I really could have titled this post the Top 10 Things I Learned from DrinkNectar's Josh Wade because one day, at wine camp, I might have learned as much from him as I did from any of the breakout sessions. After a moment of reflection though, I realized how valuable that information he shared with me really was and decided to selfishly hoard (most of) it for myself. So, in my crazy Top- 1o style, I offer you The Top 10 Things I Learned at Wine Camp instead. I've tried to include the incredible teachers who enlightened me with their invaluable lessons, but periodically, the mass consumption of magnificent wine has fuzzied both my notes and my memories.
1. Don't just blog, write. (Steve Heimoff, SteveHeimoff)
2. Sometimes you're worthy in your unworthiness. (Hardee Wallace, DirtySouthWine)
3. You should have an "about me" page on your blog to draw people deeper into your site. (Josh Wade, DrinkNectar)
4. Unrequited love is the only kind that lasts. (Lettie Teague, lettieteague)
5. Think of wine as an additional condiment, like ketchup. (The Food Network's celebrity chef Jeffrey Saad, Passion For Food)
6. Acidity is a flavor, tannin is a feeling. (Overheard and beg to differ; acidity is a feeling too.)
7. A bad day in wine country is better than a good day in the office (William Allen, Simple Hedonisms)
8. Remember to use all of your sensory experiences when tasting wine. See it, smell it, feel it, taste it. (Meg Houston Maker, MakersTable) Shhhh, be vewy, vewey quiet… Can you hear the wine?
9. Walla Walla can mean water water in the native american lanaguage, but more traditionally it's defined as "Many Rivers."
10. What happens at Wine Camp, stays at Wine Camp.