Uhm , Yeah, Well Who Doesn’t?!?? (Drinking Big On The “We Like Drinking” Podcast)

Vinted on April 21, 2016 binned in 1WineDude Radio, kick-ass wines, wine review
We Like Drinking Podcast

Duh? Who doesn’t?!??

I was recently a guest on the We Like Drinking podcast (episode 66), hosted by wine blogger Jeff Eckles and beer brewer Jim Myers. Which, in a few moments, will have me talking about expensive Cabernet, Michael Fassbender, and new American Viticultural Areas. Just maybe not in that order.

Anyway…

You can listen to the NSFW proceedings here, during which you will quickly learn why the podcast is so aptly-titled. I had a great time rapping with the guys and sharing opinions on wine, politics, the Synek Kickstarter campaign, and the shocking news that Cuba is apparently running out of beer.

As so often happens  on the occasions when people ask me questions, we went way over our allotted time, but I’m not going to say that it wasn’t entertaining!

I feel compelled to give at least a quick mention to very interesting (and very expensive) wine that I chose from the sample pool to drink during my podcast appearance, in the off-chance that you find yourself in a situation in which it’s being offered (the short take is that you probably won’t want to turn it down)…

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Drinking A Mean Game When Serving Game (Wine Food Pairing Up-leveling For Thrillist.com)

Vinted on April 19, 2016 binned in learning wine, wine tips
Thrillist.com Wine and Food Pairing

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My latest for Thrillist.com is now available, titled How to Level Up Food and Wine Pairings.

Is there anything new regarding food and wine matching offered in this piece? Probably not; just about everything that need be said about pairing up food and wine has pretty much been said.

Having said that, the article is chock-full of the tips and tricks that I myself have actually employed over the years when trying to elevate my own food+wine game, so I’m confident that it will be useful to the Thrillist readership (hell, even if casual wine drinkers remember only the very first tip on the list, they’ll have walked away from a hopefully entertaining read with a culinary rule-of-thumb that’ll improve almost any future wine-pairing attempt that they might make).

Anyway, feel free to stop by at heckle me!

Cheers!

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For April 18, 2016

Vinted on April 18, 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 Botromagno Primitivo (Puglia): Rugged, dark, demanding, and is going to light this cigar & doesn't give a damn that you don't mind. $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Marisa Cuomo Costa d'Amalfi Rosato (Campania): When in pink, they don't come a whole lot more floral – or a whole lot bigger. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Schola Sarmenti 'Masserei' Negroamaro Rose Salento (Puglia): Talented rRaspberry jam, wet rock, & lilac comedy improv troupe. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco (Sicily): Because we needed yet another reason to prove how much Carricante totally rules. $21 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Marco De Bartoli Vignaverde Grillo Terre Siciliane (Sicily): Fun & fascinating, in a let's-watch-a-Terry-Gilliam-film kind of way. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 4 Librandi Ciro Bianco (Calabria): Enticing over exuberant, delicious over difficult, & priced for give-me-a-case-full purchases. $12 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Masseria Li Veli 'Askos' Verdeca Valle d'Itria (Puglia): Long, lemony, delightful; what are you waiting for, go buy some already. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Scacciadiavoli Sagrantino di Montefalco (Umbria): Dangerously delicious; you'll be inviting the devil in to dance with this one. $42 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Wakefield The Visionary Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Clare Valley): Like Lady Gaga; audacious, complicated, undeniably talented. $200 A >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Masut Vineyard and Winery Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir (Mendocino County): This big *and* this good? Are they allowed to do that? $45 A- >>find this wine<<
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