Chateau Times – Important News About Chateau Petrogasm

November, 13, 2008 – Chateau Petrogasm is rated “Genius.”

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February 22, 2008 – Chateau Petrogasm joined the OpenWine Consortium. Check it out:


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January 18, 2008 – Chateau Petrogasm attended the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux tasting. There were approximately 100 different Chateaux, and their owners were pouring wines from the 2005 vintage. Of course, each and every wine was spectacular. But, the wines that blew me away the most were those from St. Emilion. Each wine was completely distinct from the next. Naturally, one would expect Chateau Angelus to taste differently from, say, Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot. And, it did. But, tasting down the row of wines from that right-bank appellation, reaffirmed my love for them. This thrilling vintage allowed the underlying terroir of each estate to shine through in St. Emilion more so than in any other appellation in the Medoc (with the possible exception of St. Julien) or in Pomerol.

Ben, Andrew, and Juliette Becot (Photo Credit: Erik Latshaw)

Photo: Ben and Andrew, co-founders of Chateau Petrogasm, with our favorite producer of the evening: Juliette Becot of Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot.


November 15, 2007 – Chateau Petrogasm joins the Vinix community. Vinix is essentially the MySpace of the wine world. It started in Italy and has recently entered the American market. It is a fantastic idea and we encourage all of our readers to check it out and become members.


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November 2, 2007 – Chateau Petrogasm is added to the Alawine “Top Wine Blogs” list.

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October 19, 2007 – Chateau Petrogasm presents a Bacchanalian Bash:


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October 5, 2007 – Benjamin Saltzman is interviewed on Tom Wark’s Fermentation Blog.

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October 8, 2007 – Chateau Petrogasm listed as a Blogflux Top Food & Drink Blog: Food <& Drink Blogs - Blog Top Sites

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September 14, 2007 – Chateau Petrogasm invited to visit Querciabella in Chianti, Tuscany. Thanks to everyone there, especially Sebastiano, Guido, and Daniella. Visit their website



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September 26, 2007 – Chateau Petrogasm is on Facebook: Check us out and join the group here.


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September 2, 2007 – “Petrogasm” defined:


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August 31, 2007 – First Annual Shuck and Suck! A Celebration with Oysters and Wine, hosted by TSS


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August 30, 2007 – Chateau Petrogasm Rated for All Audiences . . . if only they knew what the word “petrogasm” means!

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August 25, 2007 – Empirical proof!


This was drawn at a party where I was hired to be the sommelier for the evening. After tasting the guests through a number of bottles from the host’s collection, I split everyone into two groups. I then bagged two different wines (which had already been opened and tasted by many of the guests). The members of each group filled their glasses with their respective group’s unknown wine and then drew a picture to represent their impression of it so that the other team could guess the wine. Everyone had a blast! And, what’s more, Group A guessed that the above picture (drawn by Group B) represented a syrah. Then, they promptly specified the Guigal Cotes de Rhone! Following this, Group A displayed their picture and David (of group B) guessed immediately and without hesitation that Group A’s wine was the 2001 Querciabella Chianti Classico. And, he got it right! It was a ton of fun and a huge success. (If anyone was there and would like a copy of this picture, just e-mail me!) Thanks to everyone!

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August 16, 2007 – Chateau Petrogasm finds itself at home in South America, as several South American wine and food blogs show their support and spread the word. Read them yourself (if you know Spanish): Directo al Paladar, Estilo de Viver, and South American Wine Group Blog. ¡Gracias!

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August 11, 2007 – Los Angeles, London – Andrew of Spittoon sent out an e-mail to wine bloggers around the world encouraging them to emulate our style of visual wine reviews. Here are some of the blogs that participated in the challenge:

Thanks for your enthusiasm!

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August 10, 2007 – Los Angeles – Tom Wark of wrote a wonderful review of Chateau Petrogasm. Check it out here. (Thank you Tom!)

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August 5, 2007 – Los Angeles – We just spent all day at the fourth annual Central Coast Wine and Food Celebration held at Wally’s Wine and Spirits in Los Angeles. This is one of the best events of the year and the proceeds go to the Bonacorsi scholarship fund at UC Davis. Great wine and excellent food make this a must for anyone who loves to consume those two things. This should also explain the multitude of reviews of Central Coast wines on Chateau Petrogasm lately. Look out for it next summer!

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July 14, 2007 – Los Angeles – Well underway with almost 30 reviews beneath our belts, we have begun to add some new features to the site. The Petro-Poll section (no longer available :( though we are planning similar fun features) allows our readers to sound their melodious voices on issues that matter most to you! Don’t be shy; declare yourself!

More important and interesting than the Petro-Poll, however, is another alternative wine review site: The Red Wine Haiku Review. Lane Steinberg has come up with an acute method of conveying the impression of wines. Some reviews are intentionally serious:
25)Marquis Phillips Shiraz (Australia) 2002
A velvet hammer
The blood of an animal
Heretofore unknown

Many of them are downright hilarious:
266) A Mano Primitivo 2005 (Italy)
Fresh as a daisy
I mean Daisy, the stripper
Sweet, racy, & loud

And others are simply ingenious:
247) Masi Classico Amarone 1979 (Italy)
Riding a stallion
Through a harvest at full speed
Dragging furniture

Check it out!


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