It's weeks like this one when I'm eternally grateful for the rest of the NYCR team. After the 2011 Wine Bloggers Conference in Charlottesville, VA last weekend, I headed west with Nena and Jackson to spend the week in Williamsburg with my parents — in a resort with expensive WiFi that didn't even work.
I'm very behind on posting here on the site, but with the rest of the team around, the site thrived while I was 'away.'
While I dig through my email and get cracking on a series of posts about WBC, drinking local and — of course — New York wine — I thought I'd share some pictures from my WBC experience.
Frank Morgan of Drink What You Like moderating the Drink Local panel, which included yours truly.
One of the after-hours gatherings featured an array of Georgia-brewed beers hand-picked by the Suburban Wino himself.
The good news: This tasting at historic Monticello was our best chance to taste a wide swath of Virginia wines. The horrific news: It was outside under this oven of a tent in 100-degree weather. I didn't taste a single red wine. I couldn't.
Blenheim Vineyards winemaker Kirsty Harmon — one of the most charming people I met last weekend.
Some of the best wines I tasted were made by Michael Shaps who also operates Virginia's only custom crush facility, Virginia Wine Works.