I am very excited for the second edition of our Wine Bloggers Tasting here at Monte Bello, and I look forward to tasting with our guest Wine Bloggers tomorrow!
As noted in a previous post, the tasting will be at 1pm tomorrow afternoon, July 9th, at the Monte Bello Tasting Room.
As to our participants, I am happy to note that we have a number of returning guests from our first edition, as well as a couple of very welcome new bloggers.
Returning again will be:
Gary Chevsky http://www.chevsky.com/
Liren Baker kitchen-confidante.com (note new address!)
Thea Dwelle http://lusciouslushes.com/
Wes Barton http://bartonorchard.blogspot.com/
Dave Tong http://scmwine.blogspot.com/
And joining us for the first time!
Jason of “Jason’s Wine Blog” www.jasonswineblog.com
Jason Mancebo of “$20 Wine Blog” http://www.20dollarwineblog.com
Richard Jennings of “RJ On Wine” http://rjonwine.com/
Fely Krewell of “A Grape Experience” http://agrapeexperience.com/
As to the wines we’ll be tasting, I’ve of course been on the difficult mission of coming up with something that will ideally be a worthy follow-up to the rather impressive roster of wines we tasted for our first edition of the Wine Bloggers Tasting, and I think I’ve come up with quite an interesting theme; for tomorrow, we’ll be tasting a wide spectrum of limited-production, winery-only Rhone varietal offerings from Ridge, with a nice range of both varietals and vintages. I’m doing some tasting today to confirm a final line-up, but for those of you who might be familiar with our ATP Program, you’ll know that we’ve released Carignane, Mataro, Petit Sirah, Grenache, etc. in the past through this program, and our tasting tomorrow will include some combination of these wines.
I, for one, am looking VERY forward to this, as I think our Rhone portfolio, while somewhat small and rather under-the-radar, in fact comprises some of the more interesting wines we offer.
Cheers, and stay tuned to this site, and the sites of our esteemed writers above, to see how this tasting proceeds!