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Last week, I had the pleasure of receiving an e-mail from Jim Gordon, all-around nice & talented guy, editor of the wine industry stalwart publication Wines & Vines, and Director of the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, containing the following tidbit:
“Congratulations! The winners of fellowships for the 2010 Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood Napa Valley have been selected, and you are among them. I wanted you to know as soon as possible that, yes, you are a winner and that you should proceed accordingly with your travel plans for the Feb. 16-19, 2010 event… The writing samples you sent were judged blind by a panel of accomplished and objective wine writers, and earned you this honor as one of the most talented writers attending the sixth annual Symposium for Professional Wine Writers…”
Holy. Crap. [Editor’s note: the previous statement refers to my reaction upon reading the e-mail; the words “holy” and “crap” do NOT appear in any form / context in the text of Mr. Gordon’s note. ]
It’s funny – I don’t feel like a professional wine writer…
I can only assume that “judged blind” means that the judges were actually blindfolded when they reviewed the fellowship candidates’ writing samples, otherwise I’m at a loss to explain the extreme lack of sound judgment surprising and unexpected choice displayed by awarding me a fellowship.
Not that I’m complaining. For one, the speakers on tap for the Symposium read like a wine writing All Star Team line up. And you’d do a lot worse than to stay at the posh Meadowood for four days. But the coup de grace (which, by the way, is one of the more violent foreign language expressions to be adopted into common English language usage) is that Alder Yarrow (who is also participating in the Symposium) recently raved about past Symposium events, and I respect Alder’s opinion – even though he once stole my girl (just kidding, Alder – who loves ya, baby?)…
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If you enjoy what are regarded as some of the world’s most prestigious wines, and happen to have in excess of $600,000 lying around, then you might want to make your way to Sotheby’s in New York on March 10.
That’s when they plan on selling the wines from the cellar of famed wine collector and way-cool-eye-patch-wearer Lloyd Flatt.
Long-time 1WineDude.com readers will recall Flatt and his extravagant cellar when they were covered here in a guest post by long-time friend-of-the-Dude Jason Whiteside (who had the honor of pouring some of Flatt’s collected wines at a party held in his memory). Saying that Flatt’s wine collection was amazing and expensive would be a bit like saying that a nuclear war might "tickle a bit" – in other words, a huge understatement. As Lloyd’s widow, Lauré Flatt, put it:
"There was the rebuilding of Europe, the rebuilding of Atlanta and then there was the rebuilding of Lloyd Flatt’s wine cellar."
Flatt’s cellar contents reads like a Who’s Who of France’s most celebrated wine labels (see the full list for auction after the jump). While he clearly enjoyed the most celebrated of French wines, he seems to have harbored a pretty down-to-earth approach when it came to wine tasting. Recalls Lauré:
" ‘Must be present to win’ – of all of Lloyds quotes, this is my personal favorite. This was the order of the day whenever opening an important bottle to share with family and friends. Many times it was just he and I at our kitchen table or in the garden. Top hats, morning coats, a jazz band through the French Quarter or pajamas in the garden, Lloyd said the dress did not change the taste of the elixir. He had a hunger for fine foods; however he was not one to follow the food to wine match; ‘if the wine is good enough the food will follow.’ He often enjoyed Dom Pérignon and Dominos pizza, or a Lafite with a cheeseburger."
I can get behind the cheeseburger, but Dominos? Really?!??
Anyway, the list of Flatt’s wines on auction is below. Enjoy, and try not to salivate too much on the keyboard…
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Those of you who dig Austrian wine (did someone say Grüner Veltliner? no? it was just me then…) and are looking fro something to do for seven days in 2010 might want to check out the Austrian Tourist Office’s “It’s Got To Be Austria” (yeah, I know, the name is a total #Fail) sweepstakes being held now through January 15, 2010.
The sweepstakes winner (and a guest) get to choose between four different themed 7-day vacation packages, one of which is centered around “Food and Wine” (presumably Austrian food and wine).
The contest is notable in that contestants enter via Facebook. Once you’ve fanned them up on Facebook, you can receive an additional sweepstakes entry by tweeting about Austria using the hashtag #itsgottobeaustria (ugh… honestly, is that the best name that they could come up with? maybe it sounds totally awesome in Austrian…).
This might be the first significant wine-related giveaway (the vacation packages are valued at $4,500) that’s taken place exclusively on Facebook and twitter, and certainly the first to also include a choice shot of an Austrian accordion-player rockin’ the moustache in its promotional material:
Got thoughts on the contest, Austrian wine, or moustaches? Shout ‘em out in the comments!
Well… this is… interesting.
Fellow wine fanatic and blogger Robbin Gheesling passed this tidbit onto me earlier this week:
Remember Anthony dias Blue? He’s the guy who just this past summer had this to say about wine bloggers:
“…bitter, carping gadflies who, as they stare into their computer screens and contemplate their dreary day jobs, let their resentment and sense of personal failure take shape as vicious attacks on the established critical media.”
Not exactly a ringing endorsement.
Seems he might have changed his mind – dias Blue is currently scheduled to give a talk on wine blogging at the upcoming VINO 2010 Italian Wine Week in New York.
Here’s the skinny from the program:
Seminar # 7
Room: Louis XIV Suite (4th Floor)
Presentation: “Blogging on Wine and Social Networking: New Tools in reaching
Consumers of Italian Wine ”
Moderated by: Anthony Dias Blue , WCBS Radio, journalist and author, Los
I don’t want to disparage the guy the possibility that his tune on wine blogging has changed – and I sincerely hope that it has. I just really, really, really hope that dias Blue has had a bit of self-revelation and has seen a turn-around in his thinking since July, or this might get really ugly, really fast.
Because the last thing that wineries, PR, and media need to hear is that blogging and social media aren’t important or are somehow full of “barbarian… militant bloggers” (his words, from July), because both are patently false.