Speed Dating Winemakers is Fun #WBC09

The Wine Bloggers Conference presented Hello Vino with some very cool experiences. The red carpet treatment received at wineries we visited over the last weekend of July was documented in our blog last week (see them all here).

There was another unique event that took place the day before we shot out to Napa Valley for on site visits.

Live Wine Blogging: The Royal Rumble of Wine Tasting

This “Live Wine Blogging” rush was basically our chance to speed date winemakers and taste their wine while they shared information and answered questions. Our table was visited by roughly 18 wineries with pourers ready to go in an hour. An exit countdown began when they had to move to another table which made it really fun for those not spitting as much as they should have. This was like the Royal Rumble of wine tasting and we were looking to see who was coming over to our table next and show us their finishing moves.

And 3…2…1…Charlie Tsegeletos, Director of Winemaking at Cline Cellars.

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Charlie was a real nice guy who was good enough to mug for our camera above. Charlie and his helper poured his 2007 Ancient Vines Mourvèdre (he kept referencing “move over dear” to help people remember the varietal). Another cool fact, Charlie is a professional wine judge, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Association.

See the label on the bottle? Pretty neat idea.

“Mourvèdre is an exotic grape found in the Rhône and Provence regions of France, Spain and Australia. It is a key component in Chateauneuf-du-Pape and has a starring role in Bandol. Once widely planted in California (where it is often called Mataro), today only a tiny amount exists and Cline owns many of the historic ancient vines that remain. Redolent of dark plum, chocolate with a hint of oak, this juicy Ancient Vines Mourvèdre is delicious now and will age for well over a decade.”

Go to food and wine pairing for this Mourvèdre:

A perfect complement to rack of lamb, grilled pork tenderloin or dark chocolate

Jim from Hello Vino