Saturday, August 8, 2015

INVITATION: Let's Talk Scorched Terroir - and Volcanic Wines - for #WinePW

What do Sicily (Italy), Napa (California) and the North Island of New Zealand all have in common? If you said that they are all wine-producing regions, you are correct. If you answered that they are volcanic regions that produce wine, then you are also correct...and headed in the right direction for this post.

Now that we've wrapped our Portuguese #winePW for August, I'm extending an invitation for September's event. I'm hosting! Let's Talk Scorched Terroir - and Volcanic Wines - for #WinePW. You have just over a month to play, experiment, pair, cook, uncork, and join the party on Saturday, September 12th. I can't wait to see what you choose.

Why would proximity to a volcanic crater influence a wine? Or does it affect the wine? I think so, but I can't wait to hear what the #winePW crew decides.

Volcan Poás, Costa Rica

Scorched Terroir
Volcanic soils are rich in minerals, particularly calcium, iron and magnesium; those can all contribute to a wine’s minerality.

Me and Jake at Volcan Poás, Costa Rica
The concept of terroir is that the specificity of place - which includes not only the soil, but also the climate, and other aspects of the vineyard that can possibly differentiate one piece of land from another - affects the flavor profile of the wine.

Volcanic Wines
Think about anything from the Mt. Etna. I am excited about a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. Santorini is a wine-producing island...I wonder if I can find any wines from there?

Details for participation
Are you ready to jump in and participate in the Volcanic Wines #winePW? Here are the details…

Send an email to tell me you're in: Include your blog url, Twitter handle, link to your Pinterest profile, and any other social media detail. If you know your blog post title now, include that...but you can send me that a bit closer to the event, I'd like to get a sense of who's participating and give some shoutouts and links as we go. The email is constantmotioncamilla[at]gmail[dot]com.

Send your post title to me by Tuesday, September 8th, to be included in the preview post. I will do a preview post shortly after getting the titles, linking to your blogs. Your title should include " #winePW " (Note: I'd like us all to use the hashtag in the title to make it easier to see the posts getting shared on Twitter).

Publish your post between 12:01 a.m-7:00 a.m. EDT on Saturday, September 12. You can always schedule your post in advance if you will be tied up around then.

Include a link to the other #winePW participants in your post, and a description of what the event is about. I'll provide the html code you can easily put in your initial post--which will link to people's general blog url--then updated code for the permanent links to everyone's #winePW posts.

Get social! After the posts go live, please visit your fellow bloggers posts' to comment and share. I'll follow-up later with some specific strategies for that social sharing.

Sponsored posts OK if clearly disclosed. Please be sure to disclose if your post is sponsored or if you are describing wine or other products for which you have received a free sample.

Live #winePW Twitter Chat September 12, 11 a.m. ET: Participating bloggers and others interested in the subject will connect via a live Twitter chat. It's a nice bring way to bring in others interested in the subject who didn't get a chance to share a blog post. You can definitely still join the blog event if you're not available for the live chat.

Highlights on Some #winePW participants will be invited to have their posts featured on the Wine Pairing Weekend site. The goal of the site is to create a growing database of great pairings for a wide variety of wines and food. You can let David know if you're interested in having your post included on the site. He’s at winepairingweekend AT

OK, that's all I can think of for now. For more of the backstory on Wine Pairing Weekend, check out David’s original post introducing the idea. Please let me know your thoughts and questions in the comments; or you can also email me at constantmotioncamilla[at]gmail[dot]com. Cheers!


  1. Really looking forward to this! Volcanic wines are very intriguing.

  2. Great topic! Looking forward to it. Thanks for hosting:)

  3. Great choice of topics. We will be leaving for Sicily just a few days after #winePW so this topic is singing to me. We expect to participate!