Tweetastic Voyage

The Jug Shop is a local pioneer in using technology tools to encourage the enjoyment of fine wine, beer, and spirits.  You can find them online at their website but also on Facebook and Twitter.  Last night they hosted a Twitter Taste Live event at the store.  About 25 people showed up in person to taste a number of fantastic bottles of Pinot Noir.  Many others in the Twitterverse tasted along with us online and shared their comments 140 characters at a time.  I brought my BlackBerry to the event and was able to taste with one hand while tweeting with the other.  


We were joined by Lisa and Alan (pictured below with the wines we tasted), representatives from Wilson Daniels.  Paige (the Jug Shop's resident e-expert) and Chuck (the Jug Shop's wine buyer and Aussie Expert) were also circulating.    

Jordan MacKay (pictured below), a wine expert and writer for 7x7 guided us through the tasting.  Click here to check out his blog, Buzzed.  He talked us through each wine and introduced us to his book, Passion for Pinot.

I love these kinds of neighborhood events because you get a chance to meet new people and chat informally.  I had a fantastic chat with Marlene, a local realtor.  Jordan was really fun and down to earth.  I appreciated the chance to learn more about how he evolved into his enviable position of tasting and reviewing wine, food, and spirits for a living.  He got his start by writing a somewhat contrarian article about Texas wines (he was living in Austin at the time)!  It just goes to show that you never know where your big break is going to come from.

I also enjoyed the chance to broadcast my impressions of the tasting and the event 140 characters at a time on Twitter.  Thanks again to Paige and the gang at the Jug Shop for a Tweetastic Voyage last night.  I'm looking forward to the next Twitter Taste Live!

Oh!  One last thing!  As I was checking out (I just had to buy at least one bottle of the Sonoma Coast Vineyard Pinot that we tasted...), I saw this case of Dan Aykroyd's wine by the register.  I haven't seen him in any movies lately and now I know why.  Apparently Dan is trying his hand at wine making.  An interesting career move!

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