how does twebt work?

You might be wondering how a blind wine tasting on twitter works.

On the twitter side of things:
We call our blind wine tasting #twebt.

Once you sign up for twitter, which is totally free, you can post messages and follow people. This lets you have conversations with real people, and occasionally people who want to make parts of your body larger or smaller.
You can follow me here.

There’s a lot of talk on twitter, so someone invented hashtags. literally, a word with a # in front of it. you can click on this and see every post about that tag. in other words, you can see every post on a single topic, without having to look up all the people involved. we chose the word twebt for our wine tasting event, so you can look for #twebt.

On the wine side of things:
A blind tasting is one where you taste a bottle, without knowing what’s in the bottle. In other words, it’s a mystery wine. You smell it, see if you can get any particular smell (peaches or berries or anything at all).
You taste it and try again, maybe you can taste an earthy taste. You put these together, and guess what the wine is.

combine the two
Take this online, and what we do is all try to be at the same stage together. We open the bottle at the same time (ish), smell at the same time and taste at the same time.
We all talk about what we think.
The fantastic thing about wine and taste in general, is that it’s totally subjective. I might say something tastes of apples, but someone else might get something else entirely. This is why tastings are fun, if we’re all honest we learn that people are very different. There are no right or wrong answers, it’s really about the communal taste experience.

Once we’ve tasted, drunk and talked about what we think, we start guessing.
You can put up your guess (as in “I think it’s a Spanish Red from Rioja, and is a couple of years old”), @curiouswines will give us the correct answer.
some will cheer, some will be surprised, most will pour another glass.

That brings me to the most important point – this is fun. plain and simple. it’s a bit of old fashioned craic.
I hope you can join us.

Oh:
go here to buy the bottle. you can buy in person in bandon, or online to anywhere in Ireland for €19. You have till tomorrow evening to buy online.

#twebt itself takes place at about 8 o’clock Sunday the 31st January. it’ll take about an hour and a half.
you can dip in and out, you don’t need to sit by the pc all night.

Blake Creedon talks about #twebt
Lar Veale talks about #twebt
I talk about #twebt

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