Posts Tagged ‘wine blogging


Iberian Wine & Web Tasting

A few weeks ago, wine blogger, Bluenose-marrier, and all-’round nice guy Robert McIntosh told me about an upcoming Spanish and Portugese wine tasting event in London. That recommendation, and the info about the event at this link, were good enough for me: I picked up a couple of tickets.

As it happens, I met some of the people hosting or involved with that event (Ryan and Gabriella from Cata Vino, Denise from The Wine Sleuth) at the London Blogger Meetup earlier in the week.

Last night we hit the wine tasting at Vinoteca, a Farringdon wine bar. There were a lot of people jammed into a small room, and we got there late, but we managed to get through the majority of wines. There were some folks there I knew, and some new folks to meet, and it was certainly a laugh.

What I quite liked:

Spanish whites

  • 2006 Terra Alta Blanco, Artesano (Cataluňa)
  • 2007 Rueda Verdejo Viura, Nava Real (Castilla y Leon)

Spanish reds

  • 2005 La Mancha Syrah, Finca Antigua (La Mancha)

Portuguese reds

  • 2006 Vinho Regional Alentejano ‘Pedra Basta’, Quinta do Centro (Alentejo)
  • 2006 Alentejo Reserva, Conde d’Ervideira (Alentejo)

The sherries were great, too, but I was no longer tasting properly at that point.


London Blogger meetup: Wine Conversation tasting

I was at Ember in Clerkenwell last night for the last London Bloggers Meetup of the year. It was a smashing event, and I got to see some folks I see all the time, some folks I haven’t seen in a while, and some entirely new blogging folks.

The guest speaker was Robert McIntosh, of wine blog Wine Conversation. Robert explained why he thought wine blogging – especially by wineries – was important, and splurged on several wines for us to try. I quite liked the Kabinett Trocken Riesling 2007 (from, the Cortes de Cima Syrah 2004 (from, and the Vivanco Viura Malvasia 2007* (a white rioja, from Though none were bad, by any means.

Even better, from those who twittered our tasting with #ttl hashtags (“Taste Test Live”) Robert picked a few folks to win a bottle of wine, and yours truly got one! I picked the Vivanco Viura. I need to chat with Robert again sometime, as I found out last night he got married in Antigonish and had Jost wine at his wedding!

EDIT: Looks like Rob thought it was fun, too.

*Thanks for correcting me, Rob. Somehow my notes weren’t as accurate as I’d hoped.

Robert McIntosh from trying to teach me something

Robert McIntosh from trying to teach me something

This nifty photo was taken by the excellent Peter Marshall of Re: Photo. He took several pictures last night.