Tis the season (and the week of the Wine Bloggers Conference) for wine bloggers to take the easy way out with recap posts. Color me guilty and enjoy the story behind the stories for each conference. I always have such an amazing time discovering the region, bonding with my friends who I don’t see enough and laughing so hard that I cry. So, I’m about to attend my sixth wine blogger’s conference next week.
Let’s start with 2010 in Walla Walla, Washington. As you can see from the post, this was my first wine bloggers conference and I was really playing by the rules. To me, the moment by moment recap is amusing, but I still had glimpses of the type of coverage I write today, but without the #goingrogue experience.
In 2012, we were in Portland. The bus outing featured a handsome police officer that pulled the bus over on the way to Carlton, Oregon. Hence, we had Carlton without handcuffs.
I missed the 2013 event due to a family trip to Costa Rica, which was amazing but I did really want to experience the wine of Canada.
Santa Barbara was the site of the 2014 conference. We had an amazing pre-trip that was hosted by the San Francisco Wine School and certain wineries. It definitely established 2014 as the year to come for the private events, stay for the conference. I walked into this conference with a great understanding of the region.
In 2015, we traveled to the Finger Lakes. This year, we were on the pre-trip, but first a side journey to Philadelphia where Jeff Kralik opened his home for a birthday celebration with his family. Special note: his birthday falls this year during the conference.
And now we move to 2016. The pressure is on for me because I am actually debuting Masthead, a wine made by four bloggers (one being yours truly), and the pressure is on because we had the right grapes (Mohr-Frye vineyard), the right coaches (Mitch Costenino and Paul Scotto) and every tool for success to make this great.
We will see if this is a humbling or well received experience this week. I’ll be sure to keep you posted.