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2 September, 2014

Cimarone Winery

Cimarone Winery
Comments : 4 Posted in : Other Red Blends, Red Wine, Shiraz / Syrah, Tasting Rooms in Los Olivos - CA, Travel, Travel Guide for Los Olivos, CA, Wine Bloggers Conference 2014 on by : The Gourmez

At the tail-end of my 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference experience, I stopped in at Cimarone Winery. I’d heard of them through Twitter, as the winery’s social media (@cimarone) did a great job letting us bloggers know they were in nearby Los Olivos and would be offering a special tasting for us if we ever had
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28 August, 2014

WBC14: Bridlewood Estate Excursion

WBC14: Bridlewood Estate Excursion
Comments : 2 Posted in : Chardonnay, Travel, Wine, Wine Bloggers Conference 2014 on by : The Gourmez

As I wrote in my thoughts on the 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC14), the overall value of the conference is one of the biggest reasons I’d consider going again in the future. And nothing can illustrate that better than the one additional excursion I attended the afternoon after WBC14 closed: the Bridlewood Estate Excursion. For
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5 August, 2014

WBC14: Syrahs of the Ballard Canyon AVA

WBC14: Syrahs of the Ballard Canyon AVA
Comments : 2 Posted in : Events, Red Wine, Shiraz / Syrah, Wine Bloggers Conference 2014 on by : The Gourmez

My favorite educational session at the Wine Bloggers Conference 2014 (WBC14) was assuredly our introduction to the Ballard Canyon AVA. This region of Santa Barbara County was just designated as an appellation in October 2013. If this panel and tasting were any indication, Ballard Canyon’s winemakers and their syrahs are ready to prowl. Patrick Comiskey
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31 July, 2014

WBC14: The Sta. Rita Hills “History” Excursion

WBC14: The Sta. Rita Hills “History” Excursion
Comments : 2 Posted in : Events, Tasting Rooms in Lompoc - CA, Wine Bloggers Conference 2014 on by : The Gourmez

Arguably the best part of the Wine Bloggers’ Conference 2014 (WBC14) experience was the chance to get out into the countryside of the region the conference highlighted. The Santa Barbara Vintners did their best to introduce us to the wines at the hotel, but there is something intangibly beneficial in seeing where those wines come
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22 July, 2014

WBC14: My Thoughts on the Wine Bloggers Conference

WBC14: My Thoughts on the Wine Bloggers Conference
Comments : 12 Posted in : Events, Wine, Wine Bloggers Conference 2014, Writing on by : The Gourmez

It’s been a little over a week since I returned home from the Wine Bloggers Conference in Buellton (WBC14), and I’ve had enough time to form some opinions on the experience. Overwhelmingly, those opinions are good, and they come from the perspective of a first-time attendee who didn’t entirely know what to expect from the
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18 July, 2014

WBC 14: Best Wines

WBC 14: Best Wines
Comments : 3 Posted in : Chardonnay, Events, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz / Syrah, Teroldego, Touriga Nacional, Wine, Wine Bloggers Conference 2014 on by : The Gourmez

This is the first of several posts covering my experience at the Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC14) held in Buellton, CA, last weekend. I’ll feature one per week, likely through August, and why not start with what’s most important to me? Naturally, that’s the wines themselves. Over the course of the conference, I tasted around 70
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