Rolling Out The Barrels (PUBLIX Grape Fall 2015)

Vinted on August 25, 2015 binned in going pro, wine publications
PUBLIX Grape Fall 2015

image: PUBLIX Grape Magazine

Summer’s almost over. Yeah, I said it. Yeah, it’s mildly depressing. Yeah, it’s a good excuse to drink.

For those of you within the mailing address sphere of supermarket chain PUBLIX, you can find my latest contribution to their wine-focused magazine, Grape, in the soon-to-be-released Fall 2015 issue.

Therein, among other things, we revisit the impacts of barrel aging on wine (not all oak is the enemy, folks), as well as on beer, with some quotes from wine luminaries such as Master Somm Evan Goldstein, who is one of the few wine people for whom I’d consider taking a bullet (hopefully, we never have to test that promise…).

You can subscribe to PUBLIX Grape Magazine for the low, low price of $0.00, for those of you who live in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Alabama. Which is probably those of you who have been wanting Summer to end for the last two months already.





Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For August 24, 2015

Vinted on August 24, 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!

  • 13 Barnard Griffin Rose of Sangiovese (Columbia Valley): Well, now, that's a lot of ruby joy for not a whole lot of coin, isn't it? $15 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Segura Viudas Gran Cuvee Reserva (Cava): Almost entirely about mouthfeel, and will put paella front and center on your mind. $14 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Robert Craig Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): From opening to closing, holds the promise of complete expression. $80 A >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Catena Alamos Torrontes (Salta): Well, it's awfully hard to argue with Delightful when she shows up on a hot Summer day, isn't it? $10 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Boschendal 1685 Grande Cuvee Sauvignon Blanc (Coastal Region): Piquantly making its point that it wants some smoked fish, NOW. $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Cantara Cellars Ruth's Vineyard Chardonnay (Lodi): A whole bushel full of ripe pineapples, with big spiky green leaves and all. $23 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Luigi Bosca Finca La Linda Torrontes (Mendoza): White flowers, drunk, arm in arm & loudly singing Queen's We Are The Champions. $12 B >>find this wine<<
  • 14 M. Chapoutier Vignes de Bila-Haut Blanc (Cotes-du-Roussillon) >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Donnafugata Anthilia Bianco (Sicily): Open bottle, add cooling Summer evening breezes, then watch all liquid in bottle disappear. $17 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Le Volte dell' Ornellaia (Toscana): Like The Giving Tree, of it were a plum tree and all of said plums were juicy, sweet, & ripe. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 VIE Las Madres Vineyard Los Carneros Syrah (Sonoma County): And you will know us by the trail of intriguingly spiced tobacco smoke $39 B+ >>find this wine<<



Toasting To Wine And Art (Elizabeth Bollwitt’s “PROST”)

Vinted on August 20, 2015 binned in wine products


Today, we take a brief break from talking about wine as art, and instead talk briefly about wine as art subject.

I get contacted by many people with wine product ideas who would like a shot at getting their wares featured or reviewed on the virtual pages here. A not-insignificant percentage of those products find their way into a heap in my basement, either proving to be too useless, too frustrating, or aesthetically disastrous enough not to make the cut.

A pleasant exception is “PROST” by self-taught pointillism (remember George Seurat from art class, folks?) artist Elizabeth Bollwitt.

I’ve never met Bollwitt, and was unaware of her work, but she’s a 1WD fan and sent me a poster print of her “PROST” painting, shown inset above. I absolutely loved it at first cardboard-tube-opening-and-unraveling. Personally, I despise art that is obviously descriptive, preferring more abstract interpretations that give the viewer at least some means of participation in completing the experience of witnessing what the art is attempting to do/convey/capture. So for me, Rockwell (despite the obvious talent) is pure and total hell, while Nude Descending a Staircase is genius oft he highest friggin’ order. No surprise then that I would be drawn to Bollwitt’s deft use of the pointillism technique, and the colorfully abstract rendering of an overly-enthusiastic, drunken “cheers!” moment.

According to her website, canvas reproduction of Bollwitt’s “PROST” will be on display at V. Sattui Winery in Napa Valley, so if you’re in the area I’d suggest checking it out (or just order yourself a reprint on poster or canvas, if you find yourself compelled to hang it up in your home, as I did).





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