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Greetings from WBC08 (or "It’s 10AM PT, and I’m already drinking")

Vinted on October 26, 2008 binned in wine bloggers conference
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Greetings from the waning moments of the 2008 Wine Bloggers Conference in Sonoma.

It’s 10AM PT. And yes, I am drinking already. Some great things are happening here in Sonoma, and I’m looking forward to blogging about my winery walk through Michel Schlumerger, our discussion on the state of wine media (during which I received props from Steve Heimoff), being interviewed by WineBizRadio and Mutineer Magazine, and tasting some amazing wines (many at very odd times).

More to come after my mini-vacation, wherein I will visit Kaz winery (finally…).


10AM Pacific Time @ WBC08 on 12seconds.tv

1WD LIVE @ WBC08 :: The LIVE Tasting Event!

Vinted on October 24, 2008 binned in 1WD LIVE, wine bloggers conference, wine industry events

1WineDude is LIVE at the 2008 Wine Bloggers Conference in Sonoma

Friday October 24, 2008 at 3:30 PM PT!

The event is now over, but you can get a recap of the feed from the event below.

Enjoy!

88 – The Number of The Beast?

Vinted on October 23, 2008 binned in wine review

Another ditty for The 89 Project has me tasting a devil of a wine that good ol’ Wine Enthusiast dubbed a “Best Buy” and gave 88 points (hey, it’s not technically an 89, but it’s close enough for government work, right?): Concha y Toro’s 2007 “Casillero del Diablo” Chardonnay Reserve (Casablanca Valley, Chile).

Speak of the Devil. And just in time for Halloween, too.

You know how for some lower-budget wines, you read the tasting descriptor on the back of the bottle and it sort of, but not really, describes how the wine tastes to you; or worse, seems to be describing a completely different wine than the one that you’re drinking?

This is not one of those times. The descriptor on the back of the Casillero del Diablo bottle is frighteningly (get it?) accurate:

“A crisp [editor’s note: i.e., it’s got decent acidity] Chardonnay [well, duh] packed with tropical fruit flavors [there is definately some grapefruit and melon going down in this puppy] “and subtle hints of vanilla [the oak doesn’t skewer your nostrils like a wooden pitchfork]. Medium bodied with good balance [it’s not a booze-hound from hell] and a fresh finish [i.e., the finish is short but it’s good].”

Color me impressed. Especially for a wine this cheap (about $10 USD).

Normally the 89-point range is the Number of the Beast, the veritable wine kiss o’ death. But Concha y Toro ought to be very pleased with this rating at this price point. If anything, it’s a testament to how well poised Chile is to rule the wine world at some point in the not-too-distant future.

Sure, the CdD Reserve is far from complex. But it’s got the Fire. It has the Force. It has the power to make it’s evil take it’s course!

YeeeeeeeeeeeeEEEEAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!
[Insert trademark Bruce Dickinson awesome butt-kicking heavy metal scream here].

Cheers!
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The 1WD @ The WBC08 (or "How Drunk You Can Expect Me to Be This Weekend")

Vinted on October 22, 2008 binned in wine bloggers conference, wine blogging, wine industry events

What do you, me, and the upcoming first-ever North American Wine Bloggers Conference (Oct. 24-26 2008 – yes, it’s on a weekend, presumably because none of us wine bloggers make any money blogging so we have day jobs during the week) have in common?

I dunno, either.

Uhm…. We’re all carbon-based life forms consisting mostly of water, that like to drink wine?

Other than that, I’m not really sure. And okay, conferences technically don’t drink wine; conference attendees drink wine.

Anyway, this week I’m off to the Flamingo Resort in the greater Sonoma area to take part in the 2008 WBC. What this means is that you can expect to see some poorly scheduled and erratic posting activity from me over the next 10 days as I try to capture at least some of what the WBC event is all about. Plus, I’ve got some time off in Sonoma after the WBC to hang out with Mrs. Dudette and the little Dude-el. Family QT, here I come!

I’m not sure exactly which parts of the 2008 WBC I’m going to cover. I’m sure that the event is going to be a blast for us wine bloggers, and I expect a good number of my wine blogging colleagues to cover the event in detail. What you shouldn’t expect from me during the next week and half are any boring recaps of the WBC breakout topics. Nothing against my fellow wine bloggers or the WBC organizers (who have done a fantastic job with the agenda), but I just can’t imagine the average wine-drinking dude or dudette 1WineDude.com reader has much interest in reading about how to monetize wine blogs, or the waxing philosphic of how wine blogging can achieve media credibility.

Hell, I’m a wine blogger and I barely care about those topics. But… I think that you might care about some of the other awesome stuff that is going down at the WBC this week (click here for details).

What you can expect from me during the next week and half:

  • Live Tasting right here on 1WineDude.com! At 6:30 PM ET on Oct. 24 (Friday), I will be blogging LIVE with tasting notes from the WBC Live Wine Blogging “Taste-a-thon” (wherein bloggers like me will be seated at tables to which wineries will ‘rotate’ with a very limited window for us to taste and blog about the wines). You can come right here to 1WineDude.com to track my (increasingly drunken?) progress during the tasting. We’ll be trying out CoverItLive.com for this… hopefully it works… Anyway, I’m going to try my best to adhere to my own advice (hint: it invloves spitting) when it comes to pacing myself during the first day of the event, which has us inundated with wine tastings, but I can’t promise I’ll be entirely sober for this one!
  • Recaps (eventually) of the Kiwi Wine Tasting, Sonoma Grand Tasting, and the Vineyard and Winery visits that are planned during the weekend.
  • Opus One Winery visit. I’ve been invited by the venerable Opus One winery to visit them as part of a series of posts that I will be doing on West Coast vs. East Coast wine making… which will culminate next month in a blind taste-off between the Left & Right coasts! Stay tuned…
  • General goofiness as it ensues. Well… duh

For more on the Wine Bloggers Conference agenda and setup, check out winebloggersconference.org. For detail on just how much wine is going to be put in front of us during the conference, check out WBC coordinator Allan Wright‘s interview at WineBizRadio.com. Let’s just say we will almost always be presented with the option to refuse some wine during the weekend.

Cheers!
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