#WBC11 – Monticello Reception and Tasting – James Melendez

It is amazing how nearly a month ago was the Wine Bloggers Conference 2011 in Charlottesville and how it sill lingers in my thoughts and palette.

The Monticello reception was a wonderful event and I do count myself as lucky to have been part of this experience.  How many people get to experience fresh and local Virginia food with the Commonwealth’s wines while at Monticello?  I could guess and say very few.  The reception on July 22 was very hot and humid and I can say the organisers worked extremely hard for well done reception.

I unfortunately had to consume a vast quantity of water to replace the vast sum that I was loosing.  I wish I could have enjoyed more wines– I only enjoyed about 4-5 wines.  I have never gone to any wine tasting and had so few.  So here is a list of wines I did not get to enjoy but have on my must try list:

  • 8 Chains Sauvignon Blanc  2008
  • 8 Chains Furnace Mountain Red Reserve 2008
  • Ankida Ridge Chardonnay 2010
  • Ankida Ridge Pinot Noir 2010
  • Annefield Viognier 2010
  • Annefield Cabernet Franc 2010
  • Aspendale Hildersham (Sauvginon Blanc) 2010
  • Aspendale Rocawalkin (Cabernet Sauvignon) 2008
  • Barrel Oak Stainless Steel Resesrve 2009
  • Barrel Oak Reserve Petit Verdot 2008
  • Barren Ridge Tinkling Spring 2009 (Vidal Blanc, Viognier, Traminette, Chardonnay and Riesling)
  • Barrel Ridge Meritage 2008
  • Blenheim Viognier 2010
  • Blenheim Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
  • Byrd Cellars Muscat 2009
  • Byrd Cellars Dahlgren’s Raid Red
  • Cardinal Point A6 (Chardonnay and Viognier) 2010
  • Cardinal Point Union (Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tannat) 2009
  • Catocin Vidal Blanc 2010
  • Catocin Syrah 2009
  • Chateau Morrisette Viognier 2009
  • Chateau Morrisette Cabernet Franc 2009
  • Chuch Creek Chardonnay 2009
  • Chrysalis Viognier 2010
  • Chrysalis Norton Locksley Reserve 2008
  • Cooper Viognier 2010
  • Cooper Reserve Norton 2008
  • Fabbioli Something White (Traminette and Vidal Blanc) 2010
  • Fabbioli Tannat 2009
  • Flying Fox Viognier 2010
  • Flying Fox Petit Verdot 2008
  • Gadino Viognier  2010
  • Glass House Viognier 2010
  • Glass House C-villian (Chambourcin, Merlot and Cabernet Franc) 2010
  • King Family Viognier 2010
  • King Family Meritage 2009
  • Mountfair Engagement (Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot)
  • Pippin Farm Viognier 2010
  • Pippin Farm Winemaker’s Red Blend (Chambourcin and Cabernet Franc) 2010
  • Potomac Point Reserve Viognier 2010
  • Potomac Point Reserve Heritage (Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvingon, and Petit Verdot) 2009
  • Prince Michel of Virginia Symbius (Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvingon and Petit Verdot) 2008
  • Stinson Sauvignon Blanc 2010
  • Stinson Cabernet Franc 2010
  • West Wind Farm Pinot Grigio 2010
  • West Wind Farm Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
  • White Hall Viognier 2010
  • White Hall Petit Verdot 2009

And isn’t it amazing to see how an event like Wine Bloggers (#WBC11) lives way beyond it’s official dates?



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About James Melendez

II love wine and business. I am obsessed with the subject, the art, the history, the sciences, organization management, and making things less complex I have been a former national wine marketing manager for a large off-premise food and wine retailer (280+ retail locations in 30 US States); the love for wine taught me the good practice of using the best methodologies to right side a business which unto itself is complex. Further complexity is wine. Wine simple to enjoy and yet profoundly complex because of many factors: Many grape varieties States of wine: sparkling, still and fortified wines Vintage Blends Regions/AVAs/DOCs etc. Many producer styles Many producers Limited supply Limited and often restricted distribution My experience is still a lot of intimidation with respect to wine. Wine means many things to many people; status, fear, success, ‘you’ve arrived’, enjoyment, good times, tradition and even ceremony. I have consulted with wine producers and association. I have spoken on Wine and Social Media, Wine and Video and The Business of Wine in conferences in the United States and Europe. Beer and spirits do have the same dynamics–there are many producers but compared to wine there is no other consumer product like it. I have been writing about since November 2006 on my site and I have over 2,890 wine videos on my YouTube channel talking about general wine subject matter as well as specific educational topics on wine and reviews. I have been a wine judge and have traveled to many wine countries in the new and old world. Wine has taken me to great places. Life is tough for most of us and it is nice to celebrate life with those near and even far. What wine is really about is sitting around a table with family and friends raising your wine glass and saying—to life! I love to write about travel, food, technology and business–please subscribe! Salute, *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the world. Read more of my wine reviews:jamesthewineguy.wordpress.com © 2020, 2018, 2017, 2010 James P. Melendez – All Rights Reserved.
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