While struggling to recover from Le Wine Buff in Bordeaux last week, I'm already here in Walla Walla, WA for the third annual 2010 North American Wine Bloggers' Conference, whew! I'm going to be trying to blog a completely different this year, different from WBC08 and WBC09...I'm going to be continuously adding to this post throughout the entire, nutsovino weekend! ...we'll see how it all turns out. ;-) Let's get diving into the fun, as I'm happily surrounded by my many, MANY talented vinopanions. Follow along yourself by tracking the #WBC10 hashtag on Twitter and keep track of our busy busy agenda here at the Marcus Whitman. Cheers!
Finally. It's quite similar to that feeling of gloriously painful anticipation that you once experienced before every birthday as a child...I was finally going to Bordeaux as part of Le Wine Buff program for Enjoy Bordeaux! I have been a 'Buff since late last year when the pilot program first kicked off. The Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB) sponsored the trip and we've been working for and with them and CreativeFeed to help educate the public on the thousands of affordable, high quality and downright tasty Bordeaux wines that are imported to the US. These wines are the majority from Bordeaux and don't cost the same amount as the many techno gadgets I brought along with me on the trip. So there I was...in Bordeaux and yet I had never even been to Europe!
One of the most exciting wine events of the year is back in the Bay Area this week. The 6th Annual Pinot Days San Francisco festival celebrates the fickle grape all this week, culminating in the awesome Grand Festival Public Tasting Sunday 06/27/10 inside the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason. Last year we were treated to an enormous amount of fantastic Pinot, with so much great wine there to be had, I was actually a bit sad after we left, when I realized that we had only tasted 1/5 of the offerings that day!
One of the best parts of being Le Wine Buff for Enjoy Bordeaux is that I get to try a lot of very wonderful, high QPR wines from Bordeaux. Indeed, all five of the Buffs have been very busy filming short tasting videos of each of Today's Bordeaux: The Top 100 Affordable Bordeaux for 2010. Later this year we will have 100 Days of Bordeaux and debut a new tasty and affordable wine from Bordeaux each day, all hand-picked by none other than the Bordeaux Wine Council, itself. During Memorial Day Weekend here in the States, I was able to taste and film 8 of these wines all in one gigantic HD-driven swoop. Clearly however, this created a major conundrum...what to do with the leftover wine?? Hmm, holiday weekend, sun and no work...DUDE we should BBQ!! And thus driven by vino need, The Lady and I set about inviting friends over and purchasing copious amounts of food with which to eat with our many bottles of opened Bordeaux.