Sipping from morning until night/Wine Bloggers Conference Day 2
There is no way right now that I can recount all of today's activities. So just a brief note with more to come when I can pull all of my notes and thoughts together.
It's been wine 24/7 since our buses left the hotel this morning headed for the CIA (the real one the director laughingly told us). Of course this CIA is the Culinary Institute of America, a gorgeous facility. More on this stop later.
From there we were off to vineyard visits and the organizers did something very clever. They didn't reveal what vineyards each of the buses was heading to--you just got on and got surprised. My bus went to Domaine Chandon and later Trinchero Family Winery . Again, more later.
After Trinchero, we headed to Quintessa for a tasting of Quintessa and Faust wines produced by the vineyard, as well as a huge tasting featuring about 20 wineries from Napa! We left there headed toward another secret location for a wine matched dinner. Our bus headed to Pine Ridge. I admit my taste buds leaped for joy. I love Pine Ridge wines--the Chenin Blanc-Viognier is one of my favorites. The blend of Chenin Blanc and Viognier results in a crisp white wine with a touch of sweetness.
BTW, Pine Ridge's chef runs a cooking class on the property. Our dinner was delicious.
We left Pine Ridge for the hotel and ONE MORE TASTING!!! This time the wines of Portugal. You may know that Portugal makes the best ports in the world, as well as some other great wines.
I'm too pooped to talk about it right now, so consider this a teaser. Wait until you see the pictures.