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Does Wine Taste Better When You’re Dining Out?

Vinted on July 16, 2008 under commentary, wine tasting
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PressDemocrat.com posted a piece today by Bonnie Walker that explores why wine might taste better when you’re out on the town. It’s certainly worth a read if you’ve ever wondered how much of your wine tasting adventures were influenced by your surroundings.

Bonnie’s article lists certain tings that finer restaurants are able to do to that aren’t as easy for us to do playing along at home – among them maintaining optimal storage conditions, and paying special attention to how glassware is treated. Presumably, these things could make a wine ultimately taste better in the restaurant than the same wine that was stored above your fridge and then drunk from a plastic Burger King cup.

What I really liked about the article was how it finished:

“Finally, we get to what is a subjective reason that wine served at a restaurant might taste better than the same wine served at home. That might be simply because we’re out, relaxed, not working to put a meal on the table or distracted by TV.

If the wine is being shared by friends, so much the better. Even if it’s just a relative perception that the wine is better, that’s always something to count as pleasure added.”

Ahhh – the old “Lubricant for Life” hypothesis!

I buy into that, because I think that wine tasting fundamentally has subjective qualities to it that cannot be totally ignored when evaluating whether or not you will like a wine.

How about you?

Cheers!

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Come Taste With Me (Sort Of)!

Vinted on July 16, 2008 under twitter, wine tasting


Come taste with me tomorrow! Me, and maybe several dozen of my closest virtual friends, that is!

I’ll be taking part in the next BinEndsWine.com live tasting event tomorrow at 7PM ET. The event is taking place via twitter, which you can follow by friending me up at twitter.com/1WineDude. Check out my previous post for more details.

Joining me in-person will be Mary & Sugendran from WCDish.com, along with Heather Wright from Cellar Door Imports.

I’ve never tasted the wines before, and to the best of my knowledge niether have my guests. Since the vino we’re sampling are six picks from Spain, this will also be the unofficial start of the 1WineDude.com Spanish Caravan!

I’ve also never participated in a twitter live tasting event before. I think it’s supposed to be wine tasting via technology, but I think it may end up being more like wine tasting VS. technology (considering that I’m doing this from my house, I don’t plan on doing much spitting). My money’s on the booze, but you’ll need to tune into twitter.com/1WineDude to see just how silly it gets.

Hope to see you on-line.

Cheers!

Three Reasons Why You Should Be a Wine Blogger

Vinted on July 15, 2008 under best of, commentary, wine 2.0, wine blogging


A few days ago I published a somewhat controversial post giving you three reasons why you shouldn’t become a wine blogger.

Now, I’m about to give you three reasons why you should wine blog. [Editor's note: is 'wine blog' a verb now?]

My intention is not to flip-flop a position. I’m just trying to give you both sides of the bogger coin. And this is definitely the shinier, more polished, ‘much-more-coolly-embossed with some awesome emblem’ side of that coin. [Editor's note: is 'coolly' an adverb? My god, man, we're off to a shaky start here!!]

Anyway, let’s get down to business; here’s my Top Three Reasons Why YOU Should Be a Wine Blogger…:


1) You need to be original from day one.
No, you’re not going crazy. Yes, this is the #3 reason I listed previously for why you shouldn’t be a wine blogger. No, it’s not easy to offer an original voice in the wine blogging community. Or is it…? The positive flipside of this coin is that you have a no-to-low cost opportunity to have your voice heard on a topic that you are passionate about – and in time, people will listen to that voice. The line between professional/expert opinions and the voice of the on-line masses is blurring. There’s never been a better time to be a part of any topic for which you have a passion.

2) Two’s company, Three’s a crowd, and 600 is a Wine Blogging Community.
This one might look familar to you also [Editor's note: Sensing a theme here? ]. According to some sources, social media has overtaken porn in on-line popularity. We musicians in the rythym section often say “if you’re not part of the groove, you’re part of the problem.” Well, if you’re not part of social media, you’re really not part of the Internet. Not only is it a great time to be a part of the wine blogging community, it’s ridiculously easy to do so. Hop on over to OpenWineConsortium.org, join (for free), friend me up, and start blogging. Total cost: $0.00. Total time: about 6 minutes.

3) Democratize the Wine World.
It’s not often that you get to be a part of history. And history is being made in the world of wine, on the web, right now as you read this. It might sound a bit overly dramatic [Editor's note: OK, a lot], but can you think of a better term to describe a movement that gathers people together (albeit virtually) from all over the globe and tries to put the power back into the hands of the people? That is what is going down in the Wine 2.0 movement; the view of what is considered quality wine is shifting from the hands of a few influential critics, and into the masses. Don’t miss out – we just might be onto something special here.

There you have it. Enough positivity to rescue from the depression of my previous post. Come on in – the water’s (or is it the vino’s?) fine

Cheers!

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Teikoku Tasting Wrap-Up & Azie / BinEndsWine.com Live Tasting Event!

Vinted on July 14, 2008 under twitter, wine tasting

I recently had the pleasure of attending a wine/plate pairing at the fabulous Teikoku restaurant in PA. The food, as always, was stellar (I suppose that’s par for the course for anything prepared by Iron Chef Takao Iinuma).

The wines (selected and poured by wine educator, Matthew Esser from Shiffrin Selections and wine educator and consultant, Heather Wright from Cellar Door Imports, both personal friends) were fine examples of vino that matches up perfectly with summer fare. My ‘mini-reviews‘ of the wines are below – I recommend any of these if you’re looking for great summer wines that won’t break the bank:

Next up, I’ve got two more tasting events that I should probably be plugging so here goes…:


1) There’s a Sake Tasting taking event tomorrow (July 15) on the deck at Azie’s in Media, PA. I don’t know much about sake so this is going to be one of my inaugural (a.k.a trial-by-fire) journeys into the heart of all things sake. 6:30-8:30PM, $30 per person. The menu:

Kumamoto Oysters & Harushika Tokimeki Sparkling
Gobuo Quick Fry & Bishonen “Beautiful Boy” Ginjo
Sushi “Big Eye” tuna, hamachi and bass & Ohyama “Big Mountain” Junmai
Pork belly “Kakuni” stew &Taiheizan Tenko Daiginjo

Bonus!

2) BinEndsWine.com will be holding their monthly “twitter taste live” on July 17 at 7PM ET. This month’s installment will feature Spanish wines selected by European Cellars’ Solomon. Eric will join Ryan & Gabriella Opaz of Catavino.net live via twitter.com to taste and discuss the wines. Also taking part via twitter.com will be yours truly. Here’s the skinny on how to follow the action on twitter.com:

And as for the wine lineup (which is lookin’ mighty tasty!):

Hope to see you on twitter!

Cheers!

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