Portlandia: The Blogger's Edition
- There is some damn fine coffee in Portland. Specifically, Stumptown. But as I was told by my PDX local friend Jeffrey Weissler said “there is a new kid on the block!”. He promptly gave me a welcome gift of another local roaster, which I cannot wait to break in to.
- Doughnuts are an anytime food, no matter what cookie monster says! mmm VooDoo maple bacon bars make me happy!
- Portland has some of the best beer around. Everyone needs a palate cleanser right?
- Never ever ever put Shriners, Quixicotals, travelling families and wine bloggers on the same floor of a hotel. Ever. Did I mention that this is a bad idea?
- Food carts make bloggers happy, much like bacon. If you didn’t get a chance to check out the food cart scene, make sure you go back!
- The 2007 Pinot Noirs from Willamette are going strong and are quite possibly the vintage of a lifetime. Widely panned by critics upon release, they are now changing their tune. Mostly gone, nab some if you can find it!
- There is some awesome Pinot Gris, Reisling, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay in Oregon as well.
- Oregon wineries really like us! They really really like us! While they might not get social media, as many wineries are still trying to get their feet wet, the vast majority of wineries participating in the conference went above and beyond to make bloggers feel welcome before, during and after the event. This included private tours and parties, as well as invitations to visit the wineries on your own at another time.
- I was not looking at your chest, I was just trying to figure out your twitter name! since most of us know each other by our twitter handles and not our real names, having these prominently displayed is helpful.
- The WBC is about reconnecting with old friends, learning about what the latest trends in wine blogging and writing are, and having a lot of great wine.
- OK one more – while the WBC Scholarship is a lot of hard work (and I mean I’m going to kill you/quit/give up kind of hard work), it’s worth it every year. The amazing recipients were such a welcome addition to the conversations that occurred at WBC!
That is the short and sweet of it but there is more, much more to come in the coming days.
Up next: How Bloggers Influence the Wine World. A lively discussion ensued with a room full of writers, winery reps, PR professionals and others. We might not always agree, but we all have the same general philosophy.