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Last week, Vino 2010 (self-described as “the biggest Italian wine event ever held outside of Italy”) officially touched down in NYC.
One of the most anticipated discussions of Vino 2010, at least in the eyes of PR, media, and wine writers, was the panel “Blogging on Wine and Social Networking: New Tools in reaching Consumers of Italian Wine” moderated by Anthony Dias Blue. 1WineDude.com readers will already know that I was a bit concerned when I’d heard that Dias Blue would be moderating, as I felt that he was too publicly anti-blogging based on quite negative statements he’d made about wine bloggers last year.
That was before I learned of the panel members, who included some very pro-blogging (and very, very talented) friends of mine (blogger Alder Yarrow, PR wiz Steven Raye, and search guru Duog Cook), and the very public and open way in which the panel would be held.
The panel result is freely viewable on the Vino 2010 website, and has been included below in its entirety. All 2+ hours of it. If you care at all about wine PR, wine writing, wine blogging, and how to engage them all in the changing wine marketplace, then Id say all 2 hours are required viewing – and this is coming from a guy who normally cannot watch more than 3 consecutive minutes of video at any one time.
Why? Because the panel members offer advice on how to engage wine writers in the new decade that is so spot-on it might as well be a blueprint for how it should be done.
Why is that important? Because wine brands need to get into the engagement game if they have any prayer of truly understanding (and ultimately influencing) the conversations happening about their brands.
And I know of what I (virtually) speak here, because last week I started getting a firsthand lesson in brand-awareness…
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Those of you Chester County, PA folk who feel compelled to Go Green by supporting business that produce wares locally – and those of you who just happen to like supporting local business, or just happen to dig the food and wine produced by local business – will certainly want to check out Taste Local this weekend at the Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA.
Those of you who aren’t Chester County folk are just gonna have to forgive me for goin’ local today.
Taste Local is billed as “a celebration of the best regional beer and wine, accompanied by locally produced cheeses & other food products.” As frequent 1WineDude.com readers know, we have some pretty darn good wines being made out here (especially Penns Woods and Chaddsford), but what you might not know is that we’re home to a dizzying array of totally kick-ass beer producers, with stand outs being Troegs, Sly Fox, and the venerable-bordering-on-insanely-good Victory Brewing Co.
All of the above (and more) will be in attendance at Taste Local this weekend. Tickets range from $35 single-day passes to all-inclusive VIP packages that include lodging at the Desmond.
Well worth checking out, especially if you’re looking for a crash-course in all-things food/beer/wine in Chester County.
It looks like my fears of VINO 2010’s “Blogging on Wine and Social Networking: New Tools in reaching Consumers of Italian Wine ” panel discussion possibly deteriorating into a blogger-bashing session can probably be put to rest.
In an attempt to expand the reach of the event beyond the walls of the Waldorf Astoria, VINO 2010 appointed James Rodewald, former Drinks Editor of Gourmet magazine, as its official blogger representative. James will be tweeting live from the event as well as covering the event on the official blog (which contains a blogroll of the bloggers who are attending VINO 2010) – all steps in the right direction.
What really convinced me, though, are the panelists for the session on Blogging, which include friends of mine who I know for a fact understand the power of blogging in the wine world – namely, Alder Yarrow of Vinography.com and Steve Raye from Brand Action Team.
And what sold me lock, stock, and wine barrel was this: for the panel on social media and blogging, the details will be covered live via the web and James will be taking questions for the panel via twitter:
“On Thursday, February 4th at 10AM – the "VIRTUAL VINO, MILLENNIALS, AND SOCIAL MEDIA DECANTED" panel discussion moderated by Anthony Dias Blue with Alder Yarrow (vinography.com), Dave Cook (Twitter), Steve Raye (Brand Action Team), and Ronn Wiegand. James will be monitoring the Twitter feed and posing questions Tweeted in from throughout the country. The seminar will focus on social media and wine bloggers as the future of consumer wine education, and potentially the wine trade. You and your readers can tune in to the panel discussion at www.italianmade.com/vino2010.”
Now, if the on-line wine community excels at anything, it’s keeping people honest. So I expect a pretty balanced and honest discussion about wine blogging and social media for that panel.
Whew… ok, I feel better now…
On February 26-28, the ginormous Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York will be overrun by equally ginormous 3rd Annual New York Wine Expo.
While the Expo plays host to the wine trade, it also offers wine consumers a unique opportunity to sample a boatload of wines during the Feb 26 & 27 (Friday & Saturday) portion of the happenings – 600 wines from over 170 worldwide producers. That’s a lot more wine than most wine lovers normally have exposure to, and while I certainly don’t recommend that you try them all in two days, I would recommend that you check out the Expo – and that, if you do, you SPIT - if only to take advantage of the unique opportunity of having so many wine brands available to taste under one roof.
And you can get there more cheaply just by reading this blog! Hey, don’t say I never gave you anything!!
The Expo organizers have generously offered a discount on advanced ticket purchases for 1WineDude.com readers: if you purchase tickets by February 19, use promo code WINEDUDE at checkout to receive a $10 discount.
More details are below. And if you’re heading to the NY Wine Expo, let me know – I’m still working on trying to get there for Friday’s portion!
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