Spotlight On: Anything Wine

Today we continue my series spotling some of my favorite wine blogs around the net.  To date, I’ve brought you Caveman Wines, Wino Sapien, Brooklyn Guy, Wine Camp, and Luscious Lushes.  In this installment, I present to you my friend John, who writes the wine blog Anything Wine.

Borrowed from Anything Wine!

Now, I’ve “known” John for quite some time.  He started Anything Wine just a few months before I put keyboard to blog post and put up Wannabe Wino and he was among the bloggers I read from the beginning of my wine blog reading days.  Back in the day, John didn’t post as frequently, but in the last two years he’s hit a stride of pretty regular posting.  I first met John in real life at the DC International Wine and Food Festival where we made our way through an ever-growing crowd.  Then, he and his wife (also a Megan spelled the right way!) came to my house for a party and later that fall I saw John again at the Wine Blogger Conference.

Besides being a wine blogger, John has a lot of wine experience to share with all of us.  He recently passed the test to become a Certified Specialist of Wine, he works at a wine shop, and his family owns a winery in Virginia.  John does a really great job of presenting a varied view of the wine world to us.  One day, he’s telling us about a Virginia winery, the next a bargain wine, and the next a bit of interesting wine news.

John enjoys many of the same wines I do, and he has a quick and easy way of getting across his notes on a bottle.  In his reviews, he always tries to tell you a little bit about he winery he’s talking about, which I always appreciate.  All in all, John’s a great read over on Anything Wine and you should add him to your feed reader to enjoy continuous updates!

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Vin 65

This will be the first in a series of posts highlighting the wonderful folks and companies who kindly and generously donated to the Wine Blogger Conference Scholarship.  Thanks to their donations, the scholarship committee was able to provide scholarships to many of the applicants who needed assistance getting to the conference, and everyone will benefit from having a wider array of wine bloggers on hand.  As I’ve mentioned before, I’m on the Scholarship Committee and I am going to use my wine blog as a platform to thank each donor.

First up: Vin 65.  I must confess, I had not heard of ths company before they donated generously to the Wine Blogger Conference Scholarship fund.  Vin 65 is a wine business e-commerce solution.  They do web design, e-commerce, content management, and customer relationship management.  One of their biggest clients is CrushPad in San Francisco.  So if you are in the market for these kind of services, check them out and see if they would meet your needs.

Many thanks to Vin 65 for supporting bloggers to attend the WBC, we greatly appreciate your contribution.

A Don’t Miss BBQ!

Judd shows off the magnum

Judd shows off the magnum

If you are ever invited to a BBQ at Judd’s Hill, I’m telling  you now, go! You won’t be sorry you did, but you should certainly cry into your wine if you miss the chance (but that might dilute your wine, so metaphorically cry into it please)! As I wrote about a couple weeks ago, we first went by Judd’s Hill with Jo, et al, on our Winos in a Limo day, where we got to try all kinds of fabulous wines and were treated to just about the best hospitality ever.  On our way out, Judd strongly encouraged us to swing by the next day as they were having a BBQ with live music and the release of the 2007 Blazing BBQ Zinfandel.  Sounded like a plan to us and we “dragged” Thea along with us!

Thea enjoys the wine. And BBQ.

Thea enjoys the wine. And BBQ.

So, not only did we get to try the fantastic Blazing BBQ Zin (we bought a three pack to take home with us, plus picked up a bottle of the 2005 Syrah) but we also got to try the 1993 Judd’s Hill Cabernet Sauvignon from a Magnum bottle.

The spread.

The spread.

1993 Judd’s Hill Cabernet Sauvignon: Mint, strawberry, red currants, chocolate, pepper, black cherry, peppers, nice use of oak, black currants, black fruit, spicy, peppery, quite smooth finish.

The band.

The band.

The live music entertained us, and the bbq filled us up to carry us through the rest of the day.  I loved that they used old wine barrels all chooped up into pieces as the wood chips to smoke all the bbq. I thought that was a great way to recycle the used barrels whose use to age wine had ended.  They actually gave us a bag to take home iwht hte purchase of the 3 pack of Zin, but we couldn’t fit it in our suitcases, sadly. We do have the recipe for the BBQ though, and hopefully it will taste great without the wne barrel chips.  The pork ribs were literally the best bbq pork ribs I’d ever had!

Barrel samples. Literally.

Barrel samples. Literally.

Many thanks to Judd and Holly for inviting us! We had a great time, loved the wine and the music, and adored the BBQ! So if you are in the area and Judd’s Hill is having a BBQ, I highly recommend that you check it out!