Blogging Around

Quite a few happenings in the wine blog world these days, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t bring them to your attention!

First, the summary for Wine Blogging Wednesday #56, Fine Kosher Wine, is up over at the Cork Dork.  A wide range of Kosher wines made an appearance with a lot of varied reactions from the wine blog folks. Head on over and check it out!

Next, Wine Blogging Wednesday #57 was announced today by Jeff over at Good Grape. In honor of the 1 year anniversary of the passing of Robert Mondavi Jeff asked us to pick a California wine that inspired you, made wine memorable for you, or really helps you tell your wine story.  Entries are due on May 13.  Check out Jeff’s blog for all the details.

Then, how would you like $1000 for writing a wine blog post?  Then you need to read this post at PinotBlogger.  Josh wants to know what motivates you to wine blog and then to open a bottle of wine and use it to tell the world a little bit about your opinion of the role of the wine reviewer.  The more folks that participate, the higher the prize will be.  Entries are due on May 23.  I’ll certainly be happy to participate, though I will remove myself from consideration for the prize for personal reasons.  The nifty part is that Josh is aiming to add to your wine knowledge…half of your prize will be cash and half will be a scholarship for you to further your wine education formally.  All the details here.

Finally, are you 21 or older?  Do you love wine?  Are you fluent in Wine 2.0?  Would you like to earn $60K in 6 months?  If so, than Murphy Goode Winery has the job for you.  For $10K a month, for a 6 month contract, the winery is seeking a blogger/tweeter/videographer/wine loving person who will work at the winery and detail their adventure across the internet through various mediums.  You can read the preliminary details here, but get ready for more info coming soon…and if you are in the San Francisco area you can meet the boss in front of the Hyatt Regency and get early insider info on April 28! (By boss, do they mean Jess Jackson??)  Anyway, awesome opportunity and I wish those who intend to apply the best of luck.


Making the Rounds

We had some time to kill after our appointment at Mounts and before we met up with lots of folks at the Healdsburg Bar and Grill for drinks and food.  I remembered that on the way into town is Seghesio’s tasting room, so we decided to swing by and see what Seghesio has going on as it’s been a few years since we visited.  At this point, we encountered the windiest portion of our day, which managed to whip open the enormous heavy wooden doors at Segehsio all on its own.  Later we heard that power got knocked out to much of Healdsburg, which didn’t surprise me as we had a few brown outs while tasting at Seghesio.

2008 Russian River Valley Pinot Gris: $20. Lemon, honey, spice, light, zesty, orange blossom.

2008 Arneis: $20.  Melon, slight mint, light, citrus, crisp, tart fruit, refreshing. We took home two.

2007 Costiera Russian River Valley Pinot Noir: $42.  Smoke, cherry, raspberry, earth, strawberry, bright red fruit, herbs, tannic. Nice.

2006 Cortina Zinfandel: $36.  Blackberries, fresh pepper, red berries, pepper, dark, spicy, tannic.

2006 Block 8 Zinfandel: $28.  Pepper, mint, herbs, anise, blackberries, pepper, spicy, spicy, spicy.  We bought one.

2005 Home Ranch Zinfandel: $36. Blackberries, floral, perfume, some red edges, very fruity, smooth.

2005 Home Ranch Petite Sirah: $38.  Pepper, earth, dark, molasses, brown sugar, dark berries, blue fruits, blueberries, dark.

2007 Barbera: $28.  Campfire, smoke, dark black fruit, earth, black black fruit.  Matt really liked this one so we took one home.

Seghesio makes a Zin that retails for about $17 or so that I buy for parties and for everyday drinking by the case at Total Wine and More.  It’s always a hit, even with folks who say they don’t like red wine.  So I like to stop by their tasting room when we visit to see what’s happening at the winery.  Tasting the Arneis added another grape to our Century Club search!