Join us on Wednesday, July 31 from 6-7 pm (PST) on Twitter for #winechat
#Winechat was created by Marie Sanderson Payton, then wine lovers enjoyed the weekly event via Bill Eyer and it's now led by Protocol Wine Studio. We're fans of Protocol Wine Studio as they believe in a true wine culture: taste it, share it, live it.
If you have a Twitter account, it's easy to participate in #WineChat. Add us to your calendar for July 31 from 6-7pm (PST) and type in #winechat to follow the conversation. Join the conversation by using the hashtag so everyone can see your question or comment.
During this #winechat we'll be focused on Argentina's wine: providing information on the premier wine region Mendoza, tasting signature grape Malbec and sharing stories behind the people who create the wines.
Why Mendoza? It's where the vast majority of wines from Argentina are produced with significant differences between the subregions. Also, I (Courtney Quinn, wine importer of OWOC Wines) used to live there. We import wines from Argentina into California while sharing the story of people who produce the wine with the people who enjoy drinking the wine.
What Argentine wine will be tasted? The 2008 Malbec de Angeles Malbec. The Malbec is from a vineyard established in 1924 that preserves the terroir with little influences to the wine and named "Top 10 Malbec" by Decanter Magazine in June 2012. Both wines are 100% varietals.
How can I get the wines for this #winechat? We have a small quantity of wines for those in the trade or wine writers who can use the contact form to inquire. If you are in San Diego, we have a few spots at our tasting during #winechat at Protocol Wine Studio...please email email@example.com to reserve you spot. If you learn about #winechat too late to get the wines, I'd encourage you to still join us. I've participated in a few #winechat without the wines and still learned about wine regions, producers, etc.
We look forward to you joining the conversation on #winechat via Twitter on Wednesday, July 31 at 6pm (PST).
Yesterday a family was walking behind me and the dad shared there was a poster for a movie on wine. The little girl said, "Why would anyone want to watch a movie about wine?"
It's not just wine geeks or those in the industry that will enjoy the new wine documentary SOMM.
It's about four men in their final few weeks preparing for the most difficult wine test in the world to become a Master Sommelier.
With a pass rate of around 10%, the test requires an insane knowledge of service, theory and tasting. In the service portion, you may decant a wine; in theory portion, answer obscure wine questions on region, grapes, etc. (like what is Cabernet Moravia...a grape bred from Cabernet Franc & Zweigeltrebe from Czech Republic); and during the tasting portion, identify the grape varieties, district and appellation of origin, and vintage of six wines in 25 minutes.
SOMM’s director, Jason Wise describes the blind tasting as a “ballet without music.”
It is a beautiful documentary that shows the true experience as these four guys prepare for the exam. You see them beyond their professional settings, you get a glimpse as to why they want it for themselves and you see the impact their studies have on their personal lives.
It is truly a story of determination. If last month you found yourself cheering for Nik Wallenda the tightrope walker over the Grand Canyon; praying the kids in the Scripps Spelling Bee would spell a word correctly; or routing for an underdog athlete or sports team than this documentary is for you.
Different members of the audience at the screening at The Grand Del Mar cried, cheered and laughed as we watched these four men test themselves. If I shared if any of them are now part of the 201 Master Sommeliers around the world, it would be like telling you who the killer is at the end of a horror movie.
You can catch SOMM at a few theaters or you can download the movie on iTunes and create your own tasting party. Make some food and pair it with wine. Perhaps you might enjoy a sommelier’s favorite pairing of popcorn with a buttery Chardonnay from California.
Watch SOMM. Be inspired.