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Worldwide Tasting!

Get this, Joan Gómez Pallarès, founder of De Vinis.blogspot.com, has decided to conduct an international virtual tasting. Influenced by Wine Blog Wednesday, he’s decided to extend this incredible idea across cultural and physical boundaries to include anyone who has a vested interest in participating. Here are the rules he’s laid out for us:

  1. Anyone can participate from any part of the world, sharing their experience in whatever language they see fit.
  2. De Vinis will begin the Worldwide Tasting, but the following months are available for any blog that is willing to host the event.
  3. The first tasting will begin on Friday, June 1, 2007 Barcelona time.
  4. All notes will be published by Joan on De Vinis.
  5. No bottle may exceed 15 Euros.
  6. The first tasting will be of a characteristic monovarietal red grape from the area in which the blogger is writing from. The example he gives, and one that we could equally give, is that because he lives in Barcelona, he could write about Garnacha from the Priorat; whereas if you live in California, you may want to write about Pinot Noir.

Spanish Winery Blogs
Other than the one we helped create, we were unaware of any other Spanish winery blogs until now. So allow us to give our hearty congratulations to
De Brujas y Vino and Bodegas Castro Martin. After starting The Wine Blog Atlas a few months ago without a Spanish winery blog in site, it is great to see two Spanish wineries step out of Spain’s inability to use modern technology to their advantage. Congrats!

Gary Vaynerchuk Does Rioja
Wine Library TV, recently did a segment on Rioja (Episode 239). If you’ve never seen Gary, he’s worth checking out both because of his style, which is sort of manic and entertaining at the same time, and because he’s knows what he’s talking about. Here is a list of the wines he covered in the episode:

  1. 1981 Lopez De Heredia Tondonia Blanco Rioja Gran Reserva
  2. Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Red
  3. 2001 Rioja Vega Reserva
  4. 2003 Torre Muga Rioja

Pink Elephant Rosé, 2006, Estremadura, Portugal
Continuing our April Virtual Wine Tasting Theme, we so wish we could have been the ones to introduce you to a wine with such a great name! Alas, we didn’t, but we fully intend on searching this out in the coming months as the temperatures begin to soar here in Spain!

Torres rates number 15 in ‘The Power 100′
Intangible Business, the world’s largest independent brand valuation consultancy, recently rated Bodega Miguel Torres as the only European winemaker to rank in the world’s most powerful brands in the wine business. Brands which are included in the Power 100 are evaluated on their market share, brand growth, price and influence, alongside more intangible criteria such as brand awareness and perception. The ranking covers the entire beverage market, from leading companies to their individual brands, in different market segments.

Cheers,

Gabriella

  • Andrew

    Sorry, but how does this International tasting differ from Wine Blogging Wednesday? And what about those in countries that don't have a wine making culture?

  • http://www.spittoon.biz Andrew

    Sorry, but how does this International tasting differ from Wine Blogging Wednesday? And what about those in countries that don’t have a wine making culture?

  • bbennett

    What about Minnesota? You're not going to make me drink Frontenac are you? Maybe Bailly makes a dessert wine that is palatable. I'll have to check. If not, my suggestion is to drink a wine you want to share with the world.

  • bbennett

    What about Minnesota? You’re not going to make me drink Frontenac are you? Maybe Bailly makes a dessert wine that is palatable. I’ll have to check. If not, my suggestion is to drink a wine you want to share with the world.

  • Gabriella Opaz

    Andrew, I honestly don't know if there is much of a difference. My sense is that he is doing his best to try and turn what WBW is into an international event where anyone can host in any language they choose. There is a part of me that likes the idea, there is another part of me that sees it as a difficult thing to pull off. What's your take on it? Bill, I think what he means by "characteristic" of your region is that you drink something that your area is known for, i.e. California wines, Oregon or Washington wines for example. However, I would challenge you to see if you can find something grown in MN. Maybe there is absolutely nothing you like, but how great would it be to find a decent red monovarietal wine from MN that's worthy of writing about it. Ryan suggests a good seyeal blanc that you can find through Alexis Bailly. Otherwise, why not find a nice raspberry wine?

  • http://www.catavino.net Gabriella Opaz

    Andrew,
    I honestly don’t know if there is much of a difference. My sense is that he is doing his best to try and turn what WBW is into an international event where anyone can host in any language they choose. There is a part of me that likes the idea, there is another part of me that sees it as a difficult thing to pull off. What’s your take on it?

    Bill,
    I think what he means by “characteristic” of your region is that you drink something that your area is known for, i.e. California wines, Oregon or Washington wines for example. However, I would challenge you to see if you can find something grown in MN. Maybe there is absolutely nothing you like, but how great would it be to find a decent red monovarietal wine from MN that’s worthy of writing about it. Ryan suggests a good seyeal blanc that you can find through Alexis Bailly. Otherwise, why not find a nice raspberry wine?

  • Andrew

    My take? We don't need another WBW. We can always do with other wine blog events, (I have fun with my 'Combinations' but it hasnt caught on in general) but a carbon copy of WBW is not the way to go.

