Last week we alerted to you to the TasteLive.com Twitter wine tasting event sponsored by St. Supery Vineyards and Winery. Several readers have asked how it went both logistically and oeniphilialy. The answer to both questions is that it was a resounding success.
We gathered a group of techy wine lovers and winey technonauts around our dining room table with an antipasti platter and various dessert items we had selected from Kroblix, our laptops and lots of crystalware. The main TasteLive.com screen was connected to our big screen so that everyone could follow along.
After a few hiccups getting registered at the site, everyone literally got on the same (web)page. At the main site, we followed along with the tasting notes of Michael Scholz, the head winemaker at St. Supery. He kept us on track with the hundreds of other twitterers sharing our experience while offering his insights into the creation and intent behind each wine's individual flavor profiles.
Another portion of the screen was dedicated to a streaming video of some other wino giving his opinions, but after listening to him drone on for a few minutes, we decided we were more interesting than he was. Two clicks of the mouse and he was muted and minimized. No problem.
Even more interesting was the window which displayed the "tweets" of the studio audience. Opinions, pairing recommendations and general wine chatter scrolled by as we enjoyed our tasting. The participants at our table contributed their own comments and we excitedly watch them roll down the screen like bidders on Action Auction. The initial stats from TasteLive indicate that there were over 750 posts spewed into the ether over the first hour of the event.
The wines were quite tasty, considering their price points. At our table, the consensus favored the `04 Cabernet and the `06 Virtú, while the Sauvignon Blanc and the Moscato proved a little sweet for some palates. We missed out on tasting the Élu, a saporous red Bordeaux blend. It wasn't part of the regular tasting, but I speak from experience when I say that it would have been a wonderful addition.
There are two more TasteLive.com events coming up over the next few weeks if you want to join in on the fun. If you're more into the vine than the web, you can find St. Supery wines at many fine retailers in the middle Tennessee area. Stay tuned to this space for more summer sipping suggestions.