Furmint Adventures Episode 10: Gróf Degenfeld Winery

Vinted on March 12, 2015 binned in 1WineDude TV, on the road
Gróf Degenfeld Winery

Checkmate, lushes!

I have very fond memories of filming this week’s episode of my Furmint Adventures. But then, if you can’t recall a beautiful day in Tokaj, eating gourmet fare and drinking Gróf Degenfeld wine at their historic hotel with lovely winemaker Vivien Ujvári (who, incidentally, is into prog rock; for that alone, she is a champion)… well, then you have major, major problems, my friend.

In this vid, we have medieval history, small-production Furmint, crazy-good vittles, a Countess, and… damn, what, do you need any more to get you to watch? C’mon, already!

Furmint Adventures Episode 10: Gróf Degenfeld Winery

Cheers!

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Wine Scores: Please, Wine Producers, Stop Shoving Them In My Face

Vinted on March 10, 2015 binned in commentary

This little meme-type-thingy that I generated several days ago got a bit of traction on The Book of Face, and so I thought that I’d elaborate a bit on the position behind it (friends of mine will enjoy the RDJ inclusion, since they are constantly telling me “dude, you are so RDJ as Tony Stark, except you are Tony Snark!!!”):

My Face When wine scores

Seriously, people, can we just stop shoving wine scores into the faces of media types?

Here’s the deal:

I know that you’re justifiably proud of the scores that your wine received from [ insert major wine publication here ]. By all means, use them to help you sell wine: advertise them, put them on shelf talkers, teach your tasting room staff to wax philosophically in fake humility about them to your winery’s visitors.

BUT

I don’t want to know about them, for two (to me) very important reasons:

1) Putting my critic-type-guy hat on for a moment, I’d rather not know what other critic-type-people have said about your wine. I don’t want it to influence me, even if subconsciously, so I strongly feel it’s best to just not go there until I’ve had a chance to taste it (usually using a very different process than what’s employed at those publications) and have at least formulated the genesis of an opinion on my own. What you’re implying by continually mentioning the score is that if I disagree with it, then you will think that one of us is wrong (and I am pretty sure that I know which of us that will be).

2) As a knowledgeable wine consumer, I might find a score helpful, and I might not. It’s not that simple; it depends on who is giving the score, their history of such scores, etc., etc., etc. I know what I like, from a purely subjective point of view, and so I’ll just formulate my own opinion on how good your wine is for me (thankyouverymuch). By the way, I strongly suspect, given the fact that it’s easier than every before for wine consumers to become knowledgeable, that I am not the only person buying wine for personal consumption who feels this way.

So… can we be done here, please?

Cheers!

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For March 9, 2015

Vinted on March 9, 2015 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!

  • 11 Selendi Artist's Series Red Blend (Aegean Region): A work of art splayed in spice, vibrancy, juiciness, & textured berry fruits. $65 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Turasan Kalecik Karasi (Cappodocia): Overachiever that won't accept a No from you on its herbs, red currants, & no-nonsense grip. $15 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Turasan Emir (Cappadocia): A tasty way to fake out your wine geek friends, who will swear they are drinking a nice Torrontes… $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Vinkara Narince Reserve (Black Sea): Love child of zesty Pinot Grigio & creamy California Chardonnay, with a bit of extra bite. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Vinkara Narince (Black Sea): Perk up, people; here's some piquant pineapple preferring a pleasing palate of oily, and pithy purity. $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel (Sonoma County): Not always showing its full hand, but never, ever displaying bad manners. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 M. Chapoutier Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Rose (Pays d'Oc): And then the pink grapefruit stopped laughing & began to get *serious*… $13 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Landmark Vineyards Overlook Chardonnay (Sonoma County): Apples, honey, marzipan, all generally square dancing well in time. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Foris Rogue Valley Riesling (Rogue Valley): Dependably, delightfully, delicately delicious; gives lots, generally asks for little $14 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Domaine Diochon Moulin-a-Vent Vieilles Vignes (Beaujolais): When strawberries get wild, delicious, inked up, & act like bad-asses. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
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