Yet another PR pro, Jennifer O’Flannigan from Cornerstone Communications, could be seen chatting with friends and tasters near the table of her client, Montes. A few years back I had the good fortune to attend a tutored tasting conducted by the winemakers, the handsome father/son pair of Aurelio Montes Sr. and Aurelio Montes Jr, whose enthusiasm for the grape is palpable.
Becky Sue Epstein, my friend from Boston, now Wine & Spirits Editor for Intermezzo, tapped me on the shoulder and we tasted wines together. I later tasted with Tracy Kamens, co-owner of the Grand Cru Classics wine school who I first met in a roundabout way via Eric Asimov. Yet one of the high points of the tasting was watching Keith Beaver, aka The East Village Wine Geek, use his iPhone to photograph wines and upload the images and some tasting notes to Twitter.
“Let me video you doing that!” I said, taking some fun footage of Keith out-doing the Internet’s Gary Vaynerchuk with his smooth wine-rapping schtick. Keith gave me iPhone envy with the way he was able to snap a pic, type a tasting note, and upload it in 40 seconds – I’ll load the video soon so be sure to check back.
I'm very excited that Chile is getting the recognition it has so long deserved. This afternoon I had some fantastic Syrah (and I am not ordinarily a Syrah lover), and some crisp, citrus-focused Sauvignon Blancs that could replace the New Zealand SBs on my wine shelf. With many wines under $10 a bottle, this region can’t be beat for price and quality.