Snooth User: Franny

Disappointed with upcoming Virtual Tasting-impossible to find selections

Posted by Franny, May 28, 2013.

I so enjoyed the last virtual wine tasting event. I planned on getting together with friends for this next one but we can't find any of the wines locally and according to the site, 2 of them aren't available online either.

What's the point of doing this if the wines aren't accessible?


Reply by outthere, May 28, 2013.

Contact Kirsy at Sooth dot com and see if she can direct you to a good source.

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, May 29, 2013.

We're talking about the Ribera del Duero event?

Where do you live Franny?

Reply by Richard Foxall, May 30, 2013.

Yeah, sometimes bottles have this way of showing up in unexpected places, like your desk.  ;-) 

Which reminds me... any chance we'll find out ahead of time if there are going to be any comps?  Not that I need too many excuses to go out and pay for RdD. 

Reply by Franny, May 30, 2013.

I'm in Spokane, WA.

I've checked a few grocery stores and "Total Wine & More" website. On the event page, when I click on "Find where to buy" there's nothing.

I guess I expected this event to be more accessible.  With the Malbec tasting at least I was able to find 2 of the wines.

Maybe the virtual tastings aren't for newbies like me.


Reply by napagirl68, May 31, 2013.

Hi Franny,

Virtual tastings are PERFECT for newbies.. but you do have to be able to source the wine!!   How frustrating...  

Yes, do what Outthere says and contact snooth (kirsy) to find out where you can get these wines.

I will say,  in snooth's defense, that many of the wines, if not most, featured in the virtuals I have seen over the past several years, were not available at my local grocers and wine shops... and I live in one of California's wine countries! 

They typically have to be ordered ahead of time.  It would be nice if snooth could provide sources for procurement on the VT announcement page..  However, I'm sure this is not possible in every case.

Reply by JenniferT, Jun 5, 2013.

I've only ever done one virtual tasting (the Lodi one) but I thought it was the best tasting format - combining the advantages of a group setting, with the opportunity to ask questions in the convenient comfort of home - with the ability to look things up online as we moved along. It was really great. Plus I was spared the really boring chit chat in the last group tasting I did at a local store - which was terrible, trust me. Moreover one of the reasons I enjoy snooth so much is the informative, colorful, and engaging dialogue....which almost seems de riegeur in these parts but rare and precious in the "real world".

As many of you know, I'm up here in Canada. I was lucky enough to get 2 of the 4 wines they covered for the Lodi tasting.....but I wasn't able to get any of the 4 wines for the upcoming tasting.

That said, smaller production and smaller distribution wines offer diversity and I'm glad to have such a variety of things to chase after. Still, I am not pleased to be sitting on the sidelines today. 


Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jun 5, 2013.

Hi Jennifer,

Thanks for the kind words, and I know how some of the local store tastings can go.

I'm sorry that you weren't able to find the specific wines we will be tasting tonight but I hope you can still join us. Any bottle from Ribera del Duero is good enough to make the evening interesting and Roger and I will be there to talk about the region and all the wines it produces, not just the four we'll be tasting.

If you had any questions about your bottle, even if it's not one of the four, we would look forward to answering it. This is really about education and a building regional awareness for Ribera, not promoting four wines!


I hope we see you tonight!

Reply by JenniferT, Jun 5, 2013.

Thanks Greg! I can definitely come up with a bottle or two. I may not be able to work my schedule today to take part, having not planned ahead - but I will see what I can do. If I don't make it today, I'll still pour what I find and go through the replay later tonight (or whenever it is available). Fingers crossed!

Reply by EMark, Jun 5, 2013.

Jennifer, glad to see that you have recovered (even able to cross your fingers) and are back on the keyboard.


Reply by JenniferT, Jun 5, 2013.

Thanks! It's certainly nice to be back. 

Reply by JenniferT, Jun 5, 2013.

Only managed to find one wine to fit the bill from my collection at home: Protos Reserva 2005. One is better than none, though. :)

Reply by outthere, Jun 6, 2013.

10 minutes into the VT our SIL drives up followed soon after by my Step-Daughter. They left with 1 minute to go in the presentation. How did it go?

  • For me the Rosé was a bit heavy on the palate for my taste. Tasty, but not my style. I. Like my rosé to be more crisp and saline where this was was a bit candied.
  • The Matarromera was delicious after about 4 hrs of air. I actually drank it the night before.
  • The Malleolus was a good quaffer with abundant fruit. Reminded me of Zinfandel a bit.
  • The Ferratus needed air. I put it away for tonight. Showed nice promise though and am looking forward to it.

Your thoughts?

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