I just returned from the Wine Bloggers Conference in Sonoma. What an outstanding conference it was! Joel Vincent and Allen Wright did a wonderful job in organizing it. They deserve a round of applause.

I tweeted thanking the sponsors of this conference and someone wanted to know who they were. Well they wouldn’t fit in 140 characters or less. Here is the list of sponsors and I would like to thank them. They went beyond and we were treated like royalty.

Thank you: Open Wine Consortium,Zephyr Wine Adventures, Sonoma Vintner,Sonoma Winegrape Commission,Sonoma Tourism,Napa Valley Vintners, Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers,Bouchaine Vineyards,ViniPortuga,Russian River Valley Winegrowers,Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley,Rueda,WineFuture Conference, Wine Biz Radio,Wine Business Monthly,Mashable.com,Mutineer Magazine,Wines & Vines,Wark Communications,Washington Wine Commission,Rodney Strong Vineyards,Bonny Doon Vineyard,Vinfolio,Sherry Council of America,True Fabrications, ListenShare, Benziger,BottleShock.

The weekend was lots of fun and informative. I received a Spicy Zin tattoo Friday. (It’s almost gone now.) Tasted lots of wine. Had a wonderful lunch at Hess Collection in the vineyard on Saturday.

Saturday evening concluded with an amazing dinner at Antica Family Estate. The view was incredible as was the food. They went all out for Bus #1 (We definetly had the best bus with the best stops and the best wine!)
Sunday morning was spent in Social Media seminars. I was honored to have the Hudson Valley Wine Country ning site show up as an example on Janet Fouts presentation. At the conclusion of the conference there were many wineries having events for us bloggers. Unfortunately I didn’t attend. I headed to San Jose with the conference organizer Joel Vincent to hang with my friend Diane of 29 years. No matter how long between visits, we seem to pick up, just where we left off. Time went by to fast, as the next thing I knew, I was on a flight Monday morning heading East.

One of these trips to CA, I might not board that plane back home. In any event, I did, I’m back and I’m getting ready for the Bounty of the Hudson Wine Festival.