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WineLibrary TV: WOOT Wine Tasting, Yes WOOT

by Robin Garr » Thu Nov 30, 2006 8:08 pm

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WOOT Wine Tasting, Yes WOOT - Episode #137

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* WOOT Wine
* Wine Library Terroir

WOOT! Today in a very special episode Gary tells you about WOOT and what WOOT meant to WLTV. Gary then tastes a wine that is only available at the WOOT site. Sit back and enjoy and see what Web 2.0 is all about.
WOOT Wine Tasting, Yes WOOT. - Episode #137

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Re: WineLibrary TV: WOOT Wine Tasting, Yes WOOT

by ClarkDGigHbr » Fri Dec 01, 2006 2:10 am

Last Christmas, I received a fancy gift box of Woot wine from our son & his wife. The box had a most outrageous drawing of a cyclops ape burned into or printed onto the wood front panel. It contained three bottles of 2000 Woot Cellars Rinfrescante, a red wine blend. Here's their printed description of that wine.

A blend of (42%) Sangiovese, (27%) Cabernet Sauvignon, (26%) Merlot and (5%) Cabernet Franc, this is an approachable, food-friendly red wine that boasts delicioius flavors of cherry, vanilla and light berry with subtle tannins. It is a dry, fruit forward wine that will stand up nicely to spicy foods. Enjoy now.


Just so happens, my son knew I had a stash of wines from Viansa, including a couple bottles of their 2000 Viansa Sempre Avanti, a domestic version of a Super Tuscan red wine. You guessed it ... the description on the back of that Viansa bottle was exactly the same ... word for word.

As an experiment, I put these two bottles on the counter side-by-side at our annual winter wine party and asked guests if they thought the wines were the same. Everyone, who gave me feedback, felt they were the same wines. Was it just power of suggestion? :shock:

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Re: WineLibrary TV: WOOT Wine Tasting, Yes WOOT

by Robin Garr » Fri Dec 01, 2006 9:51 am

Most likely "woot" is relabeling bulk wine, Clark. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but it suggests that they're not really targeting the wine-geek market. I hope the wine was decent for the price!
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Re: WineLibrary TV: WOOT Wine Tasting, Yes WOOT

by ClarkDGigHbr » Sat Dec 02, 2006 12:49 am

Recall that Viansa went through some difficult financial times, and eventually the (Sam & Vicki Sebastiani) family lost control of it. I suspect they simply had an overstock situation with this wine, which was quite good, but just not selling as well as they had hoped. It was a very good wine for the price.

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