Just to recap where we are currently for those viewers who are just tuning in to the happenings:
Hospice du Rhone, the biggest non-profit business league promoting Rhone wine varieties (and host of one of the biggest yearly wine shin-digs) are teaming up with Twitter Taste Live for an on-line wine tasting event that will span three time zones (UK, U.S. East Coast, and U.S. West Coast).
All three time zones will be co-hosted with regional wine bloggers and will focus on different Rhone-related wine themes.
In Boston, we will be joined by over 500 of our soon-to-be closest friends at the kick-ass Wine Riot! event.
We will also be debuting the new TwitterTasteLive.com website for the event.
Like I said… Biggest… On-Line Wine Event… EVER!!!
Honestly, do you need to know any more than that to sign up for this? We’ve already got a healthy amount of folks who have RSVP’d – get your name on the list!
Anyway, we’ve just about finalized the Rhone-inspired wine selections for the East Coast portion of the event. We’ve gone through a few iterations and potential sub-themes, mostly because my original wine picks were a bit on the pricey side.
We’ve managed to scour the (very long) list of Rhone varietals and HdR producers and have selected 4 wines (identities to be revealed soon – hint: they all have cutesy nicknames) that will make for an awesome (and reasonably priced!) tasting:
On April 1, dregsreport.com will start to bring you the best of the bottom of the barrel. I can’t say too much about the project before it goes live (sworn to secrecy and all that jazz), but I can tell you that it’s going to be very, very funny.
Anyone that has spent more than a cursory glance through the (virtual) pages of 1WineDude (or has had the unfortunate experience of sharing a long car ride with me when I’m driving, which of course entitles me to choose the music played on the car stereo) is familiar with my affinity for Canadian power rock trio Rush – or as I like to refer to them, The Greatest Band in the History of All Mankind.
Most music fans are familiar with Rush’s complex (and lengthy) musical endeavors, as well as the high-pitched vocals of front-man Geddy Lee. What many people don’t know is that the band are big-time wine geeks, especially Geddy who owns a cellar in excess of 5,000 bottles in his Toronto-area home (apparently its bottle capacity has been expanded – twice).
Which, in my mind, is simply even more reason to be a total fan-boy for that band.
Anyway, Rush is (improbably) riding a high of popularity now that they are well into their third decade as a touring and recording rock band, their pop-culture coolness hitting a zenith with a recent appearance on The Colbert Report (excerpt below). Geddy Lee was recently featured in Entertainment Weekly’s “Three Rounds With…” feature, talking about… wine (and recent album releases and the band’s cameo in the new film I Love You, Man).
This got me wondering… can wine appreciation be considered cool? I mean, I love Rush, but for a long, long time, it was definitely not cool to love Rush. Now, they’re getting mentioned on TV and mainstream magazines as if they’re Coldplay. Same with Lord of the Rings – when I was a kid, it was not cool to love those books. Now, the movie adaptations are winning Oscars and kids play with LotR action figures. I’d have gotten my ass kicked for playing with LotR action figures…
I do believe that wine may be hitting a similar point in the ‘coolness trajectory’ now.
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