Online Tasting With Paul Dolan


Not many wine tastings provide regular updates of the Giants-Rangers World Series score, but that\’s part of the fun in the new world of online wine events. Paul Dolan, of Paul Dolan Vineyards, hosted the online video session, where over 30 participants tasted wines, gave notes and were able to ask questions in real time through Twitter, Facebook and text messages.

Tasting kits, with mini-bottles of six different varietals, were sent out in advance. And when one viewer questioned what the eco-footprint of all that packaging was, Dolan was prepared. \”We did check. Everything is post consumer recycled. We wouldn\’t have done it if it didn\’t fall within out business model.\”

As he tasted through the wines, Paul took time to explain the specific vineyards and practices that went into each bottle, as well as explained his organic and biodynamic methods. Is this the future of wine tasting? We\’re not sure, but it\’s a great way for people to get one-on-one time with winemakers who they might otherwise never get to interact with.

Below are the wines that were tasted along with, in the spirit of the event, tweets from the participants.

Paul Dolan Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2008

I am loving this tasting! I think my fave is still the #sauvblanc of the whites. @cestbeth

This is ridiculously cool. Great job! And please thank #PaulDolan as well. Cheers! @TrueTerroir

Paul Dolan Vineyards Chardonnay 2008

def getting down w/ that smoky / flinty note on the Chard @troutmonster

Anyone else finding it hard to get a good taste out of 1.6 oz? Not gr8 for me. @1WineDude

Paul Dolan VineyardsPinot Noir 2007

This #Pinot is like a classy lady in an elegant evening gown..that\’s feminine to me.. @UCBeau

I smell a little heat on the #pinotnoir but still very elegant with hints of rocky soil @nectarwine

Paul Dolan Vineyards Zinfandel 2007

Creamy red and black fruits with a big dose of black pepper spice Paul Dolan Zinfandel @troutmonster

Paul Dolan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Cab smells dark and brooding to me, diggin it! @UCBeau

giants 8 texas 2!!!!! @Kirk Fulle

Paul Dolan VineyardsDeep Red 2006 (Syrah, Petit Sirah, Grenache)

now that\’s a man\’s wine!!! deep red. @thegreengrape


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