Marlborough’s 2009 Vintage, The Artists’ Lounge, and a Chance to Win a Kiwi Vacation

Vinted on January 12, 2010 binned in giveaways, wine review

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!

Cheers!

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My Biggest Regret of 2009 (I Need You To Donate $1 TODAY)

Vinted on January 11, 2010 binned in about 1winedude blog

By most counts, 2009 was a great year for 1WineDude.com.

The blog won some awards.  I got interviewedquite a lot.  The blog was featured in some cool places.  I got to contribute to some great publications (like CNBC and Mutineer Mag).  And getting mentioned in Yahoo! Tech news and the L.A. Times was really cool.

But…

I’ve got this ugly, nagging feeling of “so much left undone” when it comes to one effort in 2009 that had special meaning for me.

Simply put, the progress on my initiative to Help Kick Alzheimer’s Ass has been really, really disappointing.

Let’s make one thing very clear right off the bat: I did NOT push the Help Kick Alzheimer’s Ass initiative as hard as I should have.  And for the most part, 1WineDude.com readers were FANTASTIC at spreading the word on the initiative on Facebook and twitter.  And some very, very generous people have donated to the cause.

But the Alzheimer’s Association has been a total FAIL when it comes to helping me promote this fundraiser, and we have a LONG WAY to go before we reach our fundraising goal.

So, I’m starting 2010 by asking you a favor.

If everyone who visited this blog donated a dollar, we’d reach our fundraising goal in less than one month

Become a fan on FacebookRetweet links to the donation page. But most importantly, please donate a dollar.

Cheers… and THANK YOU!

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Chablis-Di-Di!

Vinted on January 10, 2010 binned in Uncategorized

I don’t normally run sponsored ad content in a post, but the folks representing this campaign have been really cool to me as I’ve been trying to work out technical issues to get their video content up on 1WineDude.com.

Plus, the campaign has to do with my all-time favorite Chardonnay region: Chablis (they didn’t pay me to say that, either! :-).

Cheers!

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