World Cup of Wine

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The World Cup of Rugby is just around the corner and will be upon us in September. Now I know that American’s don’t really give too much attention to the amazing sport: but this year is perhaps a year to change your mind. As you may or may not know – France, Australia, Argentina, South Africa, Italy and New Zealand over and above being awesome regions for the production of wine – are also the world’s top Rugby players. In the rest of the world outside of America, we genuinely mean ‘world’ when we affix the term ‘world’ before a sports tournament – and thus watching one of theses series’ is about more than sport: it’s about international unity, global community and solidarity. This year the tournament is taking place in France (it only happens every four years) and so – for any of you curious globally oriented wine lovers out there, nows a chance to get yourself south-africa.jpgto France, participate with the rest of the world and get a taste of some great wines and some of the global culture too. For those of you unable to go – fear not – the World Cup of Wines , which is a virtual live wine-tasting taking place on September 1st, 7:30pm-9:30pm at the Virtual Wine website, where they’ll be pitting the wines of Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Argentina and South Africa against one another – so switch on, pull up a chair, get some wine and pick a side. The folks at Virtual Wine have done some pretty cool events in the past, which shows that this could pretty easily become a trend in the future of world wine tastings.

However – with the intent of drawing some attention to the of my passions – travel, wine and rugby – www.grapethinking.com in association with www.tastevine.com will be hosting our very own Wine World Cup for the month of September.

For every day in September myself and a handful of the wine blogerati (volunteers welcome) will be doing one review on one wine per day for each of the six countries. That’s 180 posts in total (and a lot of wine to be drunk.) I’ve already got 16 bottles which I will begin opening this weekend to start my reviews. At the end of each week we will decide on a winner – and at the end of the competition there will be one country and that comes out tops.

TasteVine is working on planning a few live wine world cup events in the south, which will be an opportunity to taste 6 wine regions at once, and an enormous variation in style, flavor and taste.

In addition we’ll be awarding prizes (details to follow) to people who make comments and having a random draw for people who subscribe to our blog during the duration of the competition.

I’ll be giving regular, brief updates of the goings on the the actual teams who are playing – and all in all this is a blog event which hopes to spark interest in global culture and give us all a good excuse to go out and try a lot of different wine!

The first post for the will appear at 10am EST on September 1st. We’re accepting reviews before then – and will be sure to feature any reviews we receive. Get tasting and may the best wine win!

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  • http://www.thewinoclub.blogspot.com Stacy

    I’m so looking forward to the Rugby World Cup, however we will be drinking beer with it rather than wine – sorry about that. But I am looking forward to your tastings as well. I never put wine and rugby together and feel perhaps I have been missing out?

  • http://www.thewinoclub.blogspot.com Stacy

    I’m so looking forward to the Rugby World Cup, however we will be drinking beer with it rather than wine – sorry about that. But I am looking forward to your tastings as well. I never put wine and rugby together and feel perhaps I have been missing out?

  • http://mutant.antville.org/ nina

    why did you leave out france? anyway, good idea!

  • http://mutant.antville.org/ nina

    why did you leave out france? anyway, good idea!

  • nina

    oh, i overlooked france somehow.
    but you left out other wineproducing countries like romania, portugal and the usa.

  • nina

    oh, i overlooked france somehow.
    but you left out other wineproducing countries like romania, portugal and the usa.

  • http://www.grapethinking.com Ruarri

    You’re right – and people are welcome to taste wines from there.

    The USA does have a Rugby team – but its not a national sport, and most of the team members are foreign born.

    I will be sure to include Romania and Portugal though!

  • http://www.grapethinking.com Ruarri

    You’re right – and people are welcome to taste wines from there.

    The USA does have a Rugby team – but its not a national sport, and most of the team members are foreign born.

    I will be sure to include Romania and Portugal though!

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  • http://damenrugbycharm.antvville.org nina

    i doubt that the eagles agree to your characterisation 😉
    and i forgot georgia.
    i’ll try to get a hold of some drinkable (ie not so sweet) georgian wine, as for romania i’m not sure if there is any 😉

  • http://damenrugbycharm.antvville.org nina

    i doubt that the eagles agree to your characterisation 😉
    and i forgot georgia.
    i’ll try to get a hold of some drinkable (ie not so sweet) georgian wine, as for romania i’m not sure if there is any 😉

  • http://www.virtualwine.co.uk James

    France is in there (a superb Sav Blanc from Domaine Gayda) but no English wine – yes we do make wine in England but are much better know for our Rugby team – current World Champions but not betting that will still be the case after this World Cup…

  • http://www.virtualwine.co.uk James

    France is in there (a superb Sav Blanc from Domaine Gayda) but no English wine – yes we do make wine in England but are much better know for our Rugby team – current World Champions but not betting that will still be the case after this World Cup…

  • http://www.grapethinking.com Ruarri

    I do realize that most all the teams produce wine – and I welcome reviews from all the countries included who produce wines. The top six countries I mentioned are countries that both make wine at an international level, as well as play Rugby, regularly, at an international level.

  • http://www.grapethinking.com Ruarri

    I do realize that most all the teams produce wine – and I welcome reviews from all the countries included who produce wines. The top six countries I mentioned are countries that both make wine at an international level, as well as play Rugby, regularly, at an international level.

  • http://www.grapethinking.com Ruarri

    James, thanks for stopping by – we’ll be watching your event with enthusiasm.

    Just to let you know that we’ll have 5 cases of wine up for grabs for our top contributors. Our contributors will all be democratically scored by our readers using a rating system that will be in place on http://worldcupofwine.com/ come September.

    I try a little English wine from time to time at the country market that comes to Richmond on weekends… and if English rugby was similar to English wine, Twickenham would be put to better use as a vineyard.

  • http://www.grapethinking.com Ruarri

    James, thanks for stopping by – we’ll be watching your event with enthusiasm.

    Just to let you know that we’ll have 5 cases of wine up for grabs for our top contributors. Our contributors will all be democratically scored by our readers using a rating system that will be in place on http://worldcupofwine.com/ come September.

    I try a little English wine from time to time at the country market that comes to Richmond on weekends… and if English rugby was similar to English wine, Twickenham would be put to better use as a vineyard.

  • http://mutant.antville.org nina

    i’d gldly try english wine, but it’s impossible to get any in germany.
    unfortunately german rugby is somewhere down there, together with spain and belgium… but we do have excellent wine!!

  • http://mutant.antville.org nina

    i’d gldly try english wine, but it’s impossible to get any in germany.
    unfortunately german rugby is somewhere down there, together with spain and belgium… but we do have excellent wine!!

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