Wine Bloggers Conference 2017

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On thursday I will be heading down to Santa Rosa, California to participate in the wine bloggers conference. The conference takes place from November 9th to the 12th I am very excited to participate in this event. As I am writing these lines, I am getting shivers in my body. On its 9th edition, The Wine Bloggers’ Conference is going strong and is  one of the leading voices for the Wine bloggers Industry.

The wine bloggers was founded in 2008. It is an international conference where basically worldwide bloggers gather to discuss the nuts and bolts of wine blogging. Along with some other 350 participants, I will  wrapped up in diverse exciting wine education sessions and also to celebrate the joy of being a wine lover and writer. I have been granted a Ethnifacts Diversity Grant for the scholarship. More important, my act of presence will serve to cheer up Sonoma wine region. The region has been recently ravaged by fires and some fake news have been saying that their wine industry. I don’t think so. It’s just bad rumours.

The agenda this year  looks very interesting. I am looking forward to the Professional Wine Writing Tips session on friday. As you all know, drinking wine is so much fun but writing could be challenging even though you are very passionate.  The other session on saturday ” How to help Wineries and Get Paid doing it  ” interest me as well. It has a been a dream of mine to make a living through wine blogging. Hopefully after the conference, I will be on the right track.

The wine discovery sessions look awesome. I will be assisting to the DOP Carinena and Rias Baixas. Carinena is a treasure chest of old vines Garnacha.  Located in Zaragoza province, the appellation is one of the oldest in Spain. Founded in 1933, the appellation has some 15,500 ha of vineyards and some 45 estates in high altitudes ( 400 to 800 m). The appellation is the birthplace of Garnacha but also other white varieties play an important role such as Garnacha Blanca, Macabeo, Moscatel de Alejandria and Parellada. The wines from this region are also known in Spanish as the ” vinos de las piedras ” which translate into stone wines. I am looking forward for the presentation on this subject by key speaker by Lyn Farmer!!.

Rias Baixas, as well is on the cutting edge of making some of the finest white wines on Spain. This is the kingdom of Albarino, making some seriously heady white wines reminiscent of melon, peach and tropical fruits. Dry and very saline on the mouth, they remind of the Atlantic Ocean. One of my favorite regions in Spain, I will be very nostalgic when I will hear the presentation of Lyn Farmer. Lyn says that the best thing to have with Albarino is another bottle. However, I might add as well, 3 dozens of oysters. For your general interest. Here are the details of the full agenda.

A toro wine to wrap up during the fall weather

I usually dont drink on a regular basis the wines of Toro. Highly extracted and very powerful, I usually keep them for the cold months. By the way, this is not a negative critic, this is the style of the wine region as Toro bakes in the sun during the summer and is very cold during the winter. These wines could be quite powerful and rude enough I remember when I visited  the region back in 2003. It was 45 C in the shade, so you can get the idea how supercharged Tempranillo or Tinta de Toro as it known over there.

A few weeks ago, I passed by my local SAQ store to pick wines, and I saw that they offering to taste The Aponte Reserva 2009.  Frontaura has been making wine since 1574 and is one of the leading wineries in the appellation.  Made from old vines Tempranillo with long aging in french oak, it is a perfect wine for a cold night fall weather.

Frontaura Aponte Reserva Toro 2009. SAQ # 12259407. $23.40

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Dark and intriguing nose of leather, smoke and dry meat ( jerky beef). Spicy and redolent of balsamic notes, cocoa and black raspberry. On the mouth, powerful with a refined palate and ripe but fine tannins bringing to mind coffee, black tobacco and black cherry. Long with a luxurious finale.