Saturday, May 1, 2010

Drink Local Wine

I have been thinking and thinking about what to actually write about the Drink Local Wine conference last weekend that hasn't already been Blogged about, Tweeted or posted on Facebook.
Overall, I thought it was a good conference, it is always nice to be able to taste the wide variety of wines we have right here in Virginia. To think that we can have 20 or so Viogniers right in one room to taste, is awesome. Chat with the wine makers and truly get the insight on how they process the fruit and where the fruit is grown, all of which makes a huge difference in the final product taste.
We tasted some exceptionally awesome red blends or Meritage wines. Each and every one of them was different. All using Bordeaux grapes, but by putting them into different ratios and having completely different growing regions makes each one of these wines unique. For instance, our 2007 Meritage was with Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Merlot blend so it is going to be much more fruitier than one made with Petit Verdot and/or Cabernet Sauvignon.
There was also a "take-away" message that I must mention...consumers still don't think about drinking local wine like they eat/buy local food. And how can we change that?? One person, one store, one restaurant at a time. Putting our products in front of consumers as often as we can and writing about it...via social media!
All and all it was FUN...but the most exciting time for me was meeting all the fellow wine enthusiasts and bloggers/tweeps/facebook fans.
Hope to continue on the enthusiasm of drink local wine...


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