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Introducing the Snooth Global Tasting Initiative

Posted by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jan 8, 2009.

The Snooth Global Tasting Initiative is an effort to unite wine lovers around the globe in discussions focused on one grape, region, or style of wine.

We will be beginning this experiment by tasting Syrah based wines from now until Sunday January 25th.

During this time I hope you will all taste a bottle or two, even more if you are so inclined, of Syrah based wines and post your review on Snooth.

While you have to be a member of Snooth to post your review becoming a member is quick, easy, and private. Once you’ve posted your review to the wine’s individual detail page you can then paste it onto the Syrah GTI thread located in the Snooth forum.

The schedule going forward looks like

Syrah wine from now - Sunday January 25th

Sangiovese based wine Monday January 26th - Sunday February 8th

Pinot Noir wine from Monday February 9 - Sunday February 22

Tempranillo based wine from Monday February 23rd - Sunday March 8th

Tell your friends, encourage them to participate, let’s make this our great wine networking adventure of 2009. It will be great to see the mix of wine lovers, professionals, and maybe even wine makers post and discuss these great wines of the world.

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Reply by MarioRobles, Jan 10, 2009.

I am up for it...

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Reply by Eric Guido, Jan 10, 2009.

Sounds like my excuse to finally go out and experience some younger drinking Syrah. I'll make the effort.

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Reply by scalpa7777, Jan 10, 2009.

Let's do it

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Reply by sowhat18, Jan 11, 2009.

Sounds like a plan.

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Reply by Philip James, Jan 11, 2009.

Just reported on my first Syrah - will add at least one more before the deadline

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Reply by GeekyKhan, Jan 11, 2009.

Sounds like a great idea! Looking forward to posting my first review on Syrah.

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Reply by oceank8, Jan 12, 2009.

This sounds like fun! What a great way to include everyone, thanks Greg!

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jan 12, 2009.

Thanks everyone.

Thia is a great start!

We'll be having Syrah for wine Friday and I'll throw a few in the mix before this is all done.

I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone's notes, this will be a ton of fun!

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Reply by Philip James, Jan 12, 2009.

Greg - you see my note from yesterday? Living in Brooklyn's answer to Little Poland doesnt give me the best selection of wines locally...

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jan 12, 2009.

You took one for the team!

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Reply by Mark Angelillo, Jan 13, 2009.

Looking forward to getting some Syrah in my diet shortly. Actually, I have a note from Saturday I hadn't posted yet.

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Reply by sam2, Jan 13, 2009.

And, don't miss the Deal of Day from LaTour Vineyards. We'll send the first 20 snooth members a bottle of our Napa Valley Syrah, estate grown on our vineyard on Mt Veeder, for only $1 (a savings of $24.50) plus shipping and applicable tax - shipping is about $22 - $25. Just go to http://www.latourvineyards.com and select "Buy our Wines", enter "Snooth09" in the promotion code field and the savings is calculated for you. It's a yummy wine and we'd love the help getting the word out!

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Reply by Sliim, Jan 15, 2009.

Sam2 - What a great offer, I was all set to try your wine, but $22 is a hefty shipping price for one bottle of wine. I normally pay about $6 - $12 for shipping and that's usually for more than one bottle. Are you set on that, because it seems like you're picking up some of the cost of the actual wine with your shipping charge. Care to explain?

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Reply by sam2, Jan 15, 2009.

Sliim - Good question. We are a very small, family owned winery and use a fulfillment company to ship our wine - included in the shipping cost are their fees, UPS special fees to collect signatures, packaging etc. That is our cost and we just breakeven.

Our shipping pricing is based on groups of 1-3 bottles, 4 -6 and case as well as west coast and rest of the country. This is to keep if from being too complicated. Otherwise we'd have a table with 12 shipping zones x 12 bottles x 6 shipping methods.

I realize this makes it a bit steep when only ordering one bottle - however, many of the cost I mentioned earlier are fixed regardless of number of bottles and so many folks order more than one to amortize the shipping.

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Reply by betsyp, Jan 19, 2009.

ooooh. Can't wait.

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Reply by MMason, Jan 20, 2009.

Just joined the board and look forward to posting notes and lots of questions.

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Reply by OWL, Jan 22, 2009.

Gregory,
First timer here, but I'm all in! Love syrah and we have some great ones in the Pac Northwest. Excited to meet some new friends and share ideas.

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jan 22, 2009.

Hey owl,

Glad to meet you and welcome aboard! You have plenty of great wines in the Pac NW. Love to hear about some of your favorites. I had a great value Syrah from Novelty Hill last year and love the Cab from Chinook, and I'm not a big Cab guy, or a guy who likes big cabs, well the one's we have here in the city are pretty comfy but...

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Reply by OWL, Jan 22, 2009.

Gregory,
Or do you prefer Greg?
My Pac NW experience has been heavily focused on Pinot's from Oregon. I have spent some time with David O'Reilly from Owen Roe (first a big fan of his Sharecroppers, Eola, & Kilmore pinots). I was fortunate enough to help them out with crush and bottling on a few occasions and that is where I first was introduced to his Ex Umbris Syrah produced from Washington fruit at their Sunnyside facility. A great value @ $20 (although I buy in quantity from a distributor for about $16). I also have enjoyed Va Piano wines from Walla Walla. Had the 2005 in both estate and outside fruit. Both were exceptional, although a bit pricey @ $35. Still so many I haven't tried from Washington and I hope others can chime in with suggestions.

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Reply by BobbyC10, Jan 26, 2009.

I would like to attend at least one of these events. Can you tell me more about the date, time, and place of the events? Thanks,

Bobby

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