Top 10 Wine Bloggers’ Conference 2015 Takeaways

First glass of wine at WBC15 and tweeing getting underway

First glass of wine on the bus at WBC15 and tweeting getting underway

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:

Watkins Glen State Park

Watkins Glen State Park

  1. 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).
  1. 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.
  1. Blog posts should be limited to 350 words, so expect to see me sticking with shorter posts, as readers will stop reading after that.
  1. Finger Lakes Wine BarrelLambrusco is the most important Italian red wine, and I certainly do not drink enough of it.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. WBC15 Highlights

    Pictured top: Me, Maria, & Catherine from Pursuing Pinot Picture Bottom: Me & Glynis from Vino Noire; Me, Catherine, Leeann and Sujinder from Town Hall Brands, & Amy from La Dolce Vino; Me & Kayla (CABarrelThief)

    The Finger Lakes is experimenting with one of my favorite grapes–Gruner Veltliner–and the ones I tasted during WBC15 have serious potential.

  1. The Finger Lakes makes some really nice Riesling, but…
  1. the Cabernet Franc Rosés were what stole my heart.
  1. 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?