I have to tread a fine line as I work as a blogger, a journalist but also as a publicist and when writing about wines, I need to declare that some are my clients. So, here’s the skinny: I just did a whirlwind week in the United States with 11 producers from Morellino di Scansano. A lot of other people have written about Morellino this week, including Tom Hyland, the Chicago seminar leader and I hope many more will continue to do so. Robin Kelley O’Connor of Christie’s was gracious enough to host the seminar in New York as part of the Vinitaly in New York Tour on October 19th.
I had a great time discovering new producers of this friendly, versatile and fruity Sangiovese-based wine (at least 85%) with friends and colleagues, among them, my Miami guru… Charlie Arturaola, truly a wine luminary.
My high school boyfriend went to school in Florida and my nice Jewish grandmother lived there for 25 years but Florida has never really been on my radar as a place to live. I must say it does have much to recommend it. I might need to rethink a number of things.
This week is the Society of Wine Educators 35th annual conference in Rhode Island. I’m very sad not to be going and not to see old friends and make some new ones. Knee surgery has put a stop to many of my summer activities but that’s life. I have discovered that many people have had meniscus and/or ACL surgery, a shocking amount of people.
Back to the conference in Rhode Island where so many great speakers will be conducting seminars among them Alfonso Cevola, Kevin Zraly, Robin Kelley O’Connor, Mary Ewing Mulligan and Ed McCarthy, Mary Gorman, David Glancy, Sharron McCarthy, Ed Corry, Jane Nickles, Eric Orange and many others. I’ve always had a great time at the conference, meeting new people, tasting great wines and seeing the folks from the Society, Shields, Carla and others. Kentresa will be missed by many I am sure.
Every year at the conference I learned something new, met an interesting person and discovered a new wine that I enjoyed. I find the conference a great investment and wish that I were going.
My good friend Rodolphe and Eileen will surely share their experiences with me but I do wish I could participate in person. Next year…