I have sweet memories of the European Wine Bloggers Conference, which was held this October in Brescia, Italy, and I don't think I've given due credit to the phenomenal job done by the organizers of this annual event. Robert McIntosh and Ryan and Gabriella Opaz did a killer job in both bringing together a group of rowdy wine writers with short attention spans and in keeping us all engaged and involved for a brilliant weekend.

One of the big takeaways for me from the EWBC '11 was that I should be paying more attention to my fellow writers, and getting to know each of them better. One of the best ways to at least get a start down that road is to begin reading their blogs. Duh!

As it so happens, Robert's blog, Thirst for Rioja, is all about Rioja wines. With all the Tempranillo I've been tasting this week, and with most of that coming from Rioja, I couldn't think of a better time to start getting to know Robert through his work.