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Live blogging from Wine Bloggers Conference

By Jessica Yadegaran
Friday, October 24th, 2008 at 4:38 pm in Uncategorized.

Okay folks, trying something totally knew here. I’m at the first ever North American Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Rosa, CA and we’re tasting wines and blogging about them for one minute each – live. There are 16 tables and 10 bloggers at each table but there are only 14 pourers, so I think we’re going to get neglected. As we all know,

First up. A 2004 Bonterra McNab – an organic and biodynamic blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot and 14% Petit Sirah. It’s dark as a pistol with firm tannins and a lot of meaty fruits. YUM. Bonterra made 500 cases of this beauty and they sell it for $45 retail. Here’s the kicker: the Petit Sirah vines are old (45 years) and we’re talking original root stock. I’s not grafted so it’s got phylloxera in there, but they resist ripping it because the fruit it produces is so stellar and biodynamic farming allows the vines to resist disease. Pretty fascinating, eh?

Phew, ok, I only had a minute to type all that. Next up: Clos LaChance 2005 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, It retails for $30 and they produced 1220 cases of it. The family started the winery in 1992 out of their backyard in Saratoga with 100 cases. The winery is now in San Martin, about an hour south of San Jose. Thirty seconds, ahhhh! The first thing that hit me about this wine: The entry is soft and so is the mid palate, but the finish is spicy and astringent. I like it. The property is filled with hummingbirds that are good to have around because they are very territorial and kill the naughty birds. LaChance is the matriarch’s maiden name.

Ok, I have a few seconds to think so I’m starting to get the point of this thing. It’s an exercise to help you not overthink the wine. Just taste it and jot down the first few things that hit you about it, and get out. Very cool.

Next up: Boho Vineyards. 2006 Central Chardonnay. I wrote about the 2005 in a column I wrote  about boxed wines a few months ago. Boho rocks because it’s high quality, has a toasty nose and all the pineapple and other tropical fruits you expect from a Chardonnay but without the butter and oak.

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  • Jason

    Thanks for keeping me up to date, helps me live vicariously! Saw your carpool mate is doing the same. Enjoy!

  • Jessica Yadegaran

    Yo Jason — sure thing, it was quite an event. I’ll be blogging more about it tomorrow. Still trying to figure out twitter…

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