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The manager selling Dinastia Vivanco CrianzaI had a couple of roles to play at last night’s London Bloggers Christmas meetup at Ember, but I enjoy wearing multiple hats.

As a wine blogger and social media activist, I feel it is important to spread the word about wine, wine culture and the great stuff that wineries are doing online. Of course, one of these wineries happens to be Dinastia Vivanco.

So as well as helping out my friends, I also had a couple of wines to show, and I’m very glad to say that both the Vivanco Viura Malvasia (white) and Crianza 2004 (red) were extremely popular with the London Bloggers.

I really enjoy tasting these wines with people. Firstly the white is not what they expect – much more tropical fruit and richness and also no oak age. It is a revelation for most wine consumers, even if they are reasonably knowledgeable and gives me great pleasure to introduce it, particularly if they too are the type of person looking for something really new in wine. The Crianza is “just what the doctor ordered” (note: I am not making any health claims for these wines, that’s not allowed!) and a spectacular example of Rioja with a modern twist – a greater depth of rich fruit and 100% tempranillo.

Ember was a great venue for this sort of gathering. They were very welcoming and organised, plus we had some nice staff on hand and the room to ourselves most of the night. By some cosmic coincidence, and the fact that I have met the Chief Executive, they sell the two Dinastia Vivanco wines we tasted, so it was a place well prepared for tasting good wines.

I’m very grateful for the chance to taste these wines with a great bunch of people with many different backgrounds, and many different views on wine. I look forward to hearing what they made of these wines on the night and to introduce them to the bigger Dinastia Vivanco project as well. I will post up a round up of views and reviews as I come across them, but please feel free to drop me a note so I can talk to you about your views.

For those who are interested in more information and some stockists on these wines, check out the information on Dinastia Vivanco on this site.

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