For 24 hours on Thursday, May 26, 2011 it was #Chardonnay Day. What the heck does that mean, you ask? Well it means that no matter where you are in the world, you grab a bottle of Chardonnay, open it, smell it, taste it, then talk about it. Don’t just talk about it though, tweet about it on Twitter, post pics and descriptions on Facebook, and share your thoughts, opinions, and ideas in any other social media medium that you dig.
Why would I want to do that, you ask? Well, because…it takes tasting to a whole new level! You’re not just enjoying your Chardonnay at your house, favorite wine bar, or tasting room, you’re now sharing your thoughts and feelings about it with millions of other Chardonnay tasters across the globe! There are people from California, Washington, New York, Australia, New Zealand, France, (should I go on?) and everywhere in between doing exactly the same thing that you’re doing…and you get to hear what they have to say, and interact with them about Chardonnay real-time!
How cool is all that??? If you’re not all that familiar with the wiley ways of Twitter, the trick is that whenever you tweet, you include “#Chardonnay”. This is called a “hash tag” and what it does is put you in immediate touch with everybody else in the stream using the same hash tag. What power! You can now see what other people are tasting, what they like about it, how much it cost, how it was made, etc. It’s an absolutely infinite source of knowledge and happens to be very social (translated = fun) which is what drinking wine is all about.
To celebrate #Chardonnay Day, we got 2 bottles of Mer Soleil Chardonnay, thanks to the kind folks at Mer Soleil, who have vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands region located in Central California. They make 2 distinct and incredible Chardonnays, one barrel fermented in oak, and one done with no oak, in cement tanks called “Silver“. They bottle the Silver in ceramic bottles to pay tribute to the cement tanks. Both of these wines are awesome in their own right; the oaked Chard being rich, creamy, toasty, and of course, oaky. The silver being more mineral, zesty, tangy and vibrant.
So, get out there in the ether and participate in the next online tasting! You’ll have fun, drink wine, and meet new friends! What else does a wino need???