Travels, Wine

How I Got to the Wine Bloggers Conference

January 18, 2018
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As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I went to the Wine Bloggers Conference last November in Santa Rosa, CA. It was an amazing experience! I tasted so much great wine, learned a lot, and met wonderful people who, like me, love to get nerdy when it comes to wine.

I haven’t gone into much detail about it, but I was able to go because of the a scholarship fund that the WBC folks run. I’m so grateful to them for donating and helping me have this experience!

Let’s get to know my wonderful sponsors, shall we?

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Looking Back on the Noble Grape Challenge

January 11, 2018

After a couple weeks off, I’m back and excited for another year of geeking out over wine and beer. I spent about a week at my parents’ place eating and drinking all the things before coming back to my cozy little apartment to recoup and recharge from the holiday chaos. I spent a quiet New Year’s Eve in and had a very busy and eventful re-entry into my work world. It feels truly back to reality at this point, and I’m glad to kick things off for 2018 with a final look back at the Noble Grape Challenge.

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Holiday Wine Tips

December 21, 2017

This will be my last post of 2017. I’m taking a couple of weeks off to enjoy the holidays and scheming what I want to do with Palate Practice in 2018. I’ll be back on January 11th!

If you grew up in a Christian household – or even a secular one – you’re probably mired in holiday goodness right about now. Personally, I’m now off work until early in the New Year and planning to do as little as possible (except for all the cooking my mom has planned for us). I’m also planning on enjoying some great wine over the next few weeks, and so of course I wanted to share the wine-y goodness with all of you.

Here are a couple of holiday scenarios you might encounter and some suggestions for how to handle them – WITH WINE.

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Wine Dogs and New Tricks: What I Learned at the Wine Bloggers Conference

December 14, 2017

It’s now been about a month since I went to the wine bloggers conference and I’m still slowly digesting it. I love when this happens, when an experience touches you so intensely and immensely that it takes time to think and feel through all you experienced. It’s the mark of a great conference, really, and something I’m really happy to have experienced this fall.

Now that I’ve had some time to think, there are a few things I wanted to share about my experience at the conference.

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One the gorgeous rooms we ate in, NDB.

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Chardonnay, the Wonder Grape

December 4, 2017
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It’s time for the next instalment of the Noble Grape Challenge. Last time we dove into the world of Viognier and now it’s time for the final entry, in which we get to know possibly the more versatile grape there is: Chardonnay.

About the Noble Grape Challenge

Let’s refresh ourselves on what’s going on here – Wine Folly created the Noble Grape Challenge as a way to learn the spectrum of flavours and characteristics found in red and white wines. Taking nine reds and nine whites and going through them from lightest to darkest, we’ll learn about the key characteristics and flavours of each.

About Chardonnay

Let’s start with where Chardonnay is originally from. Are you ready? I’ll give you two guesses, but you’ll only need one.

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Beer Advent Calendar 2017

November 30, 2017

It’s that time of year again. Days are getting shorter and chillier, nights are getting darker, and Seasonal Affective Disorder is settling into our bones like Irish damp. Fortunately our ancestors were prepared for this time of year and made festivals of light, love and sharing – Christmas and advent among them. Which means it’s also time for something I get excited for every year – my annual beer advent calendar!

Yaaaaaaaay!

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Live Wine Blogging at the WBC

November 23, 2017
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One of the signature events of the Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC) is something called live wine blogging. Let me tell you – it was INTENSE.

There were two sessions – one for whites and another for reds – and in each session winemakers and wine reps toured around to different tables of bloggers and writers pouring their wine and talking about it. The part where I got to taste new wines and learn something interesting about the maker or the wine or the brand spoke to my little wine-nerd heart.

The intense part? We only have five minutes per wine to taste, listen, make notes and, in my case, send out a tweet. Some bloggers took notes to create content later but I wanted to show some immediate appreciate for these wines and their makers. Plus I was excited by the challenge to come up with quality content that quickly.

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Digesting the Wine Bloggers Conference

November 16, 2017

Early Monday morning I arrived back in Toronto after four days in Sonoma, California at the 2017 Wine Bloggers Conference. Exhausted from both the red eye I’d just taken and the few days that preceded it, I couldn’t wait to get home and sleep. I napped for four hours and when I woke up my head was full of memories and new information. It’s going to take me a while to process everything that happened.

In an effort to begin to do just that I thought I’d share with you some thoughts and impressions of my first time at the Wine Bloggers Conference.

(Before I delve in I want to thank the folks who organized the scholarship program for the conference. I really would not have been able to attend had it not been for the support I received. I am so grateful I was able to go to this conference)

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