This year's wine bloggers conference was held November 9th through the 12th in Santa Rosa, California. The conference is scheduled a year in advance, so we were all waiting on baited breath to hear if it would still be held after the wildfires that travelled through in early October.
We were thrilled to hear that the conference was still on and were curious to see the devistation for ourselves. What I can say is that the media totally blew it out of proportion. We did see areas of homes and businesses that were burned to the ground, but the majority of the area is still in tact. The wineries and vineyards are still open and ready for your business. Don't be afraid to book a trip and enjoy this beautiful area of the country.
In this episode, I sat down with several of my wine blogger colleagues in a live stream event, that you can view on our YouTube Channel and we discussed what we thought were the highlights, lowlights, and most memorable wines of the conference. We also discuss how the best way to support the wine region is to visit and to buy wine. There was a mass injustice done to the wine industry of Sonoma , Napa and Calistoga by the media. Although many people lost their homes and businesses, the general view of the media was that wine country was devastated. We, having spent a long weekend there, discuss how this couldn't be farther from the truth.
To clarify on the conversation about types of winery licenses: An 02 (what we have) is a winegrower/winery. They produce wine under their own label and must have equipment to convert fruit into wine. They may sell to retail or consumer. The license that allows you to purchase bulk wine or shiners and place your label on the bottle is known as a custom crush. The 1720 allows the sale of this wine to a retailer.
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