Wine Bloggers Conference 2017 (part 1): Zinfandel panel discussion & sustainability
Zinfandels have always been my go-to wine.
My first day trip to Lodi in April changed everything for me. My passion for learning about wine, wine regions, winemakers and history was ignited.
The beautiful Zinfandel vines I witnessed that day have made a significant impression and I carry with me those memories. So, I started a blog about my wine appreciation journey.
I searched for wine blogging conferences and was pleased to find the Wine Bloggers Conference. The best part was I didn't have to travel far to attend this year since it was held in Santa Rosa. I registered for the conference in August and counted the days until the event.
The first session of the conference I attended was the Zinfandel panel discussion, as a part of the education series. My day job kept me in San Francisco most of the morning on November 9th so I ended up missing the earlier session.
I was full of anticipation of the unknown as I drove up to the entrance of the Hyatt Regency in Santa Rosa. I was just in time so I rushed to the registration table to collect my badge. I was greeted by a friendly face and knew immediately this conference was going to be one of the best decisions I have made this year.
The panel discussion was moderated by Rebecca Robinson of Zinfandel Advocates & Producers. The panelists included Dan Panella of Oak Farm Vineyards, Brian Maloney of DeLoach Vineyards, Brandon Lapides of Armida Winery and Ned Horton of Quivira Vineyards.
Each of the panelists provided an introduction and history of their wineries while we tasted the various Zins chosen for this particular tasting.
Here's the list of Zins we tasted:
- 2015 Oak Farm Vineyards - Lodi, California
- 2014 DeLoach Vineyards - Santa Rosa, California
- 2015 Maple Vineyards/Armida - Healdsburg, California
- 2015 Katz Vineyards/Quivira - Healdsburg, California
The topic of discussion was sustainability. According to the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission's site, the goal is for this wine region is to become the first in the country to be 100% sustainable by 2019.
Below are some resources for additional information on sustainability:
- California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance
- Sonoma County Winegrape Commission: Sustainability
- Lodi Growers: Wines made with certified sustainable grapes
- Lodi Growers: What are Lodi rules?
- Sonoma County Winegrape Commission: Sustainable wine label
- Wine Institute: Sustainable Winegrowing
- Forbes: The U.S. Wine Industry Focuses on a Sustainable Future
Are you interested in wine and sustainability? Feel free to leave comments and feedback!