Being a wine enthusiast, I’m constantly trying to broaden my wine knowledge. I frequently read wine blogs and wine books. And follow various wine bloggers and enthusiasts on twitter. (It always comes back to Twitter with me, doesn’t it!)
I’m a marketer’s dream . . . and ironically, having a degree in Advertising, I guess, I’m my own dream consumer, too. Ha! Since becoming a stay-at-home mama, it’s good to know my degree isn’t wasted.
Questions and chatter were being thrown back and forth at a winemaker about their wine, vineyard practices, terrior, and philosophy in real time. Wine banter, jokes and pictures of what was getting eaten with the wine were popping up. (Mention wine/food and I’m paying attention.) There appeared to be a group of enthusiastic wine drinkers, all in different parts of the country, who were simultaneously tasting and sharing their thoughts.
Intrigued, I became a fly on the wall and followed along. The chatter was fun and educational. However, before I knew it, the hour was up and everyone was saying adios and arrivederci with a promise to get back together the following week. Well, to further my homeschooled wine education, I googled Protocol wine and marked my calendar for the next chat.
It turns out Protocol WineStudio, based in San Diego, CA, offers a virtual wine discussion every week on Tuesday evening and encourages public participation through twitter. It’s only an hour long but often chat goes past the time slot. I’ve connected with some of the most interesting wine people. This group of beginners to professionals is affable and welcoming with the only criteria being you have to like wine.
The format’s simple. A region/vineyard or wine is basically dissected over 4 weeks. At the same time, a Vigneron or winery owner chats with participants while they taste his/her wine!
I picked up a bottle of 2014 Montes Classic Series Sauvignon Blanc. It wasn’t the exact wine from Montes being featured but it did give me a sense of Chilean wine and particularly their Sauvignon blanc.
The Montes Sauvignon Blanc poured clear and lightly golden like a sunrise on a hot summer day. Right away there was a citrus scent tinged with lime. The taste was like biting into a Granny Smith Apple with a lovely tart lemon finish. In the middle, was this wet rock which made me think of what garden rocks might taste like when hosed down in summer. (I might have licked one as kid, but no one can prove that. And I’ve paid my mom to keep mum.) My husband and I have since added several more refreshing bottles to our wine closet. It’s our new summer favorite!
What I learned from the twitter chat was a light lesson in biodynamic wine-growing and that South America may be the next wine powerhouse. My local wine shop connection seems to think so. Ian googled Protocol Wine when I went to pick up my bottle and grilled me on the discussion. He’s a somm who loves talking about wine and, in his opinion, declared Chile to be the next great wine region. Plus, the wine is delicious and incredibly affordable!
The chat spurred me to do a bit of research on biodynamic farming, organic agriculture, Chilean Wine regions and Argentina wine beyond the lovely Malbec. Overall, this homeschooler has prospered in her wine education!
So I invite you to mark your calendars, carve out the appointed hour, get a babysitter, open a bottle and join the twitter #Winestudio Chat. Besides being interesting and entertaining, it’s a really great pour!
Here’s the scoop!
From the Protocol WineStudio Website: True Wine Culture
“We are Sommeliers and professionals who are dedicated to the wine trade and all those who support it. Our goal is to explore expanding dimensions of the wine world to evolve concepts in wine sales and education.
Our philosophy centers around a cultural aesthetic where wine gently glitters from the background and becomes part of a complete social experience—a journey of wine awareness.”
#WineStudio Project: What is #WineStudio?
As with everything, the word evolve always seems to rear it’s changing head. In the most simplest of terms, #WineStudio is an educational program placed on the Twitter platform where we engage our brains and palates. It’s instruction and wine tasting, with discussions on producers, grapes, tourism, terroir, regional culture, food and wine matching and what all this means to us as wine drinkers. We converse and exchange information and at the end of the four-week program, we end knowing so much more than when we started. We’ve also made new contacts, possibly a friend, but always with a sense of #WineStudio camaraderie. Tuesdays, 6:00pm – 7:00pm PST.