twebt is a blind wine tasting that we do on twitter.

twebt 6 takes place March 27th @20:00

How  does a blind wine tasting on twitter work?

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. A hashtag is 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.

Combining the two

Take all of 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 and 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.
I’ve got a quick guide to tasting wine.

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”), The supplier of the wine will give us the correct answer. We all rip off the labels to see the truth.
Some will cheer, some will be surprised, most will pour another glass.

We do loosely follow a sequence, but it’s all very informal.

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.

#twebt itself takes place at about 9 o’clock Sundays. It takes about an hour and a half. You can dip in and out, you don’t need to sit by the pc all night.

10 Responses to “twebt”

  1. […] can read more about what twebt is here on my own […]

  2. […] details on taking part are on Brian Clayton’s Blog and on the Karwig’s Blog. If you just want to watch what happens then you can see all the […]

  3. […] wine to accompany food or mood. Definitely worth printing out and having to hand for the next #twebt or any other blind tasting. A great starting point to supplement with your own particular notes and […]

  4. […] If you’re not familiar with twebt, our twitter blind wine tasting, you can read lots more about it on my blog. […]

  5. […] of your home using Twitter to post your updates and follow the updates from other participants. Brian has explained this all very clearly on his own blog. A special thanks to Lar Veale (@SmallSips) who pointed us in the right direction for this event […]

  6. […] The other event is based closer to home and is the fourth in a series of tastings using the messaging &c. service twitter (all you need is a twitter account and a spare hour or so from 9pm onwards on Sunday 25th April). Bubble Brothers, Curious Wines and Karwig Wines have led the charge, hosting the first three sessions in turn, and now it is O’Brien’s who have volunteered to pick a mystery bottle for the pleasure and puzzlement of anyone who wishes to join in. Once you’ve bought your bottle from O’Briens, who will have done their all to render it outwardly unidentifiable, you keep an eye on twitter at the appointed hour while sniffing and slurping your purchase. Brian Clayton explains it all much less haphazardly than I do, here. […]

  7. […] charge is just €4.00. If you’re not familiar with twebt, you can read lots more about it on Brian Clayton’s blog Brian was one of the original twebters: “We’ve been listening to your feedback, so this time […]

  8. […] all you need is a free twitter account and the mystery bottle. I’ve lots more information here.. I hope you can join […]

  9. […] Full details on the history of #twebt are here. […]

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