You can stand under my Monticello

…ello, ello, ay, ay, ay…

Uh…yeah, I have no idea.  I only got five hours of sleep last night and have been tasting wine all day and hotel coffee is not strong enough, dammit.

But far be it from me to neglect my blog while at a blogging conference.   Soooo…here ya go.

Four things I have learned so far at #WBC11:

1) The Teej liked to booze.

Poking around in Jefferson’s cellar was definitely the coolest part of last night’s Monticello event!  Apparently the room was restored and opened to the public just last year, so it’s Kind Of a Big Deal.

Check out the dumbwaiter…and I don’t mean that guy who brought you cold chicken fingers last week at Applebee’s.

And instead of a refrigerator, they had a giant hole in the ground that they filled with snow/ice in the winter to chill their perishables through the year.

Thank you, modern refrigeration technology, for sparing me the trouble of going outside and diging in a pile of dirty old snow when I want a cold beer.

2) MO wine, mo problems

Fact: if you’re the last person at the party, it’s likely that someone will hand you a case of wine to take home.  WIN.

(It’s from Missouri.  But fortunately my wine rack doesn’t discriminate on the basis of geography!  Or quality, for the most part…)

3) Dogs can taste, too.

Something tells me it wasn’t the first time he’d bellied up to the bar.

4) After a long day of drinking wine, there’s nothing better than a cold beer.

I nearly cried last night when I spotted a cooler full of beer.  It was nice just to drink something delicious and not feel like I had to think about it.  This Long Trail Ale, a craft from Vermont, totally hit the spot.  Thanks, Todd, for sharing!

And somehow, I’ve ended up blogging about beer at a wine conference.

If you want to read about wine, follow me on Twitter, where I’ll be live-tweeting 140-character reviews during this afternoon’s speed-tasting session.  Which is just about as exhausting as it sounds, actually.

About that coffee….

15 responses to “You can stand under my Monticello

  1. Love your dress in the first picture. It sounds like you’re having a good time. Enjoy the speed-tasting!

  2. Free case of wine? Score! Who cares where it is from? Free wine is free wine.

  3. When the title of this post popped up on google reader I got that song stuck in my head. Then I clicked on it and you made the same reference.


  4. Your speed-tasting tweets are impressive. I was reading them yesterday and thinking how much of a pain in the ass it must be. #dedication

  5. While you are guzzling wine I will be in my kitchen undoubtedly humming Rhianna’s umbrella for the rest of the day… have fun tho 😉

  6. I’m gonna go get a beer right now. This post totally worked on me.

    I thought of you today Shelby. For the first time ever, a part of my ass crack hurt at the end of a long run, thanks to …. chafing? Or dare I say….hair? I don’t mean to make you gag. I JUST NEED YOUR HELP. what is happening?!? why? After 15 years of running, why now?

    Anyway. I expect to see you in my hometown of Napa once you are sufficiently hooked on wine tasting.

  7. Oh that looks like so much fun! A wine/blogging conference? Sounds like perfection for me!

    Love your dress too. :-)

  8. Shelby,
    It was great meeting you! Sorry we didn’t get to run together. I’m trying to find you on Facebook. Can you email me if you have an account?

    • I don’t have a FB page for my blog (shameful, I know) but I’ll find you on there and connect!

      It was great to meet you too! You were seriously a trooper with the afterparty hosting. :)

  9. A free case of wine? Not bad at all! PLUS, you got a little history in with your boozy face, so that’s a win win right there. Looks like the conference was a good time!

  10. This conference looks like so much fun!!!!!!

    I don’t even like wine that much (I try to love it, I don’t know what is wrong with me!), but I would pretend so I could drink with T Jeff’s ghost. =)

    I lol’d about your Santa Barbara winery post. I had a similar (wonderful) experience. Minus the turtle!

  11. I especially like your last paragraph – and I did start a blog – two in fact – just a few months ago! I always write letters to my children at Christmas – sometimes more often, but at least once a year. They know their letters will be in their stockings! Probably wouldn’t do anything you said not to – just a little bit inhibited! But that’s just me. Congratulations on being freshly pressed!