When Good Wines Go Bad: A Closer Look at Wine Flaws at Corkd.com

Vinted on December 22, 2009 binned in wine appreciation, wine publications

Put your high-school chemistry goggles on (you know, safety is paramount, right?) and join me today on Corkd.com for a look at the wine flaws.

I’ve been asked by Cork’d to contribute to their Cork’d Content feature, which showcases original content from different wine bloggers each day on a variety of wine topics, with the goal of adding fun, informational / educational wine content for Corkd.com users.

I’m excited to be contributing to  Cork’d and to be apart of the vibrant wine-reviewing community over there.  I’ve also been thoroughly enjoying the articles already posted at Cork’d that were written by friends of mine, like Robert Dwyer and Hardy Wallace.  

My article focuses on the particularly egregious  wine flaws that, while not common, nonetheless create unforgettable moments of awful stinkiness that can abruptly and totally destroy your wine-drinking  experience if and when you do encounter them.

Should be fun!

Cheers!

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The $500 Wine Question

Vinted on December 21, 2009 binned in commentary, wine buying

What wine would you buy right now if you had $500 to spend on it?

I mean, let’s say you were given $500 cash, right now, and told the only condition upon receiving it was that you had to spend that money on wine, and you had to buy it right now.

What would you buy?

I’ve been thinking about this question for days and days, and it’s made me curious as to how the intelligent, witty, and better-than-average-looking 1WineDude.com readership would answer it.

Do you blow the whole wad on one wine, like a very-good-but-not-great vintage of Chateau Petrus, just to say t hat you did it at least once? Or go for two bottles of a classified Right Bank Bordeaux?  How about dabbling in a little high-end Burgundy?  Or take a dessert wine tour of the world, through Porto, Madeira, Hungary, Sauternes, Niagara, Jerez…?  Or a bargain-end binge shopping spree, stocking up on fairly-priced wines

It’s a compelling proposition, isn’t it?

Here’s the part that will start to bake your noodle:

Once you’ve decided on an answer… ask yourself Why haven’t I bought myself that wine already?  Is it because $500 isn’t exactly small change in today’s crappy economy?  Catholic guilt preventing you from spending that kind of money on yourself?

I think reading each others’ responses to these questions would be fascinating.

I’ll kick things off – I’d blow the whole wad on one wine, the kind of cultish wine like Petrus that is supposed to blow your mind, just to see if it can really live up to the stratospheric hype factor.

How about YOU?

Cheers!

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2009-12-19

Vinted on December 19, 2009 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 07 Paul Jaboulet Aine "Parallele 45" (Cotes Du Rhone): Buoyantly fruity red. The light & playful (aka "food friendly") side of Grenache. #
  • 07 Trapiche Broquel Chardonnay (Mendoza): Reinvented producer goes all International style on us, & it works beautifully (& inexpensively). #
  • 06 Swanson "Alexis" Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville): Intense & blackcurrant-heavy flagship ($$$) that screams CA. Reticent about its future. #
  • 07 Smith-Madrone Chardonnay (Napa): At $30, a bargain of a broad tropical & stony fruit spectrum. Minerals are the real show-stealers here. #
  • 06 Mulderbosch Noble Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc (Stellenbosch): So sticky good, structured & focused, u won't mind a hint of burnt tire. #
  • 07 Stepping Stone Cabernet Franc (Carneros): For those that like their CF Californicated (luscious & dark), this is 1 of the best available. #
  • 07 Stepping Stone Grenache (Red HIlls-Lake County): Too much sweet plum on the nose for ya? Don't worry, it goes all pepper before it's done #
  • 07 Channing Daughters Vino Bianco (LI): Apparently N. Italy can be quite comfortably – and very, very tastily – at home in the Hamptons. #
  • 08 Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca Valley): One-dimensional, & that one dimension is lovely, lively lime & lemongrass. But that's it. #
  • 06 Smith & Hook Cabernet Sauvignon (Central Coast): Blackberries & currants have attacked under cover of smoke, & I surrender (for 1 glass)! #

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