Bonterra Organic Vineyards

Normally the ladies at Thirsty Girl set up their Thirsty Girl #TGTaste Twitter events for once a month on a Wednesday. Wednesday being the day of the week known as “Wine Wednesday,” it seemed appropriate. This time they’re shaking things up a bit with a Friday tasting that I am really looking forward to!

Don’t know what Thirsty Girl is? Only a year ago I was in your shoes. Then suddenly, one day, I was approached by Thirsty Girl to participate in a #TGTaste Twitter wine tasting party and my life just hasn’t been the same ever since. After all, how can you turn down someone who encourages you to drink up and talk about it?

Admittedly, I am not a wine connoisseur. I would love to know more, but I’m also on a tight budget. I can’t exactly be throwing my money away on fancy wines that are beyond what my palate can appreciate. Add to that a husband who would be happy if he never had to taste a drop of wine again and I’m set up to become quite the wino without some direction. Because I hate wasting anything I’ve bought. And once you’ve opened the bottle, you have to finish it, right?

Thirsty Girl gives you the opportunity to communicate directly with the vineyards who are producing fantastic affordable wines and learn more about them. Why they’re in the business. What’s so special about what they bring to the table. Even recipes are tossed about, further tantalizing the already awakened taste buds with delectable delights perfectly paired with your fermented grape juice. What’s not to love?

Monthly #TGTaste chats can be a lot of fun. Even on months when I wasn’t offered the topic wine, I’ve gone out on my own and purchased it myself, then cozied up at the kitchen table with my glasses full and my cheese plate at the ready, eager for the discussion to begin. I still have a long way to go before I could say I actually know anything about wine (what are those subtle flavors everyone picks on, after all? why do I not get what they’re getting?), but I’m getting there. I’m a work in progress.

Bonterra Organic Wines - poet in the pantry

Tonight we’ll be tasting wines from Bonterra Organic Vineyards, which has been in the biz since 1993, creating their wines from organic grapes all along. You’d think an organic wine would result in a higher price tag–after all, organic grapes cost twice as much as conventional at the grocery store–but there’s really a very small difference. The 2011 Chardonnay we’ll be sipping retails for around $13.99 a bottle and the 2010 Merlot averages $15.99 a bottle. Quite reasonable for something of such high quality.

Want to know more? Join us tonight! We’ll be chatting with the hashtag #TGTaste at 8PM Eastern Time, headed by @beathirstygirl, @leslieb, and @bonterrawine. Let’s celebrate the end of a very long, stressful week and the good health of those who have made it through!

Disclosure: The views and opinions expressed on this blog are mine alone, based upon my personal experience. While I received 2 complimentary bottles of wine from Bonterra Organic Vineyards, which will be used for the Twitter #TGTaste chat mentioned in this post, I received no monetary compensation nor a request for a positive review. Neither Bonterra Organic Vineyards nor Thirsty Girl endorse this blog post.

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