VinExpo starts in Bordeaux in a few days and everyone whose anyone in the wine industry will be there. This means that along with the giant expo itself there are many many separate events, salons, tastings, dinners etc. going on at the same time. It’s an excellent opportunity to take advantage of the influx of wine professionals in the area.
Back at the beginning of 2007 a group of French wine producers cum bloggers starting talking about getting together in Bordeaux during VinExpo. The idea was to have some kind of tasting featuring the wines of blogger-producers, maybe a dinner and possibly a collective blog. The idea came up in February, but the actual planning just started last week. The Tarlant family (Benoit was the creator of the first French wine producer blog) has taken the initiative to organize a dinner on Sunday evening for wine bloggers, that will feature the wines of the blogger-producers. A nice way for online « friends » to meet face-to-face and discuss the challenges and rewards of writing a blog in a still somewhat internet-reticent industry (at least in France). If you are interested in attending the dinner please contact Mélanie Tarlant.
Another idea that is coming to fruition is the collective blog. The idea is to have one place where readers can get an insider’s view of the goings-on at VinExpo from multiple perspectives in real-time. Participants could be producers, buyers, négociant, journalists, but due to the fact that VinExpo is for professionals only they would, by definition, be involved in the wine industry in some capacity. The Vendredi du Vin blog is going to be the « host » blog for this initiative.
If you are a blogger, will be in Bordeaux for VinExpo, and are interested in sharing your perspective in the collective blog please send us an e-mail with your name and the address of your blog to vendredis [at] gmail [dot]com. We will then send you an invitation so you can join wordpress and be added as an author to this blog. The subject matter for the blog is wide open… tasting notes, general impressions of the conference, etc. You definitely do not have to be fluent in French to participate – we can create our own little VinExpo tower of Babel. 😉
Of course, we would also love to see some of your VinExpo tasting notes shared on Vinorati !