Dear Thea, this is what you missed!

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strawberryWe flew into California on Wednesday night, a couple days early, so we could head down to Murphys for a little pre-WBC09 (2009 Wine Bloggers’ Conference) fun.  Lucky for us, there were lots of cars on the Hertz lot. The nice lady at the counter asked if we would like to upgrade to a 2010 Mustang with leather seats for only $8 more a day. Gee, upgrade from a compact to a Red Mustang?

Well what do you think we did! And on our way to Murphys to meet up with some other WBC-ers we had arranged to meet with Robert Sobon and check out Sobon Estate and Shenandoah Vineyards’ wines in Amador Country.  So we took our red Mustang out Route 16 to the Sierra Foothills. He had asked us if we had time for a little lunch.  And I’m thinking how nice, he’s going to fix some sandwiches, maybe some cheese, a few grapes.  He did prepare some cheese for the wine tasting; which we’ll write more about later.  But what we did not expect him to prepare was a lovely 3-course meal that ended with huge fresh strawberries dipped in homemade chocolate sauce sitting on a big dollop of French vanilla ice cream, paired with Shenandoah Vineyards Amador County Black Muscat. In a word — FABulous!

Since we were only coming from Sacramento, it was a pretty short drive. Our friend Thea (winebratsf on twitter) was coming from San Francisco with Sonadora and Brix Chicks Liza, so it was a bit out of their way. That’s why they took a rain check on the invitation. More ice cream for us!

Thank you Robert and all the folks at Sobon Estate and Shenandoah Vineyards for such nice hospitality and a great lunch! We look forward to meeting with you again, and enjoying your wines in the interim.

Cheers!
WineWonkette, square ~ Amy Corron Power,
aka WineWonkette

About Amy Corron Power

A licensed attorney, Amy is a wine-lover, foodie, photographer, political junkie and award-winning author who writes about Wine, Food, Beer & Spirits. As Managing Editor & Tasting Director for Another Wine Blog, she travels all over the world's wine regions to share her experiences with her readers and nearly 10,000 twitter fans. She holds certifications from International Sommelier Guild, regularly attends Houston Sommelier Association events and is currently studying for her California Wine Appellation Specialist certification through the San Francisco Wine School.
  • http://www.uncorkedventures.com/ Mark

    Enjoy the trip. Sac isn't the prettiest place in California, but wine country is certainly beautiful. I'll look forward to seeing details about the trip and the conference.

    • http://www.anotherwineblog.com jpower

      Thanks, Mark. We have been enjoying (almost) every minute so far.

  • Barolo

    Perhaps not unfortunately, the conference sold out a few days before I decided to go. :)

    Sobon makes some of my favorite zins and how can you not have fun with El Jefe and a rubber chicken??

    Great blog!

    • http://www.anotherwineblog.com jpower

      I hope you read the second post about the WBC and their complete redemption.

      I agree about El Jefe. If there is a more fun winery in the world, that produces such high quality juice, I have never heard of it. Murphys is well worth the trip. Sabon is wonderful, as well, and we were treated like a combination of royalty and family. This trip is certainly spoiling us. People in California are the most wonderful people I have met anywhere.

  • http://www.anotherwineblog.com Houstonwino

    I hope you read the second post about the WBC and their complete redemption.

    I agree about El Jefe. If there is a more fun winery in the world, that produces such high quality juice, I have never heard of it. Murphys is well worth the trip. Sabon is wonderful, as well, and we were treated like a combination of royalty and family. This trip is certainly spoiling us. People in California are the most wonderful people I have met anywhere.

  • http://www.anotherwineblog.com Houstonwino

    Thanks, Mark. We have been enjoying (almost) every minute so far.

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