2013 Wine Bloggers’ Conference: Live Wine Blogging with Reds

The second full day of the 2013 Wine Bloggers’ Conference, I participated in live wine blogging with red wines. I decided to stick with the same formula as for the whites and rosés: take a photo of the wine, write a brief review, and post simultaneously to Instagram and Twitter. I also posted this session to foursquare and my Facebook fan page. Below are my mini, first-impression reviews and links to photos.

#wbc13 #wine @CedarCreekWine ’10 Pinot Noir: raspberry, strawberry, tart cherry, great acidity. http://instagram.com/p/aUS0SSzawj/

#wbc13 #wine @quails_gate ’09 Pinot Noir: nice red berry flavors, good acidity on the finish. http://instagram.com/p/aUSPLhza_0/

#wbc13 #wine @bench1775 ’11 Cab Sauv/Merlot blend: black cherry, dark fruits, mint, vanilla. http://instagram.com/p/aURsNFTa-5/

#wbc13 #wine @LFNGWine ’10 Portfolio Bordeaux blend:  luscious black cherry, lush mouthfeel. http://instagram.com/p/aURJNGza-B/

#wbc13 #wine ’09 @McWattersWine Meritage: blackberry, blackcurrant, tart cherry, soft & silky mouthfeel. http://instagram.com/p/aUQguaza8m/

#wbc13 #wine @HillsideWines ’09 Cab Franc: cherry, cranberry, dark berries, raspberry, tea. http://instagram.com/p/aUQDebTa7v/

#wbc13 #wine @SummerhillWine @EVKWine ’06 Cab Franc: aromatic, red fruits, silky mouthfeel. http://instagram.com/p/aUPZ1Jza6v/

#wbc13 #wine @mtboucheriewine ’09 Zin: Primitivo-style, aromatic, nice berries and spice. http://instagram.com/p/aUO8EOza6D/

#wbc13 #wine @dangelowinery ’07 Sette Coppa Riserva, Bordeaux-style red: blackcurrant, chocolate, coffee, mint, vanilla. http://instagram.com/p/aUOQcYTa41/

#wbc13 @perseuswine 2010 Tempus Syrah: velvety black fruits and spices. #yum #wine http://instagram.com/p/aUNvWqTa3u/

2013 Wine Bloggers’ Conference: Live Wine Blogging with Whites and Rosés

One of the highlights of the Wine Bloggers’ Conference are the live wine blogging sessions, in which we have an hour to taste 10 wines. This was my second Wine Bloggers’ Conference and I still haven’t mastered live blogging, but I think I’ve mastered live microblogging. Below are my tweets of the wines I tasted in the reverse order that they were presented (@travelwinechick) and links to my Instagram photos.

#wbc13 @terravistawines Fandango: Albariño/Verdejo: almond, citrus, melon, stone fruit http://instagram.com/p/aRnPxlza5D/

#wbc13 @bench1775 ’12 Chill white blend: lemon, stone fruit, acidity, off-dry http://instagram.com/p/aRm0MAza4T/

#wbc13 @quails_gate ’12 Chenin Blanc: bit of Sauv Blanc: honey, citrus, tropical fruits, good acidity, minerality http://instagram.com/p/aRmH-kza3Q/

#wbc13 @cedarcreekwine single-vineyard ’12 Riesling: lemon-lime-citrus, amazing acidity, 2.2 RS. My fav so far! http://instagram.com/p/aRlo2uza2P/

#wbc13 @monsterwines ’11 Riesling: apple, citrus, stone & tropical fruit, acidity, minerality http://instagram.com/p/aRlFxZTa1d/

#wbc13 @blackhillswine Alibi Sauv Blanc/Sémillon: citrus, melon, tropical fruit, great acidity! http://instagram.com/p/aRkfeOza0e/

#wbc13 @graymonkwinery is #BCWine’s oldest family owned and operated winery

#wbc13 @graymonkwinery Pinot Gris: tropical fruit, then citrus; aromatic, good acidity http://instagram.com/p/aRj28wTazj/

#wbc13 @poplargrovewine ’12 Pinot Gris: citrus, stone fruit, tropical fruit, acidity http://instagram.com/p/aRjS7NTayq/

#wbc13 @joiefarm Noble Blend, 5-white, Alsatian-style blend: aromatic, good acidity, slightly sweet. http://instagram.com/p/aRivYjzax3/

#wbc13 @TherapyWines ’12 Fizzio Blanc, Chard/Muscat: frizzante, tree/stone fruits, good acidity. http://instagram.com/p/aRiJpgzaww/

Being thankful in spite of adversity: saying goodbye to 2012

Bubbles reception at the Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars Harvest Celebration and Winemaker's Dinner
Bubbles reception at the Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars Harvest Celebration and Winemaker’s Dinner

I really thought 2012 was going to be my year. However, beginning in the summer, life began to change for the worse. I had a few health scares and issues. I had to move suddenly due to leak and mold issues in the place I had lived for 16 years. Out of the blue, my partner walked out of my life after 15 years together. Then in August, I learned that my college program, Liberal Arts, along with my 23-year teaching position, had fallen victim to the the bad economy. Both the program and my position were eliminated effective December 15, 2012 due to a budgetary reduction in force, so I had to put on a happy face and finish the semester at an institution that no longer valued me.

In spite of all that has happened, I vowed to move forward and enjoy life. I traveled to destinations such as Denver/Keystone, Austin, Houston, St. Louis/Ste. Geneviève (Missouri)Seattle/Woodinville, Victoria (British Columbia), Asheville, Napa and Sonoma, Charlotte, Williamsburg/Norfolk, San Francisco, Finger Lakes Wine Country in New York, Chicago for Thanksgiving, Philadelphia, and back to Asheville for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. In a span of three months, I earned my Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 1 Award in Wines (High Achievement) and Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits (With Distinction). I ran/walked my first 5K, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Tri-Cities, in 50:13.4 minutes, an average of 16:12 minutes per mile. I flew on my first seaplane, Kenmore Air flight 320 from Seattle to Victoria, British Columbia: tail number N606KA, a 1954 Dehavilland DHC-3 C/N 37 (Otter). I also gained a new winery travel client.

The wines I’ve sampled this year have been great learning experiences and have kept my mind off of the challenges. I am thankful for the opportunities provided by ThirstyGirl’s #TGTaste events, as well as others such as Jeff Gordon Cellars, MTGA Wines, #CabernetDayWITS Technology Showcase and WineTwits Virtual Tasting, and #ChardonnayDay.

The readership of this blog has grown immensely this year, and I thank you for being a faithful supporter and reader. I will be forever grateful to Shari Stacy for taking care of my cat when I travel, Gourmet Rambler of theBrideScoop.com for sharing with me a taste of Chicago’s nightlife, Chef Robin White for including me in her Thanksgiving celebration, and long-time friend Nancy Skinner Adams for including me in her Christmas Day celebration at The Grove Park Inn.

I am not sure what the future holds, but I am determined to have a new career that involves travel, wine, writing, social media, hospitality, education, or a combination thereof. In spite of great adversity, I remain thankful for what I have and hopeful for the future.