Alison Sokol Blosser is in Portland, Oregon at the Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC) instead of being on her honeymoon. She just got married on the August weekend before the start of the conference at her family’s winery in Oregon’s Dundee Hills AVA,which is about an hour outside of Portland. As the winery’s Co-President along with her brother Alex, she’s at WBC to pour for nearly 400 bloggers during an activity called live blogging, which is more like speed dating. Then she’s hosting a busload of bloggers from the conference at Sokol Blosser Winery for a dinner with several other local wineries pouring. With all that going on and with harvest underway, Alison says she’ll go on her honeymoon after the fall craziness is done.
Speed Wine Tasting and Blogging in Portland
You know about speed dating, but what about speed wine tasting? In Portland at the annual Wine Bloggers Conference we’re tasting Oregon whites and rosés at a breakneck rate, and blogging about it live as it happens. 10 wineries showed up to pour, trying to convince us that their wines are blog worthy all in five minutes. Is this a good way to try wine, or just a gimmick? Let’s go…
First up – Amity Vineyards. Matt from Amity offers a 2009 estate dry Riesling. 91 cases made. Old vine Riesling – some planted in 1971. There’s petrol and flowers on the nose and it is super dry with lots of citrus. Not bad for $20, but you have to get it at the winery. This one has potential. The bell rings for a winery change. Go!