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    RiojaWine on #winechat: Post 1

    The first #winechat occurred on July 31st with Rioja Wine (@RiojaWine) as our guest. Although several people had technical difficulties with Twitter during the chat, there were 83 active participants talking about Rioja! Unfortunately I was placed in Twitter hashtag jail during the chat (yes, it does exist!) and Dave (@997Dave) was slapped in and out of it but we persevered due to great people like the lovely Eileen(@wineeveryday)who offered to be my official re-tweeter. My co-host Dave opened up a 2007 Glorioso Crianza which he really enjoyed  “Great fruit and oak.” I tried a bit of all the recommended Riojas. Watch for coming tasting notes! Rioja Wines was on hand to answer questions and…

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    Chilean Cabernet on #Winechat

    On September 7th, we had a fantastic guest host Lorrie! Thanks Lorrie for sharing some great information on Chilean Cabernet! Fun facts on Chile and Chilean Cabernet Wine is Chile’s most emblematic product Wine exports make up 2.6% of Chile’s total exports In 2009, Chile had 210 wineries A mix of French and American oak is used in Chile Cabernet is the most commonly planted vine in Chile Some of the best Cabernets come from the Maipo, Aconcagua and Colchagua Valleys 60% of vines planted in the Maipo Valley are Cabernet Chile adopted the Designation of Origin system in 1995 The Chilean wine industry directly employs more than 100,000 people Suggested…

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    Gloria Ferrer on #winechat

    On September 21st, Gloria Ferrer joined winechat as a special guest. The bubbles went to everyone’s head as we learned more about the sparkling wines that this winery produces. Fun facts about Gloria Ferrer: Gloria Ferrer was the first sparkling wine house in California’s Sonoma Carneros region Founding Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards was the fulfillment of a longtime dream for José Ferrer Warm days, cool nights, predictable winds, summer fog, and a long growing season in Carneros create a great climate for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Carneros was established as an AVA in 1983 The Sonoma Carneros region used to be under water so there are lots of very rich ingredients…

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    Cabernet Franc on Winechat

    On October 5th, we were fortunate to have Dezel Quillen talk to us about Cabernet Franc. In case you missed this great conversation, here are the highlights: Fun facts about Cab Franc: Rabelais, a 16th century French poet, sang praises for the red wines of Chinon in his literary works. Cab Franc vine is vigorous and upright, with dark-green, 5-lobed leaves. Records of Cabernet Franc in Bordeaux date back to circa 18th century. However, it existed in the Loire Valley earlier. It’s believed that Cabernet Franc’s origin goes back to southwest France — circa 17th century time-frame Where does Cab Franc thrive? Cabernet Franc thrives in cooler climates and is an attractive option…

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    Wine blends on #winechat

    What a week for #winechat! The tweets were flying so fast they were, um, blending together! Lorie Perrone did a great job keeping the flow going! So what did we talk about? You’re enjoying a blend more often than you think; US laws allow for 25% of another varietal to be blended into that bottle! Some of the most expensive wines you can buy are blends, such as wines from Bordeaux, Chateauneuf du Pape, and Champagne. By combining grape varieties, winemakers can accentuate wine’s strengths and diminish any weak points. Fun facts we learned this week There are 6 allowable grapes in Bordeaux – most people know Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc,…

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    Drinking local on #winechat

    October 28th’s winechat talking Drinking Local was fast and furious! We were fortunate enough to have the rock star combination of Jason Phelps of Ancient Fire Wine, an amateur award winning home winemaker from New Hampshire, and Sandra Oldfield, the CEO and winemaker for Tinhorn Creek located in British Columbia, leading us through the discussion. Here are the main themes that were discussed (thanks Jason!): Drinking local allows for you to really engage with the winemaker and owner. Visiting local wineries allow relationships to be built up over time while supporting local producers. Drinking local creates and retains jobs in the area you live in – always a good thing! Price controversies exist.…

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    2011 Harvest: #winechat with Craig Camp

    Craig Camp General Manager and Managing Partner of Cornerstone Cellars was our special guest this past week on #winechat.  We were talking about the 2011 harvest in California and Oregon. Here are some of the things that Craig shared with us, based on his experience: What happened in 2011? Cold and rain at flowering killed the fruit set then one rain storm followed by several humid days pushed rot Napa whites are stellar but quantities are way down – up to 60% for him Napa reds are down 20 to 30% on valley floor; in Howell Mountain, yields are down only 10% because of later flowering Merlot did well due to its…