Yes, I am back so quickly because I have a grand announcement! This past Friday, I was invited to participate in the first-ever "Fusebox" Cabernet Blend-Off sponsored by Crushpad. For those of you not familiar with Crushpad, it is a custom crush facility in San Francisco. If you are a person with a desire to become a winemaker but are just starting out, this would be a great place to start. They can do it all for you or you can assist and do as much as you would like to do, while getting a wonderful learning experience in the process.
Recently, they introduced a "blending kit" available for purchase so you can blend and play at home. The "Fusebox" is a kit containing all of the wine components needed to possibly make a grand blend of Cabernet Sauvignon. As you recall, I had a blending party with friends recently, using the same kit, while attempting to dodge all kinds of errors and faux pas, but ultimately taking too long in the beginning steps. We blended and could not decide on a blend of our own so we chose one of the recipe card blends. A total default. Not what we really wanted to do and therefore we gave up at that stage and did not go any further than that. End of story...Until now.
This time it will be different. My kit, courtesy of Crushpad, arrived today! I'm up against ten fellow bloggers (some I know, some I don't) and there is some nice swag at stake--like a free case of my own blend and total bragging rights! There is also the possibility of eventually marketing my blend. Ooh--lightbulb!! This is serious stuff and I am scrapping my last experience and starting over. Out with the old, in with the new! I'm designing my blend and designing my label and hoping for the best all while having a great experience with friends who believe in my goal! I am excited and pumped and rearin' to go!
So let the games begin, let the fun begin and let the blending begin. I just want to say "Good Luck" to all my competitors. May the best blend and label win. And whatever happens--be proud of your accomplishment and have a great time!
I'm an Italian-born, American-bred walking encyclopedia of wine. Wine is my passion. People who know me find me interesting, funny, and knowledgable. A wine country enthusiast, I moved my life from Iowa to California and am enjoying educating the public about wine at one of the most historical wineries in Napa Valley! I'm here to keep it fun and help you enjoy wine as much as I do! I recently obtained my CSW (Certified Specialist of Wine) certification from the Society of Wine Educators and am diligently working towards my CWE (Certified Wine Educator) certification in the Fall of 2014.
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