Messina Hof Twitter Wine Taste-Off: Put the Blindfolds On and Take the Gloves Off

Messina Hof Twitter Wine Taste-Off: Put the Blindfolds On and Take the Gloves Off

Paul Bonarrigo puts up his Messina Hof wines up against some of the top selling international wine brands.

Messina Hof Winery and Resort, has invited a special group of wine savvy tasters to participate in a unique wine tasting event to be held at Messina Hof Winery and Resort in Bryan, Texas on Sunday, January 10, 2010.

The tasting will include premium and recognized wines from around the world paired with wines from Messina Hof Winery. The tasting will be arranged and moderated by Dr. Russell D. Kane, wine writer and blogger at  That’s me!  I developed the specifications for the event, but, I do not even know the set-up of the wines. Messina Hof has kept me in the dark. So, it will be the blind leading the blind.

The event will be conducted as a blind tasting they will taste best-selling wines from California, France and other noted wine regions side-by-side with the wines from Messina Hof. Following each flight, the tasters will be asked to rate the wines using a U.C. Davis 20-point method and identify which they think is the Texas and the non-Texas wine. At the completion of the tasting, the names, vintages and appellations of all wines will be disclosed.

The attendees will chronicle their experiences during the weekends pre-activities on Saturday evening and the Twitter Taste-Off event on Sunday morning on the social networking site, Twitter, using their personal computer or hand-held device live.

To follow the Twitter feed, go to: and search using the hashtag #Messina_Hof for the weekend activities and tasting. The “Twitter Birds” have already started flying around on Twitter. 

For more info about Messina Hof or VintageTexas visit:

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  1. It should be interesting as most blind tasting are. I am frankly better on sensory evaluation (noting of characteristics) than triangulation (using them to zero in on the specific Appellation. I have been through the Court of Master Sommeliers first level course and successfully passed it. It gave me better skills in the latter area but this is an area that I need to work on further.

    So with the gloves off and blinders on tomorrow, I will do my best as Texas wines from Messina Hof go head-to-head with some of the best selling wine brand.

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