Furious Live Wine Blogging. Day 2- Reds!

13 Jul

It’s hard to explain the insanity of Live Wine Blogging at the WBC14  Wine Blogger’s Conference, but let’s try: 300+ people crammed into a conference room with round tables for 8 with a number in the middle. 50 minute time limit on the event! Wine makers run around the room, changing tables every five minutes from table number to number (in order), trying to shout above the din what their wine is while they both pour tastes and answer questions. Bloggers furiously try to taste each wine, scribble notes, and tweet or record their findings as they try not to spit wine on themselves or their digital devices. All of this while the conference leaders shout furtively into a wireless microphone that only feeds a speaker in one small corner, far below the room volume. A tiny bit of insanity, strangely fun, while frustrating. Did I mention the intermittent internet connectivity, or the lack of good signal in the basement? Oh- never mind. 🙂

Regardless- we tasted some good, some not so good, from $8 to $60 (Jordan Winery’s 2006 Cab: Tasty!). Here is my pile of tweets for your enjoyment!

 

Labyrinth Pino ’12 clone 667 “More Cary grant than John Wayne”

2011 SB Syrah Brett and barnyard on the nose, very mixed palate. Grill pleaser for sure.

Monterey Pinot. Black cherry, boysenberry, nice tight finish. Stelvin & $15- easy to drink!

2010 vineyard 511 Cab- aged 30 mo’s in oak! Menthol & Forest, black fruit and long pull.

Symmetry Meritage ’11 Classic Sonoma, where’s my steak?

Carmenere Reaerve 2011. $13, earth & brown spice, ideal for Classic French aka boef bourg.

’06 Cab. Lovely Alexander valley, menthol and perfume- so old world! Luxury-Yum!

à votre santé!

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3 Responses to “Furious Live Wine Blogging. Day 2- Reds!”

  1. talkavino July 13, 2014 at 6:26 pm #

    so we both were at the same conference and didn’t meet? wow, don’t know how that happened… we have to fix it next year 🙂

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    • jimvanbergen July 14, 2014 at 9:38 pm #

      I’m so sorry! I kept thinking we’d bump into each other… and then suddenly I was on the plane back home. Crazy that a show so small is actually so big!

      Curious which winery you ended up at Friday- I was at Sanford, if you didn’t figure it out by my blog. 🙂
      I did get to hang with Jeff (Drunken Cyclist) a bit as well as about five other wine bloggers whose work I enjoy.

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      • talkavino July 14, 2014 at 9:41 pm #

        We ended up at Solvang, which worked much much better than I expected…

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