I didn’t get a chance to write about this year’s Wine Bloggers’ Conference (WBC15) before going because it snuck up on me. However, now that I’m back from a wine-and-social-media-packed 5 days in the Finger Lakes Wine Country of New York, I can’t wait to share what I tasted and saw. To kick things off, here are my top 10 takeaways:
- There can be such a thing as too much wine (I vaguely remember thinking this after other Wine Bloggers’ Conferences; thank goodness it doesn’t last long).
- It’s been too long since I’ve been to this part of Upstate New York, and I need to take Hubby, as he’s never been, and it’s gorgeous.
- Blog posts should be limited to 350 words, so expect to see me sticking with shorter posts, as readers will stop reading after that.
- Most Finger Lakes wine sales are done through the Internet, at the winery, or through New York restaurants and stores, so out-of-staters should plan to ask your local wine shop to start carrying them or buy on the winery websites.
- The Finger Lakes has 120 wineries, most of which are small producers, but unlike other smaller wine regions, they have kept prices reasonable; for example, the 2014 Fox Run Vineyards Unoaked Chardonnay is very good, is $12 a bottle, and is going to be a regular everyday white wine in the A Glass After Work household.
The Finger Lakes is experimenting with one of my favorite grapes–Gruner Veltliner–and the ones I tasted during WBC15 have serious potential.
- The Finger Lakes makes some really nice Riesling, but…
- the Cabernet Franc Rosés were what stole my heart.
- Catching up with old wine blogging friends and making new ones is my favorite part of the conference!
Question of the Day: Have you had a Finger Lakes wine? What did you think?
Bonus Question, if you attended WBC15: What was your #1 takeaway from the conference?