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)
According to the press pack they emailed me, “Mas’s vineyard work is rooted in the belief that establishing the right balance between a vine and its environment is critical, beginning with the health of the soil. Mas favors viticultural techniques that are natural and sustainable, including soil recolonization, development of microorganisms through biological enrichment and deep ploughing, and the use of phytosanitary products.”
The materials state that “Fourth generation vintner JeanClaude Mas has blazed the trail for premium winemaking in the Languedoc region. Since taking the helm of the Mas family’s centuries old estate in 2000, his driving mission has been to grow only premium quality grapes to craft superior wines with a modern, New World flair while keeping a strong character for each of its wines. Beginning with the original 86acre estate, he has since grown the winery to a 1200 acre enterprise with a commitment to sustainable viticulture; he also contracts with 80 growers that collectively farm nearly 2800 acres, making Domaines Paul Mas one of the Languedoc’s most influential wineries. Above all, Mas strives to make wines with authenticity and refinement, the end result of which is a family of magnificently charming wines that burst with personality and express their unique terroir.
- “A major goal of the Arrogant Frog relaunch is to show that this is wine made in a place with long history, by a winemaker with a deep connection to the terroir and the region,” explains Elin Mann, Domaines Paul Mas U.S. Brand Manager. “Even with the success of this brand, JeanClaude feels there is always room for improvement and helping wine lovers better connect with the origin of the wine they are drinking is very important to him.”
Not sure of the order but the wines we will be tasting are:
- 2013 Arrogant Frog Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot
- 2013 Arrogant Frog Chardonnay
- 2013 Arrogant Frog Pinot Noir
- 2013 Arrogant Frog Sauvignon Blanc
Only 12 bloggers were chosen to participate so I’m really excited that I am one of them! I’m not sure why they chose me but I’m grateful they did and I wonder if it’s because of a wine chat a few months ago where I wasn’t invited and yet had a bottle of his wine in the cellar and jumped in and participated!
PS Stay tuned for post about the 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference!