Opinion: Website launch

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Monday September 27th 2010 will personally go down as being a memorable day. Not only was I celebrating the first anniversary of creating my wine consultancy, but also it marked the day of me unleashing my new website onto the World. I sincerely hope you enjoy it. I have much rich content and exciting activities planned, including my regular blog articles, reviews and tasting notes. In fact, I am in the process of editing many video blogs of recent events, which will be uploaded and published soon. Moreover, after around four years of blogging about food and wine on Blogger/blogspot, I decided to transfer my FoodWineTravel blog onto my own domain name. The platform and web hosting I will be using now is WordPress, which I believe to be much better. Hence my website address http://www.robertgiorgione.com

In addition, it also marked the day when the “Pinot Puzzle” wine tasting was held in London. Around nine months ago, I approached fellow wine enthusiasts and colleagues Kate Sweet and Angela Reddin if they would be interested in laying on an amazing blind tasting of Pinot Noirs. They went away and put together a fantastic event. I wish to thank them for their hard work and efforts. We even had our own hashtag #pinotpuzzle which fellow tweeps were tweeting. They put together an amazing line up of New World Pinots from Oregon, Australia, Chile, New Zealand and California. The event was ‘moderated’ by the legendary Gerard Basset MW MS and included three guest winemakers, Helen Masters (Ata Rangi), Blair Walter (Felton Road/Cornish Point Wines) and Mac Forbes (Yarra Valley). The guest list and attendees included such luminaries of the wine world such as Jancis Robinson MW, Steven Spurrier, Christine Parkinson, Xavier Rousset MS, Gearoid Devaney MS amongst many others.

The objective was to taste completely blind a line up of 55 Pinot Noirs, which were grouped together in five flights. Afterwards, I managed to catch a few people on camera and interview them whereby they gave me their feedback and comments. At 4.00pm the wines were revealed and a panel discussion ensued.

We did not wish to get bogged down in the comparison with Burgundy, yet simply to demonstrate via this wonderful selection of wines that indeed New World Pinots are starting to achieve their own regional characters, definition and a genuine sense of place. It proved to be very interesting.

I will be posting the list of wines very soon. In addition, I will be broadcasting the @robertgiorgione video blogs on here too. So watch this space!

Once again, I hope you enjoy my website. I am planning for it to be very interactive, engaging and exciting. My main aim is to inspire, drive and lead sommelier social media forwards.

I am looking forward to your comments and hope to share a glass with you soon.

The epicurean odyssey continues…

About Author

Robert Giorgione

Self employed wine specialist and award-winning sommelier; Robert’s credentials include 12 years as a top-flight London sommelier, doing time at Orrery, Oxo Tower, La Tante Claire and Fifth Floor at Harvey Nichols. His current business interests include: travel, photography, consultancy, tasting, reviewing, writing, ecommerce and social media. A member of the Court of Master Sommeliers he has successfully achieved the qualification to Advanced Level and he regularly serves on tasting and judging panels for DWWA, IWSC, Decanter and Imbibe magazines, alongside other prestigious accolades, including the 2010 Drinking Out Excellence Awards. Robert has two books in the pipeline – one about New Zealand, and a non-fiction about food and wine. His personal blog is http://robertfoodwinetravel.blogspot.com and his website wll be launching in later in 2010 www.robertgiorgione.com

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