I always join the European Wine Bloggers Conference on the last minute I have the good fortune to get it. This is my third edition.
To meet wine lovers is an especial experience. These people have a lot in common, but maybe most important is their attitude to have fun in every event they assist.
When you are 20, you may not appreciate this characteristic what is worth. To laugh and have fun then is easy. But when you get older you become more demanding. Besides many things happen around you. These things that happen make you consider a somewhat different classification. On leisure the most important classification you do is wheter the people you meet are like living mummies to which nothing excites, and another group of those who get excited about little things, trying to have awakened the senses to realize that they are alive and also have a strong desire to live.
On the wine events except on rare occasions you find yourself almost exclusively with people who want to enjoy life and look at activities as a way to enjoy it. Enjoy life or the bad feeling is contagious. So there nothing like to meet with people who only intention is to ass his best and give it to the surroundings.
The European Wine Bloggers Conference is all that but much more. It is because it is an event that occurs once a year, because the places we visited are truly wonderful, because they meet the 250 people attending that are connected by Social Media, and with a hobby in common: they are completely mad on wine and its environment, to try new wines, for reading and writing about wine, wineries, meet old friends and make new ones and then keep in touch via Social Media and Internet. And much like the above who are willing to make thousands of miles, to meet like minded people. If it turns out that the organizers do a pretty good job, because they do it (Thank you Gabriella, Ryan, Robert), and if local partners, in this case the Italians in Franciacorta, do the best they can, the result can not be better.
I was delighted in Lisbon, I was delighted in Wien. And has come to pass in Brescia, Italy. We have spent 3 unforgettable days.
How to transmit all this in more graphic way?. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Maybe with a couple of videos …
On the first you can see what I appreciated through the window of the plane on my trip to Milano. I was up at 3 in the morning, to catch the plane at 6. As you will understand I was knackered. But something was happening inside me as I was approaching to Brescia. I got asleep on the plane, but at a certain time I woke up and saw something that I guess you can see many times when you fly. But If you go to the EWBC your sensitivity is different. The plane seemed to not need wings because it seemed to float in cotton. Look at the video. Is this a good start no?
The first day we had a very long time (from 3 am on foot), with many interesting tastings and conferences. Then evening comes. On the program appears: Private Dinners at Secret Franciacorta Wineries. Uauuu!!!!!. This looked good. We went up to 4 buses each with a different destination. I happened by a Brazilian tasting teacher, with very lively conversation, but there was a time when, in the darkness of the bus, she and I, got asleep. (for the second time in a conveyance that day) I do not know how long it took. But I woke up, got off the bus like a zombie and I find this.
When you see the video you will see that it takes a bit to focus in the darkness of the night. This an effect I did not look for, but that accurately reflects how evolved my state, which was cleared in a few seconds to start listening to a story in the darkness of the night seemed a fairy tale. The owner of Il Mosnel Winery, talked to us (this was the winery we were visiting). She gave us the first details about the visit we were going to do. In few words she said we were in a winery that was founded in 1836, a family winery that strikes an important stretch in the 60s, and currently produces around 250.000 botttles.
The dinner was wonderful, with 9 winemakers of Franciacorta sitting each in echaof the tables. The dinner was prepared by the restaurant in Brescia, Due Colombe. They got out. His chef, Stefan Cerveni, at the end of the dinner, was so kind as to come to us and made a small speech, extremely emotional in English. As I had my Iphone at hand I recorded the finishing words of his speech. Thank you very much Stefano.
And this is the summary of the first day. A very complete day in which I fell like a log in bed.
(It will continue)
This post in Spanish: De nuevo en el European Wine Bloggers. (Brescia, Italia)