Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Lot18: Schott Zwiesel Forte Burgundy Wine Glasses

Back in 2009, Wine Spectator Senior Editor James Laube wrote a blog post about what he considered the perfect one-size-fits-all everyday wine glass. A Wine Spectator online subscription is required to read the full post, but the glass he highlighted was "the Tritan Burgundy Glass by Schott Zwiesel 'Forte' (model 8465/140)".

Even with the model number, it's a little tricky pinning down the exact glasses he was talking about. Kind of like tracking down a recommendation for a German Riesling with all the precise descriptors on the label - it's challenging. Let's try break it down:
  • Schott Zwiesel is the manufacturer
  • Forte is the line
  • Tritan is the glass technology they use across a number of their lines
  • Burgundy is the shape of the glass
The glass shape (and more importantly the size of the glass with that shape) is where things become most ambiguous. If you look on Amazon.com's listing for these glasses they offer two glass shapes:
  • A "Claret Burgundy" glass which is 24.7-ounce capacity; 8.7-inch tall, 4.4-inch wide
  • A "Burgundy" glass which is 18.3-ounce capacity; 8-inch tall, 4-inch wide
I think you want the larger 24.7-ounce glass, so the Claret Burgundy is the one to get. The smaller glasses are fine, but for me these slightly larger glasses are just right.

Now, if you Google "schott zwiesel 8465/140" the first thing you'll hit is K&L Wine offering these - but the size they quote is 8 5/8" tall, 21.1 oz. capacity. What the heck? That's in between the two sizes offered on Amazon. It's unclear whether there was once one size for Schott Zwiesel's Burgundy glass and they subsequently created a larger and a smaller variant.

At any rate - my point in telling you all this is that Lot18 has these glasses this week.

They're offering six 24.7 ounce Schott Zwiesel Forte Burgundy glasses this week. They confirm (via Twitter) that these are the 140 models you want. $59.99 with $9.99 shipping. Add a second item (wine or whatever they sell) and shipping becomes free.

This may be a good deal if you happen to have some Lot18 referral credits clanging around - especially if you live in a state with tight wine shipping restrictions.

If you're not already signed up with Lot18, use this link for $10 off your first order:

http://www.lot18.com/offer/4350259674689c3fe5501cbde53f42c5/user/1572

Compare the price to what's available on Amazon.com to make sure you're getting a deal:


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Beaujolais Valpolicella Soave Prosecco Cahors

The Rise of Muscat, a Sign of The Apocalypse?

There was a good story in the Wall Street Journal recently about the rise of Muscat, the sweet white wine made all over the world but closely associated with Italy where it is called Moscato. Last year this grape took off growing nearly 80% in sales from the year before. Nobody in the wine business [...]

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Grenache Trebbiano Champagne Burgundy Bordeaux

Weekend reading from the blogs and beyond

Source: http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/dining/reviews/blog/2011/06/weekend_reading_from_the_blogs.html

St. Emilion Margaux Paulliac St. Estephe St. Julien

Tasting note terms to ban ? have your say

Last week, NewYorker.com engaged its readers by asking which words should be eliminated from the English language. The surprising winner was “moist.” Now that they’ve jettisoned moist, it’s time for us to have our fun. Wine tasting notes are all-to-often laden with obscure, sometimes overly precious, redundant or otherwise silly words or phrases. We started [...]

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Burgundy Bordeaux Chianti Brunello Barolo

A Napa Valley wine trip down memory lane

Why not take a trip down memory lane by visiting one or more of the handful of wineries that have been in existence in the Napa Valley for 100 years or more? Most of these wineries have tours and memorabilia that will give you a glimpse of what life in the Napa Valley was like way back when. Continue reading

Source: http://www.winecountrygetaways.com/napablog/a-napa-valley-wine-trip-down-memory-lane/

Nebbiolo Dolcetto Nero d\\\'Avola Tempranillo Monastrell

Wine Wholesalers Insist You Were Born Yesterday

Barry Nolan over at Boston Magazine makes a point that flies in the face of what many politicians will tell us: "The business sector actually desires regulation and corruption." Interestingly, his primary evidence for this seemingly counter-intuitive conclusion is the...

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Pomerol St. Emilion Margaux Paulliac St. Estephe

Juice Head: Main Squeeze Freshens Up Main Street in Santa Monica

Source: http://la.eater.com/archives/2012/05/10/main_squeeze_freshens_up_main_street_in_santa_monica.php

Burgundy Bordeaux Chianti Brunello Barolo

Eater Inside: Sunset Junction Coffee Shop and Diner Moves In To SiLa

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Barbera Sangiovese Nebbiolo Dolcetto Nero d\\\'Avola

No one wants to watch wine movies

Ok, so I got your attention. I’m sure some of you came racing over here to tell me I’m wrong. Sideways, Mondovino, A Good Year, French Kiss, and more … so many good, and not so good, films that speak of wine. I’m not here to debate the quality and accuracy of the films, but [...]

