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Unique Video Training with Special Guest Gary Vaynerchuk!

Reachd.com, a local company specializing in SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is hosting an event that might appeal to you wine folks and aspiring video bloggers – Video Training with Special Guest Gary Vaynerchuk!

You probably know Gary and his Vayniacs through his video wine blog, Wine Library TV, that has taken the net by storm. He breaks down the stuffy barriers of wine and has a lot of fun doing so. His energy and enthusiasm are infectious.

It will be held in Zillow.com’s office in downtown Seattle on June 28th from 9am – noon and costs $200 for the session. Each participant gets a Flip Video Camera and a copy of Gary’s new book, 101 Wines: Guaranteed to Inspire, Delight, and Bring Thunder to Your World. GaryV will be there at 11:15am.

This should be a pretty damned fun and informative event.

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Book Review – Red, White and Drunk All Over by Natalie MacLean

12222007.jpgAre you looking for a cool present for that certified wine geek (or vino neophyte) on your list? This would make a great gift.

I was really looking forward to reading it after Natalie MacLean offered to send me a copy for review. I zipped through it, then lent it to Graham. We both really liked it.

On her site and in her weekly email newsletter, Natalie takes a fresh and decidedly unpretentious approach to wine – and I really appreciate that. I loved the fact that she not only writes about appreciating wine’s flavours and aromas; she also made it clear that, like many of us, she likes the buzz you get after a few glasses.

She includes chapters on visits to California and France (one each for Burgundy and Champagne), spending a night as a sommelier in a fancy restaurant, having dinner with author Jay McInerney and, of course offers up tips on wine – from food and wine pairing to the type of glass to use.

All in all, it’s an well-written, amusing and informative read. It’s obvious that she had a great time writing the book and that enthusiasm makes its way onto the page. How can you not like that?

4 stars

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