Wine Conferences: No Time for Writing About Wine

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Often when we attend conferences and tastings, we plan an extra day prior to or following our trip. We may rent a car, an extra hotel night here and there, with enough unscheduled time to upload photos, shop, relax, and enjoy a “vacation” of sorts. That way even “work” seems a bit like holiday. Last month we visited Washington State Wine Country. We just returned from Greece. You would assume we had fabulous opportunities for souvenir shopping. But when someone else does the planning, almost every minute is scheduled, and quite often “over-booked.”

Every Minute is Scheduled

So to relax, or even blog, for that matter, one must skip some of the planned activities. For blogger conferences, it usually means panel discussions or breakfast. That’s because the men planning the schedule have no clue about “fudge” time. They plan the entire weekend as if it’s a college fraternity excursion that requires no showers, no sleep, no make-up and no packing save throwing everything in a duffel bag for “Mom” (or wife, or significant other) to wash upon return home.

And blogging? Well sure, tweeting via iPhone is blogging right? You don’t HAVE a iPhone? Well too bad for you!

The conference day schedule looks something like this:

06:30 to 07:30 am –  Breakfast on your own. Who gets up at 6:30 a.m. after “tasting” wine until at least 11:00 p.m. or midnight the night before? Often with few breakfast venues, 200 – 300 people are vying for the same 30 tables. Continental breakfast required. There is no time for ordering, preparation, service and eating. And in any given day of wine tasting, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.

7:35 am – Board Bus for Trip to Wineries/Vineyards. Conference organizers tell everyone to just count off and get on a bus. It doesn’t matter which bus. But once you choose a bus, you cannot change. Just count off like in first grade. Oops! You are number 16 and the schedule calls for 15. So you cannot sit with your friends. Go choose another bus. Loser!

7:40 to 9:00 am – Travel to and visit First Winery/Vineyard. 200-300 people  all board buses in 5 minutes. Yeah, right. At 7:50 am the bus leaves the parking lot headed toward the first destination. An unmarked vineyard. Which the bus passes. Three times. Of course, we blame Thea. Because of the whole “Bus #4″ thing in Napa the year before. Through the magic of twitter we learn two other buses are lost. So it’s NOT Thea’s fault. At 8:30 a.m. we arrive at the first vineyard, which will include a tasting/pairing and a vineyard walk. Behind schedule, no time for extensive walk. Or pairing. Or photographs. A few quick shots. Walk a few steps into the vineyard. Quickly “taste.” No real time for food. Get back on the bus. It’s 9:20 a.m.

9:15 to 10:55 a.m. – Visit to second vineyard/winery.
Now 20 minutes behind schedule, the bus gets stuck behind a train. Ten minutes. Arrive at the winery at 10:00 a.m. 15 people need a bathroom break. There is one stall for each gender. You get the picture. 10:15 a.m. winery tour begins. 10:35 am sit down for tasting. Of six or more wines. No time for questions, we must get back on the bus for the next stop. Wait, they have a gift shop! We can buy some souvenirs! Sorry, we’re running late, get on the bus. Now! It’s 11:15 a.m.

11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Visit to third winery.
Fifteen minutes behind schedule, we travel to next winery. Arrive at third stop at 11:40 a.m. Parking lot is across the street. Tour starts at 11:45 a.m. Noon, sit down for tasting. Six wines, each, from the two wineries represented. 30 minutes to taste 12 wines. And take notes. And ask questions. Not too many though, because we’ll be late for lunch. Leave winery at 12:30 p.m.

12:30 to 2:00 p m. – Lunch with winery. Further behind schedule, we arrive at winery 1:00 p.m. No time for tour or tasting – we’ll taste with lunch. Tables set up in the sun. On an unseasonably warm day. The pasty white people ask for a table in the shade. Winery moves one table. We sit down for lunch at 1:15 p.m. Tables are now spread out, so winemaker must go back and forth explaining the wines. Finish lunch at 2:15 p.m. Back on bus and headed to hotel at 2:25 p.m.

2:30 to 3:00 p.m. Break. Arrive at hotel 2:45 p.m. Run upstairs to room to drop literature. Thank goodness we’re on a lower floor. Two elevators have lines waiting to ascend to rooms on higher floors.

