The 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference in Walla Walla, Washington has come to an end, and it’s been a whirlwind weekend full of amazing wine and fantastic people. I didn’t blog as much as I thought I would, though I was inspired by a number of people to finally and truly embrace Twitter. As you can see, I’ve added a widget to the right with my CorkPopper Twitter feed. If you’re a Twitter fan yourself, you can follow me @corkpopperblog.
As for the wine, though I’ve certainly read my fair share about the recent boom in the area’s wine industry, I have to admit that I was blown away by the quality and variety of the wines. Literally dozens of wineries have popped up in Southeast Washington over the past two decades, and I think I can safely say that some true artisans have been drawn to the area by the opportunity to truly experiment and build something from scratch. Though many will stumble, and some will ultimately fail, it is already clear that plenty will thrive and will produce the kinds of quality wines that will truly put the Columbia Valley, Walla Walla, and Red Mountain AVAs on the map. They made a convert of me, in any event. I’ll be doing another post shortly with some of my favorites.
But while the opportunity to explore Washington’s wines was fantastic, the best part of the conference for me has been the opportunity to interact with so many other wine bloggers. There were apparently over 300 citizen and industry wine bloggers in attendance, and the myriad perspectives and opinions I encountered over the course of the past three days has served to remind me of one of the things I (and, in all likelihood, most of the others in attendance) love most about wine and wine writing – that there is truly something for everyone. Most of us will never make any money, and very few of us will ever wield any true influence in the industry, but we each have a unique voice that we work every day to craft and hone. I appreciate all the encouragement I’ve received and will take what I’ve learned from my peers this weekend to continue to make this little blog of mine better and more interesting with every post.
So, cheers and farewell to WBC10. I’ll see you all next year in Charlottesville, VA!