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Wine Bloggers Conference 2014 – Speed Blogging 2

This is “as is” with no corrections, and once again, I apologize for any typos and any gibberish.

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101 Best Wineries in America

Thanks to Tim for hooking me up about information on The Daily Meal’s list of 101 top wineries in the United States. Wow! While it’s no surprise that California took the lion’s share of the top ten wines, there are many that appear on the list that are completely unexpected. Wine is made in all 50 states. Obviously, some states don’t grow their own grapes, i.e., Alaska, because of climate issues. They’re either too cold or too hot. The weather simply won’t allow it! That being said, wineries will either make wine out of fruits other than grapes, or they will import …

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I’m a New CWAS. One Down…

It’s not unusual to do an overnight road trip to a “Wine Country” and back over the course of a weekend. Yes, it’s so close that even a tourist to Las Vegas could take a couple of days to visit Wine Country. How great is that?

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Challenging France – Can’t We All Just Get Along?

I was thinking – a dangerous thing for sure – and pondering the now storied results of the Judgment of Paris and the thirty-year anniversary rematch.

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2004 Robert Young Estates Scion-Sonoma vs. Napa

Since my years of spring chickenhood are far behind me, I decided to cap the “aging” time frame at about ten years. Seems reasonable.

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Paso Robles CAB Collective (PRCC) Wine Trail

They have come together to show that Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon is now a force in the wine world, and they are going to be its evangelists.

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When the Wine You Hate is the Wine You Love

I remember enjoying it because it came out of a bottle that had a cork and wasn’t cloyingly sweet. It was a real wine, and I never drank the Strawberry Hill again.

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San Luis Obispo Wine Trail

There are scads more “wine trails” in the Paso Robles/Central Coast area than I thought was humanly possible.
I must be nuts.

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Zinfandel, Paso Robles, and Everybody Else

Paso Robles has the best Zinfandel. Period. Everybody else is fine, but for a full appreciation of this singularly American-style grape, Paso Robles has everyone beat. By a mile. (yes, yes, I know. Primitivo. I got it.)

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Taming My Inner Bob Vino … er, *Vila*!

So I’m in the process of doing a lot of writing in order to catch up since I’ve been such a slacker in the posting arena. (Do I write about the beautiful 2000 Chianti I just had or paint trim? Gotta paint trim.)

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2000 Ortman Family Vineyards Cabernet
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Napa Cab Shows Its Stuff

So just how good could an 11-year-old Napa Cab be?

Please. You’re kidding, right?

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WE + WS + Paso Robles = Hunh?

Wine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator are arguably the burly boys of the wine magazine world. They and their tasters can make or break the reputation of a winery (deserved or not…but that’s a debate that will never be resolved) by the flick of a pen.

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