Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For May 2, 2016

Vinted on May 2, 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 Barbeito Ribeiro Real Sercial 20 Years Old (Madeira): Toasted, salted nuts; seawater; the confidence of Sean Connery's James Bond. $150 A >>find this wine<<
  • 15 CVNE Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana Monopole Blanco (Rioja): Making delicious over-achievement look embarrassingly easy. $15 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 10 Terre de la Custodia Sagrantino di Montefalco (Umbria): Cherry, herbs, cigars, and an attitude that's currently as tough as nails. $39 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Buglioni Il Disperato Bianco delle Venezie (Venezie): It's only desperate to deliver delight, which it needn't be, because it does $16 B >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Luigi Bosca A Rose is a Rose is a Rose Rose (Mendoza): Well, apparently a Rose is also a delight is a delight is a delight. $21 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Magistrate Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (Alexander Valley): A Reserve, perhaps, but a Reserve that's not reserved in any way. $17 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Donum Estate Grown Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Cutting a tall, dark, and absolutely strapping figure. $72 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Bonny Doon Mt. Oso Vineyard Il Ciliegiolo Rosato (Tracy Hills): Love barely-ripe cherries right off the tree? Line up for this one $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Bonny Doon Vineyard Vin Gris Tuile (Central Coast): A high-quality rose sipper fit for Bizarro Superman; offbeat fans will dig it. $26 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Bodega Garzon Sauvignon Blanc (Uruguay): Cleeeeeeeean as a whistle! And that whistle is made of lemon grass and starfruit, btw. $17 B+ >>find this wine<<
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Why You Should Care When The Clock Strikes Wine O’Clock (Thoughts On The Enolytics 2016 Report)

Vinted on April 27, 2016 binned in commentary, wine publications

My first reaction to the recently-published study/synopsis on “Wine O’Clock” issued by the new firm Enolytics:

Well… yeah… no sh*t!

My second reaction to the recently-published study/synopsis on “Wine O’Clock” issued by the new firm Enolytics:

Wait… holy crap! This is actually important (and I am an idiot)!

At first blush, you might have the same misguided reaction to the report that I did (following the link above, you can read the free version; the full report will set you back $399). Essentially, the study suggests that wine consumers are most willing to engage in content and purchase research about wine during the time that you would most likely guess that they’re drinking the stuff. To wit, here’s a screen-print from the free version of the report:

Wine O’Clock 2016

image: enolytics.com

There you go; we ramp up on such activity from about 4-5PM to 9PM, local time. I don’t know about you, but if you asked me when Wine O’Clock was, I’d have guessed those exact times with an accuracy of about 30 minutes on either side. The report goes on to state:

“Wine consumer engagement increases sharply beginning at 4pm and declines sharply after 9pm (local time).”

So… we start engaging about wine when we imagine drinking the stuff right before dinner, and stop when we are either too drunk to care, need to put the kids to bed, or fall into a stupor of self-loathing and cry ourselves to sleep, etc.

Now, before you succumb to the temptation to declare “no shit!” and pour yourself a glass (assuming it’s around 4PM local time), there’s more to this story that you need to see. Take a quick peek under the kimono of the Wine O’Clock report, and (assuming it’s closer to 4PM local time for you than 9PM, and you’re still sober enough), you’ll see why it’s actually pretty important info. for the wine world…

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For April 25, 2016

Vinted on April 25, 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!

  • 01 Barbeito Single Cask Colheita Malvasia (Madeira): Nutty, nutty, nutty; fruity, fruity, fruity; focused, focused, focused! $65 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 02 Blandy's Colheita Bual (Madeira): Figs, served with tea, and plenty of it; as freshly rejuvenating as a day at the spa, too. $65 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Donum Estate Grown Carneros Pinot Noir (Carneros): Delivering fully on all of those Carneros promises that lots of others break. $72 A >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Donum Estate Grown Carneros Chardonnay (Carneros): This one comes in bold, luxuriant waves, each as relaxing as a warm bath. $50 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Grgich Hills Estate Fume Blanc (Napa Valley): Proving both that this SB style is relevant, & that Mexican food has a wine match. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Mas Fi Cava Brut (Cava): Green apples, white flowers, & an almost unbearable – but ultimately very bearable – cheery disposition. $11 B >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Joseph Drouhin Domaine des Hospices de Belleville Fleurie (Beaujolais): Deceptively age-worthy, not deceptively lively & stunning. $26 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 M Chapoutier Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem (Cotes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France): The mystery? Why it's not more expensive. $30 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 S. Pratsch Rose (Niederosterreich): Strawberries, roses, & irresistibility; really, that's all you need to know, so get drinkin'! $13 B >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken (Mosel): This delight, & a bath, will cure 90% of your problems. $20 B+ >>find this wine<<
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