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We're having a Twitter party tonight at 8.30pm - and you're all invited. (Lots of [wine]!)

(77 Posts)
HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 22-Mar-13 12:04:17


We'd like to invite you to our very first Mumsnet Twitter party, tonight at 8.30pm.

Seeing as it's a Friday night, our theme is wine. Natch.

And our special guest Helen McGinn, author of The Knackered Mother's Wine Club, will be Tweeting some seriously useful wine tips and advice.

All you need to do to party with us is...

* Grab a glass (or bottle!) of your favourite wine

* Turn up on Twitter at 8.30pm and make sure you're following @mumsnettowers (MNHQ) and @knackeredmutha (Helen McGinn)

* Check out the hashtag #knackeredwine - and join in!

Everyone who takes part, using the hashtag #knackeredwine, will be entered into a draw to win a case of wine, courtesy of the Tesco wine community.

If you're not on Twitter, never fear. You can still join in by posting on this thread, too. And we'll have some copies of The Knackered Mother's Wine Club to give away to folks who post here during the Twitter party.

We've also got a special 40% Mumsnet discount on Helen McGinn's book and £10 off a £50 wine shop at Tesco's Wine Community. More details here.

Filibear Fri 22-Mar-13 12:27:28

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MolehillAlchemy Fri 22-Mar-13 12:38:32

May I recommend a song for all you wine lovers (and Ron Sexsmith lovers).

Me, Myself and Wine by Ron Sexsmith

WireCatWhore Fri 22-Mar-13 12:42:03

I will be there!

ouryve Fri 22-Mar-13 12:56:18

Strict 8:30 bedtime for the boys, tonight, then grin

piprabbit Fri 22-Mar-13 14:37:46

I'll be there with my pizza and a glass of something soft and red.

SW1XMother Fri 22-Mar-13 14:37:53

I am not on Twitter yet. I guess this has to change. See you all tonight at 8:30.

poorbuthappy Fri 22-Mar-13 15:02:32

I will be in work but will be there!!

SW1XMother Fri 22-Mar-13 15:03:48

I am on Twitter now: SW1Xmother. Let me know what your names are, would love to follow fellow mumsnetters.

Passiveaggressivecakeeater Fri 22-Mar-13 15:11:48

I'm on there SW1XMother; chinnnley.

Passiveaggressivecakeeater Fri 22-Mar-13 15:12:28

Not much on there yet as only just signed up yesterday! grin

SW1XMother Fri 22-Mar-13 15:47:44

I can't find you.

Passiveaggressivecakeeater Fri 22-Mar-13 15:58:50

Found you instead. wink

ecuse Fri 22-Mar-13 16:21:22

I may well check in! @LynneMiles

WireCatWhore Fri 22-Mar-13 17:30:28

Ecuse,do you have a hat on in your pic?

Passive aggressive I have followed you.

HelenMcGinn Fri 22-Mar-13 17:55:40

Hello! I'm sorry I won't be here on the thread tonight, I'll be over on twitter but fear not! Mumsnet will post any questions you leave here over on twitter so I'll be able to see them too...

Laters - tea/bath/bed THEN wine! smile

Creameggkr Fri 22-Mar-13 18:40:09

What wil we do about the drunk thread? <panics>

josine32 Fri 22-Mar-13 18:40:40

Hi there, I hope no one would mind a Dutchie amongst all you lovely English women? Am useless with Twitter though so if someone could help me I would be very grateful!

Josine x

wannaBe Fri 22-Mar-13 19:30:20

I will be there (@clairerandall)

Kleptronic Fri 22-Mar-13 20:01:57

I want a case of wine. Cheers.

Pan Fri 22-Mar-13 20:06:18

wow. Interesting. My 'following' list is going to go stratospheric!

HotCrossNaanAndRessurectiOn Fri 22-Mar-13 20:10:25

Right. I've opened my twitter account for about the first time in a year. I have no idea how to work the bloody thing, but I'll hit it with a stick a bit and see what happens.

Pan Fri 22-Mar-13 20:13:56

following HQ and Helen.
me is @CoyleRobert

KateSMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 22-Mar-13 20:16:11

I'm excited!

<hides bottle of Spitfire>

Elderwand Fri 22-Mar-13 20:18:45

Nearly time! smile

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Fri 22-Mar-13 20:20:25

{sniffs} Can I smell... wine? {sniffs}

HelenMcGinn Fri 22-Mar-13 20:21:30

I saw that.

KateSMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 22-Mar-13 20:23:43

Btw, I can attempt to give twitter advice if anyone gets stuck.

KateSMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 22-Mar-13 20:25:28


I saw that.

<splutters into ale>

BecauseImWoeufIt Fri 22-Mar-13 20:31:32


Currently drinking a Brown Brothers Dry Muscat

Pan Fri 22-Mar-13 20:34:54

@CoyleRobert currently on rosay and cocoa. And ironing.

HotCrossNaanAndRessurectiOn Fri 22-Mar-13 20:36:40

OK. I've now got four tabs going. my profile, MN Towers, Helen McG and the hashtag one.

Now what?? <wibble> which one do I look at?

Pan Fri 22-Mar-13 20:38:21

All of them in descending order Hot.

I've just made a v rude joke. Banning due...

KateSMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 22-Mar-13 20:42:13

Are you all smelling your wine?

Pan Fri 22-Mar-13 20:49:11

Helen is making sense! <does she know what she is taking on?>

KateSMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 22-Mar-13 21:08:06

Helen's just said "Wine makes you hungry and is always better with food - esp crisps!"

There, you have it from an expert. Wine MUST be consumed with crisps <gavel>

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Fri 22-Mar-13 21:11:36

Don't have wine with cheesy chips. Just... don't. sad

Kleptronic Fri 22-Mar-13 21:13:40

I have Echo Falls nameless grape pink wine, 11.5%. Does that count?

I can't do that twitter, I'd never get a wash or leave the house again.

KateSMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 22-Mar-13 21:15:41


I have Echo Falls nameless grape pink wine, 11.5%. Does that count?

I can't do that twitter, I'd never get a wash or leave the house again.

If you have a question for Helen we can ask her on Twitter for you.

<whispers> come to Twitter....

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Fri 22-Mar-13 21:23:40

I've been on Twitter. I have no wine so felt out of place. sad

KateSMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 22-Mar-13 21:27:16


I've been on Twitter. I have no wine so felt out of place. sad

wine wine wine wine wine wine wine

Yay, have done my first tweet ever (about wine, how apt!) grin

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Fri 22-Mar-13 21:28:24

smile Thanks {sobs}

Kleptronic Fri 22-Mar-13 21:29:40

I don't know how to do that twitter!

This is a bit mad because bothering the interweb is my job, but y'know, do you expect a chef to cook when they get home? Eh? Eh?

Anyway she'd no doubt throw up her hands at my choice of non-vintage.

<flounces> <slightly wobbly>

KateSMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 22-Mar-13 21:33:50


I don't know how to do that twitter!

This is a bit mad because bothering the interweb is my job, but y'know, do you expect a chef to cook when they get home? Eh? Eh?

Anyway she'd no doubt throw up her hands at my choice of non-vintage.

<flounces> <slightly wobbly>

<soothes Kleptronic> we can ask Helen for you if you like? We're sure she'd love whatever you've got.

Kleptronic Fri 22-Mar-13 21:34:28

Ok I joined it where do I hashtag?

josine32 Fri 22-Mar-13 21:35:09

Hiya there! I'm JosineDutchUK on Twitter!

Kleptronic Fri 22-Mar-13 21:35:30

Or address the letter, or encode the mime types, or whatever the friff it is. Bah. See what you made me do.

KateSMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 22-Mar-13 21:35:51


Ok I joined it where do I hashtag?


And the lady to ask is @knackeredmutha, though she might have clocked off now...

Kleptronic Fri 22-Mar-13 21:36:55

Feck that's me that is, peaking too late.

Kleptronic Fri 22-Mar-13 21:38:04

No people results for knackeredwine

Kleptronic Fri 22-Mar-13 21:39:47


KateSMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 22-Mar-13 21:40:12


No people results for knackeredwine

knackeredwine is the hashtag, knackeredmutha is the person. Helen has stopped now, but there's still plenty of winey chat going on! wine

gazzalw Fri 22-Mar-13 21:42:13

Drinking a rather cruddy rose here (note the oenological terminology!!!). Not good on tweets. Agree about the crisps (Kettles in this house).

Helen, what's your favourite country of origin for red, white and rose wines? Or is that way too simplistic an approach?

