#ArrogantFrog New Releases: Plenty on the Lily Pad for $10

Arrogant Frog $10 French Wine

Arrogant Frog $10 French Wine

I admit that I always have the best of intentions to do a blog post (or two or three) following each twitter tasting I do (and I do 1-4 a month or thirty or more a year), but more often than not, even though I usually have one person dedicated to taking notes, and we usually have some great images of the wines and the food we paired them with from posting them on twitter, too often that’s all it is–best intentions for a dedicated post although I often sneak in a reference or a review into another blog post. I figure I did my “job” of tweeting and I better move on to other writing projects (on this or another of my blogs or poetry or essays or?)

I know of at least one blogger and prolific tweeter, Marcy Gordon, who is cutting back to only six twitter tastings a year so she can focus more on other activities. I know for me sometimes I wonder if my time that I spend on a twitter tasting would be better spent on writing.

However, at this point, I will continue to say yes when I am invited to participate because I always learn something–maybe something new about the region or wine making, or, in the case of the #Arrogantfrog twitter tasting, about the farming and the sustainable practices of the Paul Mas brand which you can watch here on this ustream link: .

We tasted these four wines which all retail for a remarkable $10 a bottle:

  • 2013 Arrogant Frog Chardonnay
  • 2013 Arrogant Frog Pinot Noir
  • 2013 Arrogant Frog Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2013 Arrogant Frog Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot

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Tonight’s Twitter Tasting: #ArrogantFrog recent releases

#ArrogantFrog

#ArrogantFrog

Before I get to posting about the Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Barbara where I tasted hundreds of Santa Barbara County wines as well as wines from Greece, Portugal and other wine regions of the world (and brought back over  a dozen open bottles of wine to taste and write about!), I’m going to France via a twitter wine tasting tonight with Arrogant From by Paul Mas! If you don’t have the wine, you can

 Join us for a UStream virtual wine tasting of four wines from Arrogant Frog, part of Jean-Claude Mas’s “Domaines Paul Mas” portfolio, on Tuesday, July 15th at 8:00pm Eastern (7:00pm Central, 5:00pm Pacific).

This live tasting features owner and winemaker Jean-Claude Mas and the discussion will be lead by Michelle McCue, McCue Communications who I met for the first time at the Wine Bloggers Conference!

Follow the conversation on twitter by checking out the  hashtag #ArrogantFrog.

You can ask questions too via  @paul_mas, hashtag #ArrogantFrog.  You can send them via me and I’ll forward them or ask them yourself. They will do their best to get all of them answered by Jean-Claude, depending on time.

Here’s the link to the UStream broadcast page at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/domaines-paul-mas-brand-live-tasting.  (Use Chrome & Safari browsers for optimal experience)

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Wine Bloggers Conference Santa Barbara July 9-13 2014

WBC14-Participation-BadgeI’m here in Santa Barbara at this year’s Wine Blogger’s Conference. On Saturday night,  we’ll find out where we will go next year! Before the conference officially started,  on Wednesday I spent time with Larry Shaffer at Tercero, learned about the various AVAs in the Santa Barbara region with Fred Swan of the San Francisco Wine School and toured Star Lane winery in Happy Canyon, then checked into the Santa Ynez Marriott in Buelllton for the conference proper.

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In Search of Chardonnay: 8 Wines in West and North Ventura County, CA

NOTE: Heading to the Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Barbara? Here’s a quick intro to a few wineries in Ventura County that folks on the way to WBC14 might want to try…Also, the first winery mentioned, Labyrinth, will be pouring in the red speed tasting.

On Chardonnay Day, which is the Thursday before Memorial Day every year, Pineapple Helen and I made a plan, and in the early afternoon, we hit the road in West and North Ventura County search of Chardonnay. Continue reading

Next Twitter Tastings: #NZSAVVY, #AlsaceRocks

Twitter  wine tastings are fast and fun–and you get to taste wine in a community of friends without leaving your own home! You can compare notes, learn from experts, test your palate against other wine influencers, consumers, and bloggers, and also get ideas for food pairings.

Open to everyone, thevillamariasunflower trick is to find out about these tastings in time to get the wine so you can join in! Some of the wines are obscure, and the point of the tasting is an introduction to them. Other times, the wine is a new release.

For this week’s tasting, which takes place from 5-6pm PST Weds June 18, the wine, Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc, is easy to find at most grocery stores while next week’s tasting  which features Crémant d’Alsace Bruts will likely need you to go to a specialty wine store.

So what wine do you need to get and how do you take part?

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Happy 40th Anniversary to Caymus Vineyards!

To celebrate their 40th vintage,  Caymus Vineyards has released a 40th Anniversary special edition of their 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, and they are organizing a HUGE anniversary party which they hope will be the largest virtual Twitter tasting ever, with wine writers, bloggers, collectors, enthusiasts and consumers across the country to participating. Continue reading

No Joshin’ –there’s a Josh behind these wines

10468204_10152169319010924_8613646936386690334_nIn time for Father’s Day are some notes about three wines from Joseph Carr’s second label, Josh Cellars: 2012 Chardonnay, 2012 Pinot Noir, and the 2012 Legacy, a red blend.

This is no ordinary second label–the name “Josh” comes from his dad, and the wine shows substantial respect for this “legacy.” Joseph Carr created the label in honor of his dad, Josh with varietals to embody his spirit: “Bold and expressive, but unassuming and approachable – it’s funny how these characteristics remind me of someone I knew. It’s a wine I made for family, friends, and a man I called dad.” Continue reading