Wine Down Eugene


Wine Down Eugene April 3-9

Ribera Del Duero tasting at New York’s Salinas Restaurant – outstanding

In last weeks Wine Down Eugene, I wrote a little bit about my trip to New York City, and I mainly focused on sharing my thoughts and pictures on my emotion-invoking visit to the 9/11 Memorial.  My half day visit to the spot where the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center once stood will forever be imprinted on my heart, it was truly astonishing. Also leaving a lasting impression were the experiences from the rest of my four days in the big city, where the main focus was on my favorite topic in the world: wine.

The worlds leading wine-related socially interactive website,, invited a group of top wine and food bloggers to attend a weekend filled with tasting world-class wines. Ranging from a $38 dollar bottle of delightfully crisp and refreshing 2011 Sohm & Kracher Austrian Gruner Veltliner to a $500 dollar bottle of 1978 Scarpa Barolo Le Coste di Monforte from Italy that displayed alluring notes of smoke and freshly-rolled cigars, we bloggers were feeling mighty special.

$500 dollar bottle of 1978 Barolo from Italian winery, Scarpa. Scarpa wines have not been sold in the U.S. for 20 years – hoping to change that.

We experienced incredible culinary creations presented by local restaurants and chefs, and we were VIPs for Snooth’s First Annual People’s Voice Wine Awards Grand Tasting – where over 300 wineries from around the world shared their best wines alongside delicious Caribbean themed bites from the event sponsor: Cayman Islands.

The accomplished and well-respected wine and food bloggers that attended this phenomenal weekend with Snooth in New York City have joined forces to create a powerful voice about the wines and foods we experienced while in New York.  Snooth will publish an introduction to each of the events we attended, and then each of the bloggers will write a post about that particular event – providing a plethora of easily accessible information through multiple high quality websites.  My introductory post to the weekend in the city, including links to all of the attending bloggers websites, has been posted on my award-winning website, #SnoothPVA Weekend in New York City.

A Moscato Rosé from Brasil – my first experience with Brazilian wines took place at this Snooth event in NYC.

As you all may have noticed, Wine Down Eugene (which is normally published every Wednesday), was published late last week and this week.  The two week tardiness of publication is partially due to my fun-filled trip to New York, but more-so lies in the fact that I had shoulder surgery just one day after returning from the Big Apple – let me tell you, shoulder surgery is absolutely no fun.

I desperately needed a rotator cuff repair, and so that’s what I did, albeit having a lung partially collapse during surgery was not part of the plan.  Although I’m on the mend and feel better everyday, it’s been one of the toughest weeks of my life!  I’ll be in an immobilizer sling for the next five weeks, and then physical therapy for another five months.  I’ve got a long road ahead of me, but will continue to share the weekly Wine Down Eugene; as well as, everything wine related on my website, Regardless of my typing bein restricted to one hand, I’m doing what I love, and I love what I’m doing.

Julia has been in the wine industry for nearly 20 years. First through creating European wine tours, then opening her own wine bar, Julia loves writing about food & wine on her website,

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