Grapevine Archive for Twitter
Our third virtual #TWStaste event, where members sit in the comfort of their own homes communing with one another online over a glass of liquid, happened at the end of August. (Details of the next one can be found at the bottom of this post).
This time it involved tasting two wines from our Blind Spot range, Australian wines with a ‘sense of place’, made / selected / bottled for us by Mac Forbes – Blind Spot King Valley Pinot Gris 2014 and Blind Spot McLaren Vale Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2013.
Present in the virtual tasting room (or rather in their respective studies in London and Hitchin) were our buyer for Australia Sarah Knowles MW (@SarahKnowles) with yours truly (@Ewbz) taking charge of The Society’s feed. This time we had singles, couples and even groups taking part from all over the country, juggling glass, bottle and device!
For the hour between 7.30 & 8.30 (as well as before and after) tweets flew around filled with …
… anticipation …
— Lucy CT (@hoogervaaner) August 27, 2015
… congregation …
… information …
— The Wine Society (@TheWineSociety) August 27, 2015
… orientation …
… sensation …
— Lucy CT (@hoogervaaner) August 27, 2015
… imagination …
… evaluation …
Joy says it clears the tubes #twstaste
— Alan Barclay-Devine (@AlanBD) August 27, 2015
… computation …
… satisfaction …
— Burnham Beachcomber (@preachermanpaul) August 27, 2015
… and valediction.
The next #TWStaste will be happening on Thursday 15th October from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Buyer Marcel Orford Williams (@owmarcel) will be there and he, together with Martin Brown (@iamagrapeman), yours truly (@Ewbz) but chiefly … yourselves, will be tasting two wines from the Languedoc – Bourboulenc Domaine de Simonet 2014 and Syrah-Mourvèdre Côtes de Thongue Domaine Condamine L’Evêque 2014. Both wines are currently available individually and will also be in the Everyday Languedoc Mixed Dozen Case as part of our Languedoc offer which begins on 25th September.
We look forward to seeing you, tasting and tweeting with you then.
This is the third year (click on 2013 & 2012 for previous editions) that we have asked members for wine-based Christmas songs, and yet again you didn’t let us down. After two Christmases of activity, we didn’t think there was much more to give, but how wrong we were. Here are our Top Ten #ChristmasWineSongs of 2014 (with many thanks to @gingerburn, @RiponJo, @frankstero, @jamesbeyer, @Cheoffors, @markchristie, @bjobailey, @rougeabsolut, @withnail69, @ReserveAtBents and everyone else who contributed).
DRC Him Lying On A Bed Of Straw
The Furstentum Noel
In The Deep Mid Palate
All I Want For Christmas Is Cru
Vine, Vine, Emmanuel
Syrah-mid The Winter’s Snow
Oh Carmenère All Ye Faithful
Fairytale Of New Cork
A Spaceman Came Tavel-ing (by Chris de Burgundy)
You can find a fuller list by searching for #ChristmasWineSongs on Twitter.
“We wish you Maury Christmas, and an Ampuis New Year.”
Last year, at this time, we came up with a few ideas for Christmas wine songs, tweeted them and asked punning Twitter followers to come up with their own. It was fun, so we did it again this year. If you can’t deal with plays on words, whether clever or corny, look away now! Here are some of the best suggested songs.
Cinsault Claus Is Coming To Town – Silent Nyetimber – Blue (Nun) Christmas – Warre-king in the Air – I Wish It Could Be Cristal Everyday – Stop the Cava-lry – Ding Dong Merrily on Aÿ - Angels From The Reims Of Glory – Dão They Know It’s Christmas – Maury’s Boy Child – While Shepherds Watched Their Phylloxera By Night – Rudolf The Full-Bodied Red-Nosed Reindeer – Hark! the Herald Angelus Sings – Godello Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen – Rioja-ing Around The Christmas Tree – It Came Upon A Midnight Kir – Yquem All Ye Faithful – It’s Bourgogne To Look A Lot Like Christmas
Many thanks to the following Twitterers for their contributions – @VinopolisTom @MadeleineMehalko @woodswine @gwyddeles @Gastropuppy @JamesHubbard113 @CarringtonsMcr @RiojaPlease @johnjdc @HoggGoblin
At the end of November I asked the team here at Stevenage what they would be drinking over Christmas. While some had decided to go with something on the spur of the moment, many had planned ahead – we have shared some of those ideas on The Society’s Twitter feed (using the hashtag #Advint).
Given that tomorrow (Tuesday 17th) is the last day for ordering to ensure UK delivery before Christmas, I thought I would share those plans not yet tweeted – perhaps you may wish to try the suggested wines yourself over the festive period and put them on your final pre-Christmas order.
Tom Buzzard, Member Services adviser: Forcing the family to break tradition this year on Christmas Eve, with Sauternes 2010 replacing the same old Sherry. Fingers crossed they like it as much as me!
Gareth Park, campaign manager: Christmas Eve – sparkling Filipa Pato 3B Rosado, in the hot tub with my Christmas hat on (there’s an image for you!).
Stephanie Searle, Tastings Team: Accompanying the starter of goat’s cheese and smoked salmon on lightly grilled toasted squares will be Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2013 with its distinctive flair.
Laura Vickers, copywriter: Samos Anthemis 2007 with Christmas pud and/or mince pies – a revelation, and crazy good value!
James Malley, Member Services adviser: I am looking forward to sitting down on Boxing Day with a few glasses of The Society’s Exhibition Tawny Port, 10 years old, a cheeseboard and relaxing in front of the TV.
Sam Vooght, Showroom superviser: Christmas Eve – The Society’s Champagne, The Society’s Vin d’Alsace, Chateau Pey La Tour Réserve 2009. Christmas Day – more Champagne, The Society’s Exhibition Reserva Rioja 2007, The Society’s Exhibition Sauternes 2010 & Nuy Red Muskadel, plus something special from my own Ridge Vineyards collection.
Janet Wynne Evans, specialist wine manager: Afraid I don’t even know where I will be spending Christmas yet (probably at Leigh Delamere services) let alone what I may be uncorking, but it will hopefully include the last knockings of some very ancient purchases from a glorious bygone age when we weren’t saving up for retirement: 1990 Bolly, 1992 Bonneau du Martray, 1981 Leoville Las Cases and a 1999 Gevrey from Mortet. There will be some 1994 Madeira just to help things along. Think of all that in a car park off the M4 with a starter from Harry Ramsden’s, mains from Burger King and everything else from M&S!
Whatever you’re drinking this Christmas, may it be a Merry one!