Spit or Die
Remnants of White Wine from Speed Blogging
This past weekend I learned to spit. Spitting is a necessity, needless to say, if you are going to actually taste upwards of 200 wines or so within a three day period of time and live to tell the story.
The Wine Bloggers Conference 2010 was held last week in Walla Walla, Washington. Three days of wine tasting, seminars, keynote speakers (like Steve Heimhoff and Lettie Teague), being wined and dined by wineries, a food and wine pairing seminar by Jeffrey Saad, networking, very good food and the infamous speed blogging events.
Portrait Cellars Lovely Label
Speed blogging is much like speed dating, only instead of five intriguing or torturous minutes with a prospective date, you spend it with a winemaker and one of his or her wines. Five whole minutes for a winemaker to offer information, answer your questions, and for you to taste and form an opinion about the wine and to send your impressions into the ether via Twitter. This process is repeated every five minutes for an hour, putting you front and center with a total of 12 wines, and that's only the whites. The reds come tomorrow. Each taster has his or her own spit cup along with the larger spit buckets on each table, and using them is the only way to gain a true impression of the wine and find a vocabulary to describe it, which was in part my motivation for attending the conference.
Lots of food and wine pairing opportunities occurred during the conference. I've never seen so much Riedel stemware in one place in all my life, and was glad that I wasn't working the dish room during this event.
Really nice photo opportunities were everywhere the eye could see.It was announced that the Wine Bloggers Conference 2011 will be held next July in Charlottesville, Virginia. I was last there in 2008 and am curious to see what is reported to be exponential growth of the industry there and how their wines are coming along. With Virginia's blossoming wine industry, it should be a very good time, and will allow for our east-coast blogging buddies to more easily join us. There are a few I'm hoping to meet, like Jason and Margot at Ancient Fire.Wines from Jefferson Winery in Charlottesville
One of the promised events at the next conference is an exclusive event at Monticello. I've already registered, have you?