Awesome In-Floor Cellar Design

11 03 2009

Check out this amazing cellar design.

My First Official Wineld Child

4 03 2009

Check out the new line of spring releases for A Donkey And Goat, including the first wine I named (!!) – The Prospector (a 95% Mourvedre, 5% Syrah) – on the spring release page.

Exploring New Wine – That’s Smart Money!

27 02 2009

As previously mentioned, check out the Vin Collections coverage in Smart Money –

All I can really say is what I said on Twitter already – “I’m honored to just be living in the same universe as @garyvee [Gary Vaynerchuk and Wine Library TV]…being included in the same article is almost too much to take.”

Press News and Event Notes

23 02 2009

Exciting Press News –

It has yet to be published (so fingers crossed) but I am thrilled to announce that Vin Collections is at least slated to be quoted in Smart Money Magazine. Even more exciting is that it will hopefully be alongside the indomitable Gary Vaynerchuk. Special thanks to Kate Klonick for helping to make this possible. You can follow along on Twitter with Gary’s adventures here and Kate’s here.

Event Notes –

Over the past few weeks I’ve attended four large tasting events in the Bay Area – the Benvenuto Brunello 2009, the ZAP Festival (attendance at both of these events courtesy of Thea Dwelle – Thank You Thea!), the “Around The World In 80 Sips” event (which I consulted on), and the Australian Bushfire Relief Benefit.  Each of these events provided some unique and interesting wines as well as different settings and production angles (although the “80 Sips” and “Australia Relief” events were both held at Crushpad). They were all awesome. Read the rest of this entry »

Amazing Bouncing Bottles

9 02 2009

I’m a guy, and I tend to break things. Back in my serious ski-racing days I even penned an article devoted entirely to these follies. When dealing with wine however, I am particularly cognizant of the fragile nature of the item. I can safely say that (insert sound of me knocking on wood here) when working in home cellars and on the winery production line, my breakage record stands at exactly 1 out 15,000 (filled) bottles. Read the rest of this entry »

Wine Competition Judge Reliability

27 01 2009

From the Journal of Wine Economics, here is an interesting article on wine competition judge reliability from last fall. A special thanks to my good friend Joran for passing this study along. Comments and thoughts?

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Bottle Battles – Round 5

19 01 2009

In this episode of Vin Collections Videos, entitled “Bottle Battles – Round 5” we successfully improvised a set of port tongs. The key is to get the wire extremely (red) hot and the towel very cold (it actually had ice wrapped inside it).

Again, safety equipment is recommended.

Port tongs are typically used to open ancient bottles of port which have corks that are too fragile to extract with standard cork-removal methods. In general, the tongs are difficult to find and can easily be mistaken for some sort of medieval torture tool. However, they are infinitely preferable to having moldy cork in your vintage port. If you cannot find a set of tongs to purchase, you can easily replicate them in the manner which we demonstrate.

We used a 1/8 inch NON-anodized stainless steel wire which we purchased at a local hardware store. The length of the wire was approximately 30 inches. We first bent the wire in half and coiled it in the middle to create a small loop. When we were done it resembled the “spring” portion of a safety pin.

Using a heating element (in this case a gas stove) we heated the coil until it was glowing. Quickly looping it over the top of the bottle, I pulled the two ends straight and held it in place as tight as I could for a few seconds. I then released the tension and let it drop around the base of the neck. Jesse quickly wrapped the ice-filled towel around the bottle and the neck easily and cleanly broke off.


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