What happens in Napa, stays in Napa. And the blogesphere. And Twitterverse.

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This past Sunday, I was fortunate enough to have my Luscious Lush self and my big mouth invited to a blogger panel discussion, hosted by Lisa de Bruin (@winedivergirl) of Hahn Estates.  At this discussion were several fellow bloggers and industry folks, as well as a large contingent of the Hahn team, who were on hand to discuss their wines as well as how they can more effectively interact with us wine blogger types. First, let me get this out of the way.  I am going to talk about some wines.  I am going to talk about some Hahn Estates wines.  These wines were tasted at a hosted event, but these comments express ONLY my opinions.  I am choosing to write about the wines that stood out in my memory as being exceptional or noteworthy, because i like to share things I like.  Moving right along then! In attendance, we had the following bloggers: JJ Bagley and Alan Kropf of Mutineer Magazine Laura Wagren of 1000 Corks Xandria & Liza of The Brix Chicks (@lorzandra & @brixchick_liza) Ward Kadel of WineLog (@drxeno) Shana Ray of Shana; not out on VHS yet (@sharayray) Chris Butts of the The Kilted Blog (@chrisbutts) Sam Ackman of 1000 Corks Chris Oggenfuss of Vintuba (@vintuba) Russ Beebe of California Wine Hikes (@winehiker) Additionally, we had two wineries represented, which added a unique perspective. Jeff Stai, Owner Twisted Oak Winery and winery blogger on El Bloggo Torcido (@eljefetwisted) Judd Wallenbrock of Humanitas Wines and Michel-Schlumberger, winery blogger of Drink Charitably (@humanitas) From Hahn, we had: Andy Mitchell, Director of Vineyard Operations Adam Lazarre, Winemaker Bill Leigon, President Evelyn Pool, VP of Marketing Lisa Adams Walter, PR (@lisaadamswalter) and of course, our illustrious hostess herself – Lisa de Bruin, Director of New Media Marketing (@winedivergirl) This event was envisioned by Lisa de Bruin, with a lot of input from various bloggers and industry folks, as an opportunity to open the dialogue between wineries and bloggers.  This has been something of a challenge in recent weeks, and has incited some rioting (friendly fire only!).  Before the lively discussion started, however, we were treated to a tasting of some of the Bin 36 and Lucienne offerings.  Below are my notes from my favorites: 2006 Lucienne Pinot Noir, Lone Oak Vineyard Rich ruby color.  Rich without being sweet or overdone.  Black cherry, earth.  Strawberry fruit rollup, cherry and plum.  Tastes slightly salty. The Lone Oak Vineyard is in an area of the Santa Lucia Highlands that produces world class pinot noir.  Case in point, Lone Oak actually sits between Gary’s Vineyard and Rosellas Vineyard, which are both well known in pinot circles for producing some cult pinot noirs. We also tasted the 2006 Lucienne Pinot Noir, Doctors Vineyard This had a much chewier mouth feel, with black raspberry and Bing cherries, followed by plums and earthy spice flavors. I enjoyed both of these pinots very much, and would say that for drinking along, Doctors is a great choice.  If you […]

Drink Charitably!

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It’s that time of year again.  Can you really believe that it’s Thanksgiving NEXT WEEK?  I’m in a bit of a state of panic myself.  That being said, I wanted to call your attention to a wine event on Friday, November 21st.  This special event is hosted by Humanitas Wines, Twitter Taste Live, Twittermoms.com and Lenndevours.com, in an effort to support the local food banks during this needy time. While it is too late to ship the wine out to anyone not in the Bay Area, you still have 1.5 days to either: Find a Twitter party or run up to Napa to pick up the wines!  There are a few local stores that carry them, click through to see the locations. We will be tasting: 2006 Sauvignon Blanc-Monterey 2007 Chardonnay “Oak Free”-Monterey 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon-Paso Robles 2006 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Humanitas is dedicated to changing the world, one sip of delicious wine at a time.  They donate the profits made from these wines to charities, which find solutions to hunger, housing, and illiteracy.  For this event, proceeds are going to feed the hungry, something close to my heart at this time of year. In 1997, founder Judd Wallenbrock, who is the President & General Manager of Michel-Schlumberger as well as running Humanitas, had a driving desire to help those less fortunate than ourselves.  Inspired by companies such as Newman’s Own, he started Humanitas to fulfill two dreams:  Owning his own winery, and giving back Having been fortunate enough to taste some of the Humanitas wines at the Wine Bloggers Conference, I am really excited about both contributing to the local food bank, and having another opportunity invite my wine community friends over, sip some amazing wines from all over California, and do Twitter Taste Live!  Won’t you join us? Enjoy Humanitas…Drink Charitably! Google