OK, Everyone, Remain Calm And Have Another Sip (Wine Website Ranking Madness)

Vinted on December 8, 2015 binned in commentary, wine blogging
Excel Wines Top 100 Wine BLogs 2015

image: ExelWines.co.uk

Ok, everyone… calm down.

Pour another glass of something nice.

Have a sip. Relaaaaax.

Feeel zeee tension leeeaaaving your body…

Every once in a while, we get a roundup/list/ranking of wine websites, and then oscillate between being happy for some of the sites on the list, and getting bent out of shape about the ones that aren’t on it (or taking issue with the reasons/methodology/stats behind the construction of said list).

The latest is an attempt at measuring and ranking wine blog influence by a Scottish wine purveyor, Exel Wines.

For me, it’s great to see so many passionate people’s excellent wine-centric websites included. Other than the additional bit of exposure that it brings to those websites, and the potential for discovering some new (to you) and interesting (to you) wine blogs listed therein, I think that the following popular Internet meme/graphic accurately sums up how much of a f*ck most of you ought to be giving these lists in general:

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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For December 7, 2015

Vinted on December 7, 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 Steven Kent Winery Lineage (Livermore Valley): Awkward as a newborn gazelle, but will surely leap with elegant grace as an adult. $160 A >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Nottingham Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (Livermore Valley): Everything's dialed up high, but should grow into its spicy, modern skin $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Olema Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County): Dark and handsome, and making for fine company for a thick, juicy, chargrilled hamburger. $22 B >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Olema Chardonnay (Sonoma County): Pushing you towards the creamy side, but sometimes going there ends up being a nice little trip. $15 B >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Kracher Auslese Cuvee (Burgenland): High-energy lemon-drop kisses? You are probably not gonna say No to that, are you? 375ml $23 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Barone Pizzini Animante Brut (Franciacorta): A bit of peach biscuit, a sprig of herbs, a few flower petals, a lot of delightful. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Domaine Grosbois La Cuisine de ma Mere (Chinon): As fresh, inviting, & smooth as a set of washed and pressed cotton sheets. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 P. J. Valckenberg Weingut Liebfrauenstift Riesling Trocken (Rheinhessen): Imagine Lite Brite used as a genuine artistic medium. $17 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 11 Domaine de La Janasse Terre d'Argile (Cotes du Rhone Villages): A large volume of hedonism, for not a large volume of cash. $18 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Chateau d'Esclans Rock Angel' Rose (Cotes de Provence): A strong pink for those who prefer their rock – & their vino – powerful. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<



Back To The Future, And The Furmint Paradox (Thoughts On The Potential Of Dry Furmint)

Vinted on December 3, 2015 binned in elegant wines, going pro, on the road, wine review
Furmint 5

“The Furmint Five” (image: FurmintUSA)

As you’ll see from the vid published earlier this week’s, I recently had the pleasure of going back to Hungary, primarily to engage in Phase 2 of the FurmintUSA promotional program, filming a new set of videos for the Furmint Adventures series.

That’s always fun, because the wines are largely excellent, the scenery settings beautiful, the producers amicable, and the crew totally professional. And it gave me a chance to eat at pretty much every restaurant in Tokaj (again).

This time, however, I was also able to take part in a media tour, tagging along with Master Somm’s Peter Granoff and Scott Harper, Balzac Communications’ Paul Wagner, and Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant’s Debbie Zachareas. Great travel companions all, and (an added bonus) people who aren’t afraid to share their deeply-educated wine opinions (I fit right in, unsurprisingly). Photog evidence provided below after the jump.

In going back to Hungary, it was in the latter capacity that I got to get all deep-thoughts-by-Jack-Handy on the future of dry Furmint wines. Which began one evening when I was thinking about the Fermi Paradox (don’t worry, it’ll all make some sort of sense in a few minutes)…

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