Big Hat, Big Cattle (Highlights From The 2016 TexSom International Wine Awards)

Vinted on March 25, 2016 binned in on the road, wine industry events
TexSom 2016

image: Texas Monthly

Ahhh, Dallas, where the rain is big, the convention center is even bigger, and the wine competitions are downright huuuuuuge.

I had such a splendid time judging alongside the consummate professionals at the 2016 TexSom International Wine Awards that I didn’t even mind that Dallas is totally dirty with Cowboys fans (Go Steelers!). Hell, I even had a date while I was in town (because, well, we are talking about my crazy life here).

The results of the 2016 TexSom competition have now been published in their entirety, so I am happy to share with you some of the highlights from my panels there. First, here’s the skinny on the results, as worded by the TexSom crew:

“Entries in the TEXSOM International Wine Awards were blind-tasted and judged by 67 internationally renowned industry influencers from 10 countries. Of these entries, the judges awarded 2,133 medals: 273 Gold medals, 798 Silver medals, and 1062 Bronze medals. Suggested retail pricing of medal-winning entries ranged from US $2.99 to US $770.00. Vintages spanned 75 years, with the oldest being 1941. All winners have been announced, and the winning wines are listed on the Texas Monthly website at”

Told ya it was big, pardner!…

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Catch My Thrift (Shopping For Cheap Wine At

Vinted on March 22, 2016 binned in going pro, learning wine
thrillist cheap wine


A quick update today to let you know that my inaugural wine piece for online food, drink, and travel juggernaut (seriously, their numbers are sick) is now available.

The article is a quick run-through of what to look out for when hunting down a good, inexpensive ($15-and-under) bottle of wine, and is geared towards the non-currently-geeky-over-it-but-hopefully-could-be-geeky-about-it-one-day drinking populace.

It’s by no means exhaustive, but it should give a fair number of shoppers an entertaining place to start. I’m excited about working with Thrillist, and hoping to have more content appearing their in the coming months. In the meantime, go ahead an pick my first piece for them apart (just drink something good while doing so, okay?).






Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For March 21, 2016

Vinted on March 21, 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!

  • NV Bisol Crede Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore (Valdobbiadene): Bright-eyed, focused, & probably thinking it can take on NV Champers $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Palari Faro (Sicily): Won't even give you the time of day now; but you're in for the ride of a lifetime in about seven years or so. $90 A >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Villa Mottura Primitivo di Manduria (Puglia): How often is Primitivo this round & this lively *and* this cheap? Not often enough. $17 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 DuCropio Damis Ciro Rosso Classico Superiore (Calabria): Remind your tongue to put its big boy pants on for this muscular treat. $36 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi (Campania): Rarely do mint, leather, cloves & ripe fruits get along so damned well together. $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Feudi di San Gregorio Taurasi (Campania): Grippy, serious, authentic, and elegant, while strutting its lavender and black cherries $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Nativ Eremo San Quirico Irpinia Campi Taurasini (Campania): Flauntingly sexy, almost to obnoxiousness, but it's just misunderstood $45 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Chardonnay (Napa Valley): So pleasantly poised, you'll be tickled pink with this pretty little pick. $28 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): That oak is sweet, but then so is the overall drinking experience here $38 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Tiamo Prosecco (Veneto): Pears, apples, refreshment. The End. As in, yeah, that's it. Move along. Nothing more to see here… $15 B- >>find this wine<<



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