I interrupt this adventure through Croatia to highlight my recent trip to the Wine Bloggers Conference in Penticton, British Columbia.
As first glance, one would think travelling to the middle of the mountains, on a series of glacial lakes, would be an odd desetination for a bunch of digitial wine writers, industry reps, and interested members of the community – however, after visiting the area last year, I was enamoured.
Arriving a day early, I was able to see the calm before the storm, and visit some areas that weren’t on the roster for the official trip. Over the next few week, there will be a lot more on that but first, here are my top 10 highlights, Letterman style!;
10. The fresh, local, and unadulterated food of British Columbia. While I have never seen so many A&W’s in one place, we were treated to the natural wonder of the local breadbasket and were never ever hungry for anything bugt more fresh and wonderful food.
9. A quick stop at Vino Volo in Vancouver, where Jim Conaway said, unsurprisinging, “I can’t believe you’re having wine!”
8. The same James Conaway’s keynote, subtly quiet humor that was bang on for the wine industry, and a great introduction to his novel Nose.
7. The wines – from hearty reds in the classic Bordeaux style, to light, aromatic, unusual whites.
6. The content of the conference. Ok I’m biased here since I presented on Positioning Your Blog with my partners in crime Kathleen and Megan, but hey, there was some great stuff there!
5. See Ya Later Ranch and the reception presented by Constellation Brands. Surprisingly small, local and wonderful – from one of the largest wine conglomerates in the world
4. Sandra Oldfield and her crew at Tinhorn Creek. Marcy, you weren’t kidding! I saw Jesus in that cab franc!
3. The scenery – every angle, every window, every view – breathtaking
2. The people of Penticton, specifically for their welcome breakfast, farmers market, and general excitement to have us there. Every person I encountered was genuinely excited to have us there and just plain nice.
More, much more to come!