V.21 No.13 | 3/29/2012
Alibi’s cutting-edge wine rating application for smart phones
By Joseph A. Baca [ Fri Mar 23 2012 5:07 PM ]
One of the most exciting aspects of the Alibi’s April 6 Fine Wine and Art Fest is that, in partnership with a company called Secondglass.com, we’ve designed a dynamic mobile phone app that will allow you to see all the wines from participating wineries on your smart phone as you cruise through the event hall. Wines will all be neatly organized by booth, winery and wine category within the application. You will also be able to access information about wine prices and where bottles are available for purchase. And you can comment on the wines and rate them as you sample them, so that all your thoughts are recorded for future use. This information will all be shared and shown in live time on large television monitors at the event. Those that don't have an iPhone or Android can direct their mobile browser on their Blackberry or Windows phone to Secondglass.com and use the mobile website.
V.21 No.12 | 3/22/2012
Stellar South American wines at Alibi’s Fine Wine and Art Event
By Joseph A. Baca [ Thu Mar 15 2012 5:25 PM ]
Due in part to the success of Alibi’s first wine event, Swirl, Swish and Swallow, which created quite a stir among beer and wine aficionados around the city, many wineries that heard we were planning a second event (Alibi’s Fine Wine and Art Event—April 6, 2012 at Hyatt Regency Downtown) immediately came on board to offer samplings for our charity fundraising gala.
Of course we have a huge assortment of breweries returning such as Oskar Blues—that garnered attention with their Old Chub offering and the immense assortment of free schwag they gave away—as well as Ska, Anderson Valley, New Belgium, Sierra Blanca and New Mexico’s own Marble, La Cumbre and Blue Heron breweries.
Among all the products that will be available to sample, some of the most impressive are in the wine lineup offered by TGIC Importers, who won Wine Importer of the Year last year from Wine Enthusiast Magazine (the equivalent of an Oscar in the wine biz). TGIC, which specializes in South American wines, which are quite the rage today, will be offering most of the wines in their portfolio for sampling.
You can taste their fabulous Argentine and Chilean offerings that are among the best in the industry, not only due to the excellence of the wines themselves, but also due to the incredible dollar value these wines present. TGIC’s flagship wines are from Montes Winery out of Chile, and include the fabulous Montes M, Folly, Purple Angel, Alpha and Cherub Rose. Also from Chile, they will sample the lineup from Santa Ema winery, which are all outstanding.
TGIC’s Argentinean wines are stunning, beginning with Achaval Ferrer Winery, which is one of the most exclusive and pricey labels in the industry. For those not in the know, Argentinean wine makers have managed to take grapes such as Malbec and make out-of-this-world juice with a grape that was until recently considered worthless except for blending. Torrontes, a grape used for making super aromatic and refreshing whites, is native to Argentina and considered a gem among experts and will be among the wines TGIC will offer samples of. They also will offer products from wineries such as Pascual Toso, Norton, Kaiken, and Che Gaucho.
If you are a wine aficionado, you are probably aware that these wines are not to be missed and if you are an amateur or dilettante and decide to attend this benefit for Wemagination, you will soon find out that these are all solid wines that you will most likely rank among your favorites.
V.21 No.8 | 2/23/2012
Sample Irreverent Wines from the Land Down Under, plus Tennessee’s Finely Crafted Artisan Bourbon from Benjamin Pritchard
By Joseph Baca [ Wed Mar 14 2012 4:27 PM ]
You’ve probably seen advertised within Alibi’s hallowed pages or here on our website, the celebratory charity wine and art event the paper is hosting on April 6 at the downtown Hyatt Regency. This is going to be a stellar and fun event with offerings from 30 or more microbreweries and 50 or more wineries. We will also have some surprise craft distilleries handing out samples of and assortment of luscious spirits. If you would like to get a preview sampling of some of the fun and exciting products being offered at thus Bacchanalian event, stop by Quarters Wine Shop this Thursday March 15th between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., where representatives from a couple of the distributors will be handing out free offerings of fine wine and whiskey.
