The 3rd Annual Wine Bloggers Conference started off with a bang last Friday afternoon in Walla Walla, Washington as the staff of Mutineer magazine announced the winners of the 2010 Wine Blog Awards. Having not been nominated for any of the categories, I can still humbly say the winners were powerfully flavored, well balanced and punchy.
Best Blog Overall – 1 Wine Dude
Best Industry News – Good Grape
Best Wine Reviews – Bigger than Your Head
Best Winery Blog Award – Been Doon So Long
Best Single Subject Blog – New York Cork Report
Best Blog Writing – Catavino
Best New Blog – Swirl Smell Slurp
Best Graphics – Good Grape
If you’ve never been to a Wine Bloggers Conference I can only describe it as ZAP meets MacExpo. Hundreds of tech-minded eonophiles eagerly swirling and sipping hundreds of wines while furiously twittering impressions. Perhaps you’ve seen tweets over the weekend, punctuated with #WBC10 hashtags? That was us.
This year, WBC broke out of California and brought the conference to little Walla Walla, one of the most isolated wine countries in America. Out of the way, on the border of Oregon, Walla Walla has retained its historic charm with a vibrant downtown district that has as many storefront tasting rooms as Healdsburg, California. The town opened its door wide for the wine bloggers and threw an after hours street party for us on Friday night, effectively creating a wine crawl from tasting room to tasting room to the beat of live bands. Very cool.
More stuff happened that I will tell you about in upcoming posts, after I process more videos.
Next up: Speed Tasting, or speed dating with winemakers. On Thursday I’ll have the Whites portion up.
Thank you WBC, Walla Walla and wine industry sponsors for such a great time this weekend.
We Wuved Walla Walla!