Afternoon at the Hotel

It's like they planned a college fraternity excursion that requires no showers, no sleep, and no packing save stuffing a duffel bag for Mom to wash upon return home.
It’s 2:50 p.m. After seven hours getting on and off a non air-conditioned bus, we need a bit of refreshing. Like a shower and change of clothes. A panel discussion starts at 3:00 p.m. followed by another, then speed tasting and reception. The scheduled 30-minute break is now just 10 minutes. Decision time – continue the day and evening in shorts, sweaty, looking like I just left the gym? Or be tardy for the panel discussion, and finish the day refreshed?

Vanity wins out. Since I take longer, Joe hits the shower first. He gets dressed and announces he needs coffee. Promises to be back in 5 minutes. I emerge from the shower refreshed and choose an outfit that requires a bit of assistance in getting dressed. Shouldn’t be a problem because Joe will be back in a few minutes. Or so he says.

The Anti-Conference

While I’m waiting for help with a certain hook in the back, Joe has been side-tracked by Ward, aka drXeno. And Thea. After 10 minutes have passed, I pick up my phone to send a “Where the HELL are you?” text. And find a message. Which I missed, because I had turned off the sound during the winery visits. By this time I have given up on the chosen attire for something that requires no help getting dressed. And the message indicates Joe is drinking Bordeaux at the “Anti-Conference.”

Every year during the WBC there is a portion of the conference that the “regulars” have no desire to attend. Usually it’s the awards ceremony. It’s a boycott of sorts, because all of the “regulars,” whose blogs are very good, are never nominated for an
award. Among the nominees there are usually 1 or 2 very good blogs in each category. The other nominees rounding out the category are either conference organizers’ blogs; famous traditional print journalists with on-line columns that appear in the newspaper that employs them; or the on-line column of a major newspaper’s wine editor. And thus the boycott. Not because there aren’t genuinely deserving blogger nominees. But because they make up only about 20 percent of all the finalists. It’s as if, in a BCS National Championship, the rankings include The Ohio State Buckeyes, The University of Texas Longhorns, the Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints and the NCAA Convention planners.

This year the Awards Ceremony comes immediately after the “welcome and introduction,” so the Anti-Conference moves to the following day. It’s already 15 minutes into the panel discussion, so I opt to join Joe, drXeno, DallasWineChick, BrixChicksLiza and Thea, the winebratsf outside on the patio for some Bordeaux. Given the next panel discussion includes the tired, worn-out, beating-a-dead-horse topic of “The Future of Wine Writing,” we continue the Anti-Conference until it is time for Speed Tasting.

The Evening Activities

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Live Blogging. Live Blogging is actually Twitter Speed Tasting. Tables for 10 bloggers are set up and every five minutes a new winemaker pours and describes his or her wine. Bloggers must taste and comment within 5 minutes time. There is no time to actually “blog,” but you do have time to tweet. After one of the organizers concludes that there were too many bloggers at our table (never-mind we just filled the chairs available) two less stubborn of our group get up and move to another table. At 5:15 pm the speed tasting gets underway. Three-year veterans now, we find we have plenty of time to taste and tweet. This gives us more time to craft tweets more apt to get projected on the screen at the front of the room. At promptly 6:00 p.m. we were told to vacate the premises, so that the tables could be prepared for dinner.

6:00 to 6:30 p.m. Break. We join the hordes at the elevator to make a quick trip to the room to drop computers and tasting notes, and upload any pictures from the speed tasting. And run back down the steps for the pre-dinner reception.

6:30 to 7:00 p.m. Pre-dinner Reception. Everyone (Reminder: 200-300 people) gathers in a room designed for about 50 people. Long lines form at every tasting table, and the two-sided, two-ended buffet has folks starting at one end, and stopping in the middle. The other “entrance” is unused, mainly because the set-up is counter-intuitive. We spy one of the few cocktail tables in the corner and make our way to it, snack quickly, and leave as to allow others to use it. Spying cheese, crackers and meats piled on our tiny plates, one fellow blogger says, “We ARE having dinner, you know.”

7:00 to 8:45 p.m. Dinner. We enter the Main Ballroom to discover seating is limited. Half of the room includes round tables for 10-12, but nearly all of the seats have been “saved” by conference organizers and the other few who “got the memo.” There are two stations set up. On one end are a few seafood hors d’oeuvres with white wines. The other includes sliders with red wine. Long lines to each, nothing being passed amongst the cocktail tables. After a quick glance around, some bloggers determine they’ll have a better chance fortifying for the next event if they choose a restaurant in town. We opt for the white wine line. After 25 minutes we get to the serving table, pick up a few bites and a glass of something white then head to a cocktail table. I think back to the blogger shocked at our reception plates, hoping he got enough food to keep from getting drunk while “tasting.”

