This summer the city of Walla Walla, Washington will be overrun by bloggers from around the country for the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference. We will descend on the city like so many thirsty locusts. Personally, I am in secret plans with my friend Sean Sullivan from Washington Wine Report to perform an armed annexation of the Walla Walla Valley portion of Oregon, so please don't tell anyone.
Sean had a really interesting post up on his blog last week about "Washington's Dirty Little Secret". The Walla Walla Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) obviously shares a name with the location of the upcoming conference, but it turns out that this AVA stretches into Northern Oregon, and a lot of quality grapes are being produced there, and contributing to some wonderful wines produced in Washington. Sean goes on to say that Washington has been able to lay exclusive claim to the Walla Walla designation thus far, but he sees the potential for sub-AVA status among some of the Oregon areas of the Walla Walla AVA challenging the branding monopoly that Washington has on the AVA. Really interesting stuff, you should definitely read the whole article.
So what, outside of commando raids on Northern Oregon, will I be doing in Washington this June? Well, drinking a lot of wine. There are a whole hoard of Washington wineries who will be present for this conference, and I am looking forward to expanding my Washington wine experience. I was in Washington last October, and I really loved a lot of the wines that I got to experience while I was there. I'm really looking forward to trying even more great wines from the Northwest this summer. We will also be hearing some great speakers who will help us sharpen the tools of our trade, which should benefit you who faithfully read our blogs. I am actually looking forward to hearing Steve Heimoff's speech, and hope that I have the opportunity to meet him in person. This is really the thing that I'm most excited about. I look forward to getting to meet a lot of the friends that I have made in the blogging community in person, including Josh Wade from Drink Nectar, Steve Paulo from Notes From the Cellar, Ed Thralls from Wine Tonite, Amanda Maynard from The Wineing Woman, and Joe Roberts from 1WineDude, just to name a few. I couldn't possibly name all of the friends that I will be meeting up there for the first time, there are just too many (not to mention that it's hard to get a count of who all you know is for sure going to be there).
I am planning to start a blogging exploration of Washington in the upcoming months. I want to learn as much as possible about Washington wine before I hit the Dubba Dubba in June. I hope to do some interviews with some people involved in different aspects of Washington wine, including some of the great bloggers who are covering the wine scene in the US's second biggest wine producing state. Hope you all have fun joining me.