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SITT Tasting in London and an Interview with Jamie Goode from the Wine Anorak

Ryan, Robert and Andrew @ SITTYesterday, Ryan and I had the incredible opportunity of attending the SITT Tasting, also commonly known as the Speciality Importers Trade Tasting at the famed Vinopolis. Built around a Victorian Railway Viaduct, Vinopolis is situated at the world famous Borough Food Market in the bustling Bankside area, just a stone’s throw away from London Bridge station.

The tasting itself is a business to business event, allowing small importers to showcase their wines to journalists, retailers, distributors, etc. Consequently, the wines featured are very unique, small production wines that are generally very hard to come by. And for two Iberian based wine journalists to taste unique grapes from Chile, rare blends from New Zealand and even old favourites from the Port region, we couldn’t have been more content.

But above and beyond that, it was great to see both old and new wine media milling around the tasting, exploring wines in their own unique way. We encountered wine bloggers such as Wink Lorch, Brett Jones, Andrew Barrow, Jamie Goode, Ultimate Wines and Andrew Chapman; and legendary wine writers such as Jancis Robinson, Olly Smith, Steven Spurrier and Oz Clark. For me, this was an incredible opportunity to see how each of us brought our own unique talents to the table. New media with our flip and digital cameras, audio equipment, moo cards, 12 second videos and twitter applications close at hand, and old media with their pen and paper and decades of wine experience behind them, the blend was not one of oil and water, but rather rich and hearty stew – melding spices and flavours throughout while still retaining its own shape and consistency.

However, as I am new media, allow me to cut to the chase and present a short video we were able to capture with Jamie Goode of the Wine Anorak. Jamie is a UK based wine blogger Ryan and I have been following for quite some time, and we were honoured to run across him yesterday.

Thanks Jamie for taking the time to talk with us, and we hope that one day in the near future, you’ll finally take that big leap to Portugal, living among the wines that you clearly  adore ;-)

Don’t worry we’ll be putting up some tasting notes, and wine commentary once we get back to Spain and resettled. Seriously this was a super fun tasting, and we feel honored to have taken part.

Cheers,

Gabriella and Ryan Opaz

Catavino interviews Jamie Goode of the Wine Anorak from ryan opaz on Vimeo.

At the SITT tasting in London we interview the wine writer/blogger who we all love! :)

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  • http://www.spittoon.biz Andrew

    It was indeed a mighty fine tasting; so glad I struggled up to town in the end if only to have the pleasure of meeting you both and tasting a few wines together!

  • http://www.catavino.net Ryan Opaz

    Likewise, it was great to meet up and taste together, can't wait till next time!

  • Tommy

    Ryan, great interview with Mr. Goode. It's fantastic to have other writers out there talking about the wines I love. Portugal has been doing really well for us in the Bay Area and we have since expanded to LA and San Diego. Every month more and more wine buyers and somms are paying attention to us but the road has been tough (no help from the current economy). We now have SF destination restaurants like Ches Panisse,Zuni Cafe, and NOPA pouring Portuguese wines by the glass. The great prices are definitely helping and the next generation of younger buyers are more open and curious then their past predecessors. Keep up the great work!!!

  • http://www.catavino.net Ryan Opaz

    Thanks Tommy, good to hear from you and good to hear that sales of the Portuguese reds are picking up! Sooner or later people will figure it out!

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