What is this EWBC you’ve talking about..??

EWBC = European Wine Bloggers Conference

Is all what people bring to the Conference! The internet discussion, information shared not only during these days. Blogging, Tweeting, Facebooking, with photos and videos online echos for unimaginable places far away from Europe. This rich mix of languages and culture, people with all sort of backgrounds and wines tasting make EWBC a unique event.

That micro “bloggersphere” (yes, I just made it up.. sounds right to me), discussing the culture of the wine, is fertile in so many ways. Any social network is only good as the people who you follow. It all added and some more subtle things make it a true community of creative and passionate people who loves, and share all about, wine.

“Let’s put together a bunch of crazy amatours wine bloggers was the 1st thoughts. Was a huge success.”_ Said Ryan Opaz, one of the triunvirato who created and organized the Conference. The 2nd year they doble it in size and they’ve been doing great so far. This is its 4th edition with more than 200 participants from 35 different countries. For 3 days, Franciacorta was “The Place” for Europeans Wine Bloggers ..and others corners of the globe as well.

The wines I tasted, what I saw, where I went, who I met.. all worth the lack of sleep :-)  EWBC has the potential to bind you to the wine blogging world in a way that almost no other wine event ever has.

A troop of corkscrew wielding monkeys couldn’t keep me from attending the 2012 EWBC!! I’ll be there!

Fine Wine in a Restaurant


One thing must of us, sooner or later, get lost is order a bottle of wine in nice Restaurant.
The wine list is the size of a novel. Hundreds of different varieties an offer. All over priced and over rated, which is enough to scared Husbands all over the world and drive him to lost their point.

Is very easy to go with I’ll have red house wine. You can always look at the wine menu and make some noises: oh! or aanh.. Yes people can  sound like knowledge noises and make up inventive snob faces as well. And  finally say : hmm that’s interesting . And then go for the one that’s not the quite cheap but the second cheapest one. That’s how people choose wine mostly.

The hole wine thing, if you want to play the game, is nonsense. Don’t get me wrong. There is someone, kind of wine waiter, to help you out_ the Sommellier. My husband would say his job is to bring us the most expensive wines. Well, he knows the food flavours and the wine list, why not ask him? Don’t be shy, tell him how much you’re planning spend in wines. If you don’t, then don’t blame on him for the bill.

With wines the tasting routine seams to be a pointless Theater for which only men qualify. There is such a thing, there comes the Sommellier and always bring the wine to Sir. And Sir knows nothing about the wine. When Sir is at home, Sir gets a cold beer. And then comes to your mind that all the wine at home was bought by the Lady on the table, not Sir. Oh boy.. why always bring the wine to Mr Sir  to taste it ? Is up to Sir make nobody knows that fact, he thinks. Why don’t Sir let somebody else choose the wine? and then.. You end up with some wine you don’t like, thinking with this wasted money you could have that beautiful fancy shoes and not this painful bargain one. Fill up the glass again and smile.. he is yours beloved sweet Sir, no matter what wine he pick from the menu, that’s what love is about.

Most of the time sir choose a young wine, and rarely some problem comes up with it. Some times the wine is corked (sorry is a wine geek term) and you may not be sure what is it. Maybe a bit of cork floating in the glass..?? It’s all a big mystery for mortals like us. We never have a big fat jolly fallow who drink for a living and can explain the issue involving wine. And I can tell you if the cork isn’t black nasty and smelly, your wine is safe. Trust me, when the wine is corked you will notice, is really so obvious on smell, it stinks badly and strong.

Find a bottle of wine could be a very tricky area, if you stress trying do the right choice. Don’t loose yourself in all that acquaintance wine info you easy find online. Taste, sip, spit and try. Find something you like or try to tell (to the Sommellier or the sales guy) something about your way of life, neither is easy nowadays. When you sip something you love, that’s it!  Nothing more. You found it! Take note (write down at the moment) the name of the wine (or the grape), the producer or the Country where it came from. It’s all you need to be happy when comes to wine matters in a fine restaurant. After all, there is no point be stressed in an attempt to relax
L.

To Blog or Not to Blog..

Conteudo nao eh coisa facil, muito pelo contrario. Nao basta apenas um smart phone, uma camara de video HiDef ou um iPad para fazer de um blog uma fonte de conteudo sobre vinhos (ou o que quer que seja). Os brinquedinhos HiTech sao excelentes para registrar, eles nao geram conteudo por si so. Vomitar textos esdruxulos com excesso de adjetivos nao faz de alguem um critico de vinhos. Sim, pode criar fama e intimidar o desavisado, mas daih a ser reconhecido como fonte confiavel tem chao..

E uma ideia bem romantica essa de escrever sobre o que se bebe e se come. Ja imaginou ganhar para beber um bom vinho e ir a bons restaurantes ?? Bem a coisa nao eh bem assim. Primeiro porque voce nao eh contratado por uma empresa que te deixa gastar o que bem-entender por ai. Segundo blogger eh algo que se faz por que se gosta, viver disso eh coisa beeeeeemm diferente. Sem falar que eh preciso que voce tenha algum talento, muito conhecimento e trabalhe feito um mouro em suas horas vagas. Ops, perai… como assim trabalhar nas horas vagas ?? Ue, se vc trabalha indo nos lugares, quando vai escrever ?  aaaahh, ta pensando em dar um google e traduzir com teu ingles macarronico aquelas criticas legais que vc recebe por email ?? Bem, vale lembrar que isso funcionou pros influentes-de-plantao ha algum tempo atras, mas hoje nao “cola” mais, todo mundo (ou quase) tambem ler o que vc le.

Todos que conheco que tem uma boa reputacao por seus blogs quando vao a eventos voltam pros seus quartos de hotel e escrevem ate tarde, nunca relaxam e estao sempre em busca de conteudo. Estao ali para aprender e nao para usufluir. Fazer perguntas e nao se vangloriam de feitos ilusionistas. Diferencas que encabulam compatriotas e sao visiveis aos calejados produtores. Quem se  importa ?  ..ou melhor, que importa ? ..mas dai a conversa muda de rumo.

L.