At this point, my regular readers should know quite well about my participation in the cra cra known as the North American Wine Bloggers’ Conferences (Twitter, WineLog). We’re coming up on the 4th in this great series, after the huge success in 2008, 2009 and 2010. This year we’re invading Charlottesville, Virginia for our very first time plundering the wine life on the right coast (and East Coast wine bloggers rejoice). The state of Virginia has been exceptionally supportive and I’m looking forward to learning a ton about 5th largest wine producing state in the Union. Between the Keynote from Jancis Robinson (Twitter), the Virginia Wine (Twitter) Reception at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello for dinner on Friday, another Keynote from Eric Asimov (Twitter) and the annual Vineyard walks in the local wine country, #WBC11 looks to be just as stunning a time as years’ past.
This year my trip is courtesy of the CIVB’s Enjoy Bordeaux (Twitter, WineLog) campaign, as Le Wine Buff. We’ll be pouring two phenomenal Bordeaux during my favorite sessions at the conference, the Live Blogging Reds & Whites. Fellow ‘Buff Erin McGrath (Twitter, WineLog) and I will be pouring the 2009 Château Le Gay Bordeaux Festival Rosé and the 2007 Château Edmus Saint-Émilion Grand Cru (which I adore). Oh, and we’ll definitely have some more tasty Bordeaux to try during the annual Unconference, of course.
You can find our wines listed again below, as well as a growing list of wines after the Sponsors that I’ve tried at the conference as I get them up there, tagged with “WBC11” so that you can list them in your own WineLog. So come find us at the event if you’re lucky enough to attend or follow our adventures online as we invade Virginia!
Le Wine Buff wines at WBC11:
Color: Strawberry pink
Nose: Tons of fresh juicy strawberry here with some slight citrus.
Palate: Crisp and easy quaffer, this also has great strawberry and orange peel
on the light to medium palate.
Nose: Loam, char and fresh cigar box here with bigger fresh anise and further darker fruits underneath. Flint on the edges adds to the dried roses. Good.
Palate: Medium to full, with great fresh tobacco and flint to start off, then digs deep into dark fruit and anise to complement the medium fine drier tannins and juicier acidity. Heads into great earthiness and more tobacco and char towards the long, black, cardamon finish. Very good: KeeperWK, OldWorldWK.
All wines tasted at WBC11 (growing in real-time):
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