Hello, My Name Is… Barbera

Vinted on February 2, 2017 binned in 1WineDude TV, going pro, Italian Wine

Hello my name is BarberaLast year, I spent a good amount of time (lucky for me) jaunting around the northern Italian countryside, taking in the sights, sounds, and (most importantly!) the flavors of Asti and Monferrato.

I’m happy to report that the work that we (that’s me and the Consorzio Barbera d’Asti e Vini del Monferrato) did in those beautiful environs is now being published on an English-language website called My Name is Barbera.

My work there will consist of a combination of long-form articles, as well as short video vignettes that we recorded during the trip (the first of which is embedded below), the latter of which will have about as much jealous-rage-enducing views of the gorgeous Italian countryside as you can handle in a minute and half without drooling on your screen or starting to smash things.

While this work and publishing is in play, I won’t be formally reviewing any Barbera wines from the area here on 1WD (this is a paying gig, after all), but I make no promises as to not doing my best to stoke your travel bug urges to get your butt over there and witness Monferrato’s beauty for yourself. For now, though, you can enjoy it via proxy.

Anyway, you can follow along with my Monferrato escapades at http://www.mynameisbarbera.com/author/joe-roberts/.

Monferrato Moves Episode #1 – Open Space

Cheers!

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 30, 2017

Vinted on January 30, 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!

  • 13 Juve & Camps Essential Brut Xarello (Cava): Essentially, this is crisp, clean, refreshing… and probably a little under-priced. $16 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino (Brunello di Montalcino): Still a baby; & as energetic as a young kid's mitochondria. $70 A >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Truchard Roussanne (Carneros): She's so pretty, with all that honeysuckle, lemon blossom, and jasmine tucked up into her curls. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Dusted Valley Stone Tree Vineyard Grenache (Wahluke Slope): Big, bold, bountiful, boisterous, but basically balanced. $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Dry Creek Vineyard The Mariner (Dry Creek Valley): Sexy suppleness is the name of the game for 13, it would seem; not complaining. $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Pellet Estate Pellet Vineyard Merlot (Napa Valley): Beveled, talented indie actress totally nails it in her big-budget film debut. $75 A >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Pellet Estate Sunchase Vineyard Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast): Strutting its fleshy, glittery stuff; actually, flaunting its stuff. $68 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Gustave Lorentz Pinot Blanc Reserve (Alsace): Bring on the seafood tower, this one is more than ready to take it on with style. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Gustave Lorentz Pinot Noir Le Rose (Alsace): Bright and lovely, red berries dancing happily with red roses in their teeth. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Buena Vista Winery La Victoire Brut (Champagne): Loaded with apples, apricots, toasted bread, and a debonair sense of refinement. $48 B+ >>find this wine<<
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Thoughts On The 2017 SVB Wine Report

Vinted on January 25, 2017 binned in commentary, wine industry events
SVB 2017 Wine Report

(image: svb.com)

Each year, Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) releases their predictions for the U.S. wine biz for the coming year, and every year I have my (typically snarky) commentary on the report (which, I should add, I usually find to be insightful – the report, I mean, not necessarily my snarky commentary).

The SVB report is Northern-California-heavy, which makes sense, given their clientele. It often makes also contains predictions that one might generously call “favorably perceived” by that clientele; in the 2017 report, for example, we’re told that Millenial consumers will move from imbibing blends into imbibing varietal wines, and will also pay more for the privilege. Which probably has a lot of perennially under-compensated Millenial wine lovers saying, “ok, sure, with what, the money I make by selling my f*cking blood?!??”

What I want to focus on for 2017, however, are two aspects emphasized in the SVB report, one of which the U.S. wine biz seems to be on board with (albeit a bit late), and another with which the U.S. wine biz seems to be, well, not so on board…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For January 23, 2017

Vinted on January 23, 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!

  • 13 Middleton Family Wines Cadaretta Syrah (Columbia Valley): American oak like a loud American, but there's seriousness underneath. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Szigeti Pinot Noir Rose Sekt Brut (Neusiedlersee): Cream, strawberries, cherries, earth, and just a liiiiiittle bit of muscle. $20 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Azienda Agraria Perticaia Montefalco Sagrantino (Umbria): Plan on a long journey ahead for these spice & dried fruit travelers. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Chateau de Lascaux Garrigue Rose (Languedoc ): Pink for just about any food, any season, any weather, and nearly any mood. $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Chateau du Moulin a Vent Croix des Verillats (Moulin-a-Vent): Cru Beaujolais decided to put its sexy pants on, apparently. $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Murrieta's Well The Whip White Wine Blend (Livermore Valley): Because a little bit of spice and honey never hurt anyone, right? $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Etude Grace Benoist Ranch Pinot Noir (Carneros): Silk, cherries, plums, & a smoking lounge w/leather-upholstered sandalwood chairs $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Trefethen Dry Riesling (Oak Knoll District): Limes, river stones, and a lot more subtlety than you're expecting from The Valley. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Dry Creek Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley): Get some soup with ham in it. Then pour of glass of this. You're welcome $32 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Dry Creek Vineyard Estate Block 10 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Nutmeg and warmth, just the way that Jack frost ordered. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
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