I'm not sure whether it was the popularity of the grape variety or the popularity of the host, but this month's Wine Blogging Wednesday was the most popular ever. Fifty bloggers and podcasters joined Tim Elliott's call to review a bottle of New World Syrah.
For those unfamiliar with the WBW event, it is a monthly virtual wine tasting with a theme set by the host blog. Bloggers from all over the world post their wine reviews usually on the first Wednesday of the month, and the host does a wrap up with links to all the participants over the following couple of days.
Tim, who runs Winecast, and who must have spent a lot of time writing up the results (when he wasn't trying to keep his house from burning down), posted the roundup of all the reviews yesterday and there are some very interesting ones out there. Wines from Australia, California, South Africa, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, Washington State, and British Colombia were reviewed by bloggers in nearly as many countries.
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Warm Up: The North Fork of Long Island I'll Drink to That: Kareem Massoud of Paumanok Vineyards 2015 Family Winemakers Tasting: August 16, San Francisco I'll Drink to That: Ryan Looper of T. Edward Wines Lost Treasures in the Sierra Foothills: The Wines of Renaissance Vineyards Warm Up: The Wachau I'll Drink to That: Leo Alzinger of Weingut Alzinger Petaluma Gap Wine Tasting: August 8th, Petaluma, CA I'll Drink to That: Monica Samuels of Vine Connections Vinography Images: Cool Climate Chardonnay
Wine Will Never Smell the Same Again: Luca Turin and the Science of Scent Forlorn Hope: The Remarkable Wines of Matthew Rorick Debating Robert Parker At His Invitation Passopisciaro Winery, Etna, Sicily: Current Releases Should We Care What Winemakers Say? The Sweet Taste of Freedom: Austria's Ruster Ausbruch Wines 2009 Burgundy Vintage According to Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Charles Banks: The New Man Behind Mayacamas Wine from the Caldera: The Incredible Viticulture of Santorini Why Community Tasting Notes Sites Will Fail Chateau Rayas and the 2012 Vintage of Chateauneuf-du-Pape A Life Indomitable: The Wines of Casal Santa Maria, Portugal Bay Area Bordeaux: Tasting Santa Cruz Mountain Cabernets Forgotten Jewels: Reviving Chile's Old Vine Carignane The First-Timer's Guide to Les Trois Glorieuses of Hospices de Beaune