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Dolcetto Nero d\\\'Avola Tempranillo Monastrell Petit Sirah

Chicago chefs pair with farmers at Localicious festival tonight

Source: http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/thestew/2011/03/chicago-chefs-pair-with-farmers-at-localicious-festival-tonight.html

Margaux Paulliac St. Estephe St. Julien Cote de Nuits

Pantry: San Pellegrino Pompelmo

Source: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/dailydish/2012/05/pantry-san-pellegrino-pompelmo.html

Cote d\\\'Or Chateauneuf du Pape Cote du Rhone Muscadet Anjou

2007 Sauternes & Barsac

Here you find the ratings of the 2007 Sauternes and Barsac wines from Robert Parker, Decanter and Wine Spectator:



Sauternes & Barsac
Decanter
Wine Advocate
WineSpectator
Price


Chateau d’Yquem
***** 19
96 - 98
97 - 100



Chateau Guiraud
**** 17,5
92 - 94
91 - 94



Chateau La Tour Blanche
**** 18
86 - 88
90 - 93



Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey
**** 18
91 - 93
91 - 94



Chateau de Rayne-Vigneau
***** 19
91 - 93
92 - 95



Chateau [...]

Source: http://www.wine4freaks.com/41/2007-sauternes-barsac/

Chardonnay Merlot Zinfandel Syrah Pinot Noir

Monday, May 14, 2012

Eater Tracking : Brian Malarkey's Herringbone Cheffed by Amanda Baumgarten Opens May 23 in La Jolla

Source: http://la.eater.com/archives/2012/05/10/brian_malarkeys_herringbone_cheffed_by_amanda_baumgarten_opens_may_23_in_la_jolla.php

Chinon Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay Merlot Zinfandel

Source: http://thecaveman.blogspot.com/2009/05/birthday-meal-marsannay-2002-saint.html

Cote de Nuits Cote d\\\'Or Chateauneuf du Pape Cote du Rhone Muscadet

Review of Chelan Ridge 2009 Chardonnay

Wine: Chelan Ridge 2009 Chardonnay Appellation: Columbia Valley (but sold in the Lake Chelan AVA area) ALC: n/a Price: $16 Haydn gives this wine: 96pts You can buy this wine: Give Chelan Ridge a call at (509) 687-4455. The website … Continue reading

Source: http://www.beyondnapavalley.com/blog/review-of-chelan-ridge-winery/

Petit Sirah Alvarinho Grenache Trebbiano Champagne

2007 Medoc 5. Grand Cru Class�

Here you'll find an overview of the ratings of the 2007 Medoc 4. Grand Cru Class�. We have gathered all ratings from Robert Parker, Decanter and Wine Spectator.

Source: http://www.wine4freaks.com/33/2007-medoc-5-grand-cru-classe/

Malvasia Malbec Barbera Sangiovese Nebbiolo

Pizza Week 2012: Chris Bianco, whose Pizzeria Bianco in...

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Malbec Barbera Sangiovese Nebbiolo Dolcetto

Wine Blog Questions...and Answers

I love the comments that folks share on this blog. But additionally, I get a good deal of blog-related email. Why some folks choose to send me questions and comments via email, rather than commenting and questioning right on the...

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Brunello Barolo Amarone Vouvray Beaujolais

Win Tickets to ZAP?s 2011 Grand Zinfandel Tasting at Fort Mason!

You heard correctly. Beyond Napa Valley is giving away 4 tickets to ZAP’s Grand Zinfandel Tasting at Fort Mason. All you have to do is write a Zinfandel-inspired Haiku. Click the link below for all of the details. We hope … Continue reading

Source: http://www.beyondnapavalley.com/blog/win-tickets-to-zaps-2011-grand-zinfandel-tasting-at-fort-mason/

Sauvignon Blanc Viognier Riesling Gewurztraminer Malvasia

Bake Sale: Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery is becoming...

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Cote d\\\'Or Chateauneuf du Pape Cote du Rhone Muscadet Anjou

A random act of generosity at Woodberry Kitchen

Source: http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/dining/reviews/blog/2011/06/woodberry_diners_treated_to_di.html

Anjou Chinon Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay Merlot

Book review: 'At Home on the Range' by Margaret Yardley Potter

Source: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/dailydish/2012/05/book-review-at-home-on-the-range-by-margeret-yardley-potter.html

Amarone Vouvray Beaujolais Valpolicella Soave

The Top 10 Wines of 2010

I’m officially declaring 2010 the year of the ros�. Yes, I know that many wineries have been producing stellar ros�s for years, but I felt that this year was the tipping point where the public started to get behind the … Continue reading

Source: http://www.beyondnapavalley.com/blog/the-top-10-wines-of-2010/

St. Emilion Margaux Paulliac St. Estephe St. Julien

Good Grape Goes on Hiatus

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans” said a very wise John Lennon and that’s exactly what has happened with me.  My life has kept apace, even as I’ve made plans to be a respected wine writer.

