Who said that drinking wine is easy?

Anyone that tells you that drinking wine is easy should be summarily shot before having their ass kicked.I have easily spit and poured out more wine today than most of you will consume in a month. Even with all of the spitting, I have ‘accidentally” swallowed quite a bit, much of it excellent. My palate is quite shot and I am exhausted. I still have 2 more tastings and a wine dinner to attend today, and am currently skipping a blind tasting competition to try to get back in shape.

As the Wine Blogger Conference opened, we all stood in a very good natured line waiting to sign in and get credentialed. It took me about 2 seconds before I made my first new friend of the day. Denise Medrano of TheWineSleuth.co.uk introduced herself and then provided us with excellent company all afternoon as we visited Kick Ranch. She didn’t even complain when we got lost.

The event at Kick Ranch deserves a post of its own, and will get it later. There were so many great wines to taste, and wonderful food, along with great company at this event that it would have made this trip worthwhile all by itself.

As soon as we got back from Kick Ranch the Live Blogging event began. For some reason I could not connect to my site to participate live, but I did take notes, as did Amy, so we will have some reviews posted soon. There was one remarkable wine, quite a few good ones, and one that I really disliked. It was a lot of fun and a lot of work. I think I need a quick nap and a lot of water.

Here are a few photos from today. Again, look for many more to follow.

The beginning of the line to taste the many wines from a wide variety of wine makers, all using grapes from Kick Ranch.

Our congenial host at the Kick Ranch. This guy knows how to throw a party!

The spectacular view from the party. What a great venue for a picnic and wine tasting!

Don’t I look like I’m having fun?

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