White Wine Live Blogging Session

Speed dating always sounded like a strange concept, how about ‘Speed Tasting’? Five minutes per wine for the next hour. I’m going to do something I would rather not do,,, SPIT

Concannon 2008 Chardonnay ‘Conservancy’ – Pretty cool history, 4th generation winery that started in 1883 and one of a few of the wineries that were open during prohibition. The fruit going into the ‘Conservancy’ label are from a vineyard that has been put into a legal trust protecting it from urban development. John Concannon poured the wine, great value at $15.

Neethlingshof 2009 Unwooded Chardonnay – Neethlingshof is named after Lord Neethlings who was a South African leader and ‘hof’ means house. So Neethlingshof is Lord Neethlings’ Estate.

Molly Dooker 2009 The Violinist – This winery is getting people talking at the conference. I was reading some of the literature and was pretty surprised at how they promote shaking some of their bottles after opening. Not sure I get it but looking forward to the red they will be pouring tomorrow.

Magnificent Wine Company House Wine– Nice Chardonnay blend and good nose from the 5% Gewurztraminer 5% Muscat. Nice value for $13. The products 50,000 cases so you can find it pretty easily.  Apparently, the Charles Smith party happening tonight is going to be pretty wild.

Dry Creek Dry Chenin Blanc – Really crisp, great nose and only $12. Really liked this one.

L’Ecole41 2008 Semillon Columbia Valley – This is the most widely distributed Semillon for L’Ecole. Fun summer wine but I prefer the Fries Vineyard Semillon.

Parducci 2008 Sustainable White– Winner of Edison Award, first carbon neutral winery, first certified sustainable winery in US. At $10 a bottle, a total crowd pleaser.

Pithy Little Wine Co. 2009 Sangiovese Rose – I really liked this winery. The owners (husband and wife) poured this great rose. Great strawberry without being sweet. The have a flat shipping fee, $10 for any order in any quantity.

Ortman 2007 Edna Valley Chardonnay – Winemaker Chuck Ortman is a Chardonnay superstar who was create the Spring Valley Chardonnay that finished fourth in the 1976 Paris tasting. $24

Don Sebastiani and Sons Chardonnay The Big Green Box – Ok, box wine at a blogger conference?

Desert Wind 2009 Viognier – Fun wine for $15.

Long Shadows Poets Leap 2009 Riesling – I was really excited to try this wine. Long Shadows is a great concept, bring in SUPERSTAR winemakers from other parts of the world to see what they can do with Washington fruit. Riesling is made by famous German winemaker, Armin Diel.

Kicking off the Conference

The conference started today with a sponsored tasting and with Walla Walla’s famous Taco Trucks. I think most people would be surprised that 300+ people in Walla Walla are tasting wine at 10am but you have to remember, it’s just grape juice. Right? There is one tasting that I had to skip, Sherry. Under normal circumstances, I would be more interested but I was a little slow this morning after a late night in Walla Walla. A late night in Walla Walla translates to; in bed by 10.

For lunch, they rolled up 3 taco trucks serving up some pretty awesome food. It was a huge hit!

The Conference just got underway with a keynote from Steve Heimoff who writes for Wine Enthusiast and writes a very popular wine blog. Pretty interesting stories and advice for anyone interested in blogging.