Wine Blogging Wednesday is my favorite group tasting event mainly due to its global scope. And I’ve participated 45 times since joining the monthly virtual tasting back in WBW 7 some 6 years ago. The wine blog scene has changed a lot in those years but the core element that makes Wine Blogging Wednesday so special has remained the same. Each month a blog host picks a theme and anyone who wants to participate, wine blogger or reader alike, posts their notes on a wine that aligns with that theme. And we do this on an appointed Wednesday chosen by WBW founder Lenn Thompson of the New York Cork Report (formerly LENNDEVOURS).
After a return from hiatus last month hosted by my friends at Catavino, it is my honor to host Wine Blogging Wednesday 71 on March 16th. This is the fourth time I’ve hosted but the first in some 3 years since I asked everyone to return to the Old World and taste my favorite white variety, Riesling, with me. So I thought it only fitting to feature my favorite wine region this time out – The Rhône – but with a twist that makes WBW so fun.
The theme for WBW 71 is, “Rhones Not From The Rhône.” Pick any wine made from a variety best known in The Rhône but not made in that famous French region. It doesn’t matter if the wine is white, pink or red; still, sparkling or fortified. Whatever you choose just needs to be made from primarily a Rhone grape and come from a region not in France. This opens up a lot of possibilities. Want to stay Old World? Check out Spain where Mourvèdre goes by the local name Monastrell. New World more your bag? Pick up a Roussanne, Marsanne or a blend from California or Australia. I even hear they are making some pretty decent Viognier in Virginia these days so finding a wine should be pretty easy wherever you call home.
If you need some inspiration, just check out this link for all the varieties I’m talking about. Although your choice is totally up to you, I encourage you to look outside the familiar Syrah and Grenache and try something new.
- Choose one or more wines made from Rhone varieties but not made in Frances’ Rhône region and post to your blog, Posterous or Twitter stream by Wednesday, March 16th.
- If you announce your entry on Twitter or Facebook, please be sure to add the hashtag #wbw71 to your status update.
- Send me an email at winecast (at) gmail (dot) com and let me know where I can find your post so I can produce a summary after the event.
- Don’t have a blog, Posterous or Twitter account? Just send me your entry via email and I will post it up on the WBW Posterous.
I hope you can join me in just 3 weeks for the next edition of Wine Blogging Wednesday. Let’s get our collective Rhone on folks!
David from McDuff’s Food & Wine Trail has posted his round-up from Wine Blogging Wednesday 54. Over 50 bloggers tasted more than 85 wines from the Piedmont region of Italy. If you are looking for Nebbiolo, check out David’s write-up.
Meanwhile up in Quebec City, Rémy from The Wine Case has announced the theme of WBW 55 as “North vs. South.” Instead of a Civil War theme, his tasting will be all about tasting the same wine variety made in cooler (northerly) climates versus the same variety in warmer (southerly) climes. Sounds like a good time to go back to Riesling or find that Zin from Baja California. Whatever you choose, taste and post your notes by March 18th and let Rémy know.
How great is it that we’re coming up on the 54th edition of Wine Blogging Wednesday? It never ceases to amaze me that the little virtual wine tasting event I created over four years ago is still going and is still so popular. February’s edition will be hosted by one of my favorite bloggers, David McDuff of McDuff’s Food & Wine Trail. The theme is one that I’m looking forward to as well: A Passion for Piedmont. I have to admit, I don’t know a whole lot about the wines of that region in Italy, so this will be a fun edition of WBW for me. David offers a brief run-down saying:
While there are some fine white wines made in the region – from Gavi di Gavi to Roero Arneis to Moscato d’Asti – there’s no denying that Piedmont is red wine country. The Nebbiolo-based wines of Barolo and Barbaresco may steal the thunder. But it’s the wines made from Piedmont’s other two primary varieties – Barbera and Dolcetto – that appear most often on the Piedmontese table. Less common regional specialties like Freisa, Grignolino and Brachetto add local color and help to make Piedmont one of Italy’s most diverse wine zones.
Join us on February 18!
The ever twisted El Jefe, Generalísimo of Twisted Oak Winery has asked us to pair wine with breakfast foods this month for WBW 53. No, you don’t need to pour Pinot on your Cheerios but figure out how to match a dry table wine (not the easy sparkling or wine cocktails of brunch fame) with traditional breakfast fare. You know, like you are having french toast for dinner.
El Jefe has even just posted a handy guide spelling out exactly what he has in mind at El Bloggo Torcido. And you best get right on this as WBW 53 is TOMORROW (sorry again for being a bit late here). This looks like one of the most interesting, if twisted, themes yet… Join us!
Tim of Cheap Wine Ratings was this month’s host for WBW. The topic? Value Reds from Chile. It was great to see several different varietals on the list of reviewed wines, spanning from the ubiquitous cabernet sauvignon to Chile’s own pride and joy, carménère. The complete roundup can be found at Cheap Wine Ratings. Thanks for the great topic, Tim!