This just in–Jo Diaz from Wine Blog.org called less than an hour ago to let me know that YES I could go to Portugal for the Enoforum Wine Tour of Portugal’s Alentejo region! And arrive early enough to attend most of the European Wine Bloggers Conference!!
OH MY GOODNESS!
I leave on Thursday. I have A LOT to do between now and then including learning a little more about what this adventure will entail!
This weekend last year was the First Wine Bloggers Conference, held in Santa Rosa, in the heart of Sonoma County Wine Country. And next weekend is the second European Wine Bloggers Conference to be held in Lisbon, Portugal Oct. 30-Nov. 1.
I remember when I first found out that there WERE wine blogging conferences in the US and in Europe. Excited, I looked on-line at videos and other reports about the EWBC, and dreamed that one day I’d be able to go.
I love Wine Blogging Conferences. Actually, I love going to conferences! The two Wine Bloggers Conferences that I’ve been to have been a blast: I learned a lot (A LOT!), met so many fabulous people, and tasted so many amazing wines. Here are links to my posts about WBC 2008 and WBC 2009.
And then I got so close to going this year when I was named first runner-up in a contest to go to Portugal and attend Enforum and discover wine from Portugal, and then winner Sonadora got sick and had to cancel…but I guess there just wasn’t enough time for the organizers to make the switch from Wannabe Wino to Wine Predator, Instead, they’re trying to get their money back. There’s a possibility that I might be able to go with Sonadora another time. I sure hope so.
In the meantime I just saw a tweet from @catavino that the European Wine Bloggers Conference is looking for someone to live blog. Oh, I wish it could be me! I’ve live blogged two Wine Bloggers conferences, two WordCamps, and a few other events and conferences as well including MacWorld! Next year? Sigh. So close and yes too far. I’ll just have to taste some wine from Portugal here. Maybe I can throw a mini European Wine Bloggers Conference at home.