On February 19th I’ll be in downtown Minneapolis participating in the Twitter Taste Live event before the screening of the new film, “Merlove.” Think “Sideways” as a documentary with Merlot as it’s central focus.
Twin Cities locals can join me down at the Ritz Theater with the pre-show tasting starting around 6:00 p.m. local time. I’ll be Twittering notes and maybe even sending up some live video if the wifi connection is cooperative. Wine sponsors Sacre Bleu and Haskell’s promise some nice wines for tasting. Merlot goes without saying. Knowing how provocative Sacre Bleu can be, maybe even Miles’ favorite Pinot might be poured, who knows?
I’ll be recording another edition of the now-rare full length podcast and including my review of the film. Hope to see some local friends in attendance. Get your tickets here.
And, yes, I love Merlot.
Springwise is a great resource for ideas that I’ve followed for the past several months. Last week they published their top 10 food & beverage ideas for 2008 and two great wine ideas made the list with a bonus pick at the end.
#5 – Twitter Taste Live
I’ve been involved in this event since the second tasting and agree that this is the most significant wine idea of the past year. Starting from literally nowhere, organizer Craig Drollett of Bin Ends Wine has created a global wine tasting event that is as powerful as Wine Blogging Wednesday. And he did this in about 5 months. A lot of people don’t think Twitter is a good platform for wine tasting events but I think we’ll look back on this in a year and see the genius here. You’ll have to trust me on this one.
#8 – WineSide
With the economy in the tank, wineries will be hard pressed to pack visitors into their tasting rooms. Why not bring the tasting experience home? That’s what’s behind WineSide, a patented 6 or 10 cl sample of wine sealed with a screw cap. Wineries can easily send these samples not only to critics, wine writers and bloggers but also to their prospective customers (um, how about Twitter Taste Live?). The major barrier to adoption for U.S. wineries is a reasonable mobile bottling facility. If anyone wants to invest in such a business, I’ll run it for them. Seriously. This is a real market opportunity here.
.5 – Volute
I think this should have made the top 10 but I’m biased. Added as one of the 3 bonus entries, Volute is a single serve wine brand packed in an aluminum container. You know, the airplane size but not in glass that can break and is not as recyclable. Not only does aluminum recycle more efficiently, it’s also lighter than glass reducing it’s carbon footprint. I hope to see more wines packed like this in the future.
I’ll be on the lookout for more of the wine related ideas on Springwise and will bring them to you throughout the year. UK readers might want to check out Naked Wines straightaway.
It’s time for another Twitter Taste Live but this time all theÂ proceedsÂ go to charity. Humanitas takes the “Newman’s Own”Â philanthropicÂ ethic to wine and founder JuddÂ Wallenbrock has been giving back to charities in the communities his customers live in for 7 years now. HisÂ approachÂ is simple: produce good wines for $20 and under, sell them direct to consumer and donate all the profits toÂ charitableÂ organizations. In recent months he has added very limited production, single vineyard wines that are a bit more expensive.
Longtime listeners willÂ rememberÂ my interview with Judd back in Winecast 45 three years ago. His passion for the Humanitas vision has not changed since that interview and he is still a one-man operation. Like last weekend’s Twitter Taste Live 5, I will live blog the event for those who can’t attend or want to revisit the tasting later.Â
Disclosure: I donate my time to help Humanitas with social media outreach.
I’ve decided to live blog tonight’s Twitter Taste Live using COVERITLIVE, a service I used for live blogging a tech event earlier this week. All the presenting bloggers Twitter accounts will be captured here along with others I will add during the tasting. You can also post comments right here in the view below. If this works, I’ll continue to cover these online tastings for those who can’t join us live.
I’ve been involved with Twitter Taste Live since the second tasting and will be participating again next time when the theme is “Bloggers Take Over.” In past tastings wineries have presented a selection of wines and wine lovers from around the world then posted their thoughts on Twitter while tasting the same wines simultaneously. But the next time out each wine blogger will be able to pick their wine(s) and give you the chance to pick them up and taste along with us on November 15th.
Consistent with my theme of Wines For Recessionary Times, I will be tasting two wines from Cameron Hughes, one of my favorite purveyors of extreme value wine.
I have selected Lot 92 2004 Margaret River Chardonnay and Lot 36 2005 Rutherford Cabernet for the tasting.
The Chardonnay is available for just $14 at the Cameron Hughes online store but Lot 36 is only available in Costco or Sam’s Club stores (I paid $12.88 today for Lot 36 at Sam’s).
So pick up one or both of these wines, friend me up on Twitter and taste along with me on November 15th. I’ll be posting a follow-up with the approximate time of the tasting next week and, of course, tweet about this too. I hope you will join me or at least follow along on Twitter Search using the hash tag #ttl.