Le Wine Buff Teaches Wine Finance

My super fine readers would have to be asleep not to know about my longtime wine project as Le Wine Buff (WineLog) for Enjoy Bordeaux (Twitter, WineLog).  Well, recently I sat down to lunch with reporter Ryan Flinn alongside my fellow ‘Buff Rebecca Chapa (Twitter, Facebook) and we discussed our efforts to get the word out about the quantity of affodable, high quality Bordeaux wine.  Lo and behold, Ryan Flinn put together a great article discussing just how relevant affordable, high quality Bordeaux wines within the context of the sky-rocketing prices of über-premium wines due to the rise of fine wine culture in China.  The article has already been picked up by Bloomberg, BusinessWeek and SFGate, so check it out at any of the prior links.  Cheers!

Le Wine Buffs Survive Manhattan (and so does the city)

TechEnology - Snooth, Ziff Davis & Enjoy BordeauxSo as it turns out, New York is a pretty damn cool place!  My first time in NYC was filled with as much sightseeing, vino networking, shopping, eating and drinking as one could possibly fit into 3.5 days.  I was in the city for the first time on another adventure as Le Wine Buff for the Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB)’s Enjoy Bordeaux campaign, on a fully paid business trip.  While the point of the trip was to attend the Snooth & Ziff Davis TechEnology event and talk about the full awesomeness of affordable Bordeaux wine alongside my LWB colleagues, I was determined to experience as much NYC as I could handle…and I succeeded.

TechEnology - Courtesy of Enjoy Bordeaux & CreativeFeedHeld at the new digital & design campus General Assembly, we walked to the space in Union Square from our hotel, the Martinique.  Rob Moshein, Erin McGrath (Twitter) and I hoofed it pretty quickly actually, as we were running a little late to scope out the wines and discuss them with the servers.  Once there we met up with our fellow LWB in arms, Mollie Battenhouse (Twitter), Rebecca Chapa (Twitter) and Megan Wiig.

The event was just an awesome mob of mainly younger wine and tek-oriented vino enthusiasts, with a distinct flair for networking.  I was hoping to spend more time sipping the wines as they got more air, but I was all wrapped up in interesting discussions about fascinating new intersections between wine and technology.  Indeed, the only people missing were the minds behind that digital wine ingenues at VinTank.

Tweetelier - CreativeFeedHighlights from the event for me included meeting Dr. Andrew Waterhouse, a luminary in viticulture and enology research at my alma mater, UC Dvais.  He is one of the pioneers for research around resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant found in wine and the subject of one of my articles for Mutineer Magazine.  Another biggie was the newly invented Tweetelier (Twitter) for that particular event, in fact!  Created by members of CreativeFeed, the creative minds behind Enjoy Bordeaux.  You attach the little transmitter to a bottle and setup the radio receiver along with the software and then BLAMMO, a unique tweet each time a bottle is poured during your event.  Simple, yet awesome.  Shopping in the Garment DistrictThe last highlight was the afterparty dinner at craft, Tom Colicchio‘s flagship restaurant, he of Top Chef fame.  It was another epic, 3+ hour long dinner, quite reminiscent of our meals while together in Bordeaux last summer. It was a tremendous meal and completely lived up to the hype. Yum!

The rest of my time in the big city was spent tearing around trying to see and taste as much of Manhattan as possible and to find the appropriate gift for the Lady.  This involved lots of coffee in small places, beautiful silence at the Public Library, oysters and bubbly with Rob at Grand Central Station, drinks in a oversized library and green-lit escalator and drizzly rain with mind-blowing lighting effects in Times Square.  Very good times and I left with a deep appreciation of the subway and taxi system of the Big Apple.

Very good times and I can’t wait to go back to judge the 2011 Today’s Bordeaux competition and select the new Top 100 Affordable Bordeaux in June.  Cheers!

Hudson New York Times Square

As Le Wine Buff for EnjoyBordeaux.com, I am paid a nominal fee for most of my participation.  I also receive free wine samples and my participation on this trip is courtesy of the CIVB.

Le Wine Buffs Take Manhattan

Le Wine Buff - Enjoy BordeauxEnjoy Bordeaux‘s Le Wine Buffs are back and we’re thirsty.

This time we’re taking on New York City and Manhattan is gonna stumble down in a vinous frenzy of affordable Bordeaux wine!  We’re the wine sponsor for this year’s TechEnology wine event held by Enjoy Bordeaux partner Snooth and tech media publishing titan Ziff Davis.  Held at the newly renovated General Assembly, the event will mix some of the icons of tech, publishing and the wine biz and look to do some serious vino mind melding.

I’m excited to be pouring and talking about these wines at the event because I think Bordeaux is coming into another renaissance of exposure for it’s thousands of high quality, affordable wines and their Chateaux, all across the greater appellation.  Much of this belief was built during our visit to Bordeaux last summer.  This event promises to be “a private, networking event recognizing the wine world’s most technologically forward people, business and practices”…and these are the peeps that need to know Bordeaux!

See you on the Right Coast vinopanions, and cheers!

