I'll be in Bryan, Texas, over the weekend, trying to figure out how this social networking thing works. Messina Hof Winery has organized the event, which will combine Twitter and blind tastings. Twitter tastings are all the rage in the wine business these days, where one tastes the wine and then social networks about it. (And forgive me, Mrs. Kramsky, wherever you are, for using "social networks" as a verb.)
Blind tastings, of course, are common. We taste the wine and the only thing we know about it is the varietal -- we don't know who made it or where it is from.
The idea is to taste wines from Messina Hof, one of Texas' leading producers, against similar wines from around the world without knowing which is which. The Wine Curmudgeon is a firm believer in blind tasting, which eliminates most of the preconceived notions people have about wine. And we all know how many we have of those.
Event organizer Russ Kane reports that you can follow the Twitter part of the event by going to Twitter and then searching using the hashtag #Messina_Hof. I, of course, have no idea what this means. Hopefully, I will be able to figure it out by tomorrow.And I will have a report on Monday.