Face The Faces Of Ruche (At Palate Press)

Vinted on January 14, 2016 binned in going pro, on the road
Palate Press Ruche

image: PalatePress.com

Just in case you’re not quite totally sick of me yet, my latest feature for Palate Press was recently published, with the focus (words and photos) on the unsung red grape variety of Piedmont: Ruchè (I traveled the area last year as a media guest).

Actually, it’s more correct to state that my article (one of two at Palate Press that highlight Ruchè) focuses on the people behind the resurgence of that once-all-but-lost grape variety.

Ruche vineyard 1

Bricco views of Ruchè country. I get this kind of stuff all of the time. Yet another reason to hate me!

And a colorful cast of characters those people are; not surprising, I suppose, given the nature and the story of the variety itself. The Palate Press feature profiles the main vintners behind four of the driving Ruchè forces in the region: Crivelli, Ferraris, Pierfrancesco Gatto, and Garrone.

So… go over and read it, already!





Chilling Out, In Out-There Places (Fix.com Cool Climate Wines)

Vinted on January 12, 2016 binned in going pro, learning wine
fix.com cool climate wines

image: fix.com

Last week, my latest for Fix.com was published, entitled Wines at Chilly Extremes. Just in time for Winter, which in my neck of the woods has been mild enough in general to make me want to instantly slap global warning deniers.

The article is an alternate take on the “cool climate wines” theme, in which we highlight not grape varieties grown for fine wine in cooler regions, but the wine world’s more extreme cooler regions themselves.

The result is some trivia-worthy tidbits on areas such as the Nahe, the Niagara Peninsula, and Norway, all brought to life in super-accessible Technicolor graphic style by the Fix.com design wizards. This time, some specific (and Pinot-centric) wine selections are also mentioned as examples from the highlighted regions: Kim Crawford Pinot NoirBodega Chacra ‘Barda’ Pinot NoirInniskillin Vidal Icewine, Nelles Spätburgunder, and the Lerkekåsa Solaris (and no, I’ve not had it or visited… yet…).

You can head on over to Fix.com for the full-monty, and/or give your eyes an infographic feast via the embedded goodness below (more of my Fix.com work can be found here).


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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 11, 2016

Vinted on January 11, 2016 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!

  • 12 Achaval Ferrer Quimera (Medoza): Still 1 of the most elegant Mendoza meals for the cash; next time, just hold the side of toast. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Howell Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Howell Mountain): Wants to balance supple & grippy; oh, & it pretty much nails it. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Ron Rubin Russian River Valley Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Butter & oak dress, but all svelte fresh apple queen underneath. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Ron Rubin Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Fun, but takes too long of a disco nap in the middle of the party $25 B >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Bodegas Paniza Artigazo (Carinena): Bring this your spicy brisket, and it shall bring you its lush dark berried goodness. $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Bodegas San Valero Particular Garnacha (Carinena): What you shouldn't be too particular about is spending money on this juicy stash $10 B >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Bodegas Terras Guada O Rosal (Rias Baixas): Openly mocking your rather paltry attempts at shunning its floral & tropical charms. $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Lauren Ashton Cellars Cuvee Meline (Columbia Valley): Close your eyes, & you might just be sipping on a tasty Bordeaux Blanc. $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Bodegas U Mes U Fan Tres 1+1=3 Brut (Cava): Not mind-blowing enough to defy mathematics, but capable enough to get you smiling. $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Mas Belles Eaux Les Coteaux (Languedoc): Meaty, gamy bang is delivered in spades here, for not a lot of your hard-earned bucks. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<



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