Speed Tasting Tweets from the 2012 Wine Bloggers Conference

Can you taste and evaluate 12 wines in one hour amid a frenzy of talking, pouring, sipping and typing? It may not be easy but it sure is fun.

It is a tradition at the Wine Bloggers Conference to do what is officially called “Live Blogging” of wines, but anyone who has been there will call it speed tasting. The winemakers go from table to table every five minutes pouring and talking about their wines while the bloggers blog about them. What they mostly do is tweet their wine notes and some, like me, compile their tweets into one long tasting note.

This year we speed tasted immediately following each keynote speech. The white wines followed Bonny Doon winemaker Randall Graham and the reds came after Sideways author Rex Pickett. Talk about hard acts to follow.

Ok, wine bloggers, warm up your palates. Here we go speed tasting!

Dom Tariquet, Gascogne, colombard/ sav blanc $8.99 US bright, crisp, refreshing. Perfect summer wine. #wbc12
Milbrandt Vnyds '11 Evergreen reisling: super dry, no diesel, stony, crisp citrus fruit. Easy drinking, very attractive.15% 
w/ code: blogmv
Dom Chandon étoile, Carneros $50. Chard/pinot. Good strawb, rhubarb, some tannins. A hefty bubbly. #wbc12
Spain! Naked wines Castillo de Taffalla, Rosado Garnacha. Nice aromatics. Full bodied, good red fruit. $4.99- $8.99 
@nakedwinesusa #wbc12
Ponzi Pinot Gris '11 $17. Pretty floral nose, soft mouthfeel, round body. An excellent fish wine. Where's the sushi? #wbc12
Brancott B "Letter Series" Marlborough Sauv Blanc. Clove, bell pepper nose. Lemongrass it is - thanks Dude - 
very clean, fresh. Yum! #wbc12
Terry @Brandborgwinery Umqua OR: 2011 Gewürzt: Beautiful nose! Great fruit, spice. Smooth mouth. $18. 
Loooooonng finish.
Medlock Ames 2011 R. River Chard: tropical fruit, vanilla, tastes of oak tho using old barrels. So sustainable!
@vinsrhone Dom Moulin la Viquerie 2011 grenache/syrah/morved/cinsault etc Rosé. Full bodied, substantial, 
strawberry pie.
#wbc12 competing with table #2 to applaud vintners.
Speed tasting Reds! Here we go! #wbc12
Reunite Lambrusca, a blast from the past! Fruity, sweet, simple, but good with supersata salami. @BanfiBanter #wbc12
Milbrandt 2010 Northridge WA Malbec. Opaque color, graphite nose, quite dry, herbal finish. I feel my teeth staining. 
#wbc12 @milbrandtvino
Longhand 2010 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir from Bev Mo, Wilfred Wong here. Ripe berries, cola, meat, sw fruit finish. 
@agwine $30 #wbc12
Portus Augustus port fm August Cellars OR, Marechal Foch. Super ripe nose, deep, rich mouth. Chewy. 
Great w/ choco #wbc12 @ts_august
Winderlea Vnyd 2010 Legacy Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, old vines fm 4 clones. Bright red fruit, med body, fresh, quaffable 
@winderlea #wbc12
Rod Strong 09 Alexander Crown Cab Sauv, Son Co. Impressive nose of cassis, velvety mouth, superb balance, 
looong finish. @rsvineyards #wbc12
Styring 2008 Reckless, Col Vlly OR, PV/CS. Opaque color, ripe plums, smooth mouth, zesty finish. Great w/o food. 
#wbc12 @mollythewinedog
Van Duzer Vnyd 2010 Pinot Noir, Dallas OR. Orange fruit nose, soft mouth, gentle acidity. #wbc12 @vanduzerwines
Coppola 2010 diamond Claret, (clair-ette) Opaque, inky, teethstainer. A deep thinker. #coppolawbc #wbc12
Paraduxx fm Duckhorn 2009 zin blend. Ripe black berries, velvety mouth, thick and rich. $48 #wbc12

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Mari Kane

Mari is a writer, blogger and WordPress consultant, living in Vancouver, BC, the most wine-soaked town north of the 49th Parallel. She also blogs about WordPress web design at Blogsite Studio.com. Follow her on Twitter or Google Plus.

3 thoughts on “Speed Tasting Tweets from the 2012 Wine Bloggers Conference

  • August 29, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Great to have met you and wish we could have spent more time together with some of these great wines…..at least I think they were great…..you are correct, that was really fast.

    This was my first experience with speed tasting which kind of felt like a blind date….slightly awkward, but admittedly fun.

  • August 29, 2012 at 10:08 am

    And were you still sober at the end of it all?

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