My adventure started in First Class on American Airlines, and when I landed in Sacramento, I was upgraded to a VW Bug Convertible at the car rental counter. I don’t think I’ve ever actually driven a convertible before, so obviously I put the top down and went on my merry way. Things took an interesting turn when I arrived at my destination. It turns out that when a lot of wine bloggers gather in a location with a minimum number of hotel rooms, sometimes, your accommodations aren’t so stellar. Even though this hotel got a higher rating on TripAdvisor than some other local options, I think I got the short end of the hotel stick. But I’m really not complaining. Everything else was fabulous.
The welcome reception was held at the Mohr-Fry Ranches in Lodi and it just happened to be the proprietor’s 53rd wedding anniversary. Cheers to them for allowing 100+ strangers to invade their front lawn for an evening of wining and dining. I met up with some Twitter friends and finally connected social handles to faces. The evening was lovely, and the cold Vermentinos that were being poured really hit the spot. I always knew Lodi was the place for Old Vine Zinfandel, but I had no idea there were so many amazing white grapes being grown there. From Vermentino to Viognier, I was one happy, if not a bit tired,
camper wine blogger.
Given my East Coast roots, I was thoroughly jet-lagged for the first two out of the three days and found myself up before dawn. So I did what any normal person would do. I hopped in my convertible and went out seeking the sunrise. I couldn’t find a “go to” place for sunrise in Lodi, but I put my compass app on and headed East. It worked out pretty well and I got some stellar sunrise views over the vines.
The conference exposed me to a whole host of wine bloggers from around the world. It also exposed me to a lot of wine in a very short amount of time. More on that later. The connections I made and insights I gained from the speakers and presenters were well worth the few days away from the office. Being awarded the scholarship was my impetus to go on this wine adventure, and it was an absolutely invaluable experience.
 I was lucky enough to receive a scholarship to assist with travel expenses and registration fees. THANKS to all the scholarship donors! I’ll be donating to the fund to help a newbie attend next year! You can donate too!
 Thanks, Uncle Bob!
This was smart given that it was 98 degrees, the sun was shining and I had no sunscreen. But whatever. #priorities
 Hello Motel 6.
That being said, this was a total #FlipFlopsInTheShower kinda place …
 Like @Dracaenawines, @10KBottles and @WineAntics to name a few.
 This is so unlike me.
 Despite my attempts at Googling the same.
 BHAHAHAHAHA. That was funny right? #lawyerlife