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Wednesday’s Meritage – #MWWC13 Reminder, Zinfandel Day, How To Start A Blog, WS Top 100 and more

November 19, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

MWWC_logoMeritage Time!

Lots of things to share – let’s  get to it! First of all – the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #13. The theme is Serendipity, and I really hope the theme is intriguing enough to see a lot of entries in the contest! For all the rules and regulations, please take a look at this post.

Last week we celebrated Tempranillo, and yet another grape holiday is upon us. On Wednesday, November 19th, we are celebrating an iconic American grape – Zinfandel! The Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Syrah wines are made pretty much everywhere in the world – but Zinfandel, in its pure form, is a real representative of an American winemaking culture. It is very easy to celebrate Zinfandel – just find a bottle of your favorite Zin, open it up and say “wow”. That’s all what is required.

When it rains, it pours. Wednesday is a Zinfandel holiday, but on Thursday, November 20th, we are going to celebrate the new grape harvest! November 20th is a third Thursday of the month of November, which means … yes, Beaujolais Nouveau time! I know, Beaujolais Nouveau often gets bad rap from the wine aficionados, but to me, the wine considerably improved over the last 5-6 years, and now it is a real wine which gives you real pleasure. I’m very much looking forward to tasting the 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau. And don’t forget that this new wine is celebrated all over the world – from Paris to New York to Washington to Chicago, you can find many events celebrating new harvest and life – just use the faithful Google, it will help you find the live event if you care to attend one.

On Monday, November 17th, Wine Spectator released its annual Top 100 Wines List for 2014. 2011 Dow Vintage Point was declared the wine of the year. What is amazing to me is that my friend Zak (wine store owner), predicted this exact wine to be the wine of the year in 2013 – and now it is, only one year later – that is very impressive in my opinion. The list looks quite diverse, with entries from all over the world. One of the interesting facts is that 3 out of the Top 10 wines are from Portugal. The least expensive wine on the list is priced at $10 (Bodegas Montecillo Rioja), and the most expensive one is Ornellaia at $240. You can analyze the list in many more ways – here is the link for you. Note that you can also go through the past 25 years of the Top 100 lists using the same link.

Recently I came across a blog post which provides excellent tips for the beginner bloggers about the content, dealing with social media, promoting the blog and all other related issues. I’m sure many of my readers already know most of this, but it never hurts to go through a refresher course – there is a good chance of finding something new. And for the people who are contemplating to start their own blog, having that good of an advice might be a tipping point. Here is the link to the post. I will also make it available on my Resources page.

Do you want to know in advance when the wine holidays are taking place? Me too – and this is why I’m glad I found this calendar, which lists most of the wine holidays in a very easy to understand format – here is the link so you can see it for yourself.

Last for today is a note of the new service called CorkSharing. If you plan to visit a winery, you can use the service to book your tasting in advance – when you arrive at the winery, you can just proceed to the tasting without waiting for it in line. The list right now includes 11 countries and 166 participating locations. I think this is an interesting service, especially if you plan your winery visit in advance.

And we are done! The glass is empty – but the refill is on its way. Cheers!

  1. November 19, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Love this post Anatoli, it’s a relatively short post but chock full of great information. I particularly like that calendar of wine holidays. So cool.

    • talkavino
      November 19, 2014 at 9:25 am

      Thank you, Suzanne, glad you like it!

  2. November 19, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Great post with lots information. Thanks Anatoli! CorkSharing sounds like a great service. I just gave it a try and it looks like a good number of Italian wineries participate in it.

    P.S: Zinfandel is not just an iconic American grape – We Italians like it a lot, too! And so do the Hungarians 🙂

    • talkavino
      November 19, 2014 at 10:54 am

      Thanks, Julian. I understand your point, but in US, Zinfandel and Primitivo are considered different grapes, and you can’t use them interchangeably… So for the Zinfandel day, I prefer to keep it like that 🙂

      • November 19, 2014 at 1:53 pm

        Really? That’s so interesting!
        In the EU you can label any wine ‘Zinfandel’ which is produced from Primitivo grapes. In my opinion that makes sense because after all they are two names for the same grape.

        • talkavino
          November 19, 2014 at 3:51 pm

          not exactly – to the best of my knowledge, Primitivo line goes back to Crljenak Kaštelanski, where Zinfandel is a descendent of Tribidrag, so while they are related, those are different grapes.

  3. November 19, 2014 at 11:49 am

    I’ve been pondering serendipity for a few weeks now. Love the link to the wine calendar. Thank you! I will hang on to that. Cheers!

    • talkavino
      November 19, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      Thanks, Michelle! Cheers!

  4. November 20, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Always good info! Cheers!

    • talkavino
      November 20, 2014 at 11:47 am

      Thanks Alissa!

  5. Antisocial Patty
    November 20, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Serendipity is a great theme!

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