Berry Brothers joins the Twitterati-TTL and biodynamic wines

Berry Brothers & Rudd, only the oldest wine merchant in the world, wine purveyor to The Queen, rumoured to have  labrynthine cellars that stretch from St. James to Buckingham Palace – Has joined the twitterati. Not only have they joined the twitterati @winematters , they even did a Twitter Taste live from said cellars last week. The Winesleuth and Wine90 couldn’t make it to the cellars (we don’t like spiders) so we settled in at my house, anxiously awaiting the DHL guy who delivered the wines and then joined in via Twitter. This wasn’t any old wine tasting, it was a biodynamic wine tasting. I didn’t know this but BBR carry an extensive range of organic and now biodynamic wines. Are biodynmic wines any better or worse?  We were the judge. There were 3 wines on tasting: 2007   Mâcon, Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon (Stelvin) — Héritiers du Comte Lafon  £11.95 2006   Vacqueyras, Garrigues, Domaine Montirius — Montirius — France  £11.95 2006   L’As, Coteaux du Languedoc, Mas Conscience — Mas Conscience — France £15.40 Here’s what we thought of the Vacqueyras… A big thanks to Berry Brothers & Rudd and to Rob over at WineConversation for inviting us and getting the wines to my house just in time! Follow us on twitter! @winematters  (BBR’s tweets) @thewinesleuth  @wine90 Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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L’anima Wine Challenge – Vote for us!!!

First of all, if you’re reading this before 23:00 (GMT) on Aug 26th, run over to here and vote for me and The Boy!! The Winesleuth and Bibendum Dan (aka The Boy) took part in a fabulous social media experiment hosted by the award winning Italian restaurant L’anima. L’anima’s Head Sommelier, Gal Zohar, decided to  harnass the power of social media, be it, Facebook, Twitter, blogging, etc. to get people (even more) excited about L’anima’s winelist. They have an extensive list of some of Italy’s finest and most interesting wines and want to add a few more. Once I found the place, we sat down to taste. Listed in no particular order and by our Twitter names – Gal Zohar (@zoharwine),Dan Coward (@bibendumwine, Robert McIntosh (@thirstforwine) recorded the event and updated folks],Jamie Goode (@jamiegoode),Douglas Blyde (@douglas_blyde),Anthony Rose (@antrose33) and me, Denise Medrano (@thewinesleuth) 15 wines to get through in less than 2 hours. We tasted through 5 flights of 3 wines each (listed here), and then were divided into teams  and interviewed to try and convince all you twitters out there why the wines we chose would be the best additions to L’anima’s wine list. You get to vote on which video was most convincing. If you vote and send a special tweet (found on the voting site) you’ll be entered into the prize draw* ( a behind the scenes tour of L’anima, sharing a bottle of Prosecco with Gal Zohar and a pack with each of the winning wines) Here’s me and The Boy: (Team 3) All 3 videos can be seen here http://lanimalondon.wordpress.com/wine-list-challenge/challenge/ The wines that make the list to be announced on Thursday, Aug 28, 2009. The prize draw winners to be announced sometime end of September. *prize draw rules: must be over 18 and live in the UK. All arrangements will be made with the winner direct via Twitter after the selection. There is no cash alternative and it’s free to enter. P.S.  – Team 3 won with 50% of the vote. Great teamwork, Dan!...

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Naked Wines live online Auction

Ok, here’s is a crazy idea. Invite consumers to try some wine, pick the ones they like best, set a price and then buy $100,000 AU worth of wine based on their recommendations at a live online auction for your online wine company. Who would be so crazy as to let consumers do that? Rowan Gormely  founder of Naked Wines, that’s who. The latest in interactive social marketing, using crowdsourcing (a new word for me), twitter and blogging, Naked Wines took a gamble and it seems to have paid off. I’m still a bit unclear on the whole “crowdsourcing” thing but seems to be like a casting call for ordinary people. Although, in this case you show up and get to try lots of interesting wines! There were some of the twitterati in attendence, Milo Yiannopolous, the techie blogger from The Telegraph and Gavin Williams of Wine of  the Week were there but most people were customers of Naked Wines.   The event was held at the Australian High Commission on the Strand and all wines tested and bid on were Australian reds, whites and a few rosès for kicks. Interestingly, none of the rosès made it into the final.  I had a ball! It was really fun to give my opinion on a wine and know that my decisions would have an impact. Talk about empowerment to the people. No more having to rely on some wine critic who probably only really drinks claret from the early 20th century. The wines on show were a real grab bag and I have to admit some of my choices didn’t really jibe with the general concensus but enough of them did to get into the live auction. Once the wines had been winnowed down to the final 15 we had to each set a price for what we would pay, then, thru some mysterious algorithythms, the Naked team came up with a price, the money was divvied up, the Australian winemakers were called and the bidding began. We were all able to watch...

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Upcoming Live Online Oysters and Champers tasting, London

I just got an invite to what sounds like a really cool event. Galvin@Windows is going to be hosting a live online oyster and Champagne tasting event. Now how did they know I adore champagne? and add in oysters…have I died and gone to heaven?  Galvin@Windows is on the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane and is a relatively new restaurant in town. This is the first of what they promise to be a “new series of special events”. The event is going to be livestreamed using Ustream by WorldTV.com. According to the press release, we… will be using social media tools such as blogging, tweeting, video and spin voxing as the event unfolds to report and interact with their world wide audience.  Guests will be presented with several varieties of oysters such as Fine de Claires, Helford Native, Duchy of Cornwall and a range of Champagnes from houses such as Laurent Perrier, Bruno Paillard and Galvin own brand.  Food and wine lovers will be able to follow the tasting, live online from the comfort of their own home on their PC, iPhone, Twitter and via partner blogs and websites.  The event will be hosted by BBC Radio 2 presenter Nigel Barden with participation from Chris Galvin (Galvin at Windows), Bruno Murciano (Bibendum), Robin Hancock (Wright Brothers), Sokratis Papafloratos (TrustedPlaces), Andre Garrett and Fred Sirieix (Galvin at Windows). The event is being produced by WorldTV in partnership with Ustream.  The event is taking place March 6th from 4 – 6 pm GMT, 11am – 1pm EST and you can follow along on twitter tag, #galvinw or on the live URL: worldtv.com/live Hope to see you (virtually) there! Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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Twitter mosaic

Wow! I just find this twittering fascinating. I joined Twitter back in October when I attended the WBC in Sonoma because it seemed everyone out in CA was using it but once I got back to London, I kind of forgot about it because it seemed nobody was using it. Well, that seems to have changed. Andrew from Surf4Wine turned me on to the Twitter Mosaic, still haven’t figured out how to get it to show up in this post but I’m working on it. And there are plenty of other apps, TweetDeck, TwitterFall, Twitterific (for your Iphone), Twitter Feed, TwitterGram, even Twanslate. The list goes on. Follow me on Twitter, Thewinesleuth,a t least that works! Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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