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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz

Virtual Tasting in September

Posted by Gregory Dal Piaz, Aug 19, 2010.

So with the end of summer approaching my thoughts return to drinking more red wine. That may, or may not be a good thing but it started me thinking - What do WE want to drink?

If we have a few coordinated tastings, maybe even in a chatroom somewhere - live, we could try similar wines and share experiences, maybe even try the same exact wine.

At bare minumum we can spend the month exploring a region, or regions. I am already planning to begin exploring French wines in a basic way in October but I thought I would open September up to suggestions to get things rolling.

If we figure things out in time I'd even be happy to host something here at Snootsaew bottles from the designated region!

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Reply by Stephen Harvey, Aug 19, 2010.

Greg

Why not try to do a virtual tasting across regions.

Identify say varietal style - eg Cabernet sauvignon and cs dominant blends and pick a wine from a number regions eg

  1. Napa - US
  2. Sonoma - US
  3. Paulliac - Fr
  4. Coonawarra - Aus
  5. Margaret River - Aus
  6. Others?

Pick wines that are generally available where the Snooth World can find them, price them so that they are affordable [tough one but say ~50/bottle]

I could certainly get a group of 5-6 to do a tasting in Adelaide and we could get some really good discussion and learning.

Thoughts?

 

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Reply by Lucha Vino, Aug 20, 2010.

I would put the Pacific North West on the list - Oregon and Washington have some great wines.

I'm not sure that I can call $50 an affordable bottle of wine.  I think you would get more participation with something in the 20-30 dollar range.  Especially if you want to have more than one bottle for the tasting.

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Reply by StevenBabb, Aug 20, 2010.

sounds like a great idea... i'm HOPING to have more time in september, so i should be able to participate....

on a side note, GDP, are there any shipping restrictions to NY as far as wine goes?

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Aug 20, 2010.

To New York? Not really, as far as I know and excluding those states from which any shipping is verboten.

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Reply by lingprof, Aug 22, 2010.

yay, would love to participate virtually, since I'm on the left coast....

 

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Reply by Stephen Harvey, Aug 22, 2010.

Greg

Any thoughts of how this might progress?

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Aug 23, 2010.

Well. Once we pick a grape/region/ something to focus on I think we could then all taste a few and post notes here, comparing our impressions.

We might then start discover traits that we can comfortable assigne to varietal/terroir/vintage variation.

It would be all in good fun and an excuse to drink.

If we are really lucky we might all be able to find the same bottle, post and compare notes.

It would be great to work on getting a live chat going, video chat would be even better but so much more problematic.

That the short of it.

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Reply by Stephen Harvey, Aug 23, 2010.

Greg

I would love to be involved live, but time difference will be a challenge as we are 13.5 hours ahead of NewYork and 16.5 ahead of the West Coast

I am also in China on work/leave from 25 Sept to 8 Oct

Having said that if can't do live so be it.  I would like to try and get hold of some of the US wines you propose so I can get more of an understanding of whats good in your part of the world, so if you can give me some notice on at least some US wines I will try and source them here

If it works I do have access to video facilities

Looking forward to see how it pans out

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Reply by Lucha Vino, Aug 26, 2010.

I "live" tasting would be great.  Something similar to the Twitter Tasting Live.  All Snooth members that want to participate purchase the same wine(s) and then post their tasting notes live so everybody can share their impressions of the wine and others can ask questions etc. 

 

It seems like a great way to share an experience together no matter where you are geographically and to learn from each other.

 

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Reply by Stephen Harvey, Aug 26, 2010.

So Greg some dates? Please?

I am with vellovino

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Aug 26, 2010.

Dates? I'm trying to get you folks to decide.

A theme would have bee nice first!

So let's say the second week of September. Let's decide on a wine that may be easily available to all. I would suggest we have maybe 2 or 3 wines. I'll taste them all and try and set up a live chat on ustream so we can interact. How does that sound for a start?

It's still warmish then so a lighter red. Chianti? Barbera? Pinot?

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Reply by StevenBabb, Aug 27, 2010.

how about a pinot tasting... maybe a california vs burgundy showdown?

or oregon???

what do some of you think? i'm not sure how readily available these wines are in your different areas....

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Aug 27, 2010.

If it's going to be pinot, you should put OR in the mix. Much as I am a booster for the better Cal pinots, OR has really raised the bar. 

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Reply by Lucha Vino, Aug 27, 2010.

I agree with Foxall.  Domestic Pinot HAS to be Oregon!  And I like the idea of comparing a pinot from Oregon against a comparable Burgundy.

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Reply by jamessulis, Aug 28, 2010.

I would love to see reviews of the reds of Walla Walla County in Washington.  I have tasted a few and they fill the bill in two categories, taste and price. Snooth rates most from this region as 3.5 with some 4.0's. Pricing is generally around 20 dollars or lower.  This area of the country is long sprawling gentle rolling hills with virtually few trees to obscure it's vastness. The wines speak for themselves.

Lefty - The Great Pacific Northwest

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Aug 29, 2010.

Well, I didn't mean to leave out CA pinots, just that new world pinot is not complete without OR.  I think including Scherer, or ROAR or Pisoni or AP Vin or... gosh, there are a lot of good Cali pinots, too.  But OR has to be in the mix on the Pinot/Burgundy front, it's what they do. 

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Reply by Stephen Harvey, Aug 31, 2010.

I think Pinot would be great, as I have been looking at doing one hear in Adelaide.

The challenge will be for me to get US Pinot here and you to get Aust/NZ Pinot there [more particularly the same ones!!!]  Definitely need to have a burgundy, but again good benchmark burgundy from good+ vintage at reasonable price.

Just to test logistics, if we did say

2 x Oregon

2 x CA

2 x Aust

2 x NZ

2 x Burg

From a decent tasting and then drink whats left after critical acclaim etc should be able to have say 20 people sharing cost of 10 bottles. If you put in say $100 per head you have $2,000 to spend on 10 Bottles, probably allows say 80-100 for top Aust/NZ, I guess around 125 for US leaves maybe leaves scope to get some serious Burg.

I just picked up some DOMAINE ARMAND ROUSSEAU Clos St Jacques 1er cru, Gevrey-Chambertin 2002 for 350 a bottle.

I am happy to look at any structure so this is only a suggestion but I am pretty sure I could get 20 or we do 10 people and 1 per region or any other combination

In terms of a time

If the US tasting was on a Friday night at say 7.30pm in California that translates to 12 noon Saturday in Adelaide, 11.30am in Japan, which is offcourse 10.30 pm in New York.  Based on CA time my window realistically would be 5pm at earliest 8pm New York Time which is 9.30am my time the next day.[9am next day in Japan]

Lets see what we can arrange

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Aug 31, 2010.

Ok, I think the best thing to do is have Stephen send me over that Rousseau.

I like the idea, not sure we can get so many folks together in a room but if you think it's possible I am game.

I might propose something a bit more modest.

Maybe just one bottle from each appelation?

If we're doing a Friday it will have to be the 10th, or 17th.

The 17th gives us more time.

 

 

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Reply by Stephen Harvey, Aug 31, 2010.

Greg

One bottle sounds good then my equation works for around 10 people.

Friday 17 works best for me as Sat 18 is free at my end whereas Sat 11 I am travelling at the time that works

 

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Reply by StevenBabb, Sep 1, 2010.

now, the only thing to do is try and set the bottles.... : )

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