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Wine On The Road Check out Wine On The Road to explore the world’s most renowned wine regions with behind-the-scenes access to top winemakers and their incomparable wines. With Wine on the Road tours, professional wine writer and Chief Wine Sherpa Ben Weinberg has created the ultimate in wine-focused, behind-the-scenes wine country experiences, combining award-winning wines and exquisite dining and lodging with uniquely local flair and flavor. Our wine-focused, luxurious, behind-the-scenes itineraries are now available online. Go to Wine On The Road for more details.


Sommelier Journal
Ben is the author of Weinberg's Wine Tech in Sommelier Journal and regularly contributes features, as well. Take a look at Sommelier Journal’s website for more information on this excellent behind-the-scenes wine magazine.


Tasting Panel Magazine
He is the Rocky Mountain Editor for Tasting Panel Magazine. Check out Tasting Panel’s website for more information on this wine industry powerhouse. Ben will continue to craft feature stories fpr Tasting Panel but will also be providing monthly briefs on Colorado restaurants for national publication. If you wish your restaurant to be considered for these articles please email him at: benweinberg@ unfilteredunfined.com


Colorado Statesman
Ben also pens "Politics Uncorked with Ben Weinberg" on a bi-monthly basis for the Colorado Statesman. Check out the Colorado Statesman’s website to learn what's going on in Colorado politics and wine.

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Weinberg’s Wine Notes Hiatus – Currently Publishing at Wine On The Road

Wine On The RoadDue to many reasons, including the exciting journey I’m now taking as Chief Wine Sherpa for Wine On The Road, I have decided to publish most of my musings on that site.  Please go to Wine On The Road’s Tour Talk section to access my more recent articles on wine, food, travel, and the good life.  Thanks for following me and please stay tuned!

Weinberg’s Wine Notes #260 – A Change Is In The Air

Thanks for five yearsIn early 2009 I created Unfiltered Unfined (UU) to continue my musings on wine and the wine lifestyle after the demise of the Rocky Mountain News, the newspaper where I got my start as a columnist. The ensuing five years have been an amazing, crazy, magnificent ride as I’ve traveled the beverage world and contributed to a long list of publications including Sommelier Journal, The World of Fine Wine, Tasting Panel Magazine, Worth Magazine, the Colorado Statesman, and many others.  But my writing career, which now includes other aspects of lifestyle such as food, cigars, and travel, started with The Rocky and then UU (which is about to cross the 10,000 subscriber threshold). Continue reading Weinberg’s Wine Notes #260 – A Change Is In The Air

Weinberg’s Wine Notes #259 – 2013′s Wine Potpourri Part I

Scouring the globe to bring you the best in wineI occasionally taste wines too soon after a piece about similar juice.  Others require a delay to allow importation into the U.S. of the current vintage.  A few even occupy the niche of true oddball without compare.  What follows is this year’s first potpourri column detailing some of the quirkier wines I’ve recently had the pleasure to taste. Continue reading Weinberg’s Wine Notes #259 – 2013′s Wine Potpourri Part I

Weinberg’s Wine Notes #258 – An Evening with Barbara Rundquist-Muller of Dr. H. Thanisch

Barbara and Max in the MoselLee Schlesinger, Director of Marketing for Winesellers, Ltd. (www.winesellersltd.com) and Charles Butler, Winesellers, Ltd.’s National Sales Manager, On-Premise, recently asked if I would have dinner at Table 6 Restaurant in Denver (www.table6denver.com) with Barbara Rundquist Muller.  Barbara is the proprietor of Dr. H. Thanisch winery in the Mosel, Germany (www.dr-thanisch.de).  I had met the regal Barbara and her winemaker Max in the Mosel in 2009 and jumped at the chance to spend more time with such an elegant, dedicated and knowledgeable wine scion. Continue reading Weinberg’s Wine Notes #258 – An Evening with Barbara Rundquist-Muller of Dr. H. Thanisch

Weinberg’s Wine Notes #257 – Varietally Correct: Oceanic Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon blanc on the vineSauvignon blanc is a green-skinned grape variety from Bordeaux in France that most likely gets its name from the French word sauvage (wild) and blanc (white).  It is a component of famous dessert wines from Sauternes and Barsac and is widely cultivated in France, Chile, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Brazil, Moldova, and California. Continue reading Weinberg’s Wine Notes #257 – Varietally Correct: Oceanic Sauvignon Blanc

Weinberg’s Wine Notes #256 – Varietally Correct: Riesling

The Mosel in Germany - Great Riesling TerroirRiesling is a white grape that originated in the Rhine region of Germany.  It displays flowery, almost perfumed, aromas as well as high acidity and is used to make dry, semi-sweet, sweet and sparkling white wines.  Other typical aromas include tropical fruits and minerals such as slate or quartz although, with time, the wine can also acquire a petrol note.  Rieslings are usually varietally pure and seldom oaked. Continue reading Weinberg’s Wine Notes #256 – Varietally Correct: Riesling

Weinberg’s Wine Notes #255 – A Word On Wine Glasses With Maximilian Riedel

Maximilian Riedel with a decanter he designedThe inestimable Maximilian Riedel is, as my friend Paul David of Winepairings.biz likes to say, one of us.  Max is an intriguing mixture of Austrian aristocrat and stand-up comic in the mold of Steven “they say the world is a small place but I wouldn’t want to paint it” Wright.  So I’d like to report on a recent wine glass seminar in Denver, open to the public and led by Maximilian himself.  Metropolitan State University hosted in their brand new auditorium, the host wine store was Argonaut Wine & Liquor (www.argonautliquor.com) and the wine sponsor was Southern Wine & Spirits. Continue reading Weinberg’s Wine Notes #255 – A Word On Wine Glasses With Maximilian Riedel

Weinberg’s Wine Notes #254 – Wine On The Road in Southern France

Gregory HechtWhat do Provence, the Languedoc and Roussillon have in common other than a southern French location?  Hecht & Bannier (H&B) wines, for one thing.  Created and produced by founders Gregory Hecht (whom I met last week at a tasting in Denver) and François Bannier, H&B focuses on negociant operations in the most hands-on manner possible, using extensive knowledge of vineyards and cellars to visit hundreds of grape producers and select only the best wines. Continue reading Weinberg’s Wine Notes #254 – Wine On The Road in Southern France

Weinberg’s Wine Notes #253 – Varietally Correct: California Zinfandel Part I

Zinfandel - America's red wine Zinfandel is a variety of red grape planted all over California.  According to Wikipedia, DNA fingerprinting has revealed that it is genetically equivalent to the Croatian grape crljenak kaštelanski as well as tribidrag, a primitivo variety traditionally grown in Puglia, Italy.  It found its way to the United States in the mid-19th century, where it has typically produced a robust red wine, although semi-sweet, blush-style white zinfandel has six times more sales.  Red berry fruit flavors like raspberry predominate in cooler areas, whereas blackberry, anise, and pepper notes are more common in warmer climes. Continue reading Weinberg’s Wine Notes #253 – Varietally Correct: California Zinfandel Part I

Weinberg’s Wine Notes #252 – Varietally Correct: New World Cabernet Sauvignon and Cab-Heavy Blends

Iconic cabernet sauvignon grapes on the vine in NapaWhen I began my experimentations with wine I was often confused by those made primarily (but not necessarily) from cabernet sauvignon, a single grape variety.  Some bottles displayed the name of that variety on the label, but many did not.  It turns out that different wine producing regions have varying standards about when a bottle can be labeled with the dominant variety. Continue reading Weinberg’s Wine Notes #252 – Varietally Correct: New World Cabernet Sauvignon and Cab-Heavy Blends