TPD Episode 7 is now in the books! This episode features something like several thousand dollars worth of free social media consulting from our multi-member panel of guests:
- Meg Maker (award winning writer of Makers Table)
- David Honig (editor of PalatePress.com)
- Ryan Opaz (co-creator of Catavino.net)
- Rick Mulready (not in the wine biz but he sure knows his way around social media, and is the man behind the Inside Social Media Podcast).
Anyway, start watching to witness their smarties and social awesomeness!
The Punch Down Episode 7! A wine industry & social media roundtable!
I’m not-so-freshly back from Cape Town, where last week I delivered the keynote address at the 39th annual Nederburg Auction. Somehow, my back survived the jaunt (though the sciatica and disk issues did some relatively serious damage on my anxiety).
Since the Nederburg organizers don’t invite keynote speakers back, I felt even less pressure than normal (and I don’t start with much in this regard to begin with) to censor my thoughts… and so I think I delivered on the promised “tough luv” messages about the difficulty, complexity, and insanity of the U.S. wine market, and my ideas on how South Africa can still “win” there.
The organizers were absolutely lovely people, the event was top-notch, and the hospitality beyond any reasonable sense of expectation. Also, I’ve now officially tasted impala and can now tell you that I understand why the big cats prefer to hunt those suckers down in Africa (after the lunch of it I had at La Motte’s fabulous restaurant in Franschhoek, I was ready to try to run a few of those things down and eat them raw myself).
Anyway, the auction itself was successful this year, with price per bottle up over last year’s event. Some amazing juice got auctioned off on day two during the charity portion of the event (including two bottles of 1981 Hill of Grace that were generously donated to the auction by Nederburg in my name… and no, I didn’t get to drink any of it). Below are some images that pale in comparison to actually being in the beautiful country of SA, and (eventually… hang in there!) an embedded video of me getting all Southern-Hemisphere-Keynote on everyone…
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Hopefully it will be somewhat organized chaos, but I expect, geeky, controversial and entertaining chaos nonetheless.
For Episode 7 of The Punch Down, we’ve invited four guests. NO, that’s not a typo; including my co-host Tara and I, there will be six people on video for TPD Episode 7!
Tara and I have wanted to do multi-guest format show for months, and for September we’re finally pulling the trigger on it. We’ve got four intelligent and opinionated guests that we’ll throw on the virtual grill to discuss how the wine world is/isn’t/should be / could be leveraging its social media efforts.
- Meg Maker (regularly winning writing awards over at Makers Table)
- David Honig (the irrepressible editor of PalatePress.com)
- Ryan Opaz (formerly of Minnesota, formerly of Spain, now of Portugal and co-creator of Catavino.net)
- And a wild card: Rick Mulready, who isn’t in the wine biz but knows his way around social media as the creator of the Inside Social Media Podcast.
I’ve got controversial, pointed, and edgy questions planned for all of them. I just hope this one doesn’t go twelve hours or something, because things are for sure gonna get lively during this little soirée next week. So now I finally get to pretend that I’m Bill Maher and ask questions to each guest that then get the rest of them all fired up and arguing in (mostly) friendly ways. Awwwwww yeeeeeahhhhhhh!
Join us LIVE on Tuesday September 17 at 1pm Eastern (10am Pacific, 6pm UK) for geekery!