As if you weren’t sick enough already of my South American wine coverage (and believe me, people it’s not over yet!), in an oddly synchronous but otherwise completely unrelated turn of events, I’ll be a panelist next week at Wines Of Chile’s 2011 Grand Tasting event at the Metropolitan Pavilion in NYC.
There’s both industry and consumer portions, and if you hurry your ass up you might still be able to get in on the action! If you need extra incentive (besides the lure of a lot of wine and food, I mean), some of the proceeds from sales of the consumer event tickets will be donated to the Surfrider Foundation, dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s coastlines and beaches, and purchasing a ticket automatically enters you for a chance to win an iPad (I could use one of those myself, come to think of it…).
Here’s the skinny:
This year’s WoC event theme is “A World of Taste,” and in addition to pouring 300 wines from 60 wineries at winery stands, there are four specially themed rooms where you’ll have the opportunity to taste those Chilean wines with different types of foods. There will also be two seminars for the industry side of things (one of which is the panel on which I’ll be sitting, along with Jody Rones from Thrillist.com, Lindsey Johnson from Lush Life and Gregory Dal Piaz of Snooth.com, being held 1:30-2PM on the topic of Wine Marketing in the Digital Age).
If you’re going and you’re of the tweeting persuasion, the hashtag will be #tastechile. Event details are below after the jump – hope to see you there!
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Hey dudes (that’s an open term… and meant to include dudes into dudettes, or alternatively dudettes also into dudettes): thinking of stopping by the flower shop on the way to picking up that hot date? You might want to hit the liquor store instead.
The Times Live reported last week that, according to an on-line poll, women see wine as not just important but essential to a romantic date:
“In a global poll of 10,500 women in five countries, two-thirds of respondents said that drinking wine is an important part of the dating ritual. Nearly 68 percent said a glass of wine is essential when it comes to creating a romantic setting, compared to 20 percent who said it’s not important.”
I don’t know about you, but I sure as hell am NOT going to argue with a group of 10,000+ women. No. F*cking. Way. Would you like another glass, honey?
Come to think of it, I rarely even argue with the two women with whom I live, though one of them (my three year old daughter) can turn in surprisingly cogent reasoning (for her age, I mean) on why she should, in fact, be permitted to have a second chocolate chip cookie.
Interestingly, rosé seems to be the big winner in all of this survey results business, with red wine being the big ol’ loser…
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In a move that seems to be a big deal (especially to its publisher!), last week Decanter unveiled the 2011 version of their bi-annual Power List of the wine world’s most influential people. The biggest news, it appears, is that Richard Sands, the chairman of über-wine-brand-consolidation company Costellation Brands, no longer occupies the top slot – that now belongs to Pernod Ricard’s chief executive Pierre Pringuet. EGADS! I know I’m gonna be losing sleep over that one for some time. Ok, probably not.
Far more interesting (to me), however, is the inclusion in their top twenty of the now-ubiquitous and fuzzily-conceived idea of the Wine Blogger:
Finally, making a first appearance at number 16 is a character whose influence has grown exponentially over the last two years: the Amateur Wine Blogger. ‘As social media continues its relentless online spread, everyone is now a critic,’ Decanter says.
By the way, I use the term “fuzzily-conceived” with respect to wine blogging because just about anyone who is anyone in the wine world is blogging now anyway (props are certainly due to Decanter for recognizing the dispersed-but-powerful influence of the citizen bloggers – which is fun to say, by the way… “Hail! Fellow Citizen Blogger! We’re Number Sixteen! How fares Scandinavia?”). So can we really – or even should we – differentiate blogging as somehow the outside-looking-in of wine media anymore?…
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I wrote a few years ago about links between moderate wine drinking and lower instances of dementia. This is because, at the time, my grandmother suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. She died from it, at the age of 96 – but the truth is, she was all-but-dead years before that, bedridden and unable to care for herself, or recognize us. Caring for her placed an almost unbearable emotional toll on my family.
Under the definition of “pain” in the dictionary, there ought to be something like “having an elder family member who you’ve known your entire life look back at you with a worried, frightened stare because she doesn’t know who you are.” I would LOVE for my family to be one of the last who ever had to go through that. That’s wishful thinking, of course – but it doesn’t mean we can’t help move forward the day when we talk about the very last Alzheimer’s victim ever in the past tense.
So I’m once again asking you to prove how awesome you are by donating to help KICK ALZHEIMER’S ASS!
YOU can help, you need to help, and it’s easy. Just surf on over to the Help 1WineDude Kick Alzheimer’s Ass donation page, and make a donation. You can donate as little as $5 [ insert reference to skipping one cup of over-priced coffee at your fave coffee chain shop here ] – take a look at the inset pic from the donation page to see how easy it is. It will take you something like 2 minutes (unless you’re drunk, then it might take a bit longer).
A little (evil) voice inside your head might be telling you it’s okay to wait, or to skip out, because surely someone else who’s reading this will donate anyway. But waiting or skipping out is for chumps – and you’re awesome, which means you’re no chump! By the way, if the evil voice is telling you other stuff, like “go rob a bank,” then you might want to speak to a professional (very soon)…
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Cheers… and THANK YOU!