Spring. That time when a young man’s fancy turns to love. In my case, it’s a not-so-young man’s fancy for wines.
Anyway, although I am mentioning Spring, don’t worry, this is not an intro. for a piece on Rose wines. It’s a bit of a statement of gratitude that the weather has turned gorgeous again.
Which naturally means that Teikoku, my favorite eatery on earth, will be reinstating their Wine on the Deck food and wine pairing events.
Here’s the skinny on their next pairing, which I’m stoked to attend as they’ll be throwing their yummy Asian-inspired small plate dishes at wines selections from Chile & Argentina; not the first match that comes to mind for Asian Fusion, so my curiosity – and, to be honest, my Spider Sense – are both tingling:
Teikoku restaurant invites you to join us for an evening of wine on the deck with Heather Wright, Wine educator and Consultant from Capital Wine and Spirits. Having just returned from visiting South America and its wineries, Heather has brought back some phenomenal wines and stories to share. Featuring innovative small plates by Executive Chefs Chay Aniwat , Aki Takeshima and Executive Chef ,Takao Iinuma, of Win Signature Restaurants.
Thursday May 14, 2009 from 6 P.M. TO 8 P.M.
$40 per person, all inclusive, space is limited, tickets are sold ahead of the event (contact info).
More details are available if you’re interested in what’s being paired with what. If you’re in the Pilly area, stop in and say hi to me (I’ll be the one in the corner with the glass, pen, and business cards).
In a stunningly brilliant example of shameless promotion on multiple levels, Murphy-Goode winery is hosting a competition to hire a Web 2.0 –savvy wine-lover to become their on-line marketing mouthpiece for 6 months, making around $60 Gs. The job will entail promoting Sonoma County wine country, while also working with Murphy-Goode winemaker David Ready, Jr. to create a new wine.
They’re calling the the competition “A Really Goode Job” and it’s understandably gaining quite a lot of buzz on-line. In fact, Murphy-Goode is already sitting pretty on this deal, as they’ve probably scored way over $60K in media exposure over this and the competition is just now picking up steam.
I’m excited to report that a friend of 1WineDude, Hardy Wallace of Atlanta’s excellent Dirty South Wine blog, is in the running for the Job – and he needs your vote!
I’d be hard-pressed to think of someone better qualified (not to mention better suited) to the job than Hardy. To get the scoop on Hardy’s story and why he’s applying, check out goodetobefirst.com
Hardy’s application vid below, and it’s a classic. Check it out and then head on over to areallygoodejob.com and Vote Dirty!
Wanna take a survey?
Oh, c’mon. It’ll be fun!
Some of you out there might remember Tracy Rickman, who co-chaired one of the break-out sessions at the first North American Wine Bloggers Conference. Tracy is a Consumer Research doctoral candidate at Auburn University, and her dissertation pertains to wine blogs as an information source, with a focus on adding to the theories regarding media studies. You can see Tracy in action at the WBC by checking out the videos from the break-out sessions.
I guess in a way wine blogs are her guinea pigs. Which I can totally respect, since it means that someone is paying attention to us! Anyway, as far as I’m aware there is no hidden agenda on Tracy’s part, just the pursuit of knowledge (and of course her dissertation).
As the next phase of her dissertation work, Tracy is conducting a survey about readers’ experiences with wine blogs. This means that YOU have a chance to influence what might be the only study of its kind with respect to wine blogging.
The survey itself will take you maybe 15-20 minutes to complete, and will be open for about two weeks. According to Tracy, currently there is about a 38% completion rate for the survey – which good, but I know that you people can do way better than that!
Anyway – head over to dbm.questionpro.com and lend a hand by taking Tracy’s survey. You can even use 1WineDude.com as the survey topic – just try not to say too many bad things about me, okay?