Article by Kim Hull
The @WineTwits virtual twitter wine tasting was once again one of the most fun events of the year. The tasting, which included six wines this year, has grown over the years with participants hosting parties and preparing paired tasting menus to celebrate the event.
How’s that work?
A few weeks before the event, the wine for tasting arrives at your door.
This year’s wine included:
- Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2012 Livermore
- Garnet Pinot Noir 2012 Monterey County
- Renwood Premiere Old Vine Zinfandel 2011 Amador Valley
- Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Sonoma
- Jamieson Ranch Double Lariat Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Napa
- Franciscan Estate Magnificat 2011 Napa Valley
I decided to pair the wines with a vegan tasting menu from several of my favorite vegan chefs, Roberto Martin, Chloe Coscarelli, and Brian L Patton a.k.a, The Sexy Vegan.
We also decided it would be a good time to restock our wine glasses and ordered two dozen new glasses just in time for the event.
New wine glasses √
Let the tasting and tweeting begin.
Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2012 Livermore
The first wine was a chardonnay from @Wente.
I selected @Chloe Coscarelli’s mini stuffed potato skins stuffed with avocado salsa from Chloe’s Kitchen to start off the evening alongside the chardonnay.
Reactions to the Wente:
Garnet Pinot Noir 2012 Monterey County
For the second wine of the evening, I prepared @_ChefRoberto’s stuffed mushrooms (Roberto Martin, Vegan Cooking for Carnivores).
The mushrooms are one of our favorite recipes from Chef Roberto’s cookbook and they paired wonderfully with the @GarnettVineyards pinot.
Reactions to Alison Crowe’s Garnet Vineyards pinot:
Renwood Old Vine Zinfandel 2011 Amador Valley
I thought a rustic Stromboli would go well with @RenwoodWinery’s Old Vine Zin and Brian L Patton’s, from The Sexy Vegan’s Happy Hour at Home, certainly hit the spot.
Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Sonoma
Inspired by the Kendall Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival held each year in Sonoma, I paired the @KJWines cab with@_ChefRoberto Martin’s Caprese Salad with Tofu Burrata.
Always a fan of a big Kendall Jackson cab, the wine and the salad were big hits this evening.
#WITS2014 reactions to the Kendall Jackson:
Jamieson Ranch Double Lariat Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Napa
Fortunately we decanted the Jamieson Ranch earlier in the day because by the time of the tasting, it was in spectacular form.
I decided on Grilled Veggie Kabobs for this one, but many chose a dessert to match the aromas of chocolate in the wine.
Reactions to the Jamieson Ranch:
Franciscan Estate Magnificat 2011 Napa Valley
We finished the evening with @FranciscanWines Magnificat which I paired with a simple Cappellini Pomodoro.
As the tweets continued to dominate, #WITS2014 stayed on the trends list for much of the evening.
Thank you @WineTwits for the best tasting yet – can’t wait until #WITS2015!
Disclosure: We received wines to participate in this event. The content & opinions expressed are entirely our own. Reviews are opinion only and Chasing Light Media accepts no responsibility for how the information is used.