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Snooth User: EMark

Garnacha Day is Sept.16

Posted by EMark, Sep 2, 2016.

Who knew?

Now, I guess we all do.

Snooth is having an on-line event.

 

http://www.snooth.com/virtual-tasti...

 

It's time to celebrate #GarnachaDay 2016! Garnacha, one of the world's oldest and most widely planted wine grapes, originated in Eastern Spain. By controlling yields, taking advantage of old vines, and applying modern techniques in combination with old traditions, producers in this area are creating wines with exceptional character and concentration.

Join us in real time on Friday, September 16th, as we learn more about Wines of Garnacha and sample the spectacular wines that the grape's homeland has to offer. Master Sommelier, Corkbuzz owner and friend of Snooth Laura Maniec will host alongside famed Master of Wine Christy Canterbury, as we indulge in an hour long tasting session and celebration of Garnacha!

Go out and pick up a bottle of Garnacha to enjoy along with us during this hour long exploration of the Wines of Garnacha.

RSVP now to receive a reminder on Friday, September 16th for the tasting at 8:30 PM ET / 5:30 PM PT

 

I is interesting that they are not listing the wines to be tasted.  Rather, they are suggesting that we "go out and pick up a bottle of Garnacha to enjoy."

Christy Canterbury did a very good job of facilitating a VT earlier this year.  I see that as a plus.  So, I RSVPed.  I may get to a store and pick up a Spanish Garnacha.  If not, I did order some Jemrose Grenache during the Last Bottle Marathon, last week.  That will be my backup.

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Reply by vin0vin0, Sep 2, 2016.

It's about time I attended one of these virtual tastings. They sound interesting and I have a couple bottles of CA grenache, a couple French Grenache based blends but no Spanish or Aussie left. We're booked every weekend in September except for that Friday so maybe I'll finally pull the trigger but I'm with you EM, would like to see which wines will be featured.

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Reply by dmcker, Sep 2, 2016.

Seems that Snooth has lost its commercial aim and audience focus (hot news, right?   ;-(   ), and whomever's in charge of these events is now trying to do whatever, however, without policy direction and a budget. But really, how does Snooth think they'll make, or even to the smallest degree impact, the garnacha market? The echo of its former name rings smaller and smaller...

Of potential interest is watching how the moderator tries to herd the cats of the audience with only a very broadly used grape as theme...

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Reply by GregT, Sep 6, 2016.

Christy is wonderful and I like her quite a bit. Laura too actually.

But it's a weird idea - go out and buy a random Garnacha.

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Reply by JonDerry, Sep 6, 2016.

Just clicked on Snooth's home page for the first time in a while...noticed a bunch of single wine reviews with "Snooth Editorial" listed as the reviewer.

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Reply by dmcker, Sep 6, 2016.

Yeah, I couldn't answer with a comment on the reviews (something they've been doing for awhile, now--basically since GDP left), but I did on a few 'Snooth Editorial' bylined articles that pretty much just regurgitated material sourced elsewhere. I was particularly happy to see so many of those articles, each with a bungled lead that was full of value judgments, written in the first person singular under that byline. Guess the organization must be one big 'I'.

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Reply by rckr1951, Sep 6, 2016.

I've participated in a couple of on-line tastings done this way.  It's enjoyable to see what others bring to the event.  I'll definitely be there for this.

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Reply by vin0vin0, Sep 6, 2016.

Just received a case of '12 Grenache from an Adelaida Cellars sale, may just have to bring this one to the VT.

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Reply by GregT, Sep 7, 2016.

But what is the point? If you have Mon Aieul, Clos Erasmus, Yalumba Bush Vine, McPrice Meyers, and some Cannonau from Italy and you're all tasting together, that's one thing. But if I have my wine, you have yours, and someone else has theirs, what do any of us get from the experience? I've done numerous tastings like this with all the wines at the table and even then it's hard to determine what they have in common, if anything.

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Reply by dmcker, Sep 7, 2016.

What I was saying about how Snooth has lost its focus and intelligence. If you're not sharing the same wines how can you even be speaking the same language?

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Reply by rckr1951, Sep 7, 2016.

I, personally, love to hear about other expressions of the same grape.  Different vineyards, different winemakers teach about the differences and quality from several perspectives.  If your looking for the same thing from every expression it narrows your view point.  I, for one, will looking forward to those differences and how people talk about those blends, single vineyards expressions and what the land has to say about it. It's educational and informative.  It's reason why my cellar is the way it is - a different perspective.

 

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Reply by EMark, Sep 7, 2016.

GregT, as usual, has a good point, but so does Rckr.  While there is no doubt that tasting the same wine along with the community will maximize the experience, I have found that just listening to the dialog can fe very educational.  II specifically remember the Ribiero del Duero virtual tasting.

To a certain extent, it's no different from me reading a vin0vin0 post in a Snooth Forum thread on what wine he had with dinner.  It may not be as satisfying as tasting that same wine as I'm reading, but it is informative.

That being said, since I don't have whatever wine Christy will be tasting on the 16th, I do not feel the emotional pull to attend that I might otherwise have.  If there is something entertaining on TV at 5:30, I might go for that, instead.

I have no insight, at all, to Snooth's strategic direction.  I hope it prospers.  However, if it whithers and dies, I guess I'll be disappointed, but so be it.

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Reply by vin0vin0, Sep 7, 2016.

Hey, hey, hey, I resemble that rEmark.

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Reply by Claudia Angelillo, Sep 9, 2016.

Hi everyone, 

Apologies for the confusion. The wines we will be tasting are listed below. 

Castillo de Monseran Garnacha Carinena 2014
 
Evodia Garnacha 2015
 
La Miranda de Secastilla Blanca 2014
 
Garnacha Centenaria 2014
 
Clos Dalian Garnatxa Blanca 2015
 
Hope you can come and taste with Christy and Laura. 
 
 
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Reply by EMark, Sep 9, 2016.

Thank you, Claudia.  Now we know what to look for.


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