Saturday, April 2, 2011

Bodegas Twitter Event

A week ago today (Saturday March 26), I was lucky enough to have a ticket to attend a huge winetasting event here in Mendoza called Bodegas Twitter.  The event was a fundraiser for Fundación CONIN, which is a charity that works with underprivileged children.

So why was it called Bodegas Twitter? The entire event was supposedly organized using solely Twitter.  And, if you tweeted from the event using the hashtag #bodegastw , your tweet would be broadcast to the entire party via a giant screen behind the stage.

Held at the Auditorio Angel Bustelo in downtown Mendoza, the event brought together bodegas all around the Mendoza region (and Patagonia), including some local restaurants. Attendees got little coupons for specific types of wine and food to exchange at the tasting booths.

Some of the highlights of the night were a performance by local flamenco musicians Simpecao and (apparently) an Argentine-American superstar named Kevin Johansen. He was really good, but I just wasn't able to appreciate it nearly as much as my girlfriends who were there.

Now, the wine was much appreciated. While the lines were long for wine, and the food kept running out (a slight snag in the otherwise great night - I only got to try the empanadas and heavenly tiramisu, but there was salmon from a big restaurant here, and a trout dish from Siete Cocinas, as well as some food I missed from O'Fournier), I still got to taste 5 or so wines before I decided I didn't want any more. I know, I know, it's very odd for me.

A nice surprise was the Saurus Pinot Noir from Patagonia.  I also enjoyed the sparkling wine offerings ("Espumante" as they're called here) from Trivento. I can't remember the names of the other wines I had, but I know I had a Norton reserva that was excellent.

Photos will be up later!

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