Wild And Crazy… About Quality (Talking Grignolino And Barbera Co-Ops MyNameIsBarbera.com)

Vinted on November 29, 2017 binned in 1WineDude TV, Italian Wine, on the road

Let’s bid adieu to November, in our hazy, Post-Thanksgiving-Holiday trytophanic bliss, by catching up on the happenings over at My Name Is Barbera (for whom I’ve been doing both written and video work helping to promote Barbera – and other – wines from the Monferrato area).

First, there’s a lips-eye-view (yeah, I agree, that phrase was a bad idea) of Monferrato’s vinous equivalent of a Wild and Crazy Guy, Grignolino. I’ve written about this wily, overachieving red grape before, but here’s a chance to get up close and personal with it through a video tasting of Grignolino wine with Paolo Bava, whose passion for these wines will quickly be evident once you start watching.

Next, we get back to our normal programming, which means focusing on Barbera. In an interesting twist, in the next vid we move away from the relatively small production outfits that have been the focus of much of our previous journey through Monferrato’s Barbera producers, and talk with Lorenzo Giordano of Vinchio Vaglio (who just celebrated their 30th anniversary, with an event at which I was supposed to speak, but couldn’t attend because I got wicked sick… and yeah, I’m still a little raw about it, thankyouverymuch…). As you’ll see in the vid below, Giordano oversees a sizeable cooperative operation, and so has a unique, 20,000-foot view of Barbera throughout the region, and through all of its various quality levels.

Cheers!

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For November 27, 2017

Vinted on November 27, 2017 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!

  • 16 Domaine de Cala Coteaux Varois Rose (Provence): You forgot about well-crafted Rose in the Winter time, didn't you? Shame on you… shame, shame shame. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Pacherhof Sylvaner Vigne Vecchie Alte Reben (Alto Adige Valle Isarco): Sometimes, when you add spices to tropical fruit, a little bit of magic actually occurs. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Boutari Moschofilero (Mantinia): Somebody has been working out in the off-season, because there's some punching-above-the-price-weightclass action going on here. $15 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Cortonesi La Manella (Brunello di Montalcino): Whoever told you that big, young Brunello couldn't be bold and generous was… uhm… not correct. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Tasca Tascante Il Tascante Nerello Mascalese (Sicilia): That line between brambly and pure is fine, precise, and in this case, also delicious. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Tasca Tascante Buonora (Etna Bianco): Did you need more Caricante in your life? Damn right you needed more Caricante in your life, fool! $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Ruggeri Argeo Prosecco Brut (Prosecco): Apples, with hints of freshness, crispness, and more than a hint of bubbly aggression. $17 B >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Pfendler Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Sometimes, the Coast is lean & lithe; this really isn't one of those times, like, whatsoever. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Sterling Vineyards Sparkling Rose (California): Warmer, sunny weather has a new BFF, who likes to dress all flashy and stuff. $22 B >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Dutton Goldfield Dutton Ranch Green Valley Vineyard Gewurztraminer (Green Valley): When you want your heady jasmine with a side of heady lychee. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
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Chile’s Finest, Via San Francisco (Wines of Chile Awards 2017 Winners)

Vinted on November 22, 2017 binned in on the road, wine industry events

AWoCA 2017

[ Editor’s note: Yes, I realize that tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the USA. No, I don’t feel compelled to write about wine pairings for it, because that topic has been covered, and covered, and covered, and covered, and covered already. If you’re really jonesing for Turkey Day wine help, see previous coverage of that here on 1WD, all of which is still relevant. ]

Every once in a while, I get asked to do really cool things, like judge wine competitions alongside bright, interesting, qualified people who, for reasons that I still don’t fully understand, consider me a peer.

Evan Goldstein AWoCA 2017

Evan Goldstein, MS, surveys the room during the AWoCA 2017 judging

Such was the case a couple of months ago, when my friend Evan Goldstein (and his Full Circle Wine Solutions biz) asked if I’d be interested in judging the 2017 incarnation of the Anual Wines of Chile Awards, held this hear in his native San Francisco. I’ve worked with Evan and FCWS a few times before, who are top-notch, and we know that Evan knows his shiz when it comes to South American wines in general, so of course I said Hellz Yeah to that.

The winners of the 2017 AWoCA (now in its 14th incarnation) were recently announced at an event in Washington DC, and so I am now officially able to share highlights of the results with you.

What I found most exciting during the unfolding of the AWoCA competition, even more so than the high quality of Chile’s vinous wares in general, was how well Chile’s much-touted diversity was on full, 4KHD-tuned-to-vibrant-color-settings display in the wines that were entered…

Read the rest of this stuff »

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For November 20, 2017

Vinted on November 20, 2017 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!

  • 15 Donatella Cinelli Colombini Cenerentola (Orcia): Cinderella story in which the oft-overlooked beauty of Foglia Tonda finds a handsome prince in Sangiovese. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany): A sports car with leather-&-wood interior, dark red paint job, & orange peel air freshener. $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Donatella Cinelli Colombini Il Drago e le 8 Colombe (Toscana): Rich, poised, and sinewy Tuscan blend; feed it – & yourself – some beef. $NA A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Casarena Naoki's Vineyard Malbec (Agrelo): very, very good things can happen when people are not afraid of Malbec showing off its floral, herbal side. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Reva Barolo Ravera (Barolo): Its floral, spicy, and balanced litheness is, in fact, worth raving about, at least for the time between sips. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Reva Langhe Bianco (Langhe): That time when sage brush met passionfruit, & they lived happily ever after and all of that kind of stuff. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Montes Outer Limits Zapallar Vineyard Pinot Noir (Aconcagua Valley): There is nothing wrong with your Pinot; do not attempt to adjust its sexiness. $NA B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Cornerstone Cellars Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Flashy, yes, but adorned with gorgeous subtleties for the detail-oriented among you. $75 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Gary Farrell Russian River Valley Selection Chardonnay (Sonoma County): Finalist in the Best US Domestic Chard for the Cash category that I just made up. $35 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Priest Ranch Grenache Blanc (Napa Valley): Almost too curvaceous for its own dang self. Almost. In this case, Big is certainly still Beautiful. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
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