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“Some people spit…. I don’t…” (Revisiting Boston’s Wine Riot!)

“Some people spit…. I don’t…”

Words that will, no doubt, come to define my on-line “brand”… and come back to haunt me… (Epitaph: “Didn’t Spit” ?).

French Oak Media has posted their video coverage of Boston’s recent Wine Riot! event, which frequent readers will recall was taken over for the multi-country / multi-timezone / biggest-ever Hospice du Rhone Twitter Taste Live on-line tasting (which is given ample coverage in the vid).

I make a short cameo appearance towards the end of the vid, as does TasteLive! creator Craig Drollett.  I think Craig was more sober than I was, so pay more attention to him.

You can watch the vid below, or here after the jump.


The Wine Riot – Taste. Learn. Love. from French Oak on Vimeo.






Tell Me Somethin’ Goode (Vintank Jumps Into the Murphy-Goode Job Fray)

Vinted on June 9, 2009 binned in wine 2.0

Reality sometimes has a way of bringing strange and awesome congruence to a situation by weaving previously unrelated streams together into a better-together, greater-than-the-sum-of-its-parts style mash-up.  Bananas & pancakes.  Peanut Butter and Chocolate. Bacon and… well, bacon and anything.

At the congruence of wine and Web 2.0, we now find two friends of, Dirty South Wine’s Hardy Wallace and the Vintank wine & technology think tank, matching strengths.  Sort of.

1WineDude frequent visitors will recall Vintank from my recent coverage of their social media report release, which generated quite a bit of lively discussion on the virtual pages here (not quite as lively as the time I basically called Robert Parker a jerk-wad for dissing bloggers, but pretty darn lively).

Seems that Vintank is now providing over $100K in pro bono work for a hand-picked group of candidates who are currently vying for top spot in the on-line competition to land a 6-month paid stint as the social media guru for Murphy-Goode winery.

Just in time, as the Really Goode Job competition is really heating up good…

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The 12 Must Follow Wine Peeps on Twitter (Thanks!!)

Vinted on June 7, 2009 binned in about 1winedude blog, twitter, wine 2.0, wine blogging

So… this weekend my E-mail Inbox was getting flooded with notifications from twitter, the micro-blogging platform that connects people by allowing them to broadcast short messages of 140 characters or less describing what they’re up to and… well… uhm… well it’s just the sort of thing that you sort of need to be using before you totally understand it.  Sort of.

Anyway, I figured that something was going on, because while I tend to get a few additional follows on twitter almost every day, this weekend the number of twitter notifications was hitting SPAM-like levels, and I was totally at a loss as to why, but in these situations you don’t question good fortune, you just hope enough people stick around after they figure out that they’ve mistaken you for a celebrity or whatever.

Turns out that a recent post by Dale Cruse, which listed me among 11 others as “Must Follow” winos on twitter, was picked up by uber-blogger Darren Rowse, the mastermind behind the truly awesome and inspiring  Darren featured the post on, which is one of the key twitter resources for anyone who “gets” the fact that twitter is not used exclusively by 14 year old girls and is actually a vibrant and powerful social media platform in its own right.  Darren also has about a quadzillion twitter followers.

So I was very happy to see that the influx of new followers had a logical explanation, and I’m deeply grateful to Dale and to Darren for the exposure.  Check out the entire post (and see the rest of the list, which features some awesome wine twitter folk) at

For you new twitter followers out there – thanks! I’m pretty sure I won’t be changing any of the inane wine banter that I spew out via twitter on a regular basis, but I look forward to reading what you have to say, anyway!






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