MS, MW, 1WD (DIAM Wine Conversations Forum 2015)

Vinted on March 3, 2015 binned in going pro, wine industry events

What do you get when you cross a Master Sommelier, a Master of Wine, and… me?

I don’t know, either, but it’s happening, and I am guessing that it will be entertaining, and hopefully not a little informative.

Wine Conversations 2015

Wine Conversations 2015

I’ll be joining Master Somm Evan Goldstein, and Master of Wine Bob Paulinski in both Santa Rosa and Portland this summer as part of the DIAM Wine Conversations Tasting and Marketing Forum. We’ll be discussing wine consumer trends, and I’m not gonna say that there will be a lot of tough love on that topic… but… well, we all know about my reputation as a speaker on such matters so consider yourselves officially warned.

Press-release-style details can be found below, after the jump.

Hope to see some of you there!


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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For March 2, 2015

Vinted on March 2, 2015 binned in wine mini-reviews

So, like, what is this stuff, anyway?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 11 Simi Alexander Valley Chardonnay (Sonoma County): Manages to rein in the peachy boasting in favor of interesting conversation. $40 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Portelli Riesco Cerasuolo di Vittoria (Cerasuolo di Vittoria): Abundant, friendly, buoyant, forceful, rustic, & likes to hang out. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Alliata Vini Kaspar Nero d'Avola (Sicily): All of the rusticity you'd expect, plus most of the refinement that you might not. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Pietracava di Domenico Ortoleva Septimo Nero d'Avola (Sicily): Bright, relatively light, plummy, gamey, but most of all, engaging. $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Al-Cantara Amuri di Fimmina e Amuri di Matri Etna Rosato (Etna): Roses, a dry sense of humor, & a sexy walk; that's amore, indeed. $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Emiliana Novas Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc (Valle de San Antonio): Zesty almost to a fault; keep it in mind for the Summer arsenal $14 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Two Hands Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon (McLaren Vale): Since it's never been untrue to its name, any doubters need to now clam up $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Flora Springs Trilogy Red Wine (Napa Valley): Oak strains of growing pains, but the plummy potential will emerge if you're patient $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • NV Nino Franco Faive Vino Spumante Rose Brut (Valdobbiadene): Carries itself with a lovely air; but don't you dare piss her off! $20 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Gloria Ferrer Dijon Clone Selection Carneros Pinot Noir (Carneros): Juicy wet kisses from friendly, mastiff-sized dark berries. $50 A- >>find this wine<<



Furmint Adventures Episode 8: Kvaszinger Winery

Vinted on February 26, 2015 binned in 1WineDude TV, on the road

First off, for this video you’re going to need to pour yourself a glass of perky Furmint and queue up CCR’s “Green River” (BRAAAWHHHHWWWWW…. brahw-wahw-wahw-wahw-whaw-WHAW!). That’s because from a rainy day, with nice people, fine wine,  and a backdrop that’s a fisherman’s wet dream (get it?… ok, whatever…) comes the next installment of my Tokaj Furmint Adventures, a trip to Kvaszinger Winery (for the whole round-up of FurmintUSA jaunt vids and articles, see

Kvaszinger Winery

A fisherman’s wet dream: Kvaszinger Winery

In this episode, we meet the young but impressive László Kvaszinger, whose passion for taking the family wine business to the next level with dry Furmint saw him give up a finance biz career in Budapest in favor of life of the vine. Also, I attempt to row a boat in the rain, which is almost as comical as watching me try to play basketball. Enjoy!

Furmint Adventures – Episode 8: Kvaszinger Winery

Oh, and finally – a quick shout out to my friend Elin McCoy, who gave props to dry Furmint and Tokaj in her recent Bloomberg column.





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