Bimbadgen’s Easter Tweet-Up

We received an extra special invitation in the mail for Easter this year. We were delighted to be asked to participate in a wine and chocolate pairing evening led by Sarah Crowe, Senior Winemaker at Bimbadgen Wines.

But this wasn’t just any old tasting, oh no. It was a virtual Twitter tasting!

Huh? How does that work? Like this really…

The wines were sent to us in a regular old cardboard case which, when opened, revealed WINE and CHOCKIES and FLUFFY CHICKS and CONFETTI and SO MUCH FUN!!!! (The temptation to taste the wines right away was almost too great, but a lady always waits. . .)

We had to wait for a specific date, March 21 from 6:30pm to be precise, before we could open them, taste them and tweet about them with others who had been invited to participate (including Delicious Magazine, Cosmo and LifeStyle Food, among others).

Finally the balmy weeknight evening arrived to “attend” the tasting. Makeup off, no fancy frocks, no worries about a bad hair day, or what shoes to wear. We joked that we could definitely get used to attending more tastings like this! The clock counted down – 3, 2, 1, taste!

We started with the delightful Bimbadgen Sparkling NV Rose – a Shiraz and Merlot blend with a deliciously tickly bead. Crisp, creamy and fantastically dry, it was the perfect starter.

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Then the crazy rush of tweeting, tasting, making new ‘virtual’ friends and keeping up soon swept us away. There were six wines to try and tweet about, along with with chocolates to savour from the Hunter Valley Chocolate Company.

Amazingly we finished the night without a single spelling mistake in our tweets (others weren’t so lucky. Check out #thirstforbimbadgen on Twitter to see what hilarious slip-ups occurred!).

A great night, with great wines and a lovely idea. Cheers Bimbadgen!

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Among our favourites of the night were:

Bimbadgen Estate 2011 Shiraz Viogner

‘Home grown’ in Polkolbin at the stunning Bimbadgen flagship vineyard and harvested on Valentine’s Day 2011. Softly structured tannins, Royal purple and lively, its floral notes highlighted by the matching ‘Lavender cupcake’ chocolate – OMG. Buy two bottles – one for now, one to share with your paramour on Feb 14 next year.

Bimbadgen 2010 Botrytis Semillon

Anyone for breakfast? There was so much marmalade in this syrupy glass of sunshine you could spread it on buttered toast and serve it with a pot of tea. Better yet, enjoy with your favourite cheese plate and some dried apricots and muscadels.

P.S. Bimbadgen are having a cellar door sale this weekend so if you’re in the Hunter Valley for Easter (lucky you!) pop in and treat yourself to a delicious bargain or two.