Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-04-03

Vinted on April 3, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 07Atwater Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes): Highway robbery at the price; the kind where U make out like a spice- and limes-loving bandit. $18 B+ #
  • 07 Pina Buckeye Viny'd Howell Mtn Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): As spicey & herbal as it gets from the Mtn. Superb but not cheap! $85 A #
  • 08 Sutter Home White Zinfandel (CA): For this price, it's a bargain. A 1-dimmensional (strawberry) bargain, but a bargain nonetheless. $4 C #
  • 08 FishEye Chardonnay (CA): In the eye of this beholder, it's not a beauty. More like a shot in the eye of acid & vanilla extract. $6 C- #
  • 08 Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough): Nose is screamin' limes & gooseberry, but the palate is screamin' a bit too much acid. $23 B- #
  • 07 Ch. Tanunda Grand Barossa Shiraz (Barossa): Crowds will luv the approachable red berry / pepper action but you'd best like cola too $19 B #
  • 05 Trimbach Gewurztraminer (Alsace): The lychee & orange zest are textbook, but it's so refined that it somehow sneaks up on you. $15 B+ #
  • 07 Frei Bros. Merlot Reserve (Dry Creek Valley): Dark berry & ahint of herbaceousness, pretty much the whole early-drinking package. $20 B+ #
  • 06 Frei Bros. Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (Alexander Valley): As CA as they come but the finish has too much sizzle for under 14% abv. $24 B- #
  • 07 Frei Bros. Chardonnay Reserve (Russian River Valley): Peaches & cream, but those peaches are balanced, toasty & downright crispy. $20 B #
  • 08 Frei Bros. Sauvignon Blanc Reserve (Russian River Valley): The lemongrass is way high, but fortunately the flabiness is way low. $20 B #
  • 07 Stanton St. Helena Petite Sirah (Napa Valley): The Stones' "Paint It Black" comes to mind, except with a spicer, happier ending. $45 A- #
  • NV Chartogne-Taillet Cuvee Ste Anne (Champagne): A little bread, a lot of green apple & pear, and smidgen of astringent boozy heat. $35 B #
  • 08 Aveleda Vinho Verde Fonte (Portugal): Refreshing as expected, but the creamy mouthfeel & tropical fruits are a pleasant surprise. $8 B+ #
  • 07 Monte Bernardi Chianti Classico Retromarcia: This is sleek modern Italia black-fruit style for the trendy Milano high-fashion set. $18 B- #
  • 07 Robert Sinskey Pinot Noir (Carneros): Those who don't like tangy (cranberry, raspberry) had better stay far away from this puppy. $30 B #
  • 04 Markham Petite Sirah (Napa Valley): Nothing small about it. Opulent, peppery, dried-fruit bomb. Velvety texture will make friends. $25 B+ #
  • 06 Selbach-Oster Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Auslese (Mosel): Romancing the stone (as in stone fruits, wet rocks, sweet talk…). $44 A #

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2010 Wine Blog Awards Nominations Now Open

Vinted on April 2, 2010 binned in wine blogging

Wine blogs are labors of love, and most of us don’t make retirement-funding levels of income with these things.  So, every once in a while, it’s nice to get some validation that what you’re doing is valued (although you frequent commenters do a great job of that in the case of 1WineDude.com!).

Awards from your peers and the blog-reading public are one way of helping with that validation, of course, though their also easy for those awards to be (humorously!)  lampooned as self-serving.

This brings us to the Wine Blog Awards, which are now under the management of the Open Wine Consortium, and are accepting nominations for the 2010 awards from now through April 7.

I can understand both the well-deserved praise and criticism that the WBA have received in the past, and I raise a glass to Tom Wark for having the courage to get the awards off the ground.  I’ve been mightily impressed with the way that the WBA’s new organizers have both solicited and incorporated feedback to improve the awards, so much so that I think they’re well worth your time – and your voices.

It will be up to you who gets nominated and, when voting begins later this year, you will have a major influence on who wins the awards.  So go out there and start nominating your favorites (I did) – you can simply leave a comment at any of the following links indicating your nomination(s):

It should be fun to see how the list of finalists stacks up – certainly there has never been stiffer competition in the world of wine blogging.

Cheers – and happy nominating!




How to Bitchslap Your Wine-Monopolizing Legislators

Vinted on April 1, 2010 binned in best of, commentary, wine shipping

[Editor’s Note: this is a little ditty for those of you who, like the editor, live in one of the many U.S. states that prohibit the direct sale and/or shipping of wine.  Enjoy!]

Bitchslapping your state legislator is not a simple matter.  In fact, it’s fraught with potential pitfalls.

What  if your legislator is bigger than you are?  What if s/he tries to bitchslap you back? What would my mother think of this? etc.

A proper bitchslap needs to be delivered decisively and confidently.  Therefore, it’s vitally important not to let minor concerns, like personal safety and the threat of incarceration, get into the way of a good bitchslapping.  So, buck and let’s continue, shall we?

A proper bitchslap also need to be delivered firmly.  Which is why it’s often less effective to deliver the bitchslap by hand, and more effective to deliver the bitchslap via proxy.  Which is not to say that it is delivered by someone else, but is to say that use of a prop is always in good form, especially when the prop delivers enough noise and bodily pain upon striking the other person’s face to be embarrassing , but not enough to permanently injure the bitchslappee (apart from the bitchslappee’s pride, that is).  The prop therefore should be heavy enough to inflict the above damage but flexible and light enough for the bitchslapper to wield effectively and adroitly.

You may have already guessed that a printed book or stack of paper of proper thickness and quality material would be an ideal prop for the bitchslapper to wield, and you’d be correct in that assessment.

Which is why I recommend the following simple steps for properly bitchslapping your wine-monopolizing state legislator…

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