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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For September 22, 2014

Vinted on September 22, 2014 binned in wine mini-reviews
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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 Pebblestone Cellars Ellis Vineyards Block 9 Viognier (Rogue Valley): Floral, fruity, fresh, flamboyant, fun, fine, & flirtatious. $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Cowhorn Vineyards Spiral 36 White (Applegate Valley): Honey-dipped tropical fruits, crisp in attitude & searching for fine cheeses $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 The Pines 1852 Syrah (Columbia Gorge): Gamey meat done up right on an iron skillet, with pinches of wood, freshness & character. $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Viento Annala Vineyard Pinot Noir (Columbia Gorge): Rosy, peppery & pretty; what it lacks in oomph, it makes up for in character. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Viento Riesling (Columbia Gorge): Petrol & pears, limes & litheness, nuts & no-nonsense, lovely & long; a beauty & a bargain. $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Phelps Creek Vineyards Cuvee Alexandrine Pinot Noir (Columbia Gorge): Quite fond of rose-hips, smoke, leather & its own sexiness. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Phelps Creek Sauvignon Blanc (Columbia Gorge): The Gorge does its best NZ impersonation, & it's a darn fleshy & entertaining one. $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 08 Joseph Drouhin Gevery-Chambertin Premier Cru Champeaux (Gevery-Chambertin): Crazy pretty, but hiding its true feelings for now. $75 A >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Talley Vineyards Rincon Vineyard Pinot Noir (Arroyo Grande Valley): Cocoa, tea & leather, served up with grip, poise & attitude. $55 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Jean-Marc Brocard Bougros Chablis Grand Cru (Chablis): Unquestionably low octane & unquestionably gorgeous as it drives off slowly $58 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Brandl Heiligenstein Erste Lage Reserve Riesling (Kamptal): Reserve it for yourself if you happen to have thirsty dinner guests. $34 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Tanner Dafoe Rogue's Blend (Santa Ynez Valley): A rogue it may be, but this rogue is practically Errol Flynn levels of dashing. $75 A- >>find this wine<<

Turn Up The Piiiiiinot (IPNC 2014 Alfresco Tasting Highlights)

Vinted on September 18, 2014 binned in elegant wines, kick-ass wines, on the road, sexy wines, wine review

As you read this, I’ll be in Hungary, a trip of which half is a curated media tour, and half a working stint doing video interview stuff that I will discuss later, but about which I am particularly excited (not just because it’s a paying gig, but also because it involves one of my personal fave white wine grapes, one that is seriously underrated and underrepresented in the U.S. market at the moment; much more to come on all of that soon).

Today, I’m going to be talking about a different paying gig that I recently took on, and a previous media jaunt.

The gig is a monthly run over at Snooth.com, and in the first installment (for the September “edition”) I dish on some of my favorite wines from the the IPNC 2014 alfresco tasting, held in the pre-dinner hours on both days of that event (the next installment will be on Chablis… I know, life is hard, right?). I also photo-bomb Sokol Blosser’s vineyard view in that piece (sorry, guys!).

Now, the Snooth article is only so long, and I found myself with a smattering of other fine Pinots about which I wanted to pontificate, but for which we just didn’t have enough room in that first article. And since this is my blog and I can pretty much do whatever the hell I want here, today we’ll be pontificating on those leftovers, which are themselves totally capable of making a superb, captivating meal. Think of them as the post-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich lunch of IPNC 2014 Pinots…

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Wine’s Next Big Thing Is…

Vinted on September 16, 2014 binned in commentary

It seems that every quarter we get predictions about the next big thing in the U.S. wine market. Like most predictions, these are almost always wrong and therefore actually have, at best, neutral value for the wine biz (it could be argued that since they’re almost always incorrect, they have negative value if decisions are made based on them; but since they also have some positive entertainment value, let’s call it a draw).

“Next Big Thing” wine predictions are also almost always predicated on two principles: 1) the idea that the wine buying public is scared of wine, and therefore needs some sort of guidance on what to purchase, and 2) these recommendations must come in the form of grape varieties.

Both are probably wrong, or at least are bad for the wine biz, as I will explain in a moment, and that means that the NBT predictions are missing what’s really going to be the Next Big Thing in wine (okay, so I am making a prediction here… but at least it’s not based on those principles above, okay?!?)…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For September 15, 2014

Vinted on September 15, 2014 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 Trisaetum Ribbon Ridge Estate Riesling (Ribbon Ridge): It's wines like this that give the word "lovely" an even better name. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva (Chianti Classico Riserva): A teen, promising but sleeping heavily during puberty. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Castello di Gabbiano Bellezza (Chianti Classico): Too much wood, not enough cherries, but more than enough pleasing refreshment. $40 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Arnaldo-Caprai Montefalco Rosso (Umbria): Sweet fruit, flowers & promises up front; but it's all untanned leather on the behind. $22 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Robert Oatley Signature Series Chardonnay (Margaret River): Signed with authority, & deftly schooling Chards twice as pricey. $17 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 I'M Wines Isabel Mondavi Estate Pinot Noir (Carneros): Flaunting the richer side of Carneros, but it's remaining pretty about it. $40 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Siduri Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands): Happy with its interesting contradictions; rich, lovely, & feral. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Nicolas Feuillatte D'Luscious Demi-Sec Rose (Champagne): Champers, living on the ripe, chewy berry side, baring skins and all. $45 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Donnafugata Anthilia Bianco (Sicily): Refreshing as a summer breeze, but with the ability to engender slightly more happiness. $17 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Chehalem Three Vineyard Riesling (Willamette Valley): It feels pithy, oh so pithy… it also feels complex, refreshing & textured. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Becklyn Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Showing the growing pains of youth, but also the promise of a fine pedigree. $60 A- >>find this wine<<

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