First, a quick reminder – next Wednesday, March 14, is Wine Blogging Wednesday! The theme of WBW #31 is non-traditional wine packaging. So, if you haven’t already done so, head out to your well-stocked shop, find something that isn’t a standard bottle, and file your report next week. Pass the word to your fellow wine lovers. I know that for the last few WBWs, I’ve been scrambling at the last minute to find something that fit the theme – there’s still enough time to shop at your leisure.
While we’re on the subject, WBW was featured in the Baltimore Sun: Wine tasting with no real crowd or even place. It’s a mix of negative and positive:
A collection of blog posts, no matter how well-written, surely is a cold, cruel substitute for an actual wine event. A virtual tasting lacks the ambience, the face-to-face interaction, and, well, the sheer volume of wine that make up a typical tasting event. Real wine tastings can be romantic, date-worthy affairs. Virtual wine tastings … not so much.
Yet, undeniably, wine enthusiasts are enjoying these virtual events. They’re educating each other on wines from around the world. They’re networking and making friends. And they’re having fun along the way.
I’ve been to a few in-person wine tastings that didn’t offer much ambiance… some random people standing around sipping wine. At one, a lady in attendance was wearing such powerful perfume that it demolished any subtle aroma notes in the wine. Of course, as the article notes, a real wine tasting often offers lots of variety.
Let’s try and make WBW #31 a great event, and a fun way to network with other wine enthusiasts – pass the word while there’s still time!