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Washington Wine Country, Walla Walla Valley AVA and Tri-Cities | Highlights from the 2018 Wine Bloggers Conference #wbc18

Growers and Makers Blending Talent and Passion. 
Wine touring in my backyard. There’s a corner of the wine world which is already beginning to enter the next phase of its maturation. Its the place where I live, a place where my grandfather lived and the place where some of my favorite makers and growers live. All this within minutes of my front door.

Sometimes proximity leads to myopia. This past week, my vision was adjusted for the better.

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2018 Wine Bloggers Conference Eight years ago I attended my first Wine Bloggers Conference in Walla Walla, Washington. Last week, I was again in Walla Walla, this time attending the 2018 Wine Bloggers Conference. So much has changed in only eight years.

Many thanks to Zephyr Conferences, sponsors, wineries, and Visit Walla Walla for a world class wine media experience. Well done!

What stood out. Today, I am goin…

October is International Merlot Month!

#MerlotMe all month long.
In 2012 the month of October was declared International Merlot Month. This year, more than 100 Merlot producers from all over the world are joining together to celebrate this lovely wine grape variety.

We're using the hashtag #MerlotMe to make it easy to find wine reviews. Since I'm just back from the 2018 Wine Bloggers Conference in Walla Walla, I'm starting my Merlot tastings and reviews with three lovely Walla Walla wines.

Personally, my passion for Merlot was reignited this January. I hosted a Merlot blind tasting at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center, which made me fall in deep like all over again. There's something about Merlot and it's varied styles which pleases and purples.
Merlot StatisticsMerlot sales are up! (Nielsen)Merlot is one of the top four most purchased red wines in U.S. restaurants (Winemetrics)California Merlot consumption in the U.S. was 19 million cases in 2017 (The Wine Institute)Merlot is the third most po…