Wine Bloggers Start your Engines – #WBC11 is #UpAndRunning #TXwine #VAwine #SocialNetworking #Twitter #Viognier #Tempranillo #Viviana


Wine Bloggers Start your Engines – #WBC11 is #UpAndRunning #TXwine #VAwine #SocialNetworking #Twitter #Viognier #Tempranillo #Viviana

It’s my first time back to the Wine Bloggers Conference since 2008, it’s inaugural year.  Since then, this Twitter-thang has really grown up. In 2008, it was a shoestring operation with many of the events a free-form of discussion, blogging and the first vestiges of Twittering. But today, the event in a well-honed machine of live tasting/blogging, social media analysis, savvy marketing, and future prediction.

I’ve seen what it’s done in Texas with our growing wine industry where consumers, winemakers and growers share comments on a daily (maybe hourly) basis. In the absence of interest from the mainstream wine media, information on Texas wines and wineries is shared via Twitter (hashtag #TXwine), Facebook and blogs from individuals and major news outlets.

There are now  many event sponsors. I see many familiar faces (new and old) seen at previous wine blogging events or online Twitter tastings fronted by their avatars.

I have my stash of  Texas wines ready for the Live Twitter tasting (4:20 pm ET today) and The Other 46 event (9-11 pm ET today). However, the state of Virginia appears to have pulled out the stops to attract this event and advance the name and reputation of Virginia wines.

Follow the Twitter feed at #WBC11 and I will also throw out an occasional shout out to the participating #TXwine-eries: @Llanowine (Llano Estacado Winery) @TXViognier (Brennan Vineyards) @McPhersonCellars and @LoneOakWinery. – See: http://vintagetexas.com/blog/?p=5150 and http://vintagetexas.com/blog/?p=5142

Last night at the International Wine Reception, I had the chance to comparatively taste Cabernet Sauvignon made the French Right Bank Bordeaux way and the Chilean way from the Maipo region side-by-side. It was very interesting as I need to do this a bit more rigorously for my MW application assignment when I get back home.

All I have to say is….”Wine Bloggers Start Your Engines!”

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Normally, “Virginia is for Lovers”…..but, this week, it’s hot, hot hot in Charlottesville for #WBC11. Let’s agree that this week, this marketing phrase might need to be changed to “Virginia is for Sweating!”

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Love to taste, talk and tweet about Texas wines and where they are in the global scheme for wines. After all that's the only way they will reach the full potential.