9:00 to 10:30 p.m. After Dinner Walk-About. Following dinner we rush upstairs to change to “sensible shoes” for our walk about town. We’re given a map to 12 tasting rooms nearby. Thea knows of a killer party afterward, so we follow her merry band of tasters. Everyone decides to start with “Tasting Room Number 1.” So 50-60 people attempt to crowd into a room designed for 12. Not wanting to fight a crowd or risk wearing my wine, I hang back and wait for the opportunity to taste 1 or 2 wines. Out of about 12. Well at least I will stay sober, since dump buckets are few and far between.

The last Tasting Room is that of our Bed and Breakfast hosts. We stop in to taste and chat with our host. This is the first opportunity we’ve had to actually taste the wines, look at the interesting art, and talk with the actual winemaker. In the process we lose Thea and the merry pranksters. Thank goodness for twitter. And text messages. We get the address for the “Killer Party” and follow the music to a warehouse, where a Punk-a-Billy Band is playing. We plan to stay only a little while, but the band is pretty good. Then come the strippers. (aka Voodoo Dollz) Yes, strippers.(click the link for a few stripper pics, possibly not safe for work) MelanieO proclaims that this wasn’t exactly how she envisioned spending her birthday (it’s now after midnight). The merry pranksters leave, probably to enjoy some fabulous wine in Melanie’s room. We stay for the second set.

1:00 a.m. Back to the Hotel. In the lobby we run into some fellow bloggers and share pictures. Then chat with the Chef from Chateau Ste Michelle whom we met during the WBC-or Bust tour. After a lively discussion about wine, food, politics and BP, we head up to the room. And fall into bed. only to start again the next day.

Suggestions About Scheduling

I took a tiny bit of “poetic license” with the schedule. All of those events didn’t occur on the exact same day. The evening activities were on Friday night and the winery visits through the afternoon were on Saturday. The starting time isn’t exactly the same. But the sequence of events, time allotted each event and break times are roughly identical. There was actually more time to blog this year than last if you wanted to skip all the “breakout” sessions. Last year, for instance, we left the hotel at 9:00 a.m. and did not return until nearly midnight. Every single minute of that day was scheduled with no breaks whatsoever. But given we didn’t have much internet access last year, extra time wouldn’t have made much of a difference.

It’s true that you cannot please everyone. Conference organizers attempt to pack lots of events into a tight two-and-a-half day schedule. But if the event, trip or conference is designed to garner publicity about the event in real time, there has to be some time built in to do that. Otherwise you’re doing a disservice to the sponsors, the wineries participating, and the writers you’ve invited to attend. Granted, some media personnel do pre-scheduled posts and broadcasts. Some even produce media before the event that claims to be during the event. Back when I was in journalism school those were deemed unethical. Like the reporter who reviews a concert she left after the first two songs; but has a copy of the set list. Or the commentator who doesn’t attend a big football game, but writes from the stat sheets he downloads from the athletic department website. To those folks: Do us all a favor and re-run a “best of” or a pre-taped interview that is identified as such.

If you want us to blog, or write about an event, please give us time to do so. Otherwise, you get stale stories that we write two weeks later. That is, if we have time between the events that are happening now. There is no need to pack so many things into such a tight schedule. Send pre-conference DVDs to registrants prior to the event. Build in some cushion between winery visits.  Allow some non-structured visiting time between bloggers. Because as anyone who attends lots of conferences can tell you; most of the meaningful interaction takes place between the planned events. And finally, get some women on the planning committee. Women who have lives, and families, and like to dress for dinner. It makes the conference more enjoyable for us which in turn allows us to attend, and write about all of the events on the schedule.

Cheers!

The 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. Amy holds certifications through the International Sommelier Guild, and is also certified, with honors, as a California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). She is a member of the Guild of Sommeliers, The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas and regularly attends Houston Sommelier Association events.
  • Cellarmistress

    I hear ya! For the most part, I had a wonderful time. Seeing things and meeting all the people and sampling the wines. But I also spent most of my time in WA dead tired, sweaty and feeling crappy everyday due to the lack of downtime and sleep. All the vitamins and coffee in the world didn't help me prepare for the go-go-go pace of that week! In retrospect, I am now looking at stuff and thinking, why didn't I do this and why didn't I try that? Because at the time, I didn't care. You can only do so much! I plan to go back next Summer and do it again at my own pace. And blogging? Forget it, With my mind racing 1000 miles an hour, who had time? I've yet to see many posts on anything. There's been a few. I am now starting to post stuff and yes people are going to get awfully sick of me and WA stories for the next month–but a lot of the folks I'm writing about are just as excited to see what I have to say–even after the fact.I feel have a responsibility to these people to do so.

