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Update: Wines of Germany TTL Event Postponed

Vinted on October 22, 2009 binned in german wine, twitter taste live
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Looks like the Wines of Germany Twitter Taste Live event scheduled for tonight is going to be postponed.

Seems we’re victims both of not having enough time to get the event into full-gear, and also of too many willing participants having too much trouble getting a hold of the wines in time for the tasting.  Not a winning strategy – and so we must postpone.

“Postponed” in this case definitely means rescheduled and does NOT mean cancelled.  The new date will be announced as soon as possible – currently we’re leaning towards early December so we don’t collide with other scheduled TTL events in November, and also so we don’t collide with the upcoming Turkey Day festivities. 

So – it’s looking like we will ramp back up with a TTL event of those tasty Rieslings in early December.  More to come soon.

In the meantime, may I offer you a picture of a different take on the German Wine Queen?

Cheers!

Zen Wine: David White’s Sippin’ On Top Of The World

Vinted on October 21, 2009 binned in book reviews, wine books, zen wine

I seem to be in ‘book mode’ the last week or two.  I’m a bit of a bookworm, so it’s fun for me to mess  around at the intersection of wine and the printed word.  I still don’t own an eReader device, by the way – I prefer Book 1.0 – you know, the kind with actual pages that you can stick a bookmark between.

Anyway, here’s another piece of printed word that intersects with the wacky world  of wine.

David White’s Sippin’ on Top of the World: Toasting Good Times and Better Days, of which I recently received a sample copy, is a bit of a strange book. 

In fact, I’d go so far as to say that it’s being misrepresented. 

Sippin’ on Top of the World isn’t so much a list of wine toasts (as the subtitle would lead you to believe) as it is a series of spiritual wine meditations.  Which makes sense when you consider that its author, David White, is the co-founder of the “WineSpirit Institute for the Study of Wine and Spirituality.”

Uh-ohhhhh.

At this point, your mind may be screaming “CULT! CULT!” and planning to run away as quickly as you can lest you be tainted by the odiferous funk of the religious cook.  It would be an understandable reaction, though one that I’d argue was totally incorrect.

In fact, depending on your point of view, dismiss Sippin’ on Top of the World too readily and you’d be missing out on some potentially enthralling conversation topics, not to mention possible sources of inspiration…

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Debunking the Myths of Wine’s History (A Book Review… Sort of…)

Vinted on October 19, 2009 binned in wine books

I find wine history fascinating.  This is because I’m a geek not only about wine, but also about history in general – a trait I picked up in undergrad when I roomed with two good-natured History majors at Saint Joseph’s University.  My undergrad studies centered on English Lit., and so the combination of overdosing on fiction and being subtly influenced by my roomies has led to, well, let’s just say several years of reading fascinating non-fiction.

No surprise then that Rod Phillps’ A Short History of Wine should be right up my alley.  And while it is a very good read – I’d certainly recommend the book to budding wine geeks – I’d caution that it doesn’t exactly jump out of the gate with intoxicating speed.

Like a young Barolo, Phillips’ book starts dryly and slowly.  In fact, it took me several months of starting, stopping and restarting it before I finally got into the rhythm of A Short History of Wine.  I’m pleased as syrah-spiked punch that I did stick with it, though, because it offers up a dizzying array of well-researched and fascinating wine facts (along with subtle notes of Phillips’ opinion) on nearly every page – that is, every page after wine hits its heyday (Medieval times) as a precursor to the beverage and industry that we now know and love.

I thought that I’d offer up a couple of the mythbusting tidbits that Phillips’ deftly provides in A Short History of Wine, both to tempt those budding History buffs out there  and to( hopefully) clear up misconceptions about a few assumptions that even experienced wine lovers tend to make about the history of their favorite beverage.

Francophiles be warned, I’m going to bust up some French-related wine myths first.  Also, if you’re French, note that the next few paragraphs involve both the Dutch and the English.  Try not to let your thousand years of mutual aggression get in the way of the enjoyment, ok?…

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2009-10-17

Vinted on October 17, 2009 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 05 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Call the cops, because someone stole the finish from this – it's criminally short. #

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