Archive for July, 2008
The BinEndsWine.com twitter live Spanish wine tasting event turned out to be quite a lot of fun. Hopefully some of you got to follow along on-line!
Never mind that my party messed up the order of the whites – it doesn’t change anything that we ‘tweeted’ but it did probably confuse a few people in twitter-land. We were too buzzed to care, though…
I had originally hoped to include commentary directly from the twitter submissions, but there were just too many responses to be able to do this. So instead I thought I concentrate on what I (and my tasting partners-in-crime – Sugendran from WCDish.com & Heather Wright from Cellar Door Imports) thought to be the best wines of the night:
- Best White: Pazo de Senorans Albarino 2007 – Take a grapefruit, stuff it with peach, soak it in alcohol, and sprinkle almond on top. Viola, you’ve got Pazo de Senorans Albarino 2007! This wine is absolutely killer, and the finish will kick your butt with tasty citrus for several minutes.
- Best Red: Bodegas Mustiguillo “Mestizajes” 2005 – Heck of a lot of acidity for a red. It’s all Southern Rhone on the nose, but without the mousy-ness. It’s partially tank aged, with some of the wine seeing French oak barrels. Any way you slice it, the red fruits are balanced so well that this wine is a total steal for the $15 price tag.
So there you have it – some very tasty wines and a great deal of electronic cross-continent comradarie via twitter. I’m looking forward to doing this again!
Alright folks – here’s the last update from me pestering you about joining the twitter tasting event tonight (I promise)! Next time I touch on this topic will be to deliver the wrap up…
If you’re not keen to join up on twitter, you can still follow along with tonight’s tasting by following the action via search.twitter at http://search.twitter.com/search?q=1winedude. It will look something like this:
The sequence of vino events will be as follows:
Pazo de Senorans Albarino 2007 7:15pm
Rafael Palacios Louro do Bolo Godello 2006 7:25pm
Burgans Bierzo “Cuatros Pasos” 2005 7:35pm
Bodegas Mustiguillo “Mestizajes” 2005 7:45pm
PressDemocrat.com posted a piece today by Bonnie Walker that explores why wine might taste better when you’re out on the town. It’s certainly worth a read if you’ve ever wondered how much of your wine tasting adventures were influenced by your surroundings.
Bonnie’s article lists certain tings that finer restaurants are able to do to that aren’t as easy for us to do playing along at home – among them maintaining optimal storage conditions, and paying special attention to how glassware is treated. Presumably, these things could make a wine ultimately taste better in the restaurant than the same wine that was stored above your fridge and then drunk from a plastic Burger King cup.
What I really liked about the article was how it finished:
“Finally, we get to what is a subjective reason that wine served at a restaurant might taste better than the same wine served at home. That might be simply because we’re out, relaxed, not working to put a meal on the table or distracted by TV.
If the wine is being shared by friends, so much the better. Even if it’s just a relative perception that the wine is better, that’s always something to count as pleasure added.”
Ahhh – the old “Lubricant for Life” hypothesis!
I buy into that, because I think that wine tasting fundamentally has subjective qualities to it that cannot be totally ignored when evaluating whether or not you will like a wine.
How about you?
Come taste with me tomorrow! Me, and maybe several dozen of my closest virtual friends, that is!
I’ll be taking part in the next BinEndsWine.com live tasting event tomorrow at 7PM ET. The event is taking place via twitter, which you can follow by friending me up at twitter.com/1WineDude. Check out my previous post for more details.
Joining me in-person will be Mary & Sugendran from WCDish.com, along with Heather Wright from Cellar Door Imports.
I’ve never tasted the wines before, and to the best of my knowledge niether have my guests. Since the vino we’re sampling are six picks from Spain, this will also be the unofficial start of the 1WineDude.com Spanish Caravan!
I’ve also never participated in a twitter live tasting event before. I think it’s supposed to be wine tasting via technology, but I think it may end up being more like wine tasting VS. technology (considering that I’m doing this from my house, I don’t plan on doing much spitting). My money’s on the booze, but you’ll need to tune into twitter.com/1WineDude to see just how silly it gets.
Hope to see you on-line.