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Cliq It. Cliq It Good! (winecliQ goes into Public Beta)

Vinted on June 24, 2009 binned in wine 2.0, wine buying
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Frequent 1WineDude.com readers may have noticed a sharp-looking widget over in the sidebar titled “3 Wine Picks.”  This little bugger comes courtesy of winecliQ, the brainchild of AmericanWinery.com, which I helped to test during their private beta.

winecliQ has now moved out into public beta, which means that you can jump into the winecliQ fun if you’re so inclined.  The idea behind the program can be summed up (in the words of AmericanWinery.com) as “Drink Wine, Get Paid.”  A summary / overview from the winecliQ website:

Select your favorite wines at AmericanWinery.com. Add ‘em to your winecliQ. Promote your picks through email, Facebook, your blog, website, etc.

People who dig your style buy the wines you recommend direct from the wineries through a secure checkout.

Wineries handle shipping and customer service.

You get cash just for talking about the wines you like.

Now your wine “hobby” can pay for itself!

There are new FTC regulations that could end up throwing a wet blanket on the winecliQ party, but as far as I’m aware there’s nothing stopping you from joining and possibly profiting from it in the short term if you have a blog or website.  In addition to the sidebar widget, you can also get a customized landing page for your wine picks, and an “individget” that can be used to highlight individual wine picks (if they’re available for sale on AmericanWinery.com, that is).

There’s also been a Ning.com social network set up for winecliQ users at social.winecliq.com.  Can’t say I’m making a mint from this, but I do like the idea of supporting American wineries that I think are making good juice, and possibly cashing in on that… someday…

Anyway – worth checking out especially if you’re blogging about U.S. wine.

Cheers!

(images: winecliQ.com)

“Some people spit…. I don’t…” (Revisiting Boston’s Wine Riot!)

“Some people spit…. I don’t…”

Words that will, no doubt, come to define my on-line “brand”… and come back to haunt me… (Epitaph: “Didn’t Spit” ?).

French Oak Media has posted their video coverage of Boston’s recent Wine Riot! event, which frequent 1WineDude.com readers will recall was taken over for the multi-country / multi-timezone / biggest-ever Hospice du Rhone Twitter Taste Live on-line tasting (which is given ample coverage in the vid).

I make a short cameo appearance towards the end of the vid, as does TasteLive! creator Craig Drollett.  I think Craig was more sober than I was, so pay more attention to him.

You can watch the vid below, or here after the jump.

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The Wine Riot – Taste. Learn. Love. from French Oak on Vimeo.

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Cheers!

Lazy Hazy Crazy Pinot Days of Summer (Twitter Taste Live This Thursday!)

Vinted on June 22, 2009 binned in twitter taste live

Here in the U.S. Upper Mid Atlantic, we’re growing more accustomed to muggy weather, short but severe thunderstorms, and vastly increased road construction. Which can only mean one thing.

Summer has arrived.

For those of you on the Left Coast, this Summer also includes the 2009 Pinot Days event, which will be held in San Francisco at Fort Mason from June 24th – June 28th.  For those unfamiliar with Pinot Days, it’s an event that brings together over 200 Pinot Noir producers from four countries, with 20 food vendors and more than 500 Pinots to taste.  Some info:

“Pinot Days brings together pinot producers representing every California appellation, style and price point, as well as a few from Oregon and Burgundy. It is our sincere hope that Pinot Days will enable you to explore new producers, find wines you love and can afford, and become a pinot devotee if you are not one already.”

As a precursor to the San Fran event, 1WineDude.com friends Twitter Taste Live are throwing a Pinot Days event that will run from June 18th through June 25th, and you could win some primo Pinot from them just by tweeting!…

Read the rest of this stuff »

Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2009-06-20

Vinted on June 20, 2009 binned in twitter, wine mini-reviews
  • 06 Petanque Syrah (CA): Very solid 1st effort 2nd label from Michel-Schlumberger. Maybe not a home run, but a fruity double for sure. BBQ! #
  • 07 Pétanque Sauvignon Blanc (CA): Quaffable & tasty, but you can't take the CA out of the SB. Hits the mark for the price point, though. #
  • 07 Pétanque Cabernet Sauvignon (CA): Some jammy dark cherry fruity smokey decently-priced goodness. Needs food to really shine, though. #
  • 07 Pétanque Chardonnnay (CA): Suprising amount of citrus & balance, like that lemonhead guy tightrope walking. Ok, that visual is weird… #
  • 07 Selbach-Oster Riesling Kabinett (Mosel): Crisp green apple & minerals. Classic blue slate soil profile. Not that I've tasted blue slate. #
  • 08 Indaba Chardonnay (West Cape, SA): VG balance of tropical fruit & cream, & enough acid to stand up to dinner. Just a ridiculous value. #
  • 06 Selbach-Oster Weissburgunder (Mosel): About as big as Pinot Blanc gets, but also about as yummy-fruity & food-friendly as PB gets. #
  • Marques de Monistrol Cava Rosé Brut Reserva Selección Especial: Pink grapefruit & hints of toast. At these prices, why would you NOT try it? #
  • 07 ZaZin! Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi): A jammy, blueberry, jammy, spicy, jammy, raisiny, jammy, jammy, jammy, jammy monster of a wine. #

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