There is a global Chardonnay tasting, linked through Twitter, happening this Thursday, May 6, 2010 from 5:00 pm -7:00 pm. Wine lovers will gather at participating winery tasting rooms, wine bars, wine shops, restaurants, and private residences; open a bottle of Chardonnay, taste it, and twitter about it using the hashtag #Chardonnay.

Mendocino Wine Company presents

a Chardonnay Tasting Event

(this is a free event)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

2008 Parducci Chardonnay, Mendocino County

2008 Paul Dolan Vineyards Chardonnay, Mendocino County

Apple Mushroom Risotto

Apple Pie a la mode

Chardonnay Apple Ice Cream

Parducci Wine Cellars

501 Parducci Road

Ukiah, CA 95482

(800) 362-9463

guest chef: John Cesano (yeah, me)

I will be attending the third monthly wine TweetUp held at Parducci Wine Cellars in Ukiah; they are pouring two Chardonnays, the 2008 Parducci Chardonnay, Mendocino County and the 2008 Paul Dolan Vineyards Chardonnay, Mendocino County. Each month, the folks at Parducci have delicious food available to pair with the wines being poured; I have secured a recipe from their first tasting, and visited the food provider from the last one.

Thursday’s food will be prepared by me. The folks at Parducci have invited me to be this event’s guest chef, and I am preparing food that will match with the specific wines being poured.

I am cooking an apple mushroom risotto to pair with the the Paul Dolan Vineyard Chardonnay; I’m using the wine in the food to tie it more firmly together.

To contrast with the grown up-ness of a risotto, I am making apple pies from scratch, and serving them with a scoop of Parducci Chardonnay apple ice cream. Apple pie a la mode to pair with the Parducci Chardonnay.

Come to Ukiah this Thursday, anytime between 5:00pm and 7:00 pm, taste some wines, have a snack; it is free, and a great way to break away for an early evening midweek escape from routine. I have seen many people over the last couple of months use the events as a nice afterwork treat.

Started by Rick Bakas, Director of Social Media for St. Supery, the monthly wine TweetUps have grown month by month, and Thursday’s event is expected to be the largest yet.

Here’s a top 10 list from Rick Bakas:

Top 10 Reasons You Want To Be Part of #Chardonnay May 6th

10. How often do you get to share a glass of wine with people around the globe at the same time?

9.  Wineries will meet new wine tweeters, wine tweeters will discover new wineries

8. It’s truly a community owned by no one
7. It’s a 24-hour event to make it easy for all time zones around the world
8. Online wine tastings are growing in popularity
7. It’s easier than you think. All you need is wine and Twitter (and the #Chardonnay hash tag)
6. There will be a few surprise guests and celebrities
5. You can participate from anywhere virtually
4. It’s a chance to follow and be followed by tweeters with a shared interest
3. Chardonnay is good!
2. Chances are, you’ll know someone who’s joining in
1. This will be the largest online wine tasting in Twitter’s history
I hope to see you at Parducci on Thursday between 5:00 and 7:00 pm,; 501 Parducci Road, Ukiah, CA 95482, (800) 362-9463.