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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-08-07

Date: Sat, Aug 7, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

09 Benziger Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma/Lake County): Clean & charming. Kind of the Mr. Clean of Cali. SBs, only without the earring. $15 B+ # 08 de Coelo "Terra Neuma" Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Challenging vintage births a juicy, mouthwatering fist full of dark cherries. $69 B+ # 08 de Coelo "Quintus" Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): [...]

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Harried Diner and The Goblet of Wine

Date: Thu, Aug 5, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Last night, Mrs. Dudette, the Dudelette and I tried out a relatively new family-dining-style BYO Italian bistro in our area. Just about everything at this new-ish joint was very, very good – from the friendly service right on through to the tasty, looks-like-it-just-came-out-of-grandma’s-kitchen pasta. I say “just about everything” because, as you will see in [...]

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Harried Diner and The Goblet of Wine

Date: Thu, Aug 5, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Last night, Mrs. Dudette, the Dudelette and I tried out a relatively new family-dining-style BYO Italian bistro in our area. Just about everything at this new-ish joint was very, very good – from the friendly service right on through to the tasty, looks-like-it-just-came-out-of-grandma’s-kitchen pasta. I say “just about everything” because, as you will see in [...]

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How To Make Wine Evaluation Even Less Objective? Don’t Spit!

Date: Tue, Aug 3, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Lately I’ve found myself at (what I’d consider to be) a lot of (what I would call) professional (or, at least, semi-professional) environments in which I am expected (or at least it seems that way) to taste wine in the hopes that I might critically evaluate it (but with fewer parenthetical interruptions if I do). [...]

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How To Make Wine Evaluation Even Less Objective? Don’t Spit!

Date: Tue, Aug 3, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Lately I’ve found myself at (what I’d consider to be) a lot of (what I would call) professional (or, at least, semi-professional) environments in which I am expected (or at least it seems that way) to taste wine in the hopes that I might critically evaluate it (but with fewer parenthetical interruptions if I do). [...]

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Wine Appreciation, The Andromeda Paradox, and The Forever Present Moment

Date: Mon, Aug 2, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Hang on to your tin foil cone hats, people. Today’s discussion is about to get… freaky. For those of you who give up on me in this post, I promise this will be the last time I talk about the Andromeda Paradox in relation to wine, ok? You see, the thing is, time is relative. [...]

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-07-31

Date: Sat, Jul 31, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

07 Virage (Napa Valley): Definitely one to watch; big, succulent & spicy Cab Franc from (mostly) Carneros coming your way in Oct 2010 $45 B+ # 07 Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard (Napa Valley): About as superb (& pricey) as it gets in the Valley. Beguiling. $265 A # 07 Araujo Estate Syrah Eisele [...]

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Context Is Everything: Araujo Estate vs. “The Score”

Date: Thu, Jul 29, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Bart Araujo is an intense man. It’s obvious when you meet him, if you’re paying enough attention. And you’d have plenty of opportunity to pay attention during a visit to his Araujo estate, which for me began not in the vineyard, but in the winery’s offices. We were standing in front of empty bottles of [...]

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1WineDude TV: Candid Conversations With Napa’s Next Gen Winemakers

Date: Wed, Jul 28, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

What do you get when you gather five young, “next-generation” Napa vintners around a table and talk shop?  Besides “buzzed on some really good juice,” I mean? Essentially, that’s the question I was hoping to answer when I worked with the Napa Valley Vintner’s Association to set-up a round-table discussion with some of Napa’s best [...]

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1WineDude TV Episode 15: Underground Wine Road at Benziger

Date: Mon, Jul 26, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Although the term terroir gets tossed around like confetti at an Italian wedding these days, there are several (mostly family-owned and –operated) wine properties in Napa and Sonoma that are taking the idea seriously. One such property is Benziger, who biodynamically farm grapes and make wine in a beautiful section of Sonoma County. So much [...]

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-07-24

Date: Sat, Jul 24, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

07 Rocca Bad Boy Red (Napa Valley): Mostly a very, very good boy. But something tells me he might be a Bad Boy when it comes to food. $32 B+ # 07 Torres Sangre de Toro Tempranillo (Catalunya): Summertiiiiiime, and the sippiiiiiiiin's eeeeaaaasssyyyyy. Especially in this case. $11 B- # 07 Torres Ibericos (Rioja): A [...]

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2 for 1(WineDude) Music Giveaway!

Date: Thu, Jul 22, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

I had a hankerin’ for a giveaway, and for something fun and off-beat (I know, right?  me being offbeat?  what-what-WHAT?!??) and so for this edition of giveaway action we’re doubling up on the prizes and YOU can win just by leaving a comment! I was recently (that’s “recently” as in my version of “recently” – [...]

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Endangered Species: Santorini Wine Fights For Its Survival

Date: Wed, Jul 21, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

“All this was green – from here until the sea.” George Koutsoyannopoulos has a round, friendly face that belies the seriousness of what he is telling me, one arm on the steering wheel of his “Volcan Wines mobile,” the other gesturing over me towards the passenger side window as we ride up the twisting, winding [...]

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Losing It: El Camino del Vino (A Real Wine Movie, At Long Last?)

Date: Mon, Jul 19, 2010 Wine Tasting Winery Blogs Wine Business

Sommelier and wine educator Charlie Arturaola and film directors Nicolás Carreras & Sebastián Carreras may just be putting together the most intimate wine movie yet made, and one that finally may have just the kind of reality-show crossover appeal to gain success among wine pros, wine geeks, and non wine-lovers alike. At least, that’s the [...]

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