By most standards, 2011 has been a very good year.  I was a three-time finalist in the Wine Blog Awards, earning notice in the Best Overall Wine Blog, Best Industry Blog and Best Writing categories.  I started contributing a wine column to Forbes.com.  This site was named the 2nd most influential blog (and most influential wine blog) out of 4,000 blogs in a 2011 Wine, Beer and Spirits study by eCairn, a software company specializing in community and influencer marketing.  I was a panelist at Vino2011 in New York City, I won a scholarship to the Wine Writer’s Symposium in Napa Valley, and I turned down enough worldwide wine trip offers to fill a two-month calendar.

Yet, wine writing has exacted a toll.  I approach anything I do with a zeal and fervor that ensures me the success that I want and I’ve treated my wine writing as a full-time second job, to go alongside the job that I already have that requires 50 + hours a week.

Balance isn’t something that I’ve ever been very good at—possessed of an unassuming mien, a Midwestern work ethic, and a mental make-up whereby I cast myself as the underdog means that I am continually trying to prove something to myself, often times at the expense of real, true priorities.

Even more challenging is the fact that my standards for myself have been raised even as I’ve honed my writing chops.  Instead of figuring out a system to find time shortcuts, the amount of time it takes for me to write has become more deliberate and expansive while my interest in writing has become more professional in nature – less blogging and more credible journalism requiring more work to exceed the bar that I’ve set for myself.

The net result of this, after full-time job plus wine writing, is the rest of my life has received scant attention for nearly seven years and I’ve created a nearly untenable situation for myself, a set of internal expectations that I can’t live up to, requiring a time commitment that I can’t manage.

However, most importantly, the expectations and time commitments that I have assigned to my wine writing isn’t fair to the other people in my life – notably, my incredibly supportive wife, Lindsay.  She has been a saint the past six years, my blogging encompassing nearly the entire duration of our 6.5 year marriage.  But, she is long overdue a husband that takes the trash out without prompting!

I’ll be around the Internets – commenting on wine blogs, doing the Twitter thing, staying connected on Facebook and I’ll probably start engaging more actively on CellarTracker and on the WineBerserkers message board, but I’m taking a hiatus from wine writing to recalibrate, shifting my time to the things that are the most important to me:  Family and career.

Jeff

Source: http://goodgrape.com/index.php/site/good_grape_goes_on_hiatus/

Sauvignon Blanc Viognier Riesling Gewurztraminer Malvasia

Sunday, May 13, 2012

A farewell treat: Cesar Perrin presents a Chateau de Beaucastel vertical

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Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay Merlot Zinfandel Syrah

Tasting Report: 2009 Radio-Coteau Pinot Noir

Radio-Coteau (r?? d? ? - k? t??) adj. A colloquial expression suggesting ?word of mouth.? Region: Northern Rhone.
Literal Translation: broadcasting from the hillside.

I can't say for sure where I first heard of Radio-Coteau but I'm glad I did. It may have been @DrncPno on Twitter that planted the first seed which in turn encouraged me to buy a bottle of their 2006 La Neblina Pinot Noir. Paired with a simple mushroom pizza on a Friday night that wine was simply amazing. Not an off note in the bottle. Purely delicious.

Their focus is on Pinot Noir from the North Coast of California (Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley, Anderson Valley). They also produce Chardonnay and Syrah.

Their wines sell in the $40-$55 range which is one of the things I love about California Pinot Noir: You can buy wines from top producers at entry-level Napa Cab prices.

Stylistically, I think their wines are similar to Dehlinger's: Balanced and pure yet unabashedly new world. Proprietor Eric Sussman spent time as an associate winemaker at Dehlinger - as I learned in this excellent informative piece from Terroirist - so perhaps the similarities are more than coincidental. Both Dehlinger and Radio-Coteau produce Pinot Noirs with Goldridge fruit.

