By Lenn Thompson, Founder and Editor-in-Chief
Ever been to a Tweetup? Do you even know what one is? I think we can all agree that the term "Tweetup" is about as lame as it gets, but basically it's just a gathering of people who follow one another on Twitter.
I imagine that any Tweetup is fun for those attending, given that that they share common interests. But I find it hard to believe that the average Tweetup is anywhere near as fun as one organized by wine-obsessed, social media freaks.
Amy Cheatle, tasting room manager and social media goddess at Damiani Wine Cellars graciously hosted such an event when we were in the Finger Lakes a few weeks ago, and it was a lot of fun.
I'm terrible at estimating crowd sizes, but I'd say we had at least 30 people in Damiani's tasting room enjoying a variety of Finger Lakes (and Long Island) wines, as well as some local cheese and other nibbles. It was a diverse group, including bloggers, Finger Lakes food and wine lovers, winery owners and winemakers, which made for some fun, and sometimes geeky, conversation.
The surprise wines of the night for me were Lemberger/Blaufranksich from Heron Hill Winery, Keuka Spring Winery and Channing Daughters. Well, the Channing Daughters wasn't surprising. I brought that one.
I don't know if there are enough wine-soaked Tweeters on Long Island to have such a well-attended Tweetup, but I hope do take part in more of them up in the Finger Lakes.