you aren’t a lush if this is what you do for a living.
It is one thing to call yourself a wine blogger and write about various consumer wine tasting events like Barrel Tasting. It is a whole different story to be asked to attend wine blogger specific events and get a self guided tour from the vineyard manager of one of the top wineries in Napa Valley. Add in good friends, new contacts, some chocolate & cheese and this was the ultimate wine blogging weekend…. The only problem: Too much to write about! I am definitely not complaining here, having too much to write about is never a bad thing. I learned so much from each event that it will take me a while to type up my thoughts so below is a short write up of each even before my thoughts become irrelevant:
Thursday April 2nd was the Wine 2.0 Expo at Crushpad in San Francisco. It was my second encounter with the Wine 2.0 guys (the first was at ZAP) and my first time at Crushpad and it was a blast. Being a newbie to the wine event scene, I had no idea that Crushpad was a huge warehouse that can hold over a thousand people. I was amazed at that the room was to hold over 800 wine/technology loving people. The expo was held to showcase some of the “emerging companies and wineries that are reinventing how wine is made, marketed or sold.” This included many different wineries, mostly from Sonoma, Napa and Paso Robles, a few wine tech companies and one innovative chocolate company. Cornelius Geary, CEO of Wine 2.0 even gave me the official Wine 2.0 Flip camera to videotape part of the evening… More info and maybe even a video to come about my highlights of this event.
Saturday April 4th was Bloggers Day at St. Supery winery in Rutherford, Ca. Wine bloggers from all around the Bay Area visited the winery for some wine, food and of course some socializing. Going into this day not knowing anything about the winery, it was definitely nice to get a guided tour of some of the vineyards from their Vineyard Manager, Josh Anstey. Everything from the croissant (and bacon) pairing with the Sauvignon Blanc to the wine tasting upstairs to the lunch under the oak tree out in front was just perfect. I left with a better feeling about this Napa winery (yes, I am a Sonoma County girl with a deep passion for her home county). I was given few parting gifts and much more is to be said about this day, so look for more info soon.
The St. Supery team and the wine bloggers.
To top this weekend off on Sunday April 5th was maybe the most exciting event of the three. I was able to participate in the Passion for Pinot Summit, an all day pinot event put on by Barbara Drady of the Affairs of the Vine. Thea Dwelle (aka @winebratsf) invited me to be one of the blogging judges of this blind pinot noir tasting. Me, a judge in a pinot tasting… Could life get any better? The top 44 pinot noirs from all over the world, chosen in a previous blind tasting from a professional tasting panel (more about Blind Tastings in another posting to come) were covered up and assigned colors. Over 300 guests, writers, bloggers and industry professionals tasted and chose their top favorites. The winners can be found on Barbara’s blog post about the event. My observations on the type of pinot noir’s that I gravitated to are coming up in another blog post as well.
I lushed it up this past weekend and I wouldn’t want my life to be any other way….
This entry was posted on April 6, 2009 by Shana Ray. It was filed under "Sonoma County", Social Networking, Twitter, vegetarian food, wine and was tagged with "Barrel Tasting", Passion for Pinot, Pinot Summit, St. Supery, Wine Bloggers, Wine two event.