We’re getting excited for the first ever Virginia Wine TasteLive event on October 25th from 8:00pm – 9:30pm EST! http://www.tastelive.com/events/view/10/25/2010
Local wine blogger Dezel Quillen www.myvinespot.com has generously taken the time to organize this event- which was no small feat considering most of the planning was taking place during harvest and, since a key feature of TasteLive events is that the actual winemakers will participate during the tasting, required him getting in touch with the winemaker’s themselves (and being married to a winemaker, I know how hard that is!). Dezel also organized the event with the people at TasteLive www.tastelive.com and worked with Amy Ciarametaro to secure sponsorship for the event from the Virginia Wine Board www.VirginiaWine.org!
It looks like everything is coming together well and the wines are on their way to wine bloggers across the country! We’re hoping a lot of you will participate in the virtual tasting as well! It’s really easy! All you need is a Twitter account and one (or all!) of these great wines:
a) Kluge Estate 2007 SP Rosé
b) Afton Mountains 2009 Gewürztraminer
c) Keswick Vineyards 2009 Viognier
d) Jefferson Vineyards 2009 Reserve Chardonnay
e) Blenheim Vineyards 2009 Merlot
f) Mountfair Vineyards 2008 Wooloomooloo
Here is an introduction to TasteLive from Cailyn McCauley:Founded in 2008 and originally called “Twitter TasteLive.com” this is the pioneering “virtual wine-tasting” concept. While most online wine tastings consist of a series of YouTube videos of someone drinking wine and telling the audience about it, TasteLive incorporates the viewer by inviting them to taste along. Whether the viewer is a consumer wine club member tasting their shipment with the winemaker, or trade and media tasting new releases the TasteLive platform provides you with a focused conversation about your wines. We are excited to be partnering with the Virginia Wine Board in a series of events tasting through Virginia Wines. The October 25 event will kick-off the promotion and we appreciate you joining. Steps we need to take: TasteLive recommends the following browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Safari. Some versions of Internet Explorer will not display the login and profile information at the top of the menu bar, so we recommend switching browsers if you have any problems viewing. Create a TasteLive Username using your Twitter account name and email address Go to TasteLive.com and click on the Twitter Button to create your account Use the same Twitter name, email address and password for your TasteLive User Name. Once your account is created, login and go to Account Settings, click on AutoPost Settings and verify that your Twitter Account is linked. If it is not, click on the link button to setup. This will allow any posts on TasteLive to go to your Twitter Account.
Once you have your TasteLive account (which is free!) created and linked to your Twitter account, you are ready to start! On October 25th from 8:00-9:30pm EST, you’ll log on to TasteLive, open up your wines, and taste along with the winemakers from each of the wineries! As we post tweets about the wines on TasteLive, they will also be posted directly to Twitter, so you can follow and participate in the conversation directly on Twitter as well by following #vawine and the individual wineries. Here are the Twitter handles for the participating wineries:
a) Kluge Estate @KlugeEstate
b) Afton Mountains @AftonMountain
c) Keswick Vineyards @KeswickVineyard
d) Jefferson Vineyards @th_jefferson
e) Blenheim Vineyards @BlenheimWines
f) Mountfair Vineyards @MfVvinotweets
In order to make it even easier for you to participate, we’re offering a special deal on our 2009 Viognier for you to taste and tweet about during the event!
If you’re in the area and come by the tasting room, we will give you an additional 5% off of the 2009 Viognier, on top of other quantity and wine club discounts! That means wine club members will be getting 25% off the 2009 Viognier for the tasting! If you’re too far to visit, we are offering free standard shipping with a 3 bottle wine purchase, as long as one of those 3 wines is the 2009 Viognier for the tasting!
Looking forward to tasting with you on October 25th!