    • http://www.anotherwineblog.com WineWonkette

      It was great spending time with you on the WBC-or-Bust Tour – where it seems like we had a bit more time to enjoy tasting and getting to know other bloggers. Marcus and WINEChatr.com are awesome!

  • allanwright

    Hi Amy,

    We as the organizers pay attention to all feedback and so I will read your post with a grain of salt for the real feedback you provide. You are right – we can't please everyone. If we put in all that downtime you want, we'd get some other blogger writing a scathing post about how they paid good money to attend and didn't get enough X from the conference.

    I think your point would be more valid if you did not take so much “poetic license” with the times. For example, you say the buses left at 7:35 (for the Saturday of the Wine Bloggers Conference) but it was actually 8:55 – perhaps you should have slept another 1:20!

    I also have to call attention to your inaccuracies describing a “boycott” of the awards ceremony. First off, the awards ceremony did not happen in 2008 and the “unofficial” tasting still happened that year. As you point out, the unofficial tasting was on a different day from the awards ceremony this year. The two are simply not connected. People want to do an unofficial tasting regardless of the wine blog awards. And if you look through the award winners you will find NO North American Wine Bloggers Conference organizers, NO famous traditional print journalists, and NO on-line column of a major newspaper’s wine editor. In fact, if you count the nominated blogs you would find only 7 / 40 that fit your categories, a far cry from your description.

    87% of the conference participants rated the conference Very Good or Outstanding this year. Sorry you fell into the 3% who thought it was only “Fair”.

    Allan Wright
    WBC Organizer

    • http://www.anotherwineblog.com Houstonwino

      Hi Allen,

      Your comment somehow ended up flagged as spam for some reason. Sorry about that, it was the filter and not one of us.

      As Jonathan Swift said, “Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own.” I don't believe that most of this was intended as a criticism of the WBC so much as that the recent conference was used as a stand-in for all of the events that are scheduled so tightly. Many attendees of all 3 WBC's are readers of this site so it is something that is familiar to them. Other readers have read what we've written about all three. I am pretty sure that most of them know where Amy exaggerated for comic effect.

      That said, I do agree with your initial point. Someone somewhere would complain if there was more downtime. However, since this has been discussed since the first one, perhaps a little compromise might be a good idea. Consider the fact that it takes a lot of local contributions to make one of these happen. I assume that much of what motivates that local generosity is the fact that 100's of bloggers will be writing about their city and their wine. Scheduling a little more down time might get them more of what they want, which in turn might make your job a little easier.

      While I wouldn't have used the word 'boycott' when discussing the awards, others have, and it certainly was the primary topic of conversation last year. So, while there was no organized event of protest, and as you say, there may not even be any correlation to the unofficial tastings, your parsing of words in no way answers Amy's primary points. Unless I am mistaken, a sponsor of the European WBC was nominated and did win an award. Combine that with the bizarre and unconventional, not to mention highly unpopular, practice of keeping the judging process veiled in secrecy and I would think that a little more thought might be required before you try to get cute with words in lieu of a real answer. Try and look at it from the outside and you would be hard pressed not to see how bad it looks. Which is really a shame, having questions like this being raised isn't fair to that site, or any of the other winners. They should have to be saddled with the mistakes willfully undertaken by others.

      It also isn't fair, nor does it reflect well on any of us, when circumstances such as the one in Amy's football scenario go on. And let's face it, they do. Seriously, it seems like every year one of the top names in the world of professional wine journalism is nominated, but is then deemed not worthy of a Warky and loses to one of us among the unwashed masses. Amy's analogy was perfect on every level. Texas and Ohio State play some of the best college football in the entire country year after year, but they would never be able to win against Peyton Manning and company. Then again, they don't have to, nor should they have to. And if the NCAA invited the Colts and the Saints to play for the national title (if one truly existed, but that's another rant), like Eric Asimov, I'm guessing they wouldn't show up. But their inclusion, as silly as it would be, might mean Georgia sat home.

