Thoughts about or inspired by the Wine Bloggers Conference

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.

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