A Tweet Victory for Texas Wines
Results from Twitter Taste-Off Where Wines from Messina Hof Went Head-To-Head with Best Selling Wines from Around the World
By DALE ROBERTSON Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle
Jan. 26, 2010, 5:03PM
Russ Kane, pictured, is a writer, blogger and dedicated Texas oenophile who collaborated with Messina Hof impresario Paul Bonarrigo on the “Judgment of Bryan, Texas,” a tasting that was conducted “live” via Twitter.
Schedule conflicts plus a tastebud-numbing cold forced me out of a recent groundbreaking blind tasting at Bordeaux on the Brazos, otherwise known as the Messina Hof Winery and Resort. But, because living vicariously is better than not living at all, I have invited Russ Kane, the writer, blogger and dedicated Texas oenophile, into this space today to provide a synopsis.
The Judgment of Bryan, Texas, which Kane collaborated on with Messina Hof impresario Paul Bonarrigo, doesn’t appear to have yet rocked the wine world like Steven Spurrier’s Judgment of Paris did in 1976. But it seems the event could be remembered as at least a semi-seminal moment in the evolution of outsiders’ perceptions of Texas wines.
That the tasting was conducted “live” via Twitter alone makes it noteworthy. One participant, Dallas “Wine Curmudgeon” Jeff Siegel, who covered ballgames in a previous life, observed that instantly “tweeting” his impressions was tantamount to doing “play-by-play.” And what better format to use to analyze the magic juice in front of you?
As Kane said, “If you can’t give me a description of a wine in 140 characters, you might as well quit. The essence of a tasting should fit into a fairly short, concise format.”