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WBC NA 2008: Day 1 Recap

Date: Tue, Dec 2, 2008 Wine Tasting

Day 1 of the 1st annual North American Wine Bloggers Conference started with a whirlwind of activities.  I caught a ride to the conference with the very gracious founders of WineQ, Marshall (Twitter) and Brittany (Twitter).  We arrived right on time at the conference hotel and center of activities, the ...

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Twitter Taste Live #5

Date: Mon, Nov 17, 2008 Wine Tasting

This is my first Twitter Taste Live!, #5 The Bloggers Take Over!  TTL was started by the man behind the online wine savings outfit Bin Ends Wine, Craig Drollet (Twitter). TTL is an exceptionally innovative integration of the new social media and wine tasting, taking wine to an even greater ...

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Southern Comfort

Date: Mon, Nov 17, 2008 Wine Tasting

I received an invite to the annual Southern Wine & Spirits Pennsylvania portfolio tasting at 5:20 Monday evening. That was the good news, the bad was it started at 6:00 and would take me an hour to get there in rush hour traffic. I arrived late, around 7:00 but went to ...

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Post-WBC NA 2008: The Wine Spies Party

Date: Mon, Nov 17, 2008 Wine Tasting

After finishing up at the last WBC lunch and tasting, the Luxe Sonoma lunch, I headed out with the Brix Chicks, Liza (Twitter) and Xandria to another party, this time hosted by Agent Red and Agent Green (Twitter) of The Wine Spies. The Wine Spies is a interesting and effective wine ...

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WBC NA 2008: Day 3 Brief (P)reCap

Date: Mon, Nov 17, 2008 Wine Tasting

Waking up on Day 3, Sunday, of the WBC was definitely harder to do than the the last! Late night Oak Room tastings in the Flamingo, plus even MORE shenanigans afterward with other kids including Anthony (Twitter) from Farmstead and El Jefe (Twitter) from Twisted Oak led this blogger to ...

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WBC NA 2008: Day 2 Brief (P)reCap

Date: Mon, Nov 17, 2008 Wine Tasting

I'm sitting in the second of the Breakout Sessions at the very first North American Wine Bloggers Conference here in 2008 at the Hotel Flamingo.  I've already had yet another whirlwind of a day at the conference and would like to give you all a little taste of what I've ...

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WBC NA 2008: Blind Tasting Challenge

Date: Mon, Nov 17, 2008 Wine Tasting

I am now about to begin the Blind Tasting Challenge (courtesy of Bagged Wine) portion of the the very first North American Wine Bloggers Conference here in 2008 at the Hotel Flamingo!  Keep in mind all of this is live and (pretty much) not edited!! It's single-elimination and I'm probably out ...

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WBC NA 2008: Live Wineblogging!

Date: Mon, Nov 17, 2008 Wine Tasting

I am about to begin the Live Wine Blogging portion of the the very first North American Wine Bloggers Conference here in 2008 at the Hotel Flamingo!  Keep in mind all of this is live and pretty much not edited!! We will have ~5 minutes with each winemaker as they rotate ...

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W—B—C—!!!

Date: Mon, Nov 17, 2008 Wine Tasting

In the final week leading up to the very first North American Wine Bloggers Conference (which I first mentioned here), I wanted to give you readers a preview of what you can expect from me over the next weekend: Wine...insanity! A vineyard tasting at Kick Ranch Vineyard right off the bat, live ...

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Harvest Tour with Lionheart Wines @ Crushpad

Date: Mon, Nov 17, 2008 Wine Tasting

Last Tuesday my friend and day job manager, Walter and I had the privilege of a private harvest tour of a bustling Crushpad, courtesy of Leon Glover, owner and winemaker for the upstart Lionheart Wines. Leon and I have maintained a continued correspondence since my first tour and our subsequent ...

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The Humble Trio

Date: Mon, Nov 17, 2008 Wine Tasting

What transpires when you put a premier Oregon Winemaker, a noted Philadelphia Chef, and a top sommelier in the same room and tell them to play nice? If it happens to be Josh Bergström, winemaker extraordinaire from Bergström vineyards, Daniel Stern owner of Philadelphia restaurants Gayle / RAE, and ...

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Georis Winery 5th Annual Wine Club Event, Carmel Valley

Date: Mon, Sep 22, 2008 Wine Tasting

Ever since 2003, the middle of September brings a certain feeling of excitement to my mind.  It brings to mind dusty, hot vineyards, absolutely full of virtually mature grapes. It brings thoughts of BBQ, zydeco music and twisting mountain roads.  Walter and Syliva Georis welcome the middle of this month ...

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Lafite is afoot

Date: Mon, Sep 22, 2008 Wine Tasting

I belong to a wine club called the "Dead Guys," founded about ten years ago by Scot "Zippy" Ziskind , a builder/consultant of high-end wine cellars, and the owner of a wine storage facility with a "I'd have to kill you if I told you" address. The wines ...

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Another Wine Luminary Passes: Didier Dagueneau

Date: Fri, Sep 19, 2008 Wine Tasting

Known as the "wild man of the Loire," Didier Dagueneau made some of the most unusual and exceptional Sauvignon Blanc-based wines from his estate in Saint-Andelain, in the Dordogne of the Loire Valley, France.  Dagueneau passed away after a microlite plane accident at the age of 52. Always ecentric and in ...

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