Attending wine tastings are always about finding fantastic new wines. So what happens when you drink more than your fair share of those fantastic wines? Well, that’s what designated drivers are for, right? It’s always smart to have a designated driver on hand when you plan to taste wine but what if there was a way to attend wine tastings without leaving home? Well now, it’s possible to take your wine tasting experience online! All you need for online wine tasting is a bottle of wine, the Internet (of course) and a Twitter account. The beauty of online wine tasting is that you can meet other wine enthusiasts and often connect with industry experts to ask questions and learn about what you’re drinking – all from the comfort of your own home.
Intrigued? So how do you get started? The first step is to set-up a Twitter account. When logging into Twitter for the first time, it may seem like everyone was speaking a foreign language (here’s a Twitter crash course that should help explain a few things-and the perrils of drinking while tweeting). But once you get the hang of it, online wine tastings through Twitter have been compared to a “giant dinner party” where everyone chimes in on the same topic – wine. Usually, the wine tasting is centered around a certain type of wine, wines from a single producer, or wines from a certain area or country. And these tastings are usually promoted ahead of time. So for example, #Cabernetday is coming up on September 1st. Since this tasting will center around cabs, pick-up a nice bottle of cabernet that you’ve always wanted to try. Then, on September 1st, pour yourself a glass of cab and log into your Twitter account to tweet about your experience. The important thing to remember for all online tastings is that you use the established hashtag in all of your tweets. These pre-established hashtags make your tweets searchable by everyone else participating. So for example, you may tweet something like “ I’m drinking my favorite cabernet on #Cabernetday. It’s very delicious.” Then everyone else participating in the tasting will be able to find your tweet. And to find what others are saying, all you need to do is search for #cabernetday in the Twitter search bar. Or, there is a great program called Tweet Chat that makes it a little easier to participate in online wine tasting (or any twitter conversation for that matter). Just type in the hashtag you want to follow and the tweets from everyone using that same hashtag will instantly pop-up. So in summary, all you have to do is drink wine and type what you experience. Pretty simple, huh?
The great thing about participating in online wine tastings is that you can connect with people from all over the world who love wine and not just those sitting next to you at the bar. These people even include wine makers who may have produced the very wine your drinking! C’mon, how cool is that? And there’s no reason to feel intimidated – feel free to ask questions and soak up as much knowledge as you can. Just start chiming in. You may ask a question that someone else was too scared to ask or make a comment that resonates with someone across the country – or even across the world.
Oh, there is one disadvantage to online wine tasting – the risk of keyboard spillage. Don’t do that. Nobody likes a sticky keyboard.
Hopefully this post has opened up new opportunities to enjoy wine while avoiding the hassles of drinking and driving. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @Katie_ATLvino and we can share in the #Cabernetday conversation together! And catch the full version of this article on my blog at www.ATLvino.com/blog