Starting on Twitter

the earthTwitter is a way for a large bunch of people to talk to one another online. And, just as in the real world, shared interests bring them together. So wine nerds, I mean enthusiasts, interact with others of like mind who want to know what wine matches certain foods and who’s got the best deal down Boston High Street. That’s Boston Lincolnshire as well as Boston Massachusetts.

Because Twitter users are world-wide. Which makes it easy for your 140 character message (that’s all your allowed) to get missed, or misinterpreted, by wine enthusiasts in different time zones who (nominally) speak English but use a whole host of different abbreviations and slang words.

walkingSo start by ‘following’ (that’s Twitter language for reading messages from the people you chose) UK wine writers, sellers, brand names, magazines and individuals who like their wine and nosh and just want to tell you about it, before going abroad.

And once you start following them, they start following you back (if you have something of interest to say that is). And that’s when the Twitter conversations start. About a week or two after you start if your experience matches mine.

It’s free and relatively easy to follow me at twitter.com/huxelrebe or Mature Times at twitter.com/maturetimes but you’ll need to create a Twitter account first. Just click on Sign Up on the Twitter homepage and fill in the online form.

Twitter wine glassPG Wine Review

Aldi French Pinot Noir

£4.99 Aldi

Nice, light cherry flavours and not nastily sweet as many French Pinot Noirs can be.

Ricossa Italian Barbera D’Asti 2011

£5.99 Co-op (down from £7.49 until tomorrow)

Wonderful expensive flavours of juniper, violets, blackcurrants and warming clove – and all for under six quid.

Terra Ricca Italian Sangiovese 2011

£7.50 Spar

Leave this wine for at least quarter of an hour after opening to let the flavours smooth out into cherry, choc and cinnamon.

M&S Bordeaux Sauvignon 2011

£7.99 M&S

Refreshing and gluggable Sauvignon Blanc with flavours of fresh gooseberry and a hint of oregano. A really nice wine.

Alain Grignon French Viognier 2012

£7.99 Majestic

Peach, pear and apple.

Grafenreben Alsace Riesling 2010

£9.99 Waitrose

Honey, almond, lemon, lime and sharp apple ending. Complex.