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Wine tastings on buses and Villa Bellangelo

Was my current alarm set to that one Vampire Weekend song on which I clicked snooze too many times? The answer is maybe. Anyways, I'm told I have like half an hour before we leave for breakfast. It's finally the day that the pre-excursion for the Wine Bloggers Conference 2015 starts - so Christine, Amy, Leeann, Sujinder and I pack up, eat breakfast at a place (i.e. delicious instant-regret-omelettes), and drive back to Elmira where some of us enjoy Gin and Tonics at the airport to revitalize our brains. Some fellow bloggers began arriving: some remember that we met last year, where I was plagued by lots of self-doubt more than the capacity to retain faces and names (ugh what a great start), and we...

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Finger Lakes: first spits and fire pits

More wine in this post, I promise! For some reason I was not tired after The Night Of No Sleep. My body knew. On a rainy morning dodging puddles and people, Christine, Amy, Leeanne, Sujinder and I bussed up to Elmira from NYC. This of course involved a cryptic and boisterous man who sat behind our group and modified the intensity of his New York accent depending on who he was talking to on the phone, including Joey, which included a mild conversation about picking up sodas at the dollar store; and then Beryl, to whom he aggressively told to check her mailbox and to "not worry about it" (severed hand?!). Obviously the world knew our NYC experience wasn't over yet, and we've accomplished...

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#WBC15 Tinder Wine Session #1

i.e. Live Wine Blogging but I like my name better. https://twitter.com/joshlikeswine/status/632265176977424388 Somehow, Mykha'el and I got an entire table to ourselves, but we owned that shit. Every representative that came to our table sighed with relief and took a chill seat next to one of us; they relaxed and poured us their wine and talked about it for five minutes until they heard the dreaded ding, indicating that they had to move on to the next table, for a total of 10 times. We were told that this year would be different, and every wine we would have in both this session and the next would consist solely of wines from New York. It was so seemingly perfect as we ended with an ice wine. Standing Stone 2013 Gewürztraminer (Finger Lakes, New York)...

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Post-Pride and Pre-WBC15 Wine Dump

Bit of a tasting note dump between the Maryland trip and Vancouver Pride, since I am not drinking for a week in a simultaneous effort to recover from Vancouver Pride antics and to prepare my liver for the Wine Bloggers Conference in New York. Huzzah. I am surprisingly doing well so far, and I have stepped into the world of non-alcoholic beer. [caption id="attachment_4492" align="aligncenter" width="300"] pictured: Vancouver Pride and fun and yay[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4491" align="aligncenter" width="300"] nah[/caption] (I've failed miserably.) There's not really a common thread here, except for maybe the general Old World? I've also found out that my travel buddy had to cancel her attendance to both the Wine Bloggers Conference and our pre-conference trip to NYC due to a health issue, so I'm semi-alone in...

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Sun rays and Vouvrays

Studying for the upcoming diploma exam in around 4 weeks is just as terrifying as it is satisfying, with each strikethrough on my study planning sheet providing temporary pleasure before moving on to another daunting section, though I was particularly proud of myself for the past few sections on Australia and USA. The sun's also begun to commit to bright and humid days, which means more exposed skin and mostly, weekend days that equate to regret when I'm literally rolling around in my bed with my laptop trying to relax and study at the same time. And it works - almost too well, to the point where I'm questioning why my growing talent for memorizing soil types isn't better put to use by,...

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Rock out with your Hawk out

March 23, 2015 (Because, like, Alsace and rocks. And Hawksworth.) Alsace as a person: some sort of plainly elegant freshly-shaven man - or a woman clad in some sort of colour-blocked dress - maybe something in-between? Possibly something cleanly cut yet bright that evokes images of Twiggy from the 60s, and maybe something equally as razor-sharp like a Polo and slicked-back hair with nary a thread out of place. Or like a United Colors of Benetton advertisement that shows five outfits that would all look disproportionately gross on me. (Truthfully, I'm an American Apparel medium and a Gap extra small, but I'm pretty sure my thighs set off fire alarms.) No oak, no malolactic, all vivid. The brightness is no argument, because Alsace is literally the...

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Vancouver International Wine Festival 2015: “Decades Apart”

I'm feeling inconveniently gross because I was supposed to study the rest of Australia last night, so it seemed like a good idea when my best friend posed the idea of doing some late night work together at a café. We drove around, and the few places we could think of were all full at 9PM on a Tuesday, so we thought we could grab a small bite at the Union before heading back out to scout a place to get some shit done. It was not a small bite. We did not do work afterwards. [caption id="attachment_4197" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Yeah.[/caption] Long story short: it's the day after. I'm tired and gross and for some reason I decided to wear this really thick button-up...

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Pre-Vancouver International Wine Fest 2015

Days are leading up to the wine fest. Not that it's daunting or anything - if that's how I'm making it seem - but I'm purposefully not training my palate for the Shiraz-fest to come in favour of gracing my mouth with more refreshing whites. I'm sort of mirroring the sunny weather we've been having in the form of alcohol, and I find that it also helps to have some inspiring wine when you feel anything but. Yesterday's Martin Códax "Burgáns" 2010 Rías Baixas ($25) was just that - perhaps not as fresh as it should be at that age, but bringing an unintentional spotlight to its funky hint of brine, along with something that seemed a bit nutty and yeasty amongst its peachy fruit. It was...

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WSET Diploma – Unit 3 – Week 15: Germany

It's been a weird past couple of weeks. I don't know why I think it's necessary for me to mention that I moved onto my first iPhone, but I'm going to: I've moved onto my first iPhone. And I instantly turned into the person I thought I would never be - the person constantly glued to their screen, swiping down on every app just to refresh what might be minuscule and insignificant updates that other people filter just so their lives look more entertaining than yours. I'm making it seem like I'm much older than I am, which seems to be a shitty inadvertent theme anyways? Fancy dinner on some Sunday. It was great. I shall not talk about the accidental crunchy journey home because...

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WSET Diploma – Unit 3 – Week 14: Business of Wine

Woah! I'm feeling mighty uninspired. I think it might have to do with the clouds and rain, which are normally quite nice, but something's blocking my brain and I feel like I have to obligatorily blame it on the weather. Maybe I need to watch a movie, or go on a mini vacation, or just hug someone for a really long time. It sure is an excuse to get juices flowing with actual alcoholic juice, but I'm going to not because my brain is telling me no. (Which means it's going to be one can of beer or just a hint of scotch. And then maybe more scotch.) [caption id="attachment_4110" align="aligncenter" width="662"] wow can u not[/caption] Two weeks ago, I skipped class...

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