Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For October 8, 2018

Vinted on October 8, 2018 binned in wine mini-reviews

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 in a “mini-review” format.

They are meant to be quirky, fun, and (mostly) easily-digestible reviews of (mostly) currently available wines (click here for the skinny on how to read them), and are presented links to help you find them, so that you can try them out for yourself. Cheers!

 

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Wine And Politics: A Clarification

Vinted on October 3, 2018 binned in commentary, wine publications
Wine and politics Tasting Panel

image: Facebook.com

My friend, fellow wine competition judge, and colleague (sorry, bro!) Michael Cervin recently asked me to offer up a comment or two (I agreed to do so on the record) for a piece he was writing for The Tasting Panel magazine, focusing on how (or if) political leanings impacted the wine business.

Michael published a screenshot of his interesting and well-written piece, which includes quotes from other people that I know and respect in the wine industry, and so I am also including it here (above) under the assumption that it’s okay to share.

I am quoted in the article as basically saying that I don’t think about anyone’s politics when it comes to wine, and that I happen to fine wine-industry-types among the more level-headed and reasonable folk when it comes to debating politics in a civil manner. Reflecting back on it, this isn’t entirely accurate, so I felt that I should include a clarification (or two, or three, knowing me), because, well, we live in some heated times when it comes to all of this political sh*t…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For October 1, 2018

Vinted on October 1, 2018 binned in wine mini-reviews

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 in a “mini-review” format.

They are meant to be quirky, fun, and (mostly) easily-digestible reviews of (mostly) currently available wines (click here for the skinny on how to read them), and are presented links to help you find them, so that you can try them out for yourself. Cheers!

  • NV Adriano Adami Bosco di Gica Brut (Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Superiore): Reserve it for when you need a shot of refinement; don’t start bitching, though, you’ll still get your fruit action! $20 B
  • 2013 E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage (Rhone): Eminently drinkable meets impeccably peppery meets elegantly crafted meets your grateful mouth. $28 B+
  • 2013 Cadaretta Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley): Flaunting its sex appeal and fine wooden furnishings, almost to the point of exasperation, but good work is good work. $45 A-
  • 2016 Wooldridge Creek Vineyard Chardonnay (Applegate Valley): Annnnnnnd chalk up yet another balanced, tasty reason to consider Chardonnay as Oregon’s *other* best grape… $26 A-
  • 2015 Wooldridge Creek Vineyard Warrick White Reserve (Applegate Valley): Toasty, peachy, floral, apricot luuuuv child of Chardonnay and Viognier. $28 B+
  • 2017 Wooldridge Creek Vineyard Dry Rose (Applegate Valley): Taste this before you write off the gentler sides of Syrah and Malbec, you judgemental bastard, you! $20 B+
  • 2014 Wooldridge Creek Vineyard Merlot (Applegate Valley): Aromas of America’s Left Coast, palate of Bordeaux’s Right Bank, and brambly structure weaving it all together. $34 A-
  • 2015 Sosie Wines Vivio Vineyard Bennet Valley Roussanne (Sonoma County): When stone fruits get all sultry and seductive and stuff like that. $38 A-
  • 2015 Sosie Wines Stagecoach Vineyard Block K5 Cabernet Franc (Napa Valley): Holllllllly. Sh*t. Struts into the dusty street, calm, collected, both guns blazing. $80 A
  • 2014 Mi Sueno Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Sexy now, but like Helen Mirren, this one is gonna get even more elegant with age. $75 A-

 

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Home Sweet Home (The Irony Of Barbera At MyNameIsBarbera.com)

Vinted on September 26, 2018 binned in going pro, Italian Wine

Home Sweet Home Crue

My latest article looking back on my Monferrato gig is now live over at MyNameIsBarbera.com, and it’s my next-to-last for that gig. The fact that the phrase “Home, Sweet Home” appears in the post, and yet the article entirely lacks and references to Mötley Crüe is, admittedly, a severe and egregious oversight, but otherwise I think that the writing is solid (both mine and that of Nikki Sixx, I mean).

In this penultimate piece, I talk about a strange irony of the well-traveled Barbera grape variety; to wit (and if you’ll at least temporarily forgive the douchebaggery of quoting myself):

“In having this true sense of place, there’s an endearing irony in Barbera d’Asti. Few red wine grapes have seen as much globe-trotting expansion as It, and yet its best and most versatile incarnations and intimately tied to just a single, special place.”

Click on the link below to check it out (preferably while drinking some Barbera d’Asti).

LOOKING BACK ON BARBERA

Cheers!

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