A while back I wrote about a tasting event that I participated in that was hosted by the folks at WineTwits. The tasting was a blogger event that featured a blind tasting of several Australian Shiraz wines. One of the unique features of the tasting was the way that it combined local live tasting events, Twitter tasting, and a video presentation at one of the locations. We were able to discuss the wines with our local group, as well as talk with people at the other locations across the country. Now WineTwits is organizing some tasting events that are open to the public, and should incorporate some of the same elements that we experienced with the Shiraz tasting.

The events are called Taste Challenge, and will pit similarly styled wines against each other in a blind tasting. The participants will be able to taste the wines and then vote on which they preferred. The first of these tastings will be held on March 24th at 8:00 pm Eastern Time, and will feature two Italian DOC Pinot Grigio wines. The WineTwits website and Twitter stream have announced some big news for the tasting recently. The first is that there is a big give-away associated with the event. You can enter to win a trip for two to Venice, Italy on the WineTwits website. The second is that they are offering free shipping on all orders of the Taste Challenge Tasting Kits, which will run $30 a kit. The kit will include the two wines that will be tasted, which should be enough for you and a few friends to participate in the tasting. The retail value of the wines is $40, so when you combine that with the free shipping, it’s a pretty good deal.

You can register for the event, and for the Venice sweepstakes at WineTwits.com. I will be putting together a local tasting event here in Eastern Washington, and I would love to chat with you about the wines on the Twitter stream during the event. Hope to see you there.

Note: I am not on the WineTwits payroll, or financially invested in WineTwits at all. I just think they are putting together some fun tasting events, and wanted to share the info with my readers.