Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For October 24, 2016

Vinted on October 24, 2016 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!

  • 14 Scacciadiavoli Montefalco Bianco (Umbria): Not technically a bargain, but a big amount of bright, bouncy bianco bang for the buck. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Scacciadiavoli Montefalco Rosso (Umbria): Chewy in all of the right ways, particularly if al dente pasta & tomatoes are on deck. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Giesen The Brothers Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough): It ain't heavy; well, unless you count the volume of citrus, nettle & verve. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Anaba Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): The bigger side of the Coast; and also the delightful, delicious, decidedly drinkable side. $36 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Anne Amie Vineyards Winemaker's Selection Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): Earthy, juicy, supple, and oh-so-dangerously drinkable. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Joseph Drouhin Pouilly-Vinzelles (Maconnais): So, this is apparently when the lemons all decided to get really, really sexy. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Joseph Drouhin Vaudon Chablis (Chablis): Apples, stones, peaches, paired with zing, zest, & texture that's both rough & artistic. $23 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Coppo Pomorosso (Barbera d'Asti): Enticing rawhide conjuring Bowie lyrics, like singing falsetto 'bout leather, leather everywhere $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Casal Thaulero Orsetto Oro Pecorino (Terre di Chieti): Familiar, exotic, delightful, delicious; if only Summer could last longer. $16 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Middleton Family Inconceivable Wines Terremoto '68 Rosso (Sicily): Go ahead, spring these Sicilian grapes on your Zin-loving buds. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
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Low Alcohol? B*tch, Please! (Perspectives On Paso Robles For Palate Press)

Vinted on October 19, 2016 binned in on the road

Mr Rogers finger

Last week, Palate Press published my take on the current state of the Paso Robles wine scene (based on a recent media tour of the region), titled Paso Robles: Sorry, not sorry.

That title seemed more publication-appropriate than “Bitch, please!” or “I heard what you said, I just don’t give a f*ck.”

You see, a funny thing happened on the way to producing the fine wines with lower alcohol levels that are supposed to represent the changing tastes and preferences of the American consumer: Paso Robles largely stopped giving a sh*t.

Palate Press Paso 2016

image: Palate Press

By largely ignoring said trend and focusing on what the region naturally provides, Paso Robles’ finest are arguably making some of their best wines yet, to the benefit of those who favor big, bold, but ultimately well-balanced vino.

Check out the full story for the details; below are the wines highlighted in the piece (in case you’re the impatient type):

Cheers!

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For October 17, 2016

Vinted on October 17, 2016 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!

  • 14 Palivou Vineyards Vissino Dry Rose (Nemea): Dark of color, dark berry of flavor; you are gonna want some cheese, and a lot of it. $NA B >>find this wine<<
  • NV Ruffino Sparkling Rose (Italy): Sooo easy to drink. Sooo moderately priced. Sooooooo short on the finish, you might get whipliash. $15 B- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Binomio Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva (Abruzzo): Ripe, taught, spicy and intense; so… grilled-and-rubbed lamb chops, anyone? $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 15 La Scolca Black Label-Etichetta Nera Secco (Gavi dei Gavi): Probably misunderstood, but most definitely refreshingly delicious. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Trinity Hill Hawkes Bay Pinot Noir (New Zealand): Juicy, fresh, & impeccably friendly, but decides to bail on the shindig too soon. $17 B >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Stonecroft Gimblett Gravels Crofters Syrah (Hawkes Bay): Unapologetic about its penchant for pouring on the black pepper spices. $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Amici Cellars Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Sonoma County): Starts so, so well that you'll forgive the quick exit that it makes $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Anaba Landa Vineyard Viognier (Sonoma Valley): Sultry but also serious, there's an enticing siren song being called out here. $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Trefethen Oak Knoll District Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Some presentations are called "classic" for very, very good reasons $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Bodega Vistalba Corte B (Mendoza): Brawniness that comes with more than a bit of braininess; but still, best attempted with steak. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
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Come Heckle Me, Now For Less! (#USBevX Discount Code)

Vinted on October 12, 2016 binned in wine industry events

USBevX DiscountFor those of you considering coming to the USBevX 2017 Wine & Beverage Expo in D.C., you can now attend and heckle me at during either of my workshops for less money!

Just head over to usbevexpo.com and use the code ROBERTS17 to receive a FREE tradeshow floor pass, or 50% off an all-access conference pass (which includes the tradeshow). Aside from the tradeshow, there’s a great speaker list lined up, with interesting workshop topics that are focused on real-world, practical take-aways, so if you’re in the wine biz be sure to check it out.

Cheers!

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