A few months ago I attended what is currently the most innovative wine event of which I've been lucky to be a part. Hahn Family Wines invited a group of bloggers and social media wonks down to their stunning Estate in the Santa Lucia Highlands for a day of tasting, touring and most of all...planting. Yes, I am now the proud father of one+ Pinot Noir vitis vinifera grape vine in the SLH appellation, replete with distinguishing placard!
If you haven't yet run into Mutineer Magazine (Twitter)...now is the time! MM is the best new drinks culture magazine to come out in decades, if my opinion matters for anything. While they aren't exactly new, celebrating their one year anniversary with this issue #7, they have already had a quite an impact on the beverage industry during their explosive growth. No drink is left unmolested, with features in virtually every issue on wine, beer, spirits and non-alchos.
The recovery is almost over...I have managed to survive another incredibly awesome North American Wine Bloggers' Conference, once again headquartered at the Flamingo in Santa Rosa (Sonoma Valley). The 4 days of vino-frenzy began with a trek out to Murphys in the longtime wine region of Calaveras County, where some Twisted wine fun was had by a few lucky bloggers who made the trek. Hosted by El Jefe (Twitter) & Scott (Twitter) of Twisted Oak & Newsome-Harlow, we visited the tasting rooms of Hatcher, Newsome-Harlow, Tanner and finished up at the TO tasting room with some Renner wines.