I frequently talk about how winemakers have more to gain from partnering up rather than dueling to the death. Well, I’ll be putting my words into action at the London International Wine Fair. And I won’t be doing it alone.
How do you convince a bunch of wine professionals to work with other winemakers? You do it with the help of other winemakers, obviously!
I’m going to share the stage with Oscar Quevedo of Oscar’s Wine in the Douro Valley of Portugal. We’re going to leave the powerpoint presentation at home and we’re going to try to make people giggle as we taste through some of our favorite wines in the world: each other’s!
This offbeat performance is scheduled at 11 AM on Tuesday, May 18th, and it will take place at the daringly named “Access Zone” of the wine fair. Please stop by. You will have a blast. You will taste some yummy wines. You will even taste a wine cocktail. We will break every rule wine snobs hold dear. And we will do it all before noon time on a Tuesday. Because that is how we roll in the Access Zone.
11:00 Winery Collaboration with Quevedo and O-Vineyards
Oscar Quevedo from the Douro and Ryan O’Connell from the Languedoc, two powerful social media enabled wine producers, will show the power of collaboration in a live wine tasting of each others wines. Be prepared to laugh, enjoy some great wines, and have a good time. Not to mention learn something about how collaboration will lead to success with your wineries wines!
The Access Zone also has a ton of other wine programming organized by Catavino. Later on Tuesday, there’s going to be a deal with Tim Atkins (The Wine Gang) and Gérard Bertrand’s ‘Tautavel’ wine. Bertrand is another heavy hitter from the Languedoc and a French rugby legend, and I guess he’ll be making an appearance too. If the lineup of the access zone is indicative of the rest of the London Wine Fair, the LIWF should be a hoot and a half.
London, prepare yourself. You are about to be accessed…hard… ew.
Micro-blogging time. We visited Freixenet outside of Barcelona and it was enormous. My whole production fits ten times in each of their individual wine tanks.
But the most interesting thing is that they make really good wine other than the very drinkable, very affordable black label. They’ve got some “micro-cuves”, again: thinking of my entire vineyard as a micro-production, that are superbly worked. But these smaller quantities never really make it out of the region so you should try to visit the winery when you’re in Barcelona. If you like sparkling white, they use Methode Champenoise and it’s delicious.
Now off to Alimentaria!! Looking forward to see what Catavino has in store for the rest of the trip.
PS – The Cava Choo Choo is a train ride through Freixenet’s massive James Bond villainesque underground complex. It is the scariest parts of Universal Studio’s The Big One ride mixed with the most exciting robotic arms and scientist encounters from Half Life. It could beat the Napa Valley train’s butt in a street fight.