Napa agog over bloggers
Last year Napa Valley was a no-show at the first-ever American Wine Bloggers Conference, in Santa Rosa. Instead, Sonoma County wineries were falling all over themselves to capture the eyes, ears and palates of bloggers, who they were smart enough to appreciate might be important players in the review game.
This year Napa is playing catch-up. Better late than never seems to be their tune. (Well, in many respects Napa is more conservative than Sonoma.) No less an august body than the Napa Valley Vintners is taking the entire bloggling group (which could number scores) “over the hill” into Napa Valley, where they will have a Grand Tasting at Quintessa, followed by some fancy winery dinners. The Hall Winery will also be hosting them for a lunch.
Nobody, but nobody pours on the charm better than Napa does when it comes to impressing writers. When they want to dazzle you, they do it with regal pomp and circumstance. I’m sure the bloggers will be suitably impressed, and they should be. Wine blogging has arrived. The fact that Napa cares enough to curry favor is proof. I, myself, am not going to the Conference this year (I did last year), but will look forward eagerly to the blogging that will follow the July 24-26 event.
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