As always it was great to go to the fair to catch up with a lot of old and new friends, and this year THE place to me for me to find everybody was at the access zone. The access zone was set up as a “digital” network place where one can go either in person or on line and meet like minded wine and social media people. There were several presentations, workshops and interviews during the 3 days and these were the ones that stood out for me:
1. Announcement of the winners for the Born Digital Wine Awards (#BDWA)
The Born Digital Wine Awards give credit to digital content creators, which until now had not really explicitly been done. The winners were picked by a prestigious jury and awarded a price of 1000 Euro’s each.
Best Wine Tourism Feature -Wink Lorch Wine Days Out in the French Alps
Best Editorial Wine Writing – Tim Atkin Towards a New Chile (Part 1)
Best Winery Self-Produced Content - Randall Grahm On a Mission: The Germ of an Idea
Best Investigative Wine Piece - Richard Ross Phylloxera– the English connection
Best Wine Themed Video – Jay Selman The Scent of Black
2. The creation of a Pan European wine by blending Austrian Gruner Veltliner, Macon Village and Italian Falanghina.
This was a double exercise of which unfortunately I missed the first part… However it is very well described on the Access Zone’s Sponsor Thierry’s site.
The concept was to create a Pan European wine with the help of 3 winemakers and a tasting panel of Nakedwines.com angels and international wine bloggers. Three blends were created but one was immediately dismissed by the angels. I participated to the second part of the #disruptwine project which was the taste off. Please find my tasting notes e here below:
Wine 1: 30% Gruner Veltliner, 40% Falanghina, 20% Macon Village
dry, medium acid, mineral notes, a little stone fruit and some spice good body, little short on the finish
Wine 2: 50% Gruner, 40% Falanghina, 10 % Macon Village
Crisp and Spicy, little fresher and lighter, great minerality, more intense fruit flavours of peach, nectarine and meyer lemon flavours, lingering finish.
The number 2 wine was the winner – most of us had picked it as our preferred wine – and is now on sale from the Naked Wines site.
Benjamin Darnault – Picpoul de Pinet 2010
dry, medium (-) acid, medium + body,medium alcohol, floral (honey suckle), apricot, little peach – medium + finish
Picpoul de Pinet is a grape which is only found around the little town of Pinet – it is less stingy and more floral than the Rhone Picpoul.
O’ Vineyard O’Syrah 2005
dry, medium+ acid, medium to medium+ tanin, medium flavours of stewed plum, jammy black fruit, medium + body, integrated oak and little spice on the finish
O’Vineyards Trah, Lah, Lah, 2008 (65% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon)
dry, medium acid, medium + tanins, medium body, medium+ flavours of boysenberry, black cherry eucalyptus, little olive leaf on lingering finish
I thoroughly enjoyed catching up with everybody at the Access zone and wished I could have spend a lot more time there. Maybe next year…