Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Odds and Ends and Weird J. Addison

Hello, J. Addison the Wino Hedonist here. Many have been asking what happened to my lineup of products that was being unveiled on this website.

Because I am so very selective, what you have seen so far is all there is but rest assured dear fans, I will be back in the near future with more amazing wine enhancement products designed to step up the evolution of the wine world.

If you are wondering about my pose today, I did have in my hands a 4 liter tasting glass prototype that may possibly become a Wino Hedonist product but it slipped out of my hands and rolled away. My pants did not allow me to straighten up fast enough to capture it, and given the amount of time it took just to bend myself into this shape for the picture I'll be darned if I was going to go through that torture again.

Now I will turn this blog back to MonkuWino.

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On a more serious note, just a few observations for today's odds and ends posting..

Dr. Debs had an interesting post a few days ago about the utility of PDA's for quick price checks on wine to see how they stack up or how reasonable they were. Personally I don't own a PDA but while at Costco today, the thought occurred to me that it would be useful not only for price checking but for looking up reviews of unfamiliar wines to see if that new bin arrival was worth purchasing.

For example, I ran across a 2005 Domaine de la Motte Chablis premier cru and a 2006 Pewsey Vale Eden Valley riesling (Australia) today and wondered if they were any good. The Wine Spectator had rated the riesling quite highly but we all know that means nothing in the real world. Haha, only half-joking. But when you are in a place where you really can't get much advice about the wine and no tasting is available, I think a PDA connection to the internet would come in handy.

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Over on El Bloggo Torcido, El Jefe posted a link to a Wines and Vines article about a Family Winemakers tasting that recently took place. There was a list of the "family" wineries that were participating for the first time in the event. I thought I'd take a look a further look at the websites of these wineries to see what they were selling and for how much.

One thing I noticed was that almost all of them were pretty expensive. I guess that is to be expected considering the small production quantities which don't lend themselves to economies of scale. But then I found an exception: Bask Cellars, a 900 case winery (according to Wines and Vines) whose output so far have been a couple of vintages of chardonnay and viognier, both from the Suisan Valley. The prices: $14 for the chardonnay and $16 for the viognier.

Now I don't know anything about Bask except from reading their website and I could only find tasting notes on them over at Fork and Bottle (Cellar Tracker has zippo) - actually not even tasting notes, just a numerical score - so who knows what their wines are really like but what got my attention was that they weren't charging an arm and a leg for their small production wines.

I know there's all sorts of factors that go into determining the price of a bottle of wine so I make no value judgments about any of this. Given a dearth of information about a winery, it sure makes it easier to roll the dice on an unknown if the price is lower, though.

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