Kleptronic Fri 22-Mar-13 21:47:36

Thanks KateSMumsnet but me no understando. Follow Mumsnet shall I for winey chat? <channelling yoda>

josine32 Fri 22-Mar-13 21:47:43

Hiya again ladies! I think my Twittering didn't work out that well in the end! If you want to follow me though I'm 'JosineDutchUK'! How did everyone else get on?

currybaby Fri 22-Mar-13 21:50:37

had to get away from all those twitter spams. i found it really hard to follow! enjoying the wine though. and good tweets from knackeredmutha. was good. is this the after party?

Kleptronic Fri 22-Mar-13 21:50:41

Not well Josine not well. Possibly others were more successful. What wine are you drinking? Or thinking of? What wine to have with chips is my burning question.

ouryve Fri 22-Mar-13 21:54:27

The spam did get overwhelming in the end. Spam is probably the real reason that most trends are trending. I expect a lot of us will have a few porny followers to block in the morning, too.

josine32 Fri 22-Mar-13 21:55:54

I don't know actually! I think it is a Spanish one - have just spoken to Mum back home in the Netherlands and that lasted an hour. I feel my head is about to explode. I have also started mat leave today shock

josine32 Fri 22-Mar-13 21:56:48

That was for you Kleptronic - sorry - not good at this

Pan Fri 22-Mar-13 21:57:19

Spam? Really? Have no idea how that generates, esp the porn thing.

I thought it was quite a quiet event overall. Which was a bit of a surprise.

WireCatWhore Fri 22-Mar-13 22:02:53

Was a very good chat.

Where do the spambots come from? And is there anyway to stop them?

Kleptronic Fri 22-Mar-13 22:03:48

Ah! A Spanish one, good choice. Head exploding though josine? Maybe a lie down?

HelenMcGinn Fri 22-Mar-13 22:14:41

Hello! I'm back over here. Am very sorry if twitter/spam put you off. Let me know if you still have a question I can help with.

josine32 Fri 22-Mar-13 22:17:59

Well possibly kleptronic but need the loo every 5 minutes! Surprisingly enough it was just my mother's questions which have made my head feel like this. Explaining I am going to a 'baby shower' tomorrow took a bit of a while in Dutch blush

gazzalw Fri 22-Mar-13 22:18:19

Hello,Helen, I had a question up thread. Sorry to have been late to the party (blush)

HelenMcGinn Fri 22-Mar-13 22:23:39

What was it? Fire away..

currybaby Fri 22-Mar-13 22:23:56

hi helen thanks for the twitter chat it was interesting and looking forward to the book

HelenMcGinn Fri 22-Mar-13 22:27:32

Glad you enjoyed it, thank you smile

HelenMcGinn Fri 22-Mar-13 22:30:35

Just seem your question gazzalw - depends on mood, food and who's paying! But big soft spot for red Burgundy, aromatic whites from Spain & Italy and - since you ask - good bubbles!

Kleptronic Fri 22-Mar-13 22:33:27

I have a question. I know nothing of wine, and haven't seen the twitter party, so apologies if this has been done, or you don't do white. I love a chablis, but after a couple of glasses the minerally-ness really gets to me. I'd have it with fish (clean, crisp, clear, 'hard') but what's a good one to follow up with, please?

HelenMcGinn Fri 22-Mar-13 22:41:55

Hello, kleptronic! So, if you like Chablis (which is made from the Chardonnay grape) but want something a bit softer, you could try same grape, warmer country - Australia or Chile produce brilliant Chardonnays. Or, how about trying something like Fiano from Sicily? Let me know where you shop and I can suggest a specific one for you to try, if you like..

gazzalw Fri 22-Mar-13 22:46:07

Thanks, Helen

Kleptronic Fri 22-Mar-13 22:48:36

Hello Helen ah, is it a Chardonnay then, well every day I learn! I might seek out a Fiano, that's a new one on me, will Sainsbos have one?

HelenMcGinn Fri 22-Mar-13 22:53:49

I'm not sure if they've got one at the mo, but their Taste The Difference Gavi is really good. Tesco Finest Fiano is lovely, too. Happy foraging smile

Kleptronic Fri 22-Mar-13 22:58:01

Thank you! Much obliged. smile New wine to try, hurrah!

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