This post was initially to talk about the Curtis Heritage Series. Lately I’m drinking the 2007 Santa Barbara County Heritage Cuvee. This wine is a blend of 36% mourvedre, 28% grenache, 19% cinsault, and 17% syrah. I realized in a moment of brilliance that it would not be appropriate for me to write about this wine without a hat tip to the people with whom I discovered Rhone varietals.
I was amazed a few moments ago while reflecting how I came into the wine blogger scene here in the Bay Area. It was a pretty innocent beginning, with my friend for a few years telling me in 2008 about Twitter being the hot new site to find information. At the time, she was finding freelance work at the time on Twitter, so it’s staggering to imagine the true potential of Twitter as an employment/recruitment tool.
She also mentioned it was a great venue to learn about things. At the time, as she knew, I was very interested in learning more about media, both traditional and new, journalism, marketing and advertising.
Prior to entering the fray on Twitter, I had been reading many industry blogs, and paid particular attention to John Battelle, Chris Pirillo, and other long-time bloggers who had high visibility in the blogosphere and on Twitter. Just by reading their tweets, and who replied to them , I was able to begin my foundation of followees and followers on Twitter.
Before Twitter had its own search capability, there was Summize. Google didn’t do Twitter justice when it came to finding people to follow, and the other sites such as Twello did not exist. Summize was very helpful.
Once I had found Summize and found more people to follow, it wasn’t long for me to do a search on something I’ve loved for nearly 20 years: wine.
Through my searches on Summize for wine, I found a gal in San Francisco who was tweeting about wine, and I decided to follow her. She was the first person I knew who protected her tweets. Also, if I remember correctly, her bio even mentioned that she tweeted a lot about bacon.
I watched her Twitter stream to see who she engaged with and followed and engaged with them as well. I realized early on that many of the people who were tweeting about wine were meeting in real life.
In late 2008, I made plans to meet up with Jim and Sharon in Livermore to do some wine-tasting and tweeting. We had a great time, and had some great wines.
What struck me though was at one of the wineries, Les Chenes, I tried a mourvedre for the first time. I was blown away, and purchased two bottles on the spot. I’d always been a typical wine drinker, heavy cabs, oaky chardonnays, but this Rhone wine was a foray into unknown territory.
I was struck by the earthy, somewhat spicy nature of the wine. The aroma was amazing as well. I was hooked! After that I sought out all Rhone varietals in any store, in any restaurant with a substantial wine list, and at any winery.
So, this is my thanks to Jim and Sharon for meeting up with me, and giving me the opportunity to find a new wine!