I hopped on their mailing list last year tried a couple of Pinot Noirs from the highly regarded 2009 vintage. They were as distinctive as they were impressive. Here are my thoughts:
  • 2009 Radio-Coteau Pinot Noir La Neblina - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (2/19/2012)
    A beautifully balanced yet powerful and flavorful California Pinot Noir. The wine is unfined and unfiltered yet beautifully radiant in the glass. Wonderfully aromatic immediately upon opening with classic aromas and flavors of bright cherries, black tea, sweet spice, and cola. Silky mouthfeel and long finishes that stays with you long enough to want to take another sip. Tremendous stuff and a very good value at $42. Highly recommended. Enjoyed it quite a bit more than the 2009 Radio Coteau Alberigi which was dominated by orange peel. (94 points)
  • 2009 Radio-Coteau Pinot Noir Alberigi - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (12/4/2011)
    There's a lot here to like but the orange peel aromas and flavors were overly dominant for me at this point which makes it hard to go nuts about the bottle I tasted from. (91 points)

    And here is my note for the 2006 I mentioned earlier:
  • 2006 Radio-Coteau Pinot Noir La Neblina - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (9/18/2010)
    Really enjoyed this bottle. What struck me about it as being memorable was that it didn't have an off note or aroma in the entire bottle. And the amplitude was spot-on as well. Classy stuff. Enjoyed thoroughly with a mushroom pizza. (92 points)
Posted from CellarTracker

Their 2010s are just being released to mailing list members. Like other Sonoma Pinot producers they're saying the vintage was challenging but successful. In general I'm buying 2010 California Pinot Noir, but trying to be selective. 2009 was a tremendous vintage and there's still inventory around. And there's always another great vintage right around the corner.

For more information on Radio-Coteau visit their website and sign up for their mailing list. You can occasionally find their wines at retail as well.

Question of the Day: Have you tried Radio-Coteau? If so what did you think? If not, what are some California Pinot Noir mailing lists you'd recommend?


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Gewurztraminer Malvasia Malbec Barbera Sangiovese

2012 New York Wine Expo Promotional Codes

The 5th Annual New York Wine Expo is coming to the Javits Center in New York City March 2nd through 4th 2012. The event is run by the same folks as the Boston Wine Expo and features a chance to taste over 600 wines from more than 150 producers.

For more information and to purchase tickets: http://www.newyorkwineexpo.com

Use promotional code WWP2012 to receive $15 off the Friday Grand Tasting. Regularly priced at $75 through February 24th, this code should bring the admission price down to $60.

Enjoy!


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Alvarinho Grenache Trebbiano Champagne Burgundy

Social Connections are still about people not stats

Small world story; as I walked towards my local coffee and sandwich shop, St. Davids in Forest Hill, I got an email to say my Foursquare mayorship had been lost to another user. I didn’t know this lady, but I have to admit I felt slightly affronted than I should lose this title, despite it [...]

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Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay Merlot Zinfandel Syrah

Budbreak Photos from around the Vineyard

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Pinot Noir Pinot Grigio Sauvignon Blanc Viognier Riesling

EaterWire: Roscoe's Names Dish After Obama, WeHo Block Party, Chef DJ Olsen Leaves Lou

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Muscadet Anjou Chinon Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay

Pizza Masters: Nancy Silverton's Infamous Pizza & Why People Love It

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Paulliac St. Estephe St. Julien Cote de Nuits Cote d\\\'Or

Four from Jos� Pastor Selections

Our friends at Signature Selections Wine Company in Auburn Hills, Michigan, took notice of our review of two wines from the Spanish producer Verasol a few weeks ago, and contacted us to inquire as to if we?d like to try some other things imported by Jos� Pastor Selections, which they distribute in this area. We?ve [...]

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Riesling Gewurztraminer Malvasia Malbec Barbera

A New Alcohol Toy?And Why It Will Be Banned Quickly

"The advantages is to enjoy the drunk sensation with none of the harmful effects of alcohol on the body." This sounds a bit like a description of love. It's not. It is a description of a new product called "Wahh"created...

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Merlot Zinfandel Syrah Pinot Noir Pinot Grigio

Win Tickets to ZAP?s 2011 Grand Zinfandel Tasting at Fort Mason!

You heard correctly. Beyond Napa Valley is giving away 4 tickets to ZAP’s Grand Zinfandel Tasting at Fort Mason. All you have to do is write a Zinfandel-inspired Haiku. Click the link below for all of the details. We hope … Continue reading

Source: http://www.beyondnapavalley.com/blog/win-tickets-to-zaps-2011-grand-zinfandel-tasting-at-fort-mason/

Merlot Zinfandel Syrah Pinot Noir Pinot Grigio

DEALFEED: Lazy Ox Canteen

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Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay Merlot Zinfandel Syrah

The electricity of creativity

“I’m like a great big dark cloud, floating over the land, discharging my creativity in a sudden burst, like a lightning storm. If I were on twitter, facebook, etc. I feel I would waste the energy in lots of small bursts. I do not want to do that. You won’t find me on social networks. [...]

