Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate comes to #TGTaste

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month Thirsty Girl is teaming up with Ghirardelli for a fabulous Twitter tasting of their “Intense Dark™” chocolates on Oct 5. We’ll be sending chocolate to tasters around the country to tell us their impressions of the Intense Dark experience and share pairing ideas. Head Thirsty Girl Leslie Sbrocco will be on hand to add her own ideas and comments, and we’ll reveal some special video pairing notes too!

You can see why we’re excited to announce this #TGTaste Twitter chat on Wednesday October 5 at 5 PM PST (8 PM EST)

Don’t know how to participate in a Twitter chat? No problem, our social media coach Janet Fouts shared this handy guide to Twitter chats to make it easy.

How to get involved
Get your own bar of one (or all!) of the Ghirardelli Intense Dark line of chocolates  to taste and tweet along. Be sure to let your friends know about the #TGTaste so they can listen in or join us.

During the chat let us know what you thought of Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate

  • What do you taste?
  • Can you think of some great pairing ideas?
  • Have your own Intense Dark tasting party and tweet along with us.

User names and tags to remember
This promotion is sponsored by Ghirardelli. Learn more about Ghirardelli’s Intense Dark Pairings and how you can buy a bar of chocolate and raise funds and awareness for the National Breast Cancer Foundation at the same time on their Facebook page.

#TGTaste is also sponsored by Thirsty Girl, follow us on Twitter @beathirstygirl and the hashtag we are using is #TGTaste but feel free to tag posts with #IntenseDark too. Please also follow our host @LesliesSB

For each Intense Dark pink ribbon code entered at www.ghirardelli.com/intensedark up to  $100,000*, a donation will be made by Ghirardelli to help further the Foundation’s mission of saving lives through early detection and to provide mammograms and supportive services for those in need.

*Go to www.ghirardelli.com/intensedark for details.  Internet access required.  Code must be entered by 11:59:59 PM PT on December 31, 2011.  Not tax deductible.  Code entry/donation subject to verification by Ghirardelli.

Note: All #TGTaste chats are sponsored tastings. Participants may have received samples for review but are not required to participate in the chat or blog about the wine. This is a public tasting and views are those of the individual and not Thirsty Girl or our sponsors.

Taste Croft Pink Port in a new #TGTaste

Croft Pink TGTaste Twitter ChatAs our fearless leader Leslie Sbrocco says:I’ve always been a huge fan of Port. Whether a 20 Year Old Tawny (my favorite), a late bottled or classic vintage, Ports are beautiful wines. But, it’s often a challenge to get drinkers to discover the joys of sipping one with cheeses, savory dishes, chocolates and simply solo. Enter Croft Pink — a delicious entry point for those wanting to try Port. Garnet-hued and lightly sweet, it’s made with traditional Portuguese grape varieties in a lighter style. Imbibe it alone well-chilled, over ice, or in a cocktail. Welcome to the sweet side of life.

You can see why we’re excited to announce another #TGTaste Twitter chat on August 18 at 5 PM PST sponsored by Croft Pink Port. Our hosts for this event are Lorenzo Bakewell-Stone, the Global Brand Ambassador for Croft Pink, and of course, head Thirsty Girl Leslie Sbrocco. In fact, Leslie will be revealing her own signature cocktail made with Croft Pink during the Twitter chat.

Each of the Thirsty Girl local chapter heads are being sent a bottle of Croft Pink Port to share with their local Thirsty Girls, and we’ve chosen several lucky Twitter tasters who will also receive a bottle of their own to taste and experiment with to create their own cocktails. We’ll all be sharing tasting notes, recipes and food pairings during the chat.

Want to taste along? Use this page on the Croft Pink web site to find a location near you to get your own bottle of Croft Pink.

Don’t know how to participate in a Twitter chat? No problem, our social media coach Janet Fouts shared this handy guide to Twitter chats to make it easy.

How to get involved
Get a bottle of Croft Pink Port to taste, or taste it at your local wine bar or restaurant and tweet along. Be sure to let your friends know about the #TGTaste so they can listen in or join us.

  • During the chat let us know what you thought of Croft Pink Port.
  • What do you taste?
  • Can you think of some great ways to use it in a cocktail?
  • What would you serve it with?
  • How does it compare with other wines?
  • What would you like to know about Croft Pink or Port in general?

If you can’t make the #TGTaste event on Twitter that’s OK, you can still help us let people know about it, share your review on Facebook, or your blog if you want to! Here’s a link to some recipe ideas to share. If you come up with some great recipes, share them here and in the chat too. The best of the best may be posted on the Croft Pink web site.

Add your videos or photos to the “Pink Moment” page on the web site.

User names and tags to remember
This promotion is sponsored by @CroftPink on Twitter and here’s their page on Facebook.

#TGTaste is also sponsored by Thirsty Girl, follow us on Twitter @beathirstygirl and the hashtag we are using is #TGTaste but feel free to tag posts with #CroftPink too.
Please also follow our hosts @LesliesSB and Lorenzo Bakewell-Stone will be tweeting from the @CroftPink Twitter account.

Note: All #TGTaste chats are sponsored tastings. Participants may have received wine to taste and review but are not required to participate in the chat or blog about the wine.

This is a public tasting and views are those of the individual and not Thirsty Girl or our sponsors.

Please drink responsibly.

Taste Shiraz with Leslie Sbrocco and Ian Hongell from Peter Lehmann Wines

When:
May 18, 2011
Time: 5 PM PST

Think you know about Australian Shiraz? Wanna learn more? Log on to our exclusive live Twitter Tasting with wine expert Leslie Sbrocco as she and famed Winemaker Ian Hongell (a.k.a. the “Duke” of Shiraz) lead a lively TWITTER chat all about….you guessed it SHIRAZ. It’s part love fest (for Australian Shiraz), part wine tasting, part “stump-the-winemaker” here’s your chance to taste, ask questions and pick up pointers when it comes to all things SHIRAZ.

  • Where are the best wine regions for this purple elixir?
  • Why do the Aussies love their Shiraz?
  • What’s the harvest like this year in the Barossa?
  • What’s with the Queen of Clubs on the label?
  • Why do Peter Lehmann Wines all have a woman on the label? What’s the story? (Insider tip: Don’t forget to ask for Margaret Lehmann’s famed coffee cake recipe? She is an original Thirsty Girl)

What’ll we be tasting? Peter Lehmann 2008 Barossa Shiraz (download tasting notes) Where can you buy it in your hood? Well, that all depends on your wine shops, but hey, if you fan the You Bet Shiraz! Facebook page you can get a discount on shipping, and can buy it through Wine.com or at your local wine shop.

Here’s a short welcome from Ian

New to Twitter or a Tweet Chat? That’s okay, @beathirstygirl will help get you started.

  • Don’t be nervous, we’re all here to have fun
  • Be sure to follow @YouBetShiraz, @BeaThirstyGirl and @LeslieSb so you get the latest
  • Log on to Twitter at 5 PM PST on May 18
  • Do a search for #TGTaste or use Kurrently.com to watch the Tweet stream
  • If you’ve got wine to taste–tell us what you think
  • Got a food pairing? Share it with the world
  • If you’re not tasting, feel free to ask Ian and Leslie your questions about Shiraz, the Barossa and Winemaking
  • Don’t forget to use that hashtag #TGTaste so everybody can see your questions

That’s all there is to it!