Tenderness Among The Tuff Luv (Tasting The 2012 Jadot Les Demoiselles Montrachet)

Vinted on June 10, 2015 binned in elegant wines, on the road, wine review
Tuff Luv at Wine Conversations 2015

Tuff Luv at Wine Conversations 2015

As I write this, I am dutifully heads down in the process of remaining woefully behind on the coverage I have planned for these virtual pages (a deep dive into some high-end Knights Valley action is currently simmering on that back-burner). Which I suppose will come as a surprise to exactly zero of the long-time readers here.

I am also, as I type this, fresh from delivering a talk at the 2015 DIAM Wine Conversations sessions in Petaluma and Portland, in the form of a presentation outlining why no one “needs” to buy the producer attendees’ wines (and how they might get some of their potential consumers interested anyway). That my talk was replete with “tuff luv” for the industry folks in the audience will also come as a total shocker to, I’m guessing, precisely none of those who are reading this.

Silver linings tempered the dark clouds of my tuff luv messages, however, in the form of the lineup of wines chosen by organizer Evan Goldstein for the blind tasting portion of the seminars. The common denominator (apart from them all consisting primarily of water, I mean) being that each of the chosen wines were closed with DIAM technical corks (also, given the event sponsorship, not a shocker).

Wine Conversations 2015 tasting lineupNow, I’m not stumping for DIAM here, but as I mentioned during the seminar, in general I’m a fan of DIAM, in that I’m a fan of anything that lights a fire under the ass of the natural cork industry. Look at it this way: if staples such as milk or peanut butter had similar failure/contamination rates as wines sealed with natural cork, there’d be Walmarts in the Midwest getting stormed by angry, pitchfork-wielding mobs and engulfed in flames. No one would accept failure rates that high in other food products.

Anyway… All of the wines were also pretty damn interesting, in my not-so-humble opinion, as Evan characteristically went with some geeky surprises (including Okanagan Pinot Noir, Rivesaltes, and a single-vineyard California Viognier). Much entertaining stumping of the crowd (this participant included) thus ensued, and I don’t think that, given the quality of what we were testing, any of us would’ve cared if those wines had been sealed with natural cork, technical cork, or mud and cow dung.

One of the wines in the blind tasting lineup stood out as the clear ringer, however, and it’s the focus of our little virtual gathering of thirsty like minds today…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For June 8, 2015

Vinted on June 8, 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!

  • 13 Bott Teleki (Tokaj): Please, please do NOT tell them that this kind of mineral, austere elegance should probably be priced higher. $35 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Ousterhout Bradford Mountain Grist Vineyard Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley ): A cola chorus line of dancing herbs & jumping red fruit $29 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Stoller Family Estate Dundee Hills Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills): A lithe, inviting, subtle, and refreshing romp through OR trails. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Taylor Fladgate Quinta de Vargellas Vintage Port (Porto): Props are due for the long-haul structure, but it'll be a boozy journey. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Palivou Vineyards Vissino Rose (Nemea): Cherries, cherries, cherries & cherries until the cows come home, and they're not home yet. $10 B >>find this wine<<
  • NV La Montina Franciacorta Brut (Franciacorta): Flowers and ripe stone fruits, neither of which are afraid of getting aggressive. $29 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Ferghettina Brut Franciacorta (Franciacorta): Like taking the nut-filled trail mix to feed your picking spree at the apple orchard $33 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Achaval Ferrer Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza): Impressively, both somewhat chewy and somewhat seductive, all at the same time. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Hoopes Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Sweet of character, long and strong, not taking No for an answer anytime soon. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Alexandria Nicole Quarry Butte Destiny Ridge Vineyards Red (Horse Heaven Hills): Sweet cassis, that is some sweet cassis, baby! $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
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The Golden Age Of Wine Writing? Sorry, Wrong Question!

Vinted on June 3, 2015 binned in commentary, wine blogging

Almost four (holy crap!) years ago, I wrote on these virtual pages a response (ok, rebuttal) to a claim by the thought-provoking PR maven Tom Wark that we were in a “golden age” of wine writing.

Fast-forward to last week, and we have Tom taking umbrage with a satirical piece by Ron Washam, a.k.a. The Hosemaster of Wine, in which wine writer Karen MacNeil delivers a keynote address to the Wine Bloggers Conference in which she offers the helpful advice that most wine bloggers ought to hang it up: “Your prose is like box wine—a collapsing plastic sack of crap.” Steve Heimoff, formerly of Wine Enthusiast, also got in on the discussion, essentially wondering aloud if wine writing is doomed.

With me so far?

Tom’s rebuttal essentially restates his position from 2011; that we are in a golden age of wine writing, particularly online: “The list of very good writers who are or have started as wine bloggers is long and undeniable.

At first blush (see what I did there?), it would seem that we have moved not one iota in the nearly four years since we first aired this friendly debate across our respective corners of the Global Interwebs. And while that may actually be the case, I am not here to offer a rebuttal to Tom’s rebuttal (despite the fact that, while I love the wine blogging community, I largely agree with Ron’s position and would extend it to include the vast majority of wine writing found in print).

No, I am here to tell you that asking (or debating) if we are in a golden age of wine writing is effectively asking the wrong question

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