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Malbec Barbera Sangiovese Nebbiolo Dolcetto

Los Angeles Brewing Co. opens downtown

Source: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/dailydish/2012/05/los-angeles-brewing-co-opens-downtown.html

Grenache Trebbiano Champagne Burgundy Bordeaux

How Wine Became Modern: Design + Wine 1976 to Now; an SF MOMA Exhibit

The wine world can basically be compartmentalized into two worlds: The New World & The Old World. The Old World is France, and basically any other country within a trebuchet’s throw of France. Wines have been ratified by treaties, classified … Continue reading

Source: http://www.beyondnapavalley.com/blog/how-wine-became-modern-design-wine-1976-to-now-an-sf-moma-exhibit/

Zinfandel Syrah Pinot Noir Pinot Grigio Sauvignon Blanc

Bugging Out: Funny enough, on the heels of...

Source: http://la.eater.com/archives/2012/05/09/bugging_out.php

Vouvray Beaujolais Valpolicella Soave Prosecco

Review of the 3Divas White Wine Blend from Montemaggiore winery

3Divas, Montemaggiore Appellation: Russian River Valley Price: $25 Haydn gives it: 92pts You can buy this wine: at montemaggiore.com Montemaggiore continues to defy conventional varietals when it comes to its location in Dry Creek. Their red wine portfolio is missing … Continue reading

Source: http://www.beyondnapavalley.com/blog/review-of-the-3divas-white-blend-from-montemaggiore-winery/

Amarone Vouvray Beaujolais Valpolicella Soave

Commuter cuvee: vin de soif, American style

American wine under $15 is a difficult category. And domestic pinot can be downright dicey. And charity wines often sacrifice quality for the good of the cause. So it was with skepticism that I tried the Grochau Cellars, “Commuter Cuvee” 2010 recently. Sold in Portland at $14.99 with a portion of the proceeds going to [...]

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Chardonnay Merlot Zinfandel Syrah Pinot Noir

Source: http://thecaveman.blogspot.com/2009/03/growing-pains-chablis-1er-cru-2005.html

Brunello Barolo Amarone Vouvray Beaujolais

Wine of the Month Club

Are you interested in wine? Do you find that wine stores are too stuffy and pretentious for you to have an enjoyable shopping experience? If so, finding a quality wine of the month club might be a good fit for you to not only learn about wine, but also to have some truly outstanding wine [...]

Source: http://winewithmark.info/archives/670

Pinot Noir Pinot Grigio Sauvignon Blanc Viognier Riesling

Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Nature of the Beast

The Wine & Spirit Wholesalers of America, the national association representing American wine wholesalers, finished their annual convention in Las Vegas on Friday with their CEO Craig Wolf warning members that the challenge of "privatization" ?is being used as a...

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St. Estephe St. Julien Cote de Nuits Cote d\\\'Or Chateauneuf du Pape

Budbreak Photos from around the Vineyard

Source: http://tablascreek.typepad.com/tablas/2012/04/budbreak-photos-from-around-the-vineyard.html

Muscadet Anjou Chinon Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay

Review of the 3Divas White Wine Blend from Montemaggiore winery

3Divas, Montemaggiore Appellation: Russian River Valley Price: $25 Haydn gives it: 92pts You can buy this wine: at montemaggiore.com Montemaggiore continues to defy conventional varietals when it comes to its location in Dry Creek. Their red wine portfolio is missing … Continue reading

Source: http://www.beyondnapavalley.com/blog/review-of-the-3divas-white-blend-from-montemaggiore-winery/

Chianti Brunello Barolo Amarone Vouvray

We're looking for a few (more) good butchers. Can you help?

Source: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/dailydish/2012/05/were-looking-for-a-few-more-good-butchers-can-you-help.html

Soave Prosecco Cahors Languedoc Pomerol

Source: http://thecaveman.blogspot.com/2007/02/luxurious-mid-week-meal-organic-veal.html

Chianti Brunello Barolo Amarone Vouvray

Budbreak Photos from around the Vineyard

Source: http://tablascreek.typepad.com/tablas/2012/04/budbreak-photos-from-around-the-vineyard.html

Pinot Grigio Sauvignon Blanc Viognier Riesling Gewurztraminer

Protected: The Zinfandel Festival 2012: A new AVA to be reckoned with

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

Source: http://www.beyondnapavalley.com/blog/the-zinfandel-festival-2012-a-new-ava-to-be-reckoned-with/

Tempranillo Monastrell Petit Sirah Alvarinho Grenache

A welcome dose of late spring rain

Source: http://tablascreek.typepad.com/tablas/2012/04/a-welcome-dose-of-late-spring-rain.html

Petit Sirah Alvarinho Grenache Trebbiano Champagne

Elk Cove Wine Dinner at Sprigs Restaurant in Acton, MA

Sprigs Restaurant in Acton, MA is offering what appears to be a fantastic dinner featuring wines from Elk Cove Vineyard. $63 per person gets you a 5 course meal paired with wines from Elk Cove, many of which we don't see available at retail in Massachusetts.