As Le Wine Buff for EnjoyBordeaux.com, I am paid a nominal fee for most of my participation.  I also receive free wine samples and my participation on this trip is courtesy of the CIVB.

Having trouble pairing Thanksgiving yums?

Le Wine Buff Thanksgiving pairings - EnjoyBordeaux.com…then let Le Wine Buffs do it all for you!  It’s that time again, where everyone eats hours earlier than usual, groans, collapses around 7pm and then finishes up the late night with a whole new plate, yup…it’s Thanksgiving! I’ve spent *months* coming up with painstakingly precise food and wine pairings for my portion of this article, literally until all of the skin was…ok, you’re right, I didn’t.  In reality, I sat on the couch and drooled, thinking of all of the super tasty dishes that I had every year growing up, lovingly prepared by my supermom, Mama Donna.

Herein I describe one such tasty pairing, featuring the QPRWK WKBadge-worthy 2008 Mouton Cadet Bordeaux Supérieur Blanc and the 2006 Château Haut Selve Graves, going up against one of my favorite dishes of all time: Bean Glop (AKA Green Bean Casserole).  The other Le Wine Buffs also toss out some fantastic nom noms.  If you would like to log these wines in your own WineLog, they are tagged with “LeWineBuff2010Tday“. Cheers!

#WKBadges - QPRWKMouton Cadet Bordeaux Supérieur Blanc 2008

Color: Light gold straw, very clear

Nose: Great bright lime, lemon and grapefruit here with a touch of cream and some light florals.

Palate: Very crisp and good for the price, this has that same great crisp fruit from the nose and just barely moves into medium-body with a hint of cream and florals in the finish. Great value year in and year out.

Château Haut Selve Graves 2006

As Le Wine Buff for EnjoyBordeaux.com, I am paid a nominal fee for most of my participation.  I also receive free wine samples and my participation on this trip is courtesy of the CIVB.

Affordable Bordeaux in 2010: FTW!

Le Wine Buff - Enjoy BordeauxI don’t think it’s any surprise to you fine readers that I’m a big fan of Bordeaux and even work for the Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB) as one of Le Wine Buff, video broadcasting each week from my vino-abode.  Well the kids at Enjoy Bordeaux (Twitter) have hatched an incredibly rad new plan to create some fun on the interwebs, with oh, maybe a prize that might require a flight or two, woot!  I don’t want to spill alll the deets, but suffice it to say: it will be fun, it will be a contest on their Facebook page launching 11/15/10 (where you currently can see the awesome documentary short of our BDX trip in June), the prize is flippin’ awesome and you can get some of the gist by checking out my personal addition to the shizzy after the jump.  You’ll even find some wines taking home a WKBadge for their efforts. Cheers!

Bottles Away! - EnjoyBordeaux.com11/16/10 UPDATE: The Enjoy BordeauxBottles Away!” contest has finally launched on their Facebook Page.  Play hard and pick well and you could wine an awesome new wine fridge!

You’ve been hearing all the chatter: Bordeaux futures this year have been off the hook in quality, but also come with record massive prices. Can your fine self still find affordable wine from one of the most iconic and slammin’ wine regions in the world? Heck yeah and I’m hear to show to you how we do!

Enjoy Bordeaux#WKBadges - QPRWK2008 Mouton Cadet Bordeaux Supérieur Blanc – $10

A zesty, citrusy white that kicks some serious QPR booty. Get some and get a lot.

2008 Les Vignerons de Tutiac Quintet Bordeaux Supérieur – $9

Crisp citrus flavors surround a very intriguing mineral core. Clean and exciting, like a nice slab of techno.

2006 Château de Bel-Air Lalande-de-Pomerol – $19

Let’s take a stroll on the right side of Bordeaux and agree to just enjoy the silky palate of toasty black cherry and both shut the heck up!

#WKBadges - QPRWK2005 Château Greysac Médoc – $11

All black fruit all the time from this savory wine that slides in from another expensive vintage…yet it still brings the value heat.

#WKBadges - OldWorldWK2005 Château Teyssier Saint-Emilion Grand Cru – $28

It’s unreal to find a Grand Cru St-E at this price, but I do what I must to please my fellow vinopanions. The complexity here is off. the. chain. Earth, black fruit, savory herbs and perfect balance, YES!

#WKBadges - QPRWK2007 Château Haut Mayne Sauternes – $19

It’s shocking sometimes, the value you find in sweet wines from Bordeaux. Here the sinuous mouthfeel combines with just-right sweetness for a delicious stickie to finish us off.

6 bottles, 5 AOC, Total Cost: $96 = BLEDOW!

All of these wines are tagged with “BottlesAway2010LeWineBuff” if you’d like to list them in your own WineLog.  Cheers!

The Wine Buff gang conquering Bordeaux (2) - Enjoy Bordeaux (Flickr)

The Wine Buff gang conquering Bordeaux (2) - Enjoy Bordeaux (Flickr)

As Le Wine Buff for EnjoyBordeaux.com, I am paid a nominal fee for most of my participation.  I also receive free wine samples and my participation on this trip is courtesy of the CIVB.