Articles Tagged 2009
Given that the Southern Hemisphere, whose “reversed” seasons give their winemakers a leg up on vintage releases, already have 2009s hitting the wine store shelves, it’s not too early to call the 2009 vintage for Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc a strong one.
I won’t go so far to protest 2009 as excellent for all of New Zealand, because I’ve simply not tasted enough ‘Kiwi’ wine (yet) to make a determination, but I can say that the `09 Marlborough SBs that have made their way into my sample bins have, for the most part, been very good and in some cases excellent.
Case in point is the 09 Drylands Sauvignon Blanc, which is absolutely screaming with passion fruit goodness and a quality finish that is much longer than I’d have expected at a price point under $15. The QPR on that wine is just roof-busting.
Anyway, it seems that every big wine brand has some sort of social network initiative popping up these days, and New Zealand is no exception – Kim Crawford, who produce a few very good Marlborough wines, has recently jumped into the social networking game in a unique way with their Artists’ Lounge concept. The interesting thing about the Artists’ Lounge is that Kim Crawford actually has four artists in residence as part of the community – a poet, a songwriter, a painter, and a photographer. So if you’re into art and NZ wine, Artists’ Lounge might be a cool place for you.
If you’re into winning trips to NZ, then Artists’ Lounge might also be a cool place for you – from now through the week of January 18, members of the Lounge have a chance to win a trip to New Zealand by posting ideas for artistic inspiration in the member forums – the winning entries are chosen by the resident artists, who will create new art works based on the winning entries.
That seems like a pretty cool idea for a contest (and there are worse prizes than visiting the land where Lord of The Rings was filmed!).
More details available here: http://theartistslounge.clmclient.com/contest.php.
Got thoughts on the 2009 NZ wines, the land of Kiwi, or the Artists’ Lounge? Let’s hear ’em!
Who’s a Big Winner today?
YOU’RE a Big Winner today.
No doubt that the wide world of wine media is awash in well-weathered year-end recaps (not too mention consonation!), with thoughts about the wines and wine-related happenings of a 2009 that has nearly gone by. While I enjoy the year-end recap thoughts as much as the next guy or gal, I’m not going to provide another look-back wine list or article review, mostly because I already have those posts published and can’t fool you into reading another one because you’re too smart.
No, I just want to tell you how lucky you are this year, wine-wise anyways.
Yeah, YOU. You’re one lucky S.O.B.
Look at it this way: Was 2009 perfect when it comes to wine? Of course not. But consider this:
You have access to more wine of higher quality and for lower prices than at any other time in the history of the world.
You also have access to more sources of quality information about wine (and all aspects of how it is made, distributed, etc.) than ever before.
So, you not only can get great wine for a great price, you also can gain as much knowledge about wine as you’re hungry for, at almost no cost to you.
Think about that for a second. Most of you reading this have more opportunity when it comes to wine than your parents ever dreamed of. Unless you’re like 14. In which case, you should know that I do not have reviews of Peppermint Schnapps on this website. And no, I am not going to buy some for you at the liquor store down the street. Look, kid, just buzz off already, will ya?!?
The cherry-on-top of this have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too scenario is that the price of entry for your say in the growing wine conversation (which can positively influence where the wine industry goes in 2010 and beyond) is approximately $0.00. In short, you have a wealth of wine knowledge available at your fingertips, and as they told you at the end of the G.I. Joe cartoons in the mid-eighties, "Now you know, and knowing is half the battle." And knowledge, as we all know (ha-ha!), is power.
In other words, who’s the big winner after the wine trials, tribulations, travails, and victories of 2009? YOU are, my friend, you are.
So, as we draw the curtain on 2009, take a moment to toast yourselves, as you are potentially the most powerful influencer of the future of wine.
Cheers and Happy New Year!
It’s almost 2010, and you know what that means.
It means we need to get in at least one cheesy end-of-year-summary post!
What I decided to do was to completely forgo my personal favorite 1WineDude.com articles of the past year, and instead present the articles form 2009 that garnered the most reaction by YOU, the readers, since you’re what makes the 1WineDude.com wheel go ‘round. The logical way was to pull together the most-commented posts from 2009, which I present below for your recap-ing pleasure.
As for the most-viewed posts, I figured I didn’t have a great way to measure that for the full year, having moved over to a new blogging platform and a new analytics platform in 2009. And more importantly, I didn’t think that measure would be as interesting as seeing which articles you actually felt were worth the contribution of your opinions – now that measure seemed like fun to me.
What did I learn from pulling this list together?
You people seem to love controversy!
9 out of the top 10 most commented posts of 2009 cover controversial topics – from blogger-bashing by wine media big-wigs, to hot topics in the wine-writing/blogging, wine consumption, and wine appreciation, you folks like to state your opinions… and I love ya for it!…
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Here we go again. It is… that time.
That time when I present the 1WineDude.com Top 10 Most Interesting Wines of the Year. Although I tried last year to set proper expectations around this year end recap of tasty vino, that didn’t stop my Top 10 Most Interesting Wines of 2008 list from being used as a bit of media-fodder “best of” list – which it wasn’t.
For those of you new to this annual list, here’s how it works: it’s NOT a list of the best wines released in 2009. It is a list of wines that I tasted in 2009 (that’s the only qualification for inclusion, by the way), and that I personally found to be the most interesting of those wines. The list is presented with my twitter mini-review, and reflections on why each wine was included.
I just want to caution everyone not to take this list too seriously. Because, well, it’s not meant to be taken too seriously. Which doesn’t mean that a lot of serious thought didn’t go into the compilation of this list. It did. As I mentioned in preface to the 2008 list:
“…there was nothing easy about compiling the list that I’m about to give to you, and I’m sure the inclusions and omissions will piss some people off somewhere. That isn’t my intention, and this is not a best-of list by any stretch of the imagination.”
That was even more true for this year’s list. For one, the ‘competition’ (if it can be called that) was stiffer – I tasted more wines, and more wines of higher quality, than I ever have before. I had access – through the kind generosity of many, many people in the wine industry – to more wines than I had in 2008, much of them of high quality. Trying to nail this down to 10 wines was, at times, downright agonizing. Many wines, made by people who in some cases I now count among my friends, that just didn’t make it but were ohhhh sooooo clooooose.
The list is not based on any numerical rating. The wines were chosen based on my tasting notes from all of the wines that I tasted this year. Since I am not employed as a wine critic, I do not taste thousands of wines per year. I do, however, taste well over an amount of wine than (I think) is normally accessible to the average wine lover.
The differences between the 2008 and 2009 lists are exciting for me:
As much as I consider myself a ‘red’ wine drinker at heart, the majority of the wines that made the cut are whites, with at least one of them being a grape that you probably haven’t had before (let alone heard of… or can likely pronounce). The top 3 on the list are very, very exciting wines and I’m particularly stoked to hear (read) what you all think of those.
Sadly, I’m not sure that any of my picks are budget-priced wines – there’s something we can discuss in the comments! As with the 2008 list, and despite the high(ish) price tags, my aim is to expose you to something unique, different, and of (what I feel is) exceptional quality for the price – you can comment and let me know if I succeeded.
Enough of my yakin’ – let’s boogie! I give you –
The 1WineDude.com Top 10 Most Interesting Wines of 2009…
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