I've found Elk Cove to be a reliable producer, vintage after vintage, of reasonably priced delicious Oregon Pinot Noir. Their wines always seem to deliver ample fruit while respectfully reflecting where they come from.

Click the menu image below to visit the Sprigs website and learn more.
Thanks to friend and reader A.L. for the heads up.


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Grenache Trebbiano Champagne Burgundy Bordeaux

A Little Competition Never Hurts!

That’s right – it’s time. The Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition begins tomorrow. Nearly 100 international judges, more than 3,000 international wines. Who will take the gold? Keep coming back to find out more information about the 3-day event and watch for judges to be blogging and twittering in between judging!

Source: http://blogs.fairplex.com/blog/wine/?p=60

St. Julien Cote de Nuits Cote d\\\'Or Chateauneuf du Pape Cote du Rhone

The powerful impact of our grazing herd in the vineyard

Source: http://tablascreek.typepad.com/tablas/2012/04/the-powerful-impact-of-our-grazing-herd-in-the-vineyard.html

Riesling Gewurztraminer Malvasia Malbec Barbera

Gift Baskets

It seems that every year the gift basket business gets bigger and bigger. From corporate gift baskets to those of us who simply don’t know exactly what to buy for our loved one’s…..gift baskets offer a real alternative and the industry is growing as a result. While I can appreciate that every business (like every [...]

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Malbec Barbera Sangiovese Nebbiolo Dolcetto

Friday, May 11, 2012

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Minors Don't Buy Alcohol Online

Minors Don't Buy Alcohol On-line. And yet, this fundamental fact has gone unnoticed in the wake of a recently released study that looks at minors access to alcohol conducted by Chapel Hill North Carolina and funded by the Robert Woods...

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Taste of the Nation Boston 2012 Promo Codes

Taste of the Nation Boston 2012 is coming to the Hynes Convention Center Thursday, April 19th. The event features a chance to taste dishes from over 65 Boston restaurants, 100 different wines, specialty cocktails, craft beer, and a silent auction and live entertainment.

Boston?s chefs and restaurants will participate alongside the event?s three Honorary Chef Chairs: Gordon Hamersley of Hamersley?s Bistro, Andy Husbands of Tremont 647, Jody Adams of Rialto, and Joanne Chang-Meyers of Flour Bakery.

Here's a list of participating restaurants:
  • Avila
  • Blue Inc.
  • Brasserie Jo
  • Cambridge School of Culinary Arts
  • Craigie on Main
  • Davio's
  • DelFrisco's
  • Flour
  • Hamersley's Bistro
  • La Morra
  • Myers & Chang
  • Rialto
  • Sandrine's
  • Tremont 647
For more information and to purchase tickets: http://www.strength.org/boston

Use promotional code VDAY2012 for 20% off.


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Chateauneuf du Pape Cote du Rhone Muscadet Anjou Chinon

OTBN 13: A Night of Regret & Discovery

Although I was an avid and longtime reader of Dottie Gaiter and John Brecher’s weekly Wall Street Journal wine column, I never have participated in Open That Bottle Night (OTBN). Started in 2000, the event was created as an excuse to open a special wine that remains for whatever reason languishing in your cellar. I [...]

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Plywood Report: Luke Reyes Opening The Corner Door Next Month in CC

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Malvasia Malbec Barbera Sangiovese Nebbiolo

No one wants to watch wine movies

Ok, so I got your attention. I’m sure some of you came racing over here to tell me I’m wrong. Sideways, Mondovino, A Good Year, French Kiss, and more … so many good, and not so good, films that speak of wine. I’m not here to debate the quality and accuracy of the films, but [...]

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Monastrell Petit Sirah Alvarinho Grenache Trebbiano

Fashionable Foie: LA-based food-centric clothing company Flavour Gallery...

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Barolo Amarone Vouvray Beaujolais Valpolicella

EaterWire : Sunny Spot's Brunch and Happy Hour, Puck Cooking for Obama at Clooney's House, More!

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Cahors Languedoc Pomerol St. Emilion Margaux

iTunes Now Includes All Podcast Episodes

This podcast predates iTunes so when it started only a portion of my shows appeared on the feed. After I posted my latest podcast I decided it made sense to consolidate all the shows into the iTunes feed with all future podcasts published in mp3 format. Down the feed to Winecast 33 are enhanced AAC [...]

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Sauvignon Blanc Viognier Riesling Gewurztraminer Malvasia

Academy of Wine Communications-FLX: February Meeting this Thursday, 2/25/10

Update: February meeting canceled due to winter storm warning for the region.� We’re working on setting up our next meeting for Thursday, 3/18/10.� Watch here for more details. February’s meeting of the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Academy of Wine Communications will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at Three Brothers Wineries & Estates [...]

