Saturday overview

The morning began with breakout sessions. I attended “How Bloggers Influence the Wine World,” and “The Winery View of Wine Bloggers.”

After a quick lunch, I went to a private tasting of William Allen’s new label, Two Shepherds. He is making beautiful, nuanced wines in the Rhône style, and doing a very good job of it. A garagista for several years, he is now stepping out into the commercial market on a small, artisinal scale. I will be publishing an interview with him here soon, and also suggested that he float this as a topic (From Garagista to Artisan Winemaker) for next year’s Wine Bloggers Conference.

Breakout sessions resumed and I selected “Social Media” and “Blog Monetization.”

At 3:45 Rex Pickett gave the week’s second keynote address (see my review of his second book, Vertical, here).

At 4:30 we experienced the second Live Wine Blogging session, this one on reds (click here for my report).

Our dinner was a five-course meal created, catered, and with wines provided by King Estate Winery, followed by the International Wines Night and various parties. Again, I pooped out before the late activities, and again, details will follow.

I think my favorite part of this week, so far, has been the beautiful, intimate, multi-course, multi-hour wine-paired dinners that have been so lovingly prepared and hosted for us. And tomorrow … lunch with the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins du Languedoc!

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