Pritchard’s Distillery out of Kelso, Tennessee will be doling out tastes of their hand crafted small batch bourbons, which are some of America’s best and certainly not to be missed. Vine Street Imports will be offering tastes of the wines from the artisanal small production family wineries they import from Australia. Vine Street prides themselves on representing boutique wineries with and eclectic attitude – “serious wines with not so serious labels”. Come by and taste the offerings from some of the “Land Down Under’s” most irreverent wineries - Engine Room, Boxhead and Shinas (owned by and Australian judge the offerings include “The Innocent” Viognier, “The Guilty” Shiraz, “The Verdict” Cabernet Sauvignon, “Sweet Justice” Moscato, and “The Executioner” Cabernet/Shiraz Reserve – described by wine critics as worth dying for).
So if you are a lover of fine Bourbons or boutique wines or if you are just a curious sensualist who would like to get involved in wine tasting but has always been to intimidated by the stuffy and condescending attitude of most wine experts, come taste some exceptional examples of today’s finely crafted wine and spirits in a festive and laid back atmosphere. Join Quarters wine shop’s resident expert Anthony Speers, Australian wine expert Aaron Meeker as well as many Alibi staff members to taste the free preview samples being offered.
V.20 No.47 | 11/24/2011
Vintners who rock
By Joseph Baca
A grape revolution has made wine accessible to the middle class. It’s also made vintners of some rock stars. Joseph Baca looks at who has taken up the Bacchanalian indulgence.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com
God Save the Queensland Grapes
Four Aussie wines with attitude
By Joseph Baca
A punk rock Shiraz or a misfit blend is just the thing to inject a little insolence into your evening, but these aren’t just novelty wines.
The Wine List
By Joseph Baca
To get a snapshot of what’s happening in the world of wine and food, we sent out questionnaires to several experts in Albuquerque’s hospitality and sales industries. Here’s what they had to say.
V.20 No.43 |
The Daily Word in ghost sex, impending asteroid doom and Justin Bieber!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By Tom Nayder [ Wed Nov 2 2011 10:11 AM ]
Pakistan votes to normalize relations with India.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the banks didn't cause the financial crisis.
Hermain Cain doesn't seem to know that China has nuclear weapons.
Hooray! New Mexico is number one for overdose deaths. Oh wait …
Rick Perry wasn't drunk when he gave that drunk-sounding speech.
Kenyan Air Force uses Twitter to warn civilians their town is about to be bombed.
My sales manager really wants you to know about this Justin Bieber news.
Four members of a Georgia militia are accused of a terror plot.
Are ghosts having sex in this Ohio woman's house?
Prostate cancer found in 2,250 year-old-mummy
There's no escaping these new speed cameras.
An asteroid will pass between the Earth and the Moon next week.
So Metallica and Lou Reed released an album together. Sigh.
What is America's most acceptable prejudice?
The case for cheap wine.
When will little Adolf Hitler be returned to his parents?
Anne Rice says the vampires from Twilight are lame.
Thanks to Emily, Constance and John for the tips!
V.20 No.26 |
The Daily Word 7.3.11: fire; fireworks; nazis; metallica
By Geoffrey Plant [ Sun Jul 3 2011 12:05 PM ]
Fireworks fails (video collection!)
Silver City's Penny Park burned, again.
Los Alamos residents may return home!
Here's what the Reflecting Pool in Washington Monument looks like this Fourth of July weekend. "It's kind of gross right now."
Miss Honeywell. "She'd make a good personal assistant to a sales manager."
German Neo-Nazi codes.
Newlywed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Canada for Canada Day.
Some Quebecois aren't fond of the royals.
Yellowstone River oil spill.
Pairing wine with doughnuts, Spaghetti-O's and other crap.
Happy belated birthday, Lindsay Lohan.
V.20 No.21 | 5/26/2011
By Melody Daskalos [ Sat May 28 2011 9:00 AM ]
Throw on a pair of shades and embrace the start of summer with a glass of wine under the sun. Throughout Memorial Day weekend, the Albuquerque Wine Festival returns to Balloon Fiesta Park with more than 27 New Mexico wineries, plus an array of food, art and live music. And there's no need to take your own glass for tasting, since one is provided with the $15 admission. (Bonus: Festival-goers under 21 are free with a parent or legal guardian.) Save some time and get your ticket in advance at abqwinefestival.com. If you're going to be in the southern part of the state, you won't have to miss out, either—Las Cruces is hosting a concurrent festival. Get advance tickets and details at snmwinefestival.com.
V.20 No.19 | 5/12/2011
Dancing, comedy and free wine!
