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Why You Need to be a Wine Twit

Vinted on September 10, 2009 under commentary, twitter, wine 2.0

Remember Internet chat rooms?  Sure you do – those were the simple, on-line places where you could converse, via written text-based messages, with other seemingly like-minded folks about an endless array of topics, ranging from politics to puppy grooming.  Well, converse until the person on the other end asked “Are you a chick?  are you hot?”

Back in those days, I had two buddies who would frequent on-line chat rooms dedicated to topics about Wars, and strike up a group conversation.  Once they thought that they’d earned the trust of the folks chatting on-line, they would say something deliberately inflammatory like “all of the Star Wars books suck!” and start a short-lived but vicious flame-war, during which they would often change sides to try to confuse the poor people who jumped into the fray.  It was kind of like an all-out Star Wars chat room ballroom brawl.

Ah, the heady, youthful and poignantly ignorant days of the Internet!

Forums came next, but aren’t real-time, and in the on-line wine world the forums most closely associated with print media (eRobertParker.com and Winespectator.com) have been marred by the negative perceptions of hostility on the part of both members and moderators.

In these more recent days, the chat room and the on-line forum have been superseded.  We have seen the future of on-line wine chat, and it’s full of wine twits like me.

There is a place where wineries, media, bloggers, and wine lovers are congregating to chat about wine on-line, and it’s called twitter.  And if you love wine, you need to be part of this virtual community.

I’m not going to ‘explain’ twitter here.  Mostly because it’s very difficult to explain twitter, and I’m lazy.  Instead, I’m just going to try to convince you that if you’re not yet part of the wine community on twitter, then you need to be.

Fortunately for me, that’s actually pretty easy, because it pretty much boils down to one only reason (and even I can explain that one!)…

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Do You Care About Wines You (Probably) Can’t Have?

Vinted on August 5, 2009 under twitter, wine products, wine review

Damn my over-processing brain.

I was going to write about two wines that I tasted last week while I was in in Napa & Sonoma for the Wine Bloggers Conference… technically I was actually (sweltering) in Tacoma when I tasted them, but I received the wines in Napa & Sonoma…

Anyway, I was going to write about these wines when my ever-processing, never-lets-me-rest brain decided to switch it up on me.  Now, it turns out I’m writing about not getting these wines. Or, writing about writing about not getting these wines.  This will all clear up in a minute or two.  I think.

The wines in question are C. Donatiello’s Rose, and the new 2006 release of Prime Cellars’s Cab.  Both of them are very, very good wines, the kind of wines that I want to get to know and want others to get to know – small production, interesting, made by up-and-coming, passionate winemakers who are tweaking things, trying to find the right balance and improving their wines early on with every vintage.

The thing is, I’ve been wondering if I should write about these wines.

Because chances are that you can’t get them…

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2009-07-04

Vinted on July 4, 2009 under twitter, wine mini-reviews
  • 07 Siduri Rosella's Vineyards Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands): Smokey. As in, *real* smokey. Got a brush fire in this glass here! #
  • 06 Goldeneye Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley): Imagine a ripe little strawberry, folded up nice & cozy in a HUGE blanket. A blanket of BOOZE. #
  • 07 Landmark 'Grand Detour' Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Sweet red berry fruit. A bit hot, and not terribly complex, but solid if u like BIG. #
  • 07 Monchhof Urzig Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett (Mosel): Fresh-cut apples, pear & sugar. Still a baby, but will compliment sushi right now. #
  • 07 Undurraga T.H. Syrah (Limari, Chile): Deep red berry, but can't shake the green pepper. Still, will play very nice with grilled whatever! #
  • 05 Oak Ridge Winery "OZV" Zinfandel (Lodi): An acquired taste. Very sweet blue berry fruit and chocolate, but not quite solidly integrated. #
  • 08 Emiliana 'Natura' Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca Valley, Chile): White peach, ripe lemon, wet stone, and all good – 'nuff said. #
  • 08 Ruffino Orvieto Classico: Classic indeed. Almost too delicate on the nose, but the mouthfeel will rock lighter shrimp or scallops dishes. #

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2009-06-27

Vinted on June 27, 2009 under twitter, wine mini-reviews
  • Planeta 'Segreta' Nero d'Avola/Merlot (Sicily): 'Warrior needs food, badly!' And so does this wine. Why isn't Nero more popular Stateside?!? #
  • 07 Honoro Vera Merlot (Jumilla): Seasons52 exclusive Monastrell blend. Very approachable red fruit & spice. VERY ymmy with lamb & potatoes. #
  • 06 Retromarcia Sangiovese (Chianti Classico): Good balance btw 'Old' (woody, citrus peel) & 'New' (ripe red fruits) styles. Drink it now (?) #
  • 06 selbach-Oster Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Auslese (Mosel): An embryo. Acidic – like, Alien's blood acidic! Needs decades to open up. #
  • 07 Lingenfelder Riesling Kabinett (Pfalz): The operative word is Lovely – as in lovely green apple & lime, lovely taste, & lovely with food. #
  • 07 Macchia 'Oblivious' Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi): eXtreme Zin. The X Games of Zin. Port-like prune & blueberry, and a massive Port-like abv. #
  • 08 Martha Clara Vineyards Riesling (LI): A balanced offering with citrus, yellow apple & hay. Germany it ain't, but bad it ain't, either. #
  • 06 Buena Vista Pinot Noir (Carneros): Good, if a bit rough around the edges. Red fruit, a little too jammy, but will stand up to heavy food. #

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