WBC 09: visiting Ridge & other adventures before the conference
In this post “Art Predator/Wine Predator Off to the 2009 Wine Bloggers Conference in Sonoma” I describe how I found a way to get into the already full Wine Blogger’s Conference.
In this post, “Visiting Ridge Winery” and other pre-conference adventures” which includes “Some winery inspired poetry from Ridge’s blog” and a report on dinner that evening with Joel Vincent and others from the Wine Blogging Conference.
The next WBC 2009 post covers Day 1: Live blogging & tasting, Wine Blogger Awards, Sonoma wines & more!
I was up and at ‘em first thing Friday morning July 24 helping Zephyr Wine Adventures and Open Wine Consortium get registration going for all the excited participants of the 2009 Wine Bloggers Conference.
The Flamingo Hotel lobby was hustle bustle with cases of wines rolling through for set-up in one banquet room for the sponsor reception, and lunch and more wine ready to go in another.
People recognizing each other from twitter and blog handles embraced like the old friends they’ve become via social media–even though many of them had never met in person. Others renewed friendships made at last year’s conference and all the while laptop keys were clicking and iPhones popping.
After the first rush was registered, lunchtime was crazy in a different way: I was being pulled in so many directions!
Getting a Spice Zin tattoo from @insidesonoma…
Tasting Biodynamic wines from Bonny Doon and talking kids with winemaker and President for life Randall Grahm…
Telling the Bottle shock folks how much I enjoyed their movie and appreciated their fine cast…
Collecting a few vinfolio wine tasting books and suggesting they attach a pen to the ribbon bookmark…
Grabbing some mediocre lunch with some exceptional truffles from Sonoma County Winegrape Commission (who needs lunch anyway when there’s truffles and so much wine to enjoy? ummm, me?)…
This post continues with a report about the Wine Blogger Awards and the live blogging event.
Napa Napa Here We Come! We started Day 2 with a windy ride over the hill from Sonoma County to Napa Valley to the The Real CIA where we enjoyed a delicious spread followed by two keynote addresses by Barry Schuler on “The Future of Blogging and Social Media” and by Jim Gordon: Wine Trends Worth Blogging About.
WBC 09 Day 3: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
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