By Summer Olsson [ Wed May 11 2011 3:00 PM ]
The Q-Bar, inside Hotel Albuquerque, is giving you something to do on Wednesdays. Today kicks off the first of a weekly thang. The evening starts with a live DJ playing the greatest hits of the last 50 years, (that sounds pretty general, but think about it. You could hear The Beatles AND MC Hammer. Sweet.) Next, it’s Q Comedy, a comedy showcase featuring some of Albuquerque’s finest comedians, hosted by Goldie Garcia. Then they’ll turn the music back up for more dancing. The best part is, tonight there will be free tapas and wine from 6-7 p.m.
V.20 No.15 |
The Daily Word: Sugar sugar, gas prices, Kobe Bryant
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Apr 14 2011 8:04 AM ]
9 things rich people don't want us to know about taxes.
OK, federal government. What's the plan?
Looks like someone got fat off the financial crisis.
State Supreme Court rules Gov. Martinez overstepped her authority when she ordered two members off the labor board.
The man killed by APD was schizophrenic, says his brother.
Press tries to understand why the mom drove her kids into the Hudson River.
Albuquerque uses its nuisance ordinance to evict people too often, judge says.
Locals find other modes of transport as gas prices spike.
Kobe Bryant ordered to pay $100,000 for uttering a gay slur about a ref.
Is sugar a toxin?
People can't tell the difference between cheap and expensive wines, according to an experiment.
Vice President Biden caught on camera dozing off during Obama's deficit speech.
Oregon House Rickrolls an entire session.
V.20 No.14 | 4/7/2011
Best of Burque 2011
Best Growers' Market
Growers’ market, grocery stores, wine shops and breweries. (We save restaurants for our giant Best of Burque Restaurants issue every fall).
Best of Burque 2011
The High Life
Best Bar Staff
Burque’s favorite vices—drinkin’, smokin’, and bumpin’ and grindin’.
V.20 No.5 |
The Daily Word 02.09.11: Beer Marshmallows, Plastic Rice, Chicken Wyngz
By Tom Nayder [ Wed Feb 9 2011 9:01 AM ]
The House fails to extend the Patriot Act.
President Obama is having lunch with the GOP leadership today.
Governor Martinez is blaming NM Gas for the gas shortage.
School bus accident in Mississippi leaves 3 dead, and 60 injured.
Sources say production has begun on Apple's next-generation iPad.
Ever wonder what would it look like if Disney made a Superman cartoon?
I have a feeling this guy is getting fired.
Astrology has been re-affirmed as a trusted science in India.
Why isn't the liberal media covering the boneless wyngz controversy?
CNN admits it has a Fox Problem.
No one knows the reason why all Wells Fargo ATMs went offline this week.
Police find drugs in a man's penis.
Fox News calls Bulletstorm the worst game in the world.
Nerdy website overthinkingit.com analyzes 10 years of Law & Order episode outcomes.
Everything you ever wanted to know about Mike, the Headless Chicken.
Most distant galaxy yet has been discovered by the Hubble Space Telescope.
If I had ever successfully watched an episode of Dr. Who this flowchart may be more interesting.
Have a look at 14 of the most expensive meals in the world.
If you pirated a copy of The Expendables you should think about getting a lawyer.
Beer marshmallows? Beer marshmallows!
Family thinks they're buying a Dora the Explorer DVD, actually gets Bubble Butt Bonanza #17 instead.
400 Super Bowl ticket-holders who were screwed out of their seats are offered a pretty sweet deal.
10 things you you should know before you go furniture shopping.
V.20 No.3 |
The Daily Word 1.22.11
Roe Vs. Wade; Olbermann is audi 5000; Skateistan
By Geoffrey Plant [ Sat Jan 22 2011 9:34 AM ]
Albuquerque International Sunport runway construction will bring the noise to the SE Heights.
Great news! Foul smelling dirty pants are not dangerous.
Great NYT story about underground Russian art collective Voina, with link to awesome colossal-
American drug manufacturer of lethal injection drug announces it will no longer make it.
Want to see what Kabul looks like these days? Cool documentary about Skateistan,the Kabul skatepark.
If you're like me you don't know anything about Jersey Shore. Here's a primer.
Latest mass die-off of birds really is the government's fault.
Second graders doing WHAT? Predictably, "details are vague."
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