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Choose the first photo for the new blog

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St. Julien Cote de Nuits Cote d\\\'Or Chateauneuf du Pape Cote du Rhone

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Sauvignon Blanc Viognier Riesling Gewurztraminer Malvasia

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Bugging Out: Funny enough, on the heels of...

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Beaujolais Valpolicella Soave Prosecco Cahors

Wine & The Connected Consumer

Randall Grahm is one of the true characters of the American wine scene. A self-styled terroirist, intuitive branding genius and all around eccentric, Grahm has taken his Bonny Doon Vineyard on quite a ride over nearly the past 30 years. After setting out in 1983 to make great Pinot Noir in California, Grahm was drawn [...]

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Chinon Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay Merlot Zinfandel

Field Notes from a Wine Life ? Story Edition

Odds and ends from a life lived through the prism of the wine glass…

Words aren’t enough

I give to thee…the worst wine ad of all-time and that’s without delving into the ponderous name of the wine or, why, inexplicably, the back of the laptop in the photo has a big sticker for Ass Kisser ales

…In the main visual, three people are huddled around the boss giving him “Ass Kisser” wine…Isn’t the point of being a brown-noser to do it subtly?  Who randomly gifts their boss right before their employee review? 

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Even if you view this ad as schlocky hipster irony, it’s still bad and makes you wonder if the advertising sales guy at Wine Enthusiast couldn’t do a solid for his client and suggest creative that, well, actually makes sense.

Or, maybe being horrible was the plan – like a movie that becomes a cult hit a decade hence…so bad that it becomes a lofty ideal for bad, enjoying a following because of its campy nature. 

Bad Week for Eric Asimov?

On both Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, Eric Asimov, the New York Times chief wine critic was taken to task for different reasons by Matt Kramer at Winespectator.com and Steve Heimoff at his blog of the same name.

This is interesting because wine writers of a certain stature very carefully call their shots amongst their peers.

Normally the shots are fired up (Parker) or down (bloggers), but usually never sideways amongst writers in the same strata. 

To watch Asimov, as seemingly decent of a guy as you’ll find, called onto the rug by two notable wine writers, to me, speaks to something much bigger.

With Parker stepping aside and Antonio Galloni receiving glancing admiration for hitting a stand-up triple by dint of his current position at the Wine Advocate, at the same time that the wheat and chaff are separating with wine bloggers, somebody has to step into the fray as a public foil for other wine writers to target.

Unwittingly, it might be Asimov for reasons entirely opposite of Parker’s hegemony.  Asimov’s palate for wine seems food-friendly and balanced; he takes an egalitarian approach to wine for the people without pretense and he doesn’t score wines.

In other words, Asimov is bizarro Superman to Parker’s swashbuckling empiricism and, perhaps, even a greater danger to the Ivory Tower of legacy wine media than the mere jealousy that passed for poking at Parker.

Just a thought…

It’s all about the story

The wine business has always been excellent at storytelling.  Virtually every winery has their origin story and that of their dirt down pat, even if not very compelling.

So, it is with interest that I’ve been watching Facebook’s recent changes keeping in mind that founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has emphasized emotional resonance, narrative and storytelling – factors that extend well beyond consumers using Facebook to “Tell the story of their life,” as Zuckerberg noted.  This will be inclusive of the brands that use Facebook for engagement, as well.

I was further intrigued after reading parallel news reports that Randall Rothenberg, President and CEO of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), is singing the same song.

He notes in an article in Advertising Age, “Technology innovations are irrelevant to the future of advertising and marketing unless a more fundamental activity is understood, honored and advanced: the craft of storytelling.”

A quick Google search for “Mark Zuckerberg F8 Keynote” and “Randall Rothenberg MIXX Keynote” will yield a number of stories all occurring in September.  There’s no question about Facebook’s influence and the IAB is the thought-leader for digital advertising.  Between the two of them, they present an imposing shadow of influence on digital marketing.

If I were a winery with an understanding that digital marketing is a tsunami of change that is important, I might start revisiting my winery story for some fine-tuning…

Two books that I recommend to bone-up on the elements of good business storytelling are:  The Story Factor and Made to Stick.

On Sweet Wines

In an article this week from the San Francisco Chronicle called “Beginner drinkers get a crush on sweet red wines,”  E.&J. Gallo VP of Marketing, Stephanie Gallo, noted:  “There is a major shift going on in the U.S. wine drinking culture.  First, we noticed that regional sweet red blends were doing particularly well in Indiana, Texas and North Carolina. Second, our consumers were asking if we produced a sweet red wine after tasting our Moscato at events.”

Good Grape readers had the scoop on this months ago when I wrote:

How Sweet it is – The Growing Sweet Wine Trend in early October, 2010

And

Move over Moscato and Make Way for Sweet Reds in February of this year

Just saying…

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The Art & Craft of Natural Wine

“? if you will make a man of the working creature, you cannot make a tool. Let him but begin to imagine, to think, to try to do anything worth doing: and the engine-turned precision is lost at once. Out comes all his roughness, all dullness, all his incapability; shame upon shame, failure upon failure; [...]

