Lounge might be a cool place for you.
If you’re into winning trips to NZ, then Artists’ Lounge might also be a cool place for you – from now through the week of January 18, members of the Lounge have a chance to win a trip to New Zealand by posting ideas for artistic inspiration in the member forums – the winning entries are chosen by the resident artists, who will create new art works based on the winning entries.
That seems like a pretty cool idea for a contest (and there are worse prizes than visiting the land where Lord of The Rings was filmed!).
More details available here: http://theartistslounge.clmclient.com/contest.php.
Got thoughts on the 2009 NZ wines, the land of Kiwi, or the Artists’ Lounge? Let’s hear ’em!