      I don't know if Amy rated the WBC as just fair or not, but in comparison to the '08 and '09 versions it did seem to be missing something that they had. Truthfully, I wouldn't be able to say exactly what that was, but from conversations we have had with other attendees, it wasn't just us. However, as a stand alone event I would personally rate it better than fair, it merely suffers in comparison. No one should take that as an insult. In fact, despite the things that got skewered in Amy's piece, you folks do a tough job and manage to pull it off every time. Kudos to you for that.

      Being criticized is rarely fun, but if you truly do want to get feedback to make the conference better sometimes your toughest critics give the most honest advice. If you read the above post again and take it with the wink with which it was written, you might see it really wasn't all that tough.

      • http://catavino.net Ryan

        You are mistaken. We won best writing, and we are the organizers of the EWBC, which is not financially or otherwise tied to the NAWBC. We ARE NOT 'sponsors' of anything. The fact we share a website it to help all of you find out about both conferences. We are completely independent.

        Also just a quick note, putting a conference together is very hard, and while every year somethings can be done better, I think this year was a great step forward from last: New location, better and more seminars, lot's of tastings.

        As with our conference in Europe, each year we hope to do a little better, and little by little we hope that we can help bloggers to do their jobs better too.

        • http://www.anotherwineblog.com Houstonwino

          Ryan,

          Thanks for stopping by to comment, and let me reiterate one more time that no one is questioning whether Catavino deserved to win. In fact, both of us voted for you (for all the good that does anyone) and rooted for you to win. Getting to talk to Gabriella (and Oscar) is always one of the highlights of the WBC for us. This is not about Catavino, or any of the other winners. The post that inspired this comment wasn't even really about the awarks, but I guess that is where we are now.

          I am not going to get into an argument about semantics, nor try and do a Woodward and Bernstein over this. There is no need. The fact that the EWBC shares a site, a logo, and is the European counterpart to the WBC makes the point raised perfectly valid. There is a connection between the two, and the judging process is done in secret. Those are facts. Take away either fact and no questions get raised. Don't you think that Catavino and the other winners deserve to be recognized for their excellence in a manner that leaves no doubt in anyone's mind as to its legitimacy? Personally, I do.

          So, in short, you have one of the best sites on the web, deserve to be recognized for it, but there are very legitimate questions about the WBC awards process which taints them. If you don't like that, work to change it. Or not, that's up to you. Either way, I'll still be reading and enjoying Catavino. Keep up the good work.

          • Gabriella Opaz

            You both are clearly not the only people to bring this up, and although I will wholeheartedly yelp “we won fair and square”, I'm not stubborn enough to suggest that we shouldn't re-evaluate our participation as judges next year. Hence, point taken and thanks for your honesty.

            And thank you for your kind words about both our site and us as individuals. The main reason why we fly thousands of miles to attend the WBC is not only to see how wine content creation is being handled on your side of the pond, but to also see friends. Even if that's for 15 minutes once a year, I'll take what I can to continuously keep those friendships alive and kicking.

            Finally, regarding the WBC, I'm with Ryan on this, it was incredibly well organized, and I give the WBC team a huge amount of credit for putting together an amazing event. Event organizing is a far cry from a science. As I inappropriately describe it, “we're throwing sh-t on the wall and seeing what sticks”. Sorry for the visuals, but this is exactly what we're all doing. We don't have 100% control over the sponsors, the participants or the final performance. All we have is our very best efforts to build a solid foundation, with the hope of improving the structure every year. There will always be complaints, fair enough, but I think it's important to give credit where credit is due, while offering suggestions on how to improve, as opposed to rants. For me, suggestions are logical bits of information that help me plan, while rants are emotional responses to a personal stance – well, at least that's how I define it ;) So never stop offering suggestions. They help us grow and improve as both an individual and a community.

            Officially stepping off my soapbox….now :)

          • http://www.anotherwineblog.com WineWonkette

            Gabrielle, thanks for stopping by. For some reason you both keep hitting the spam filter and we have to “approve” your comments. It should be taken care of now (let's hope!)

            Point of clarification, maybe I'm reading it wrong, but were you guys both among the judges as well as the winners for this year's award for best writing? Or are you simply on next year's panel?

          • Gabriella Opaz

            Nope, you were correct :) We were judges for 2 categories that were not related to us, or our clients, in any way. But yes, we did win an award this year. As for next year, I was creating a hypothetical situation if we were asked.

