The theme for the next installment of Wine Blogging Wednesday has been unleashed upon the wine blogosphere, and it is somewhat of a surprise. Instead of a wine region or grape variety, the good Dr. Vino has prescribed to buy your wine from a shop that really loves wine. I know where I will go to pick up some samples. Join us February 1, 2006 for this theme and another big announcement from your humble podcaster; and I WILL be podcasting this time 🙂
WBW Logo Run Off
Lenn, the grand master of Wine Blogging Wednesday, is having a run off for the meme’s logo. For Winecast listeners who might have an opinion, head over to LENNDEVOURS and cast your vote. I’ve posted mine.
WBW 17 Roundup Posted
The Corkdork has posted a summary of all the entires in this past weeks Wine Blogging Wednesday. As expected a lot of Pinot Noir, including multiple tastings of the Kim Crawford Pinot I enjoyed a while back. I’m looking forward to next month, which will be the one year anniversary of my participation in this event.
WBW 17 – Red Kiwis
For the first time since I started participating in Wine Blogging Wednesday, I will not be able to produce a podcast due to scheduling conflicts and other complications. I’m also posting a bit on the late side, as well, so I hope that my entry will be included in the roundup over at the Corkdork who is hosting this month.
This month the theme is Red Kiwis, or red wines made in New Zealand. Most of us are well aware of to the benchmark Sauvignon Blancs coming from this region, but reds are less likely seen in the stores or at tastings. Back on WBW 14, I tasted a very nice Kim Crawford Pinot Noir that demonstrated that cold climate reds could succeed, but I wanted to find something a bit more off the beaten path for this outing. So when I saw a Meritage-style blend from New Zealand, I was intrigued. My wine for this month is from Unison Vineyard, as small winery in the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing District of Hawke’s Bay. Run by a husband and wife team, they produce only red and rose wines made from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Drawing from previous experience from Tuscany, they also produce balsamic vinegar and olive oil. So without further ado, here are my tasting notes:
Unison Vineyard, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand 2002 ($25) – An intriguing blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Very deep garnet in color with complex black cherry, earth and spice aromas that set-up a smooth and silky marriage of blackberry, plum, bell pepper and mint flavors. A long finish and dusty tannins complete the package nicely. Might benefit from additional cellaring over the next 3-5 years. A fine blend that shows great promise for this producer and the region in general for Bordeaux inspired blends. Score: 8.5/10
I’ll hopefully be back to my podcasting ways next month for my one year anniversary as a participant in this event…
Double Shot of WBW
ItÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s been a super busy couple of weeks for me and IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ve fallen behind on my blogging. Just noticed that Derrick has written up an extensive summary of Wine Blogging Wednesday 16 over at his An Obsession with Food blog. Very interesting reading and it was great to see two other podcasts ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ the RatCast and A Guy, A Girl and A Bottle ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ create shows around this theme (also, Bill from WLW-Winegeek and the new Wine4Newbies podcast participated, but took the text-only route this month).
The Cork Dork, has also posted the theme for next month’s outing: Kiwi Reds. Hmm, I just saw a Meritage-style blend from New Zealand in the wine store this past week; best go back and pick that one up along with another Pinot Noir. Join the fun on January 4th, 2006.
Now back to normal blogging,
including back-to-back podcasts.
UPDATE: A good idea, but my “studio” was not available last night. Podcast 49 will also be my 1 year anniversary show; probably better than my show of past clips I was planning, anyway.
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