Going Hot Turkey (March 2015 Wine Article Roundup)

Vinted on March 31, 2015 binned in going pro
wine.answers.com march 2015

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In like a frozen lion, out like a lamb paired with well-aged Cabernet Sauvignon, March is behind us. Er… wait a second… it’s still cold here. Ok, whatever…

Here’s a roundup of some of the items in which I’ve had a hand in penning during the month:

There were two items highlighting Turkish wine this month; the first for Snooth.com, penned after tasting through a case of samples, the majority of which were very good to excellent (which I am ashamed to admit surprised me, as it had been a long time since I’d tasted through a number of wines from Turkey, and back then it wasn’t nearly as exciting, and was actually pretty grim). The second was for Answers.com, focusing on (what I found to be) interesting trivia about that country’s rich wine history.

Of course, the month wouldn’t be complete without me putting some items through the review ringer for Answers.com; here were the wares put to the test in March:

Wine Product Review: Ventorosso Wine Aerator – While it’s not the most aggressive (or effective) aerator out there, it’s certainly one of the most aesthetically pleasing, and undoubtedly one of the quietest.

Wine Product Review: Edgy Wine Foil Cutter – Well… it’s a foil cutter. It works. otherwise, it’s a funny, NSFW marketing gimmick. The quality is there, but whether or not you’ll want to patronize Edgy Wine will largely depend on your sense of humor, I think.

Wine Book Review: “Beyond Jefferson’s Vines” By Richard G. Leahy -A thorough rendering of the Virginia wine scene it’s not, but an entertaining insider’s view of the what, who, and why of VA vino it is. Beyond Jefferson’s Vines is recommended, especially if you enjoy deeper dives and Right Coast / cool climate juice.

Cheers!

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For March 30, 2015

Vinted on March 30, 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!

  • 12 Red Car Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Qualifies as a textbook entry introduction to what high-end SC PN looks like. $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Red Car Rose of Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Elegant & Fun matched together authentically, & not a in fake new-car-commercial way. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Red Car Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast): Four different vineyards, but it's all single-minded in its focused intensity. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Red Car Sonoma Coast Syrah (Sonoma Coast): Savory & herbal, lithe & deep, and still kicking it fresh, fresh, fresh! style. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Bastianich Vespa Rosso (Colli Orientali del Friuli): Mostly Merlot, mostly excellent, mostly aiming to please & hitting its mark. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Bastianich Vespa Bianco (Colli Orientali del Friuli): Nutty, fruity, floral & not likely to remain full for very long post-popping $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Bastianich Plus (Colli Orientali del Friuli): Plus-sized in every way, lusciously so; and we ought to be very grateful for it! $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Maggy Hawk Afleet Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley): This horse can certainly run, and it favors the spiciest trails available, too. $70 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 09 Arcanum Arcanum Red (Toscana): Cab Franc, speaking old school Latin, the tannins saying "Tenui Nec Dimittam, you lushes!" $100 A >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Chapoutier Belleruche Rose (Cotes-du-Rhone): Gorgeous of color, tasty of form, friendly of disposition, & too quick of finish. $14 B >>find this wine<<
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Rock My Pinot Like A Wagon Wheel (MacPhail Recent Releases)

Vinted on March 25, 2015 binned in sexy wines, wine review
MacPhail Mardikian Pinot

Have metallic embossed label, will travel

Before you ask… yes, I am still not quite up to the full-on feature articles, and am woefully behind. Look, I’ve got major issues on the homestead, people, so you’re going to need to be patient (or, simply enthrall yourselves with any of the other billion English-language wine blogs out there for now).

The issues have not stopped me from imbibing wine, however (even after having mouth surgery – oh yeah, who’s your drinkin’ daddy?!??). Hey, this is me we’re talking about, here!

Fortunately for both of us, the sample pool gods hath been smilingly generous towards me in my time of personal woe. Thanks to them, I can throw the following wines and resulting frissons of gustatory excitement out at you, my friends.

Just so long as you don’t mind a penchant for wagon pictures on wine labels, or Pinots that clock in at over 14% alcohol (please… leave that abv-hate at the virtual door before entering here, ok?); trust me, James MacPhail knows what the f–k he’s doing with his Pinot…

Read the rest of this stuff »

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