If you’ve ever wondered what Live Blogging is about, think of speed dating with wine. Winemakers have five minutes to woo bloggers with their wine before the next winemaker comes along to do the same. Bloggers have five minutes to swirl, sniff, sip and type their impressions, pausing only to ask questions and maybe make a joke or two.
At the 2010 Wine Blogger Conference last week, the speed tasting was broken into two sessions: whites on Friday, reds on Saturday. Each table saw twelve wines, five minutes each, for a total of one hour.
At my table was fellow British Columbian, Tim Vandergrift, making the astute comment on sauv blanc, as well as Sasha Kadey of King Estates, and Gretchen Neuman. Here are the notes I was able to pound out while trying to give each winery a modicum of attention. These appear in the same order as the video.
Desert Wind 2009 Viognier. Perfume, floral, melon, crisp, lemon, round body, good acid,
Long Shadows 2009 Poet’s Leap Riesling. Crisp, fresh, lively finish, nuts, steeling, mineral, zesty, fresh fruit, beautiful
Maryhill 2008 Viognier. Apple, pear, nuts, full body, vanilla, minty finish, round, rich.
Hogue Genesis 2008 Chardonnay. Clean, fresh fruit, mineral, apple, lively acid, zesty. Dry, citrus, pear, nutty finish.
Buty (pronounced beauty) 2008 Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadell. Citrus fruit, perfume, mineral, zesty, good acidity, dry finish.
Dusted Valley Rosé. Strawberry, cherry, mellow mouth, fresh fruit.
DeLille Cellars 2008 Chaleur Estate Blanc – Sauv/Semillon. Petrol nose, ripe fruit, lemon, lime, rich mouth, honey, fig, well balanced.
Banfi Centine Bianco. Gooseberry, grassy, sweet green lime, guava fruit, lively, fresh, easy to drink.
And that’s just the whites! Stay tuned for Speed Tasting Reds, coming next week.