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The 12 Must Follow Wine Peeps on Twitter (Thanks!!)

Vinted on June 7, 2009 binned in about 1winedude blog, twitter, wine 2.0, wine blogging
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So… this weekend my E-mail Inbox was getting flooded with notifications from twitter, the micro-blogging platform that connects people by allowing them to broadcast short messages of 140 characters or less describing what they’re up to and… well… uhm… well it’s just the sort of thing that you sort of need to be using before you totally understand it.  Sort of.

Anyway, I figured that something was going on, because while I tend to get a few additional follows on twitter almost every day, this weekend the number of twitter notifications was hitting SPAM-like levels, and I was totally at a loss as to why, but in these situations you don’t question good fortune, you just hope enough people stick around after they figure out that they’ve mistaken you for a celebrity or whatever.

Turns out that a recent post by Dale Cruse, which listed me among 11 others as “Must Follow” winos on twitter, was picked up by uber-blogger Darren Rowse, the mastermind behind the truly awesome and inspiring ProBlogger.net.  Darren featured the post on TwiTip.com, which is one of the key twitter resources for anyone who “gets” the fact that twitter is not used exclusively by 14 year old girls and is actually a vibrant and powerful social media platform in its own right.  Darren also has about a quadzillion twitter followers.

So I was very happy to see that the influx of new followers had a logical explanation, and I’m deeply grateful to Dale and to Darren for the exposure.  Check out the entire post (and see the rest of the list, which features some awesome wine twitter folk) at http://www.twitip.com/12-must-follow-wine-people-on-twitter/.

For you new twitter followers out there – thanks! I’m pretty sure I won’t be changing any of the inane wine banter that I spew out via twitter on a regular basis, but I look forward to reading what you have to say, anyway!

Cheers!

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

Vinted on June 6, 2009 binned in twitter, wine mini-reviews
  • 05 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: Promises elegance, but you’ll need 4 yrs min. to tame those driveway-sealing tannins. #
  • 02 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mtn Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa): Great now, but will improve if u can wait. Black fruit, spice, earth and funk. #
  • 04 Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mtn Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa): (Very) ripe & jammy red berry fruit dominates. Crazy good, but not cheap… #
  • 07 Rose Garden (Russian River): Stately & elegant rose with hints of strawberry & spices. Too bad they don’t sell it, ’cause it rocks… #
  • 07 Heron Hill Semi-Dry Riesling (NY): Well-balanced, solid, fruity offering that should be in your “match with Chinese take-out” arsenal. #
  • 08 Clos LaChance Glittering-Throated Emerald Unoaked Chardonnay (Monterey): Enough tropical, food-friendly fruit to warrant a tiny umbrella. #
  • 07 Clos LaChance Crimson Topaz Meritage (Central Coast): Red fruit & beef jerky funk. Drink it now, bring some grilled steak (and friends). #
  • 06 Clos LaChance Ruby-throated Cabernet Sauvignon (Central Coast): More red fruit than black, more good than bad, more bang for your buck. #

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Cave Drawings: Lessons in Wine and Social Media

Vinted on June 5, 2009 binned in wine 2.0

1WineDude.com friend, fellow blogger, and wine media maven Mike Wangbickler (a.k.a. Caveman Wines) recently gave a presentation on the topic of social media marketing at Napa Valley College.  It’s a fantastic primer for folks in the wine biz who need an introduction into the concepts and approaches behind engaging wine consumers on-line, so I’m sharing it below.

Even if you’re not in the wine biz, it’s a good and quick read (and contains some startling numbers on the growing influence of peer networking when it comes to consumer purchases).

Great work, Mike!

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Cheers!

Postcard from Germany: Death and Rebirth in the Rheinhessen

Vinted on June 4, 2009 binned in best of, german wine

A group of young, talented winemakers are on a mission to change the perception of wines from the Rheinhessen; a look at one of those winemakers reveals just how dramatic – and successful – that change might be…

The first thing one notices about Alexander Gysler… is that he’s tall.

Even for Germans this guy is tall.  Even to a traveling writer of Mediterranean decent who is 5’5”, and to whom everyone seems tall, he’s tall.  Alexander towers a good head height over everyone in our traveling party.

We’re in Weinheim, having arrived at noon after a wine-related guided city tour of Mainz.  The previous evening, I’d been given an introduction to quality Rheinhessen wines over dinner in nearby Oppenheim, our hosts being a trio of winemakers that belong to the group Message in a Bottlean organization of young winemakers who are trying to undo the sins of the Rheinhessen’s past, at least in terms of wine.  Judging by their output – especially the bone-dry but somehow still very well-balanced Riesling Auslese from Pfannebecker, they’re starting to succeed.

Which brings us back to the big guy, Alex.

To hear Alexander’s story is to get a glimpse into the history of Rheinhessen wine.  Despite his formidable size, Alexander is soft-spoken, almost quiet, but quick with a smile or short laugh.  He’s also understated.  Case in point: His 2008 Huxelrebe Beerenauslese was recently chosen as a showcase German wine on offer in Lufthansa’s first class service.  And it might be the best Huxelrebe you’ve never tasted, with honeysuckle, lemon, and grapefruit aromas, balanced with vegetal and citrus notes and a honeyed finish that clocked in at 20+ seconds.  When I asked Alexander how he managed to score the Lufthansa gig, his answer was short and almost as sweet as the wine itself: “We were very lucky.  In Germany, it’s impossible to sell sweet wine.”

Which brings us back to the story of Rheinhessen wine…

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