Where am I?

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It's now week 14 for Mrs. Whore and I...

After making one of the biggest and quite possibly most awesome decisions of my life, I've realized that my goals have changed drastically. I thought I'd come back from the Wine Bloggers Conference with some sort of crazy video footage, pics, stories, and whatnot. I went back and forth on how I'd put it all together before I even stepped on the plane to embark on the painfully long voyage to Walla Walla Washington. Should I bring all of my Wine Whore paraphernalia? I went in with lofty hopes but ended up deciding to just blend in and experience the event for what it was worth instead of trying to use it as a chance to network and promote this site.

I think a lot of people noticed it too. I got a lot of comments about how I was "not what they pictured". I think people expected me to be a drunken mess throughout the entire conference. While I wasn't far from it, I was relatively quiet, tame, and to myself for most of the experience. The truth was that I was far from home, alone, and a little apprehensive about the whole thing. I enjoyed the experience but was very glad to be returning home.

Instead of posting a funny video compilation of stupidity, endless seemingly redundant pictures of vineyards (if you've seen one, you've seen 'em all), and all sorts of other stuff about my trip that you probably would skim over in an attempt to get to another blog post about decanters, aging, or whatever else people are pawning off as wine knowledge, I wanted to sum up my thoughts about Walla Walla Washington in one sentence:

Walla Walla is a beautiful but dry, dessert region where many wineries chose to take root as a result of the sticker shock of other wine growing regions on the west coast.

Their wine offers good bang for the buck but if you're looking to be amazed, you may need to dig deep to find a jewel. Columbia Valley and Red Mountain are good places to start if you're looking for something impressive. I promised myself that I would bring home a few bottles of my favorite from this trip. The honor of this distinction was a bottle made by Sinclair Estate Vineyards called Pentatonic.

As we ended our first trimester, we celebrated with this bottle of this wine. My wife obviously couldn't partake but she did enjoy an orgasmic sniff and a baby sip from my glass. I told her that absence must have made her heart grow fonder but she reassured me that I had found a good one. She always had a good nose for things in life... after all, she found me! :)


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Josh Wade said...


It was good to meet you. I didn't expect you to be a drunk whore...all the time...but at least just once.

I am so happy for you and your wife. Your life will be changed and blessed beyond your wildest dreams.

It was a blast hanging with you for a bit in Walla2. Cheers!


Dean Davis said...

Congrats Randy! That's awesome mate! By wife's 20-weeks today (having a boy). It's also put a lot of things into perspective for me.

Matt Mauldin said...

It was fun getting to hang with you some during the trip. I appreciate your ability to express the absurdity of wine blogging... I certainly identify with that, even if I am a sucker for tasting notes, and endless recaps & vineyard pics... I was able to get myself out of the big virtual Pinot tasting Thursday... I had a chance to hang out with a friend and was able to remind myself that I'm still more human than blogger. Cheers-

The Wine Whore said...

The chance to meet people in person that I felt like I've known forever online made the whole event worthwhile. I really enjoyed hanging out with you guys!

Dean, congratulations! If you guys are like my wife and I, you must be really excited! :)


Cecilia Dominic said...

What a great, heartfelt post! Yeah, those grapes all kind of look alike, don't they? It was great to meet and hang out with you during our Saturday excursion. Congrats again on the baby!

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Rachele said...

You've been very quiet for a while now. You must be so excited about this new chapter in your life. You'll NEED the wine once the little one comes so it's good that you've stocked up over the last year:) Best wishes to you both on a healthy new bundle of joy!


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