Today I'm at the North American Wine Bloggers Conference in Charlottesville, VA to participate in a wine extravaganza - talking about blogging, wine, wine tastings - and to experience once again the amazing things that are happening with Virginia wine.
We'll also be pouring Ohio wine at the Other 46 Wine Tasting on Friday night. We've always been big proponents of the Drink Local Wine movement, encouraging our customers to embrace the excellent wines made in the state they live in, and Ohio wine is no different.
Look for the details about the wines of Ohio that will be poured at the tasting on Friday - until then:
Dinner this evening was a group affair at Maya Restaurant - 12 bloggers and industry folks sitting down to enjoy some great southern cuisine and conversation. The fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese sauce were delicious. I enjoyed Gabriele Rause Chardonnay (unoaked) with my meal. The wine list was well paired with the menu, although with as many great wines as are available in the area, I was disappointed to discover only the one Chardonnay from Virginia. This is a southern cuisine restaurant... they should be serving some of that great southern wine! Many, many thanks to Winebow for dinner. Y'all just generally rock, and are incredibly generous with all you do.
We later went down the open air mall to one of my favorite Charlottesville wine tasting spots. Siips has a cool vibe, and a chocolate lava raspberry cake that is TO DIE FOR.
Blenheim Viognier, Keswick Vineyards Verdejo, Mountfair Vineyards Cabernet Franc and Pollak Merlot were on hand to be poured by the winemakers.
Each was lovely, and the winemakers who came out to meet us and pour, thanks to the efforts of George Benford, demonstrated incredible winemaking talent.
I recommend each and every one of these wineries when you visit Charlottesville. They all produce superior wine and each has an incredible commitment to customer service.
The conversations evolved throughout the evening, landing on topics like winemaking ingredients, how to swirl without swirling, marketing to millenials, and why Frank would volunteer me to be interviewed by the local tv station. If anyone sees that sound bite, I apologize in advance for looking all heat melty, and sounding incomprehensible. I'm honored to spend time talking to such intelligent and generous people - this is going to be a good weekend!
Drink well, my friends!