Sunday, March 16, 2008

Wine Happenings

It's time for some updates and reminders concerning wine happenings here on the internet. (wonderful photo "Noblesse Oblige" by Linus)

First, Joel from Wine Life Today posted the roundup from Wine Blogging Wednesday #43. Dedicated to "comfort wines" March's event produced not only some terrific wine recommendations, but some great writing from folks all over the wine blogosphere. Thanks to Joel for a terrific, popular theme that was definitely thought provoking.

No official news yet on WBW #44, hosted by Gary Vaynerchuk, but the Wine Blogging Wednesday community site has the brief description of "old world Cabernet Franc." As always, the host may tweak this in some way none of us could imagine, but this gives you at least some idea of the direction. When the detailed announcement is made, I'll be sure to let you know.

There are still two weeks to go before the deadline for the new Wine Blogging Wednesday Logo Contest. If you're feeling creative and would like to help Lenn jazz up this monthly event by having your logo splashed all across the web, check out the details and join in the fun.

Speaking of contests, have you heard of the small winery on the top of Spring Mountain in Napa called Fantesca? They make some superb Cabernet, allow you to Adopt a Grape and watch it grow, and once again this year they asked for suggestions on what to put on their "Fortune Corkies." Fortune Corkies are corks imprinted with inspiring messages about wine, friendship, and family. On March 21 they will be announcing the winner of this year's contest (whoever it is will get a magnum of Fantesca Cabernet--corked with their Corkie). Check the site for more details.

Finally, after a strong first-time showing, the Wine Book Club returns for their second event. Host Tim Elliott of Winecast selected Noble Rot: A Bordeaux Wine Revolution as his chosen book. This is one of those books I've owned for some time, but never actually read so this is welcome news that now I will have to pick it up and get started. We will be reading along, and on April 29 (the last Tuesday of next month) we'll be able to see what people think by following the conversation as it takes place on blogs, Shelfari, Facebook, and the up-and-running Wine Book Club site. Thanks to Tim for not only hosting WBC #2, but also designing and hosting the website.

1 comment:

Rachel said...

Redwood Creek Wines Campfire Classic is back for a third year. Enter your original campfire recipe for the chance to win a $10,000 grand prize and a $5,000 donation to your favorite national park! That's a lot of money, folks...and how fun!

Anyway, I submitted my signature meal at RedwoodCreek.com today, and thought I'd spread the word to all you wine, food, and outdoor lovers. The deadline to submit your recipe is April 15th...so you have plenty of time (plus, it's super easy).

A twist to the cook-off this year is that it's hitting the road, making stops in Fort Worth, D.C., Seattle and Chicago before the Finals in NYC at the end of June. The winner of each regional event will win a trip to NYC in June to cook-off for the chance to win the $10K!

Here's the link: www.redwoodcreek.com/campfire.

Good luck!