TTL Beyond the Trade

January 21st, 2009

Twitter Taste Live- BEYOND THE TRADE

Taking UK wine trade tastings where they have never gone before.

This tasting is in conjunction with Bibendum Wine Ltd‘s 2009 Annual Tasting, one of the most anticipated events of the year for the UK wine trade. However, that tasting is ONLY open to wine trade professionals and buyers.

[For those of you who don’t know, Bibendum is one of the biggest players in the UK when it comes to selling and distributing wine to any and all places you might find yourself wanting a glass – restaurants, bars, clubs, shops, supermarkets, and even duty free; so they attract a lot of buyers from across the UK to their events]

This year, through the magic of Social Media and Twitter Taste Live, we will take a small selection of these wines out to “The People”, those who ultimately consume these wines, to get your opinions.

The wines we are tasting are:

Laurenz V Friendly

Laurenz V Friendly Gruner Veltliner 2007

Region: Austria

Grapes: 100% Gruner Veltliner

Producer: Laurenz V

In their words:

“Grüner Veltliner is Austria’s showpiece grape. It yields concentrated, harmonious wines rich in finesse and with a long life potential. Veltliner wines are reliable in their development. They bring pure enjoyment in their youth, and guarantee utmost drinking pleasure in maturity.”


RSP (indicative): £7

Delicato Family Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel 2006

Region: California, USA

Grapes: 80% Zinfandel, 17% Petite Sirah, 3% various red varietals

Producer: Delicato Family Vineyards

In their words:

“Delicato has been named US Wine Producer of the Year an unprecedented three times at the International Wine and Spirits Competition along with countless individual awards for its wines.”


RSP (indicative): £7.50

Dinastia Vivanco Rioja Crianza 2005

Region: Rioja, Spain

Grapes: 100% Tempranillo

Producer: Bodegas Dinastia Vivanco

In their words:

“More than a winery, a project dedicated to spreading the culture and appreciation of wine. Our Wines, our Museum and the Foundation all serve to share our great love for our land, La Rioja, and of wine.”


RSP (indicative): £9.25

[Disclaimer: I work with Bodegas Dinastia Vivanco in the UK]

Some of the questions we will be asking the panel of tasters at home and at the main event will be whether they are good value for money, what they suggest might match well with them, and whether it has whetted their appetite for more wine exploration.