The Wine "Tweetup"

Brandon and I both have Twitter accounts, and follow a common group of people I dub the "Fres-yessers" or the "Pro-Fresnans". While they are not a formal "group" of any type, most of them seem to follow one another and all of them seem to genuinely care about Fresno, it's cultural developments, city improvements, local events and entrepreneurship. Since I've been following people in this group- there have been several "Tweetups" (events in which friends from Twitter who may or may not have ever met in person get together "in real life").

The first Tweetup the hubs and I attended was at a Fresno Grizzlies game and was hosted by the Fresno Beehive (if you live in Fresno and are not reading The Beehive- you need to start!). Our friends Morgan and Justin and Julie and Jimmy joined us. We all had so much fun that when another Tweetup opportunity came, I couldn't resist signing up.

Alisa, a Fresnan who'd been away and recently moved back, offered to host a "Wine Tweetup". The idea was to get together and taste some wines she'd recently purchased and share some delicious food and of course meet Tweeps. (People who are on Twitter ;-)) Morgan and Justin decided to accompany us to this Tweetup as well.

I've got to hand it to Alisa. She hosted 30 people, most of whom had never met each other (at least in person) and had three wine tasting stations (whites, reds and dessert) each run by a wine connoisseur. Everything was well planned and so enjoyable! I'd never been wine tasting before- so it was a very neat, new experience for me (the hubs too). Previously, I thought I hated all red wines, (the ones I'd had made me think of drinking blood- they were thick, salty and red- eww!) but the Gypsy wine (which I learned can be purchased from Trader Joe's for $4.99) was smooth and fruity!

The food that everyone had brought was so tasty! Delicious dips and breads, shrimp, cheeses... so good! I baked a loaf of Ryan's "The Bread" and it was well received. I was asked on at least two occasions whether I was "the bread girl" and compliments followed (thanks Ryan, for such a great recipe! I LOVE it!).

Another part of the Wine Tweetup experience was the each person or couple was assigned a specific wine to review in a one-minute video to be posted on Taste Fresno. (Taste Fresno is focused on local food and restaurants and allows users to review restaurants, post recipes and more- check it out!) I'm sure those segments will be fun to watch, as most of us did them after tasting all the wines, and very few of us were anywhere close to being wine experts! Watch for one video per week on Taste Fresno's site.

I know there are a lot of Twitter "haters" out there, and feel that using it to post statuses is just narcissism, but Twitter can be used for so much more- not just to talk about yourself, but to learn from others and about events and even make friends!

Thank you Alisa for hosting the wine tweet up (read her re-cap and view more photos here), and thank you Morgan and Justin for joining us. Thanks to everyone who came and made it such an enjoyable night- it was great meeting so many of you! Can't wait for the next Tweetup!

6 comments:

  1. First of all, your fresh-out-of-the-oven bread was uh-mazing! It looked beautiful and was moist, flavorful, and hard to resist.

    I actually got quite a few emails after the tweetup from people concerned about the "risk" I had taken by having people from Twitter over, haha. It was well worth it & I'm so glad you brought friends, too! :)

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  2. I liked the Gypsy too! haha, I was nervous because I had never been to a wine tasting either. It ended up being a blast -- was good to finally meet you too!

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  3. This was seriously SO much fun. Thanks Alisa!

    Nat... you didn't mention our high heeled geocaching adventure after we left. :) Good times, yes. Good times.

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  4. Alisa: The recipe with my tweaks will be up here tomorrow :-) I think you have sort of an idea of what type of people you befriend on Twitter- unless you have creepy Twitter friends- I think it's totally fine!

    Steven: It was nice to meet you too :-) Great minds think alike on wine too perhaps?

    Morgan: Oh don't worry, there will be a whole geocaching post to come ;-)

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  5. Awww I wish I could partake in such fun activities!

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  6. also, I dont like this picture so can you please remove it? kthx.

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