When Joe first said he wanted to start a blog about wine and food, I’ll have to admit I was a little skeptical. Sure, he is a great cook, and was studying with the International Sommelier Guild. But I remember saying to him, “What makes you think anyone cares to read what you have to say about food and wine?”
And Joe said something about how Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” success started by his writing a book. And I countered with, “But you’re not Anthony Bourdain.”
Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how you look at it, that’s the difference between me and Joe. I look into a void and see nothing. Joe looks into the void and see what could be there. I’m pragmatic, he’s idealistic. He’s willing to think “big” for himself, where I usually think “big” for others. If we were skydivers I’d be worrying about checking and double checking and triple checking the parachute, and Joe would be enjoying the exhilaration of the jump.
And fortunately, Joe ignored me, and posted his first blog entry on December 28th, 2007.
I did get excited when I found out about the first ever Wine Blogger Conference last October in Santa Rosa. Partly, because I wasn’t too keen on letting my husband take a trip to Wine Country without me; and partly because I liked the social aspect of a conference; I decided to go as well. But since I wanted to actually be one of the bloggers and not just “one of the spouses” I felt a post was necessary. Originally my job was going to be mainly “the photographer,” but since my background was in writing, I decided an entire post was in order.
Nearly 400 posts and over 1,200 comments from the first entry, Joe and I are headed again to Santa Rosa for Wine Blogger Conference ’09. Since the first conference we’ve accumulated nearly 4000 followers between us on twitter, over 500 friends on other social networks like Facebook and Open Wine Consortium and Joe has over 3,100 contacts on Must Love Wine. In the past two years, we’ve accumulated, consumed and/or tasted over 1,000 different wines from France, Germany, Argentina, South Africa, Greece, Turkey, Hungary, Spain, Italy, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Washington, Oregon, New York, Michigan, Iowa, Ohio, Texas and several appellations in California. And if you add rice and plumb wine; China, Japan and Korea. Does that make us wine experts? Not really, but it means we most certainly have embraced the world of wine.
Last year’s WBC found us participating in the events, but not the “
anti UN conference*” activities. The anti UN conference included the non-official, non-planned but definitely more ad hoc social activities. Says Winebratsf aka Thea Dwelle, she of Luscious Lushes, “The anti conference was totally not part of the WBC, just a fun aside for those of us who were hanging out and had some wine to share with old and new friends.” We have threatened promised to bring a bottle of the worst most unique “Cowboy” Texas wine we can find for this year’s anti-conference. Although Thea strictly forbade it! And it’s a good bet we’ll see some of those wine bloggers pictured (Sharayray, CoreyDTT, winebratsf, eljefetwisted, WineQT, WineQ & drxeno – thanks to Thea for sending a link to WineQT’s photo.)
This year, prior to heading to The Flamingo Resort in Santa Rosa, we’re heading to Murphys, California in Calaveras County for some pre-WBC fun with El Jefe at Twisted Oak Winery. We visited Murphys in March, prior to Sonoma Barrel Tasting, and El Jefe treated us to some fine Twisted Oak wines, fermenting in the barrel. This time we’re hooking up with some Wine Blogger friends including Dhonig2, the aforementioned winebratsf, Sonadora and whoever else shows up.
Then it is on to Santa Rosa for more wine, more “monetizing” tips and certainly some fine tasting experiences that only Joel Vincent, and the good folks at Zephyr Adventures can provide. We’re looking forward to it. And you can bet it will provide at least one or two blog posts!
*See Comments Below: Anti-Conference vs. UN-Conference