#WBC11 – Monticello Reception and Tasting – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

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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