“Doing for Forgotten Grapes what Dancing With the Stars does for forgotten celebrities.”
Thus reads the tag line of Chris Kern’s website ForgottenGrapes.com, the purpose of which should hopefully at this point be glaringly obvious to you.
You’ve got to like a tag line like that.
Chris contacted me to invite me to one of his upcoming events in Arlington, VA, during which five different off-the-beaten-path wine varieties will be poured while Chris will “tell stories, cracks jokes, sings songs, dress up in costume, and relate each varietal [sic] to a pop culture icon as a way to introduce D.C. wine lovers to these exceptional wines that they really should be drinking.”
I don’t promote local events often enough here on 1WD – mostly because as the blog has become more successful, the chances of you not being in my general neck of the woods have increased. But it feels good to “go local” once in a while.
I can’t make the event, but I really dig what Chris is trying to do in highlighting some of the more unsung grape varieties. On his website, Chris pulls together fun info. about each grape including trivia and food pairing recommendations from chefs, and thoughts on the wine grape from winemakers (see an example).
According to Chris, “We’ll be pouring a dry Semillon, a Gruner Veltliner, a Carmenere, a Mourvedre/Monastrell, and a Brachetto d’Acqui. A pretty eclectic mix, to be sure, and something I really think the DC wine lovers’ community will enjoy.”
Vital details on the event are below. If you go, I’d love to hear about the experience!
“First pour for “Getting Friendly with Forgotten Grapes” will be at 6:30 p.m. sharp Wednesday, August 18th, and the cost of the event is only $35 per person, which includes the two-hour show, generous pours of each of the five Forgotten Grape wines, and a cheese plate paired with the wine. Reservations can be made by calling Twisted Vines directly at (571) 482-8581, but please note that seating for the event is very limited and it is expected to sell out, so if you are interested in attending, call Twisted Vines as soon as you can to make your advanced reservation. Twisted Vines is located at 2803 Columbia Pike in Arlington.”
All this got me thinking about “unsung” grape varieties – the “ABC: Anything But Chardonnay/Cabernet” set. What are YOUR fave “unsung” varieties? Shout ’em out in the comments!
The 2010 Americas Wine Bloggers Conference is nigh upon us (June 25-27 in Walla Walla, WA), and I’m getting excited to attend (despite the major pain in the ass it is going to be for me to even get to Walla Walla from Philly in the first place).
There’s a great deal to be excited about in this case – the sponsors and participating wineries will allow us wine bloggin’ types to get a deeper dive into the WA wine scene; the lovable madness of the live wine blogging “speed tasting” sessions is back (in an expanded format); friend of the Dude and Wine Enthusiast West Coast editor Steve Heimoff will be delivering the keynote; last, but most importantly, there’s the opportunity to meet with friends, old and new.
This year’s conference will be a bit more involved for me than in the past (in other words, I have to be sober on Friday) as I’ve been asked to sit (with Jeff Lefevere of Good Grape and RJ Hilgers of RJ’s Wine Blog) on the “About Wine Blogging” Breakout Session panel, specifically for the “Advanced Bloggers” session.
Which is kind of odd for me, because otherwise that was the session that I’d planned on attending.
I’m totally cool with this – and in fact I’d told the WBC organizers to feel free to consider me to help out or sit in on a panel (though I’d imagined then that it would have been the “Novice Bloggers” track or something similar) because I really wanted to try to give something back to WBC and to other bloggers this year, if I could.
I know that a lot of other wine bloggers read 1WineDude.com, and I’m stoked to go to Walla Walla to meet / catch-up with you, and if there was any chance that I could help make the experience cooler for you (outside of spending my hard-earned cash on you, of course) then I really wanted to be a part of that somehow. I also had a great time sitting on the Social Media / Monetization panel at the 2010 Professional Wine Writers Symposium, and so I thought I would potentially be bringing some legitimate and useful panel experience to the mix.
But now… the pressure’s on, and I’m hoping that YOU can help ME…
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The latest video edition of 1WineDude.com, in which I recap. my experience at the D.C. Toast of the Town event, and wax all googly-like about one of the most awesome Ports on the planet.
Mentioned in this episode:
This Friday (June 11), Wine Enthusiast will be finishing up their 2010 Toast Of The Town events at the National Building Museum in downtown D.C., where some ridiculous number (upwards of 500) wines will be poured for you to sample. And we’ve got a discount code for ya!
I’m always of two minds about events like these.
On the one mind – wait, that sounds terrible, let’s go with hemispheres instead – on the one hemisphere… ok, that’s crappy too; on the Right brain (I like this one better), access to so many wines (even more if you spring for VIP tix) provides a fantastic opportunity to up your wine tasting IQ, and it’s just plain fun in an overwhelming, hedonistic kind of way. Add great food to the mix and you’re looking at a gourmand sensual overdose of awesome.
On the Left brain, it’s probably gonna be crowded, and you just know that some people are not going to be spitting, which means they are going to be drunk.
If the prospect of facing drunk wine enthusiasts (and possibly drunk wine bloggers, since I’m working on attending the event myself) doesn’t frighten you, then I’m pleased to offer you a 1WineDude reader discount to the event:
You can get $10 off Grand tickets and $20 off VIP tickets – just purchase tickets by going to www.wineenthusiast.com/toast and enter in the promotional code WD2010 during the check-out process.