Live Wine Blogging Session #1 White wines

This is a the wildest way to taste wine ever. Each winery has 5 minutes to tell their story and pour their wines. Then they switch and move on to the next table. I think I tasted 13-14 wines; below I mention and blog about 13 of them!

Big House White 2009

White wine in a box that’s shaped in an 8 sided container called Octogon. One Octogon has 4 bottles. Stays fresh for 6 weeks instead of a couple of days . Made by Adam Richardson senior winemaker, but a local artisan wine maker makes the wine Georgetta Dane from Romania. But there’s some gal she mentioned too. Malvasia, muscat, viognier, gruner, pinot gris, reilsing. Very aromatic, really unexpected that it’s quite decent. $20 more or less because it’s a lot cheaper to produce and distribute. People will like this and change their opinion of wine in a box.

2008 Viognier from Maryhill in the Columbia Gorge

and you can see the Columbia River there and they have lots of concerts and stuff.
Produce 80,000 cases., 4000 of this wine. A bit cold now but will open and warm up. Retails at $12. Stainless steel mostly but one fermented in oak. This wine is distributed in 21 states. Will be pouring a zin tomorrow and they’re the largest producer of zin in WA. Taste like viognier.

2008 Genesis by Hogue Continue reading

WBC 2010 Blogging Breakout Sessions: Advanced is Good Grape, 1WineDude & RJ

I’m here at the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference and it’s time for the “About Wine Blogging” breakout sessions! Our choices are:
• Wine Blogging 101 with Colby Vorhees, Joe Power and Catie Walker
• Advanced Wine Blogging with Joe Roberts, Jeff Lefevere and RJ Hilgers –
• Wine Blogging and the Wine Industry with Craig Camp, Lori Narlock and Bob

I’m with the Advanced Wine Blogging with Joe Roberts who just won the best wine blog award 1 Wine Dude, Jeff Lefevere Good Grape (who won two awards!) and RJ Hilgers and taking notes on suggestions from Jeff Lefrevre at Good Grape. Here’s his four main points:

1. Work Smarter Not Harder
2. Work on your writing
3. Develop your brand
4. Capitalize on trends.

Here’s some details and specifics according to Jeff: Continue reading

2010 Wine Blogger Award Winners Announced

Following is a list of the 2010 Wine Blog Awards finalists:

Best Wine Blog Graphics, Photography, & Presentation
Good Grape
Swirl Smell Slurp

Best Industry/Business Wine Blog
Good Grape
My Daily Wine
New York Cork Report
Think Wine Marketing
Wine Biz Radio

Best Wine Reviews on a Wine Blog
Bigger Than Your Head
Good Wine Under $20
Jason’s Wine Blog

Best Single Subject Wine Blog

New York Cork Report
Tinto y Blanco

Best Winery Blog
4488: A Ridge Blog
Been Doon So Long
Tablas Creek
Twisted Oak

Best Writing On a Wine Blog
Chronic Negress

Steve Heimoff

Best New Wine Blog
A Long Pour
Drink Nectar
Notes From the Cellar
One Brilliant Bottle
Swirl Smell Slurp

Best Overall Wine Blog
1 Wine Dude
Dr. Vino
New York Cork Report

Palate Press
The Cellarist

And the winners are:

Best Overall: 1Wine Dude aka Joe Roberts
Best graphics: Good Grape
New wine blog: swirl smell slurp
Best Single Subject Wine Blog: New York Cork report
Wine Blog: Been Doon so Long
Wine Reviews: Bigger than your head
Blog writing: Catavino
Industry/Business: Good Grape

These are all great blogs to check out and follow. I’ve met many of these folks who were both competing and winners and they’re really great too.

Congratulations, everyone!!

WBC Keynote Wine Writer Steve Heimoff on the “bloggers wine war” & more

Steve Heimoff tastes 5000 wines a year–professionally.

He’s also controversial when it comes to wine bloggers.

In his keynote, which I am enjoying with some AUS shiraz samples of the tasty Mollydooker The Boxer and the absolutely juicy joy of Carnival of Love, he starts out with discussing how this is a transitional phase of wine writing from the era of “ivory tower” wine writers to a more democratized wine writing via Robert Parker who wanted to write in a way to make wine more popular and wine writing more available to the level of the average person.

Now he points out it’s the third wave of wine writing where women are now writing about wine.

The top down model of wine writing has changed radically with the spread of social media so that now there are thousands of wine writers publishing on the web using various social media platforms–primarily blogs.

He sees how blogs provide writers an opportunity to write in a stronger  more personal voice. Having a blog allowed him to write without the chafing of the yoke of an editor. Continue reading