          • Ryan

            No worries, I agree on the openess and the way they are run. I think they should be run better, and I hope they continue to grow and improve. But every year they need to iron out a few more bugs, and no matter how long they go, and how open they get, it's a fact that the process of running an awards event is fraught with issues. Find me one awards model that gets no criticism and I'll be shocked. From the Nobel's to the Pultizer, to the Oscars…they all have problems.

            That said, we hope they eventually get it “more right”.

            thanks for your support for Catavino and I look forward to sharing a bottle with you soon, somewhere down the road

        • http://www.anotherwineblog.com WineWonkette

          I hope we can attend the EWBC soon. It sounds like a great time. And we miss seeing our friend Denise Medrano who raves about it every year!

          • Gabriella Opaz

            We hope you can too, as much as we hope more people outside of the States can attend the NAWBC. We all have a lot to learn from one another, and the only way to break out of our comfort zone is by participating in events that are typically off our radar ;)

    • http://www.anotherwineblog.com WineWonkette

      A few quick points from someone who used to plan conferences and seminars for 500+ people in a former life.

      1. If a conference is about wine blogging, or for wine bloggers, we need time to actually BLOG. The difference between blogging and traditional print journalism is that blogging is about sharing experiences in real time – or as close to it as possible. Not a week or weeks after an event has taken place, and we go back to our notes and try to reconstruct the experience. All of the blogger-directed conferences and trips that I have attended so far leave no time for blogging. They're set up as if directed toward traditional print journalists. Conferences with “Blogger” in the title should be even more sensitive to the issue.

      2. Feedback is only helpful if all of it is taken into consideration. It's a bit silly to ask for feedback and then only pay attention to the applause. I haven't had time yet to look at the actual post WBC survey, but will try to complete it ASAP, although I may end up being in that missing 10%. It was great that you guys took our “Please Give Us Water” feedback from last year and incorporated it into this year. Those aluminum water bottles are awesome. I took mine to Greece and it saved me from being parched a number of times! Thanks!

      3. Some of us wine bloggers are over 30. We need more rest than 20-somethings. But everyone functions (and comprehends) better when given an opportunity to some downtime. I wish everyone would follow the lead of the “All About Greek Wines” folks who gave us a two-hour break every day! I'm not saying a 2-hour block every day is realistic in a 2 1/2 day conference, but 45-minutes here and there would help us old folks be fully present for the other events!

      Cheers!

  • Liza

    So fun hanging out with you and Joe! WBC is always like Space Mountain with wine to me…spend all that time waiting then jump on for a thrill ride and boom! It's over! Can't wait for next year or hopefully sooner!!!

    • http://www.anotherwineblog.com Houstonwino

      It's always a pleasure hanging out with you at the WBC, or anywhere else for that matter! :)

  • lisamattson

    Dear Amy,

    I’m so bummed we didn’t get the chance to meet at WBC. We spent the majority of our time doing the volunteer videography for the conference. I remember seeing your name on the attendee list and getting excited to meet you and Joe. But the weekend was a blur, as you said. Packed schedule.

    You can find the video diaries we recorded online at YouTube’s Wine Bloggers Channel.

    I hope to see you in Charlottesville next summer. If you have plans to visit Sonoma County wine country, you’re always welcome to stay a night at Jordan.

    Take care,
    Lisa Mattson
    The Journey of Jordan: a wine and food video blog

    • http://www.anotherwineblog.com WineWonkette

      Thanks Lisa, I'm sorry we didn't get to meet as well. I missed the Video Diaries set-up, but then I prefer to be behind the camera rather than in front of it! I did catch the one of Josh Wade (drinknectar) and Joe Roberts (1WineDude) discussion the awards – hysterical! We'll definitely have to hook up next time we are in Sonoma.

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  • http://twitter.com/EaglesNestWine EaglesNestWine

    Yes it's a difficult balance – cram in as much as possible, or allow time for downtime to write, shower and sleep ;-) . We just try to keep the best efforts and intentions of the organizers and sponsors in mind and tough it out…

  • http://twitter.com/EaglesNestWine EaglesNestWine

    Yes it’s a difficult balance – cram in as much as possible, or allow time for downtime to write, shower and sleep ;-) . We just try to keep the best efforts and intentions of the organizers and sponsors in mind and tough it out…

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