In April it was a quick visit to Paso Robles for the CABs of Distinction event, featuring barrel samples of the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon and a panel discussion featuring luminaries like Gary Eberle, who later popped open two bottles of his 1980 Cabernet.
I paid my first of two visits to the Napa Valley in July, this time for the annual Day In The Dust in Rutherford, a chance to taste some of the 2010 Rutherford Cabs, a few not yet released, and lunch outside at the historic Rutherford House with the winemakers.
July also brought the second annual reunion of bloggers from the International Wine Tourism Conference at Messina Hof Winery in Bryan, Texas. Paul and Merrill Bonariggo are the consummate host and hostess. It’s hot in Texas and it was harvest time. We spent two nights at their lovely villa and enjoyed their surprisingly good wines. I have shocked more than a few people when I shared Messina Hof wines with them.
In 2014 plans include a visit to Kingston, Jamaica for the Food Wine and Spirits Festival and the republic of Georgia for the International Wine Tourism Conference. There’s little doubt there will be at least on more trek to Napa/Sonoma and a few other surprises. Thanks for coming along for the ride!