Thoughts about or inspired by the Wine Bloggers Conference

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The organizers have done a spectacular job. It is hard to believe that this is the first one of these ever held. I am quite impressed.

Many places like to claim the title “God’s Country.” Sonoma County actually is.

There seems to be quite a brouhaha about ethics among wine bloggers. A lot of folks on both sides of the issues make good points, but no one should be trying to decide for anyone else what is right or wrong. If a winery wants to advertise on my site they should show me the money. When I am given free wine, I gratefully accept. I may joke about being a wine whore, but the fact of the matter is that I am not Robert Parker and do not aspire to be. In fact, giving me wine only means that I will drink it, and nothing more. Wine reviews are not the main focus of this site, but when you see one here, it means that I enjoyed it and am letting my readers know it. Maybe they will like it, too. If I am given a bottle that I don’t enjoy, I don’t write about it. Maybe I was in a bad mood, maybe the bottle was flawed for some reason, or maybe it just wasn’t something that appealed to my tastes. But why would anyone care about wines that I did not enjoy?

The Vineyard Walks put on by Zephyr Tours were awesome. We chose the Michel-Schlumberger walk and it was fantastic. I will write much more about it later, but suffice it to say that the lunch and wine afterwards would probably have cost us as much as we paid to attend the conference if we had gotten it in a restaurant. I will remember the tour for a lifetime.

Here are a couple of photos from the tour, again, with many more to come.

  • http://eaglesnestwinery.com Dennis Grimes

    As an atttending winery implementing a blog component, I was impressed with the concern re. ethics and credibility, sadly from my view, character traits generally on the decline in todays world. I applaud those concerned, it speaks very well of their character. I also applaud the dedication of bloggers in the fface of limited revenues – many do it solely for the love of wine and sharing of knowledge.

    Kudos to the WBC organizers and sponsors – what a TOTAL class act – future events have a difficult time topping this!!! Winegrowesr of Dry Creek Valley and Sonoma County Winegrape Commission, and Zephyr Adventures – and others, really, really stepped up to the plate!!! Wow!!! What an event and what great folks!!! Did I say WOW!!!

    • http://www.anotherwineblog.com Joe

      I will most definitely see your “WOW!” and raise you one “HOLY CRAP, WHAT AN EVENT!”

  • http://thewinesleuth.co.uk Denise

    Hey Joe, next time I'm following you on the vineyard walk. Although we did get the Rodney Strong Rockaway!!

    • http://www.anotherwineblog.com Joe

      Denise, it was wonderful meeting you and hanging out this weekend. I hope our paths cross often. Btw, sorry for making fun of your post walk sandwich just because we had such a fantastic meal at Michel-Schlumberger. Oops, did that come off as taunting again? Sorry! ;)

      Seriously, I wish I had gotten to taste the Rockaway, as well.

  • http://www.anotherwineblog.com Joe

    I will most definitely see your “WOW!” and raise you one “HOLY CRAP, WHAT AN EVENT!”

  • http://www.anotherwineblog.com Joe

    Denise, it was wonderful meeting you and hanging out this weekend. I hope our paths cross often. Btw, sorry for making fun of your post walk sandwich just because we had such a fantastic meal at Michel-Schlumberger. Oops, did that come off as taunting again? Sorry! ;)

    Seriously, I wish I had gotten to taste the Rockaway, as well.

  • http://www.anotherwineblog.com Joe

    I will most definitely see your “WOW!” and raise you one “HOLY CRAP, WHAT AN EVENT!”

  • http://www.anotherwineblog.com Joe

    Denise, it was wonderful meeting you and hanging out this weekend. I hope our paths cross often. Btw, sorry for making fun of your post walk sandwich just because we had such a fantastic meal at Michel-Schlumberger. Oops, did that come off as taunting again? Sorry! ;)

    Seriously, I wish I had gotten to taste the Rockaway, as well.

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