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Valpolicella Soave Prosecco Cahors Languedoc

The History of Merlot ? Very Funny Stuff!

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Haydn?s Review of the Hard Row to Hoe Shameless Hussy Sangiovese Dry Rose

Winery: Hard Row to Hoe Appellation: Lake Chelan AVA (just established last year!) Price: $22 Haydn gives this wine: 90pts You can buy this wine: Hard Row to Hoe’s website At least for me, when it comes to summertime, the … Continue reading

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Champagne Burgundy Bordeaux Chianti Brunello

EaterWire : Sunny Spot's Brunch and Happy Hour, Puck Cooking for Obama at Clooney's House, More!

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Beaujolais Valpolicella Soave Prosecco Cahors

Tasting Leelanau 2012 ? Verterra Winery

We don?t need much in the way of coaxing, convincing or cajoling to get us back up to northern Michigan wine country. It seems like every time we visit Traverse City and the nearby Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas (we?ve been going since the late ?80s), we find at least a couple more good reasons [...]

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Cote de Nuits Cote d\\\'Or Chateauneuf du Pape Cote du Rhone Muscadet

SPONSORED POST: Be a Judge at Cochon Heritage BBQ This Labor Day

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Chianti Brunello Barolo Amarone Vouvray

A re-telling of a wine fairytale

This story has been put together in a sustainable way from recycled & organic tales collected from around the world, and �its morals are entirely a product of indigenous references. Consume in moderation — Once upon a time, there was an old man who had been a respected winemaker, but his intended bride had pricked [...]

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Barolo Amarone Vouvray Beaujolais Valpolicella

Deal Alert: 2009 Sanford Pinot Noir

Sanford's entry level Pinot Noir is a wine I've enjoyed tremendously and reliably over the years. They're one of the wineries featured in Sideways and although Rick Sanford departed long ago, the wines continue to remind me why I still like them each time I taste them. After being purchased by Terlato, Rick Sanford evidently didn't like the lack of commitment shown towards organic farming and started Alma Rosa. His name remains on the label and as with a lot of things prices have risen noticeably over the last 10 years.

Over the holidays I had a bunch of nice wines out to share with family. None drew more praise than a bottle of 2007 Sanford Pinot Noir.

Here are my notes on the 2007:

For me, this wine finds that elusive intersection between tasting really good and being high quality. Slightly darker than your average Pinot Noir. I get rich dark cherries, ripe strawberries, and slightly sweet baking spices on the nose. A really enjoyable mouth feel - ample presence but silky smooth. Higher than average viscosity: It's rich but has tremendous finesse. Never gets heavy. A real beauty. At 5 years of age, this is showing very nicely.

I liked it a lot. Guests went so gonzo for it I don't see how I could score it any lower. I don't think I've ever heard so many collective raves for a wine from this crowd [that appreciates wine].

93/100 WWP: Outstanding

It's hard to find this wine south of $30 regardless of vintage. In looking around a bit I found an amazing price on the 2009 vintage. 2009 is a great vintage for California Pinot and given the track record of this producer I'm willing to take a chance on buying some without tasting it first.

The price is $20.99/bottle at Esquin Wines, eligible for 5% off a straight 12 bottle case. Some retailers sell half bottles for more! (they assure me these are full bottles) Shipping costs vary depending on your location but top out at $44 for a case shipped to the east coast (they don't ship to MA, that would be illegal). $23.60 fully loaded or less depending on where you're located.

Esquin is based in Seattle and has a sister e-commerce site at MadWine.com. This wine is a newsletter special and isn't available online. The best way to order is old school over the phone:

Esquin Wine Merchants at 888-682-9463

Deal hound friends will note that this wine doesn't show up on wine-searcher.com without Wine Searcher Pro. Pro adds listings for retailers who don't sponsor their listings on Wine-Searcher and the ability to create email alerts for wines matching your desired criteria. For example you can create a listing for "2009 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir that ships to MA for less than $60". That search might never turn up anything but it's worth a shot!

I'd love if you subscribed to The Wellesley Wine Press if you like hearing about wine deals like this.

Question of the Day: What do you think of this deal? Find any other good ones lately?
 


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Prosecco Cahors Languedoc Pomerol St. Emilion

A re-telling of a wine fairytale

This story has been put together in a sustainable way from recycled & organic tales collected from around the world, and �its morals are entirely a product of indigenous references. Consume in moderation — Once upon a time, there was an old man who had been a respected winemaker, but his intended bride had pricked [...]

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Tempranillo Monastrell Petit Sirah Alvarinho Grenache