It’s been almost a month since I’ve reviewed the good, the bad, and the Barefoot Bubbly of the wine world. After an awesome night of sipping rosé at Zachys, and in the process meeting a couple awesome wine peeps, I figure the time has come for another semi-drunken rant about the recent goings on.
Now hold on to your decanters, it’s going to be a crazy ride.
Gary Vaynerchuk – After years of making the wine world a playful and witty place, Gary V has called it a day on his daily wine blog. Considering his raise as a social media mogul, it was only a matter of time; however since it was Wine Library TV (his original blog) that motivated me to create my own blog, this certainly carries a bit of emotion. The Final Grape was announced yesterday on his current blog, The Daily Grape. Good luck Gary, it’s been a fun ride.
New Resveratrol Study– Reason number 9,377,984 why wine is the greatest beverage ever. Sure, the study indicates that the results are based on the pill; however we all know that incorporating wine into a healthy lifestyle, that’s two glasses for men and 1 glass for women per day, ensures that you’ll live forever. If you don’t live forever, that means you didn’t follow the instructions correctly.
Oakland Raiders – Which NFL team would you want to play for? Most would pick the New England Patriots or the Pittsburgh Steelers, but not I. I’d want to don the silver and black of the Oakland Raiders; however only for the preseason. Why? Their training camps are held in Napa. ‘Nuff said. On an interesting, and somewhat unfortunate aside, most Raiders forgo the benefit of being in the area to keep in peak physical condition. A while back I sat down with former Raider tight-end and owner of The Loft (a wine bar in Southlake, TX) Rickey Dudley, who told me it wasn’t until after his NFL days were over that he got into wine. Rickey, you’re a better man than I. I wonder if that’s why I never made it as a kicker in the NFL? Considering Sebastian Janikoski is the biggest boozehound on Earth I’m sure there were other reasons.
’09 California – I’m hearing through the grapevine (pun intended) that ’09 Cali Cabs, especially Napa, are finishing up their barrel development astonishingly well. This might be a nice area to park some of that money that was originally allocated for Bordeaux. Your loss Frenchy!
Gallo’s Barefoot – More like Bare-ass. Thank you America, the worst wine ever conceived is now the fifth-largest wine brand in the US. Step it up folks, you deserve better!
Lieb Cellars – I guess if you live in NY you feel as if you are entitled to benefit from the 9/11 Commemoration. Shocking, New Yorkers feeling entitled, what’s the world coming to?! Lieb Cellars of Long Island has decided to market a 9/11 “Commemorative” wine line-up, with a scant 6-10% of the proceeds going to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. To quote food celeb Anthony Bourdain on Twitter, “9/11 Wine. Think about it. What tasteless, exploitative fuck thinks that’s a good idea?” Yea, I’d say that sums it up.
Bordeaux – Suzanne Mustacich wrote a solid article for Wine Spectator entitled Did China Really Save Bordeaux. Simply put, for this vintage yes, for the long run, watch out, this shit’s gonna get ugly! As a whole, Bordeaux has a distorted view of itself. Sure, the top names can garner the attention of the trophy hunters; however the rest of the Gironde needs to watch out. Asia, and specifically China, isn’t as brazenly ignorant as you think. If you get too greedy they’ll balk and your disenfranchised base won’t be there to catch you.
Kymberlee Fernandes – It may be a bit harsh to throw Kim under the LOSING category; however the piece entitled A Guide to Wine Investment isn’t a guide, but rather 5 paragraphs of fluff. I know this article wasn’t written for a huge publication; however if even one person potentially acts on it, it needs be more thorough. There’s a lot more that goes into wine investing; however one would believe that it’s as easy as picking up a case of expensive Bordeaux. There’s a lot more to it and to lead readers to believe it’s that simple is irresponsible. If you want to learn the basics of wine investing, read Wine: Understanding and unlocking its investment potential, I feel you’ll find it 1,000,000 times more beneficial. I know it’s my article, but it’s damn good.
Sonoma, Italy? – Wine may have a European feel to it; however Sonoma isn’t in Italy the last time I checked, thus they better start following our laws. Sonoma PD busted four tasting rooms for serving their undercover 18-year-olds wine. The perps: Valley of the Moon, BR Cohen, Imagery Estate and Schug. Shame shame, we know your name!
And like that I’m out. Peace!