  • http://www.spittoon.biz Andrew

    My take? We don’t need another WBW. We can always do with other wine blog events, (I have fun with my ‘Combinations’ but it hasnt caught on in general) but a carbon copy of WBW is not the way to go.

  • Ryan

    I agree andrew, I know he is hoping that this will have a more international flair, but I can barely keep up with the other events out there. Like your combinations and have wanted to participate for awhile now. Once gabriella is home full time I think we might have more of a chance of doing it!

  • el jefe

    "…if you live in California, you may want to write about Pinot Noir…" – that's kinda funny :) Seriously – if Catalunya is writing about Priorat, then New Spain, er, California can break it down a little too. The interesting challenge might be to taste and share a wine that was the one made closest to where you live, as the proverbial crow flies. But no matter what – I intend to be consuming something especially good on June 1, because my son graduates high school that day!

  • http://www.catavino.net Ryan

    I agree andrew, I know he is hoping that this will have a more international flair, but I can barely keep up with the other events out there. Like your combinations and have wanted to participate for awhile now. Once gabriella is home full time I think we might have more of a chance of doing it!

  • http://www.elbloggotorcido.com/ el jefe

    “…if you live in California, you may want to write about Pinot Noir…” – that’s kinda funny :)

    Seriously – if Catalunya is writing about Priorat, then New Spain, er, California can break it down a little too. The interesting challenge might be to taste and share a wine that was the one made closest to where you live, as the proverbial crow flies.

    But no matter what – I intend to be consuming something especially good on June 1, because my son graduates high school that day!

  • Joan Gomez Pallares

    He, I want to say ME, so Joan Gomez Pallares, traveling thorough Europe right now and reading your notice about my idea too much late, wants to say something about this "Day of the Wineblogger in Spain and America": 1.Thanks a lot, Gabriella and Ryan, for offering the notice in your web page! 2. It is an initial crutial difference between the WBW and this virtual tasting day: the language. My first idea was to offer the platform for people wrintin about wines in the blogosphere in Spanish, as well as people writing in English has the WBW, or people writing in French has Les Vendredis du Vin, and some very similar ideas in Italy and Portugal too. 3. But, because I have been invited to the italian, french and portugueses initiatives, even writing in Spanish, I decided to invite too other languages, with the "condition" of writing about a monovarietal wine made with caracteristic grapes of the writer's "habitat", and with a prize undre the 15 euros. 4. Date of publication: 1st June. Thta's all, friends from Catavino: I don't want, I don't need to be original nor different from the other good initiatives (WBW and so…) all around the world. I only wish to have another tasting day, mostly of them written in Spanish. All the best, and cheers!

  • http://devinis.blogspot.com Joan Gomez Pallares

    He, I want to say ME, so Joan Gomez Pallares, traveling thorough Europe right now and reading your notice about my idea too much late, wants to say something about this “Day of the Wineblogger in Spain and America”:
    1.Thanks a lot, Gabriella and Ryan, for offering the notice in your web page!
    2. It is an initial crutial difference between the WBW and this virtual tasting day: the language. My first idea was to offer the platform for people wrintin about wines in the blogosphere in Spanish, as well as people writing in English has the WBW, or people writing in French has Les Vendredis du Vin, and some very similar ideas in Italy and Portugal too.
    3. But, because I have been invited to the italian, french and portugueses initiatives, even writing in Spanish, I decided to invite too other languages, with the “condition” of writing about a monovarietal wine made with caracteristic grapes of the writer’s “habitat”, and with a prize undre the 15 euros.
    4. Date of publication: 1st June.
    Thta’s all, friends from Catavino: I don’t want, I don’t need to be original nor different from the other good initiatives (WBW and so…) all around the world. I only wish to have another tasting day, mostly of them written in Spanish.
    All the best, and cheers!

  • Ryan

    Well it sounds like we should join in then. Unfortunatly I will be out of town, but hopefully Gabriella can post something interesting on Parellada or Xarel.lo…Maybe Granacha? We'll see what happens, and maybe we'll try to do it in Spanish as well, as we begin to move towards a new project..secrets, secrets…

  • http://www.catavino.net Ryan

    Well it sounds like we should join in then. Unfortunatly I will be out of town, but hopefully Gabriella can post something interesting on Parellada or Xarel.lo…Maybe Granacha? We’ll see what happens, and maybe we’ll try to do it in Spanish as well, as we begin to move towards a new project..secrets, secrets…

  • Penelope Gadd-Coster

    I had to chuckle along with el jefe as another New Spain, er, um, Californian. This will be a tough decision since there are Rhone, Bordeaux, Spanish, Italian, Portugal grape varietals all around and in close proximity- though I suppose the area I am in is best known for, you guessed it, Pinot noir! I will be in San Francisco at a seminar, but maybe there will be great find there!

  • http://www.coralmustang.com Penelope Gadd-Coster, the Mustang Winemaker

    I had to chuckle along with el jefe as another New Spain, er, um, Californian. This will be a tough decision since there are Rhone, Bordeaux, Spanish, Italian, Portugal grape varietals all around and in close proximity- though I suppose the area I am in is best known for, you guessed it, Pinot noir! I will be in San Francisco at a seminar, but maybe there will be great find there!