Rockaway Vineyard Walk at the WBC

        Slogging up that hill I was silently cursing myself for not riding my bike to work more often, but when it’s crappy weather you don’t think about your upcoming trip to Sonoma Valley and how you should be getting into shape. I thought going to as many tastings as possible before I left would suffice. Wrong! And now I was paying for it. All part of the US wineblogger conference. I should have followed Joe and Amy (anotherwineblog.com) and done the Russian River vineyard walk. But I’d opted for the Rodney Strong Vineyard walk. It wasn’t really that bad except for a couple of hills. I think I’ve become a bit of a crybaby in my dotage, time was when I’d run up the Himalayas with barely a whimper. Oh, to be 24 again! We did get a box lunch at the end and the company of Jim Murphy (one of the growers for Rodney Strong) and Doug McIlory (Director of Grower and Vineyard Operations) to take us thru the vineyard. We walked through the Rockaway Vineyard where some of their best cabernet sauvignon comes from and where we ended our walk with a beautiful view of the surrounding Anderson Valley.   We were lucky enough to taste our way through the current vintages of Rodney Strong Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and the 100%, estate grown, single vineyard cabernet sauvingon, The Rockaway. The Chalk Hill Chardonnay and Charlotte’s Home Sauvignon Blanc were both excellent examples of California whites, the Sauvignon blanc quite full and fruity with plenty of lush fruit. The chardonnay was quite creamy but not too buttery or oaky  with lovely tropical fruit as befits a chardonnay from California.   The highlight of lunch was the Rockaway Cabernet Sauvignon 05, which has been involved in some blogger controversy but we kinda skipped over that. The most important thing was the wine itself. What did I think? I thought it was quite well made, lovely balance, well structured with good tannins to handle the loads of black fruits on the palate. A...

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Not a good idea….

  Rodney Strong Vineyards urges you not to drink and drive….or you might end up like these poor suckers! Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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’08 US Winebloggers Conference, Oct 24-26, Sonoma, CA

As some of you may know, I attended the first annual European Winebloggers Conference (check out my September archive for posts on that ) in Rioja this past August. Well, it was so much fun and I had such a positive experience that as soon as I got back to London, I logged onto OpenWineConsortium and signed up for the US Winebloggers Conference in Sonoma Valley, CA. The US conference is going to be held at the Flamingo Resort and Spa in Santa Rosa, CA. I thought that the meeting in Rioja was chock-a-block, well the folks out in California have an even more jam-packed schedule for us. Starting things off right with a lunch on Friday at the Kick Ranch Vineyard where we will be sampling wines from the following wineries: Bedrock Wine Company,Carica Wines, Enkidu Wines, Loxton Cellars, Lynmar Winery, Pax Wines, Renard Wines, Rosenblum Cellars, Sangliere, Silent Morning Cellars, and Shane Wines. Later that afternoon there’s going to be a live wine blogging event where we get to try 14 wines from 14 different wineries and we have 1 minute to blog about it! The wineries participating: Boho Vineyards             Bonterra Clos LaChance James David Dark Horse Sean Minor Wines Kanzler Vineyards Capozzi (sponsored but not yet licensed to pour) Killer / Angel Juice        Lionheart Pinot Evil                      Twisted Oak Small Vines Wines Dr. Konstantin FrankWine Cellars Bink Wines Some of the other events scheduled over the weekend: A Blind Tasting Challenge A New Zealand tasting with over 100 NZ wines on show Grand Tasting of Sonoma wines – which should be really interesting as I’m woefully ignorant of the wine from my home state Blogger breakout sessions with a panel of experts and moderated discussions A Blogger Unconference where we bloggers control the content Dinner at the Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery on Saturday night A Luxe Sonoma Lunch which will feature “a collection of luxury and hard-to-find wines from Sonoma’s most renowned wineries” sponsored by the Sonoma County Vintners and Sonoma Winegrape...

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