(See day one HERE)
You know you are at the Wine Blogger’s Conference when you begin tasting at 10 am with as much champagne being poured and consumed as coffee! The opening notes began promptly at 9:30 am the next day and we had a variety of topics, from our key note speaker Karen MacNeil, author of The Wine Bible, to the Finger Lakes Country Tourism Board, who gave us a brief history on how the Finger Lakes happened, as well as the topography of the area. Lunch was presented by the Finger Lakes Country Tourism Board and we all sat outside eating salad and sipping wines of our choice from a variety of vendors at an expo held concurrent with lunch.
Directly after the hour long session began another one, which was unlike any other session I had experienced: live wine tastings and tweeting. 10 local wineries were in attendance, and the closest thing I can refer the event to would be similar to what I’ve been told speed dating is like. Bloggers were in groups in tables and each company would take turns coming to our table to let us sample one of their wines – the catch was that they only had 5 minutes to spend with us and tell us about their wine and answer questions. Oh, and yes, we were live Tweeting during it as well. After 5 minutes they switched and we had another glass of wine to sample from another winery, and this went on for an hour! It was so crazy and fast but kind of fun at the same time. We sampled only white wines on Friday, and then Saturday we held another session for just reds. I’m not normally an iced wine person, but I did happen to like Casa Larga‘s iced wine. It had honey and peach aromas, and was rich and smooth which made it very enjoyable.
I was honored that they let us try wines that they had been saving for years, the oldest wine we tasted was a Riesling from Genova from 1983! We also sampled wines from them. Dr. Frank and then Lucas Wines brought in three different Cab. Franc out from 2007, 2005, and 2002 so we could all taste the differences between the bottles.
When we finished with the wine tasting we were all invited out onto the tasting room’s deck, and we enjoyed lovely Buffett style dinner with the owners from each of the wineries, who were all so kind and generous. They truly were amazing hosts.
When we returned we were dropped off at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art, where a reception was waiting for us. There we had small bites and wines to taste as we freely browsed through the gallery levels as live music was performed.
After the reception I headed downtown with a few friends that I had made, and we stopped into what had become a very popular restaurant and bloggers, called Hand and Foot. There we had a cocktail (or two) before we headed off to an after party at the hotel which was hosted by Jordan Winery. I finally got to sleep after two am – happy and very exhausted!