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I woke up last week and came to the sudden realization that we are about two weeks away from my arrival in beautiful Walla Walla, Washington for the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference. This is the event that us wine bloggers wait for, with breathless anticipation, all year long. This is like Christmas for winos, a great opportunity to meet online friends, taste some great wines, spend time in a great wine region, and learn how to sharpen the tools of the wine blogging trade. Oh yeah, did I mention that we get to taste some great wines?

I am very excited about participating in this event, which is my first WBC. I've had the great honor of being invited to participate in a panel at the Conference, called Top Gun Blogging (I know, what were the organizers thinking?) My panel amigos will be Joe Herrig of Suburban Wino and Andrew Lazorchak of Vineyard Vlog and Wine Soirée fame. I'm also excited to be sharing a house with some of my best blogging friends, Josh Wade (DrinkNectar) and Steve Paulo (Notes From the Cellar), which should make for an even more enjoyable stay in Walla Walla. On top of all that, I am also going to be joining some great folks in a tour of some Oregon wineries on my way into Washington, and will be wrapping up my stay in Washington with a tour of the Spokane area, thanks to the good folks at the Spokane Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau. Needless to say, I'm incredibly stoked about the entire trip, and look forward to sharing some fun stories with all of you while I'm there (very glad that there will be built in blogging time during the conference), and more when I get back.

This isn't going to be my first experience with Walla Walla wine, as I was fortunate enough to be able to spend a little time there last October, but it will be the first prolonged stay there, and I'm very much looking forward to learning more about the Washington wine scene. Washington is producing some of the best wines in the country right now, and it's exciting to be able to spend some time there, learning more about the area, their wines, and about wine writing. I plan to post some more pre-trip posts about Washington wine, although I'm running out of time. Hope you enjoy reading them.

WBC logo taken from the Wine Bloggers Conference site.