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The Other Side of Catavino.net – Social Media Evangelism

We love talking about Iberian wines. We also love the culture, foods and people that are involved with them. And for this very reason, we work hard to ensure that everyone knows about these treasures. How do we do this? We help wineries use tools like blogs, social networks and other internet “stuff” to better promote themselves. This leads to us traveling about speaking at conferences, working with wineries, and hosting events every year. One such event took place last month in London called, the London International Wine Fair. While in the past, our wrap-up consisted of the wines we encountered. This year, we had a chance to do even more. We were offered the opportunity to host social media […]

Get Your “Wine Fault” Out of My Glass: Misconceptions, Misnomers and Misadventures with Wine

Do you know what a wine fault is? I thought I did, until the London International Wine Fair when APCOR, the Portuguese acronym for Associação Portuguesa de Cortiça (Portuguese Cork Association), sponsored a tasting on wine faults. They’re goal was to help guide wine professionals and social media influencers through an educational session that described the various faults that can effect a wine’s aroma and taste other than cork taint. Why talk about every other potential fault in a bottle of wine except cork taint? Quite honestly, cork has occasionally gone through the wringer among wine professionals and mainstream press. The continuous debate between cork and screwtops is endless, leading to loads of articles in wine magazines and wine videos […]

Under the Ashcloud – Live at the London International Wine Fair

Who knew that volcanos and ash clouds would become such a huge influence in our lives today. However, no matter how large the ash cloud, the show must go on. This week, we’re a bit light on the Spanish and Portuguese coverage only because we’re busy helping wineries to get online here in London. In February, we were approached by the organizers of the London International Wine Fair (LIWF) to do give a talk prior to the conference, and in exchange, they would set up a stand (60 meters) for us to “preach the good word” that the internet is here to stay. Today, we find ourselves in a stand that is big enough to host workshops with 2 large […]

Would you Like Some Tea with your Wine? The Undiscovered Perfect Pairing!

A few weeks ago, when organizing the London Food and Wine Blogger’s Gathering, I was asked whether Henrietta Lovell, owner of the Rare Tea Company, would be able to conduct a tea tasting during the wine tasting. My first reaction was that of astonishment, wondering who in their right mind would want to sip on a hot bitter tea after a glass of cava and before a sip of sherry? Wouldn’t that be rather, off setting? But the request continued to suggest that the tea tasting would teach us the subtle qualities of good tea, and its capacity to cleanse the palate, leaving your mouth feeling refreshed and invigorated, as if nothing had ever touched your palate previously. Clearly, I […]

Sherry at the London International Wine Fair (LIWF)

The first place to start a sherry tour at the London International Wine Fair is at the official stand. This year, the Sherry Institute had set up a long bar-style stand. Lined up along this bar were about 50 bottles, possibly more, of all styles and from many producers. I thought this made for a very fine sight! I wish there was a shop somewhere, where a range of sherries similar to this could be had… The Sherry Institute now has Graham Hines back at the helm. Graham used to run the Institute until its work was outsourced to a PR agency for a number of years. This switch back to Graham is fairly recent so he was not in a […]

The Spanish and Portuguese Take to the London International Wine Fair

Both Spain and Portugal made their mark at the London International Wine Fair 2009 edition this past week. Spain has always had a knack for its dominating and stylish presence. Walk past the enormous stand representing the generic body promoting Spanish wines called ICEX and you rarely saw a square foot unoccupied. 13 autonomous communities were represented, including: Andalusia, Aragon, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y Leon, Catalonia, Valencia, Extremadura, Galicia, La Rioja, Madrid, Murcia, Navarra and Basque Country. Even tiny Denominacion de Origines, representing only a handful of bodegas within these massive autonomous communities garnered some limelight, whereby providing importers the opportunity to taste wines that are generally difficult to discover in any other situation. What made Spain so successful at […]

Quick Update from the London International Wine Fair 2009

I’m currently writing you from our quaint little corner where the European Wine Blogger Conference stand is housed at the London International Wine Fair. These three days have been jam packed with amazing talks with everyone from producers to retailers, and from press to critics, all eager and fascinated with social media’s role and influence in the wine trade. And to be honest, we’re exhausted, but we’re also amazed at the positive feedback we’ve received. Starting next week, we’ll be posting more information about the the individual talks we’ve given, the wines we’ve tasted, tastings we’ve hosted, overall impressions of the event itself, and of course, loads of interviews. For now, feel free to watch live video and twitterfall of […]