This past weekend I attended the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference in Walla Walla, Washington. I experienced a wine-soaked journey through blogging, social media, wineries and people. My Top Ten list is focused on my observations while visiting wineries, talking to bloggers, PR people, Social Media experts and pretty much anyone who'd listen to me.
1. It was a thrill to meet some fine people who I'd been emailing, tweeting and IM'ing over the past few months. The new friends I made are all great people, and I can't say enough about how friendly everyone was.
2. Washington Syrah is amazing. Just see the Skylite Cellars 2005 Syrah and Alma Terra Minick Vineyards 2007 to see why I fell in love.
3. The debate between "guerrilla blogging" and wine writing is lively, informative, contentious, but above all good for the entire wine community.
5. It would have been helpful to have some bread during the speed tasting events. My palate got a bit burned out from both of them.
6. Guys like Joe Roberts (@1WineDude), Steve Heimoff (@SteveHeimoff) , Hardy Wallace (DirtySouthWine), and Tom Wark (@tomcwark) have a voice, a damn good one. More so, they're approachable and friendly people. What a great community!
7. Shooting a guerilla tasting video with Dan and Chas of Wine Is Serious Business (@wineissrsbiz) was hilarious, easily made this list. They are just throwing content out there and their personalities make it worth watching, to say nothing of the wines they try.
8. House parties full of wine bloggers make me happy. Dance music + 30 open bottles on the table are the perfect recipe for a great night.
9. Your roommate (@thevinofile) may or may not remember you walking in at 2:30am, and may or may not (but probably won't) remember what you may have drunkenly mumbled to him about what you were up to.
10. I belong in the wine community and in the wine business.