I love that we’re a go to source for Virginia wine information for many. While we’ve definitely been branching out more and more lately in our own wine drinking, we’re passionate about drinking local and raising awareness about the high quality wines that can be found close to home. That said, we’re not the only blog doing this. Two bloggers, and blogs, I want to highlight are organizing some VA wine-centric events for may that I think you should know about.
Allan, from CellarBlog, is the driving force behind #varosé day. On Wednesday, May 29th, he wants as many VA wine lovers as possible to drink, talk about, blog about, facebook about, and tweet about the wonderful rosé wines from myriad Virginia wineries.
I agree with Allan that drinking pink is often dismissed. Some feel it’s not manly, but GEG can tell you a great story about convincing a group of overall-wearing good-ole-boys that a sparkling rosé was the wine for them at a charity event for which we served as pourers. After all, what pairs better with BBQ than pink bubbles? These guys left with multiple bottles and plans to roast a pig or two. Others may think that all pink wine is sweet, insipid, and boring. Some definitely is – even some from Virginia. That said, a good rosé has complexity while also being refreshing. It’s a perfect fit for celebrating spring, to enjoy as part of a warm summer day on the deck or patio, or to bring a touch of summer to a snow-filled winter afternoon.
Given that, we’re going to be celebrating #varosé day. We’ll post (really – we will) about local rosé that day, and we’ll tweet with the #varosé hashtag that evening as we enjoy some VA rosé from the comfort of Chez Snark. So, join us and drink pink on May 29th as we celebrate the joys of local rosé.
Frank, from Drink What You Like, has also take the initiative to bring VA wine lovers together on a virtual level. He’s doing this by organizing twitter chats about various VA wine topics. For now, they’re happening every other week, and you can follow along and join in on twitter using the hashtag #VAWineChat.
Frank, like me, misses the days from the not so distant past where VA wine lovers would frequently chat about the local wines in their glasses in the evening. Since wine makers, winery owners, and winery employees were frequently part of these discussions, we all found ourselves learning a lot as we shared our impressions of the wines we were drinking as well as winery and vineyard practices throughout the state. Life got busy, and likely some of the newness of tweeting wore off, and this kind of interaction on VA wine online has died down a bit.
I’m pretty sure these #VAWineChat nights are going to give us some of that feeling again. The first one was last Thursday (I know, I know – bad wine bloggers!), and we chatted about (and many drank) VA viognier (affectionately known as viggy here at Chez Snark). Frank served as the primary moderator - tossing out questions to facilitate discussion - and Jordan Harris, from Tarara Winery, and Stephen Barnard, from Keswick Vineyards, tweeted along as “experts.” Breaux, Horton, and Blenheim also chimed in as did a number of VA wine bloggers and VA wine lovers. I know that I enjoyed discussing how viognier grows, style preferences, ageing possibilities, etc. (Now I just hope some of the winemakers/winery folks come through with those offers for tasting aged viogniers!)
We’d love to have even more people join in with future editions. For now, they’re being held every second Thursday from 7-8pm (Eastern) and all teweets shoudl use the hashtag #VAWineChat so we can all be part of the same conversation. Here’s the schedule for the time being – if you’ve got a topic idea, let Frank know (or us, if you’re shy), and it may just show up on the schedule.
- May 16, 2013 – Virginia Red Blends
- May 30, 2013 – still looking for suggestions
- June 13, 2013 – Virginia Cider
- June 27, 2013 – Single Vineyard Wines (hosted by us)
- July 11, 2013 – The Past, Present, and Future of Virginia Wine
- July 25, 2013 - suggestions welcome
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