Last year when I wrote a recap of the 2010 WineMaker conference for my personal blog (ancientfirewineblog.blogspot.com) I highlighted several things about the event that as a first-time attendee really struck me. From the incredible volume of education and learning, to all the great people, to the MANY bottles of wine open at the swap meet and finally what an honor it was to walk to the podium to pick up my competition medals. It was a lot to take in. By the time I was through I was overwhelmed and needed a vacation from my vacation!
I was certainly better prepared this year and enjoyed my conference experience even more, which might be hard to believe.
The location of Santa Barbara, CA paved the way for my first trip back to California in 25 years (and my wife’s first-ever trip there). Drinking CA wines at the source certainly does add a new dimension, and the physical beauty of the area makes exploring a feast for the eyes.