25 Oct 2008 Speed tasting at the Wine Bloggers Conference

Yesterday, my wife, Jen, and I poured our 2007 McGinley Vineyard, Roussanne from Santa Barbara at the “Live blogging” event at the first annual Wine Bloggers Conference

The format was the following: each winemaker had 5 minutes to pour 1 wine, talk about the wine and answer any questions the bloggers at the table had, then 1 minute to move to the next table to repeat the process 16 times!  The format was a bit rushed but it made me focus on the important elements of the wine and the Lionheart brand.  It was effective at helping to get out the brand name and raise awareness of our wines.  Clearly, wine bloggers influence is on the rise as they reach more and more people everyday!  Maybe next year, this winemaker will be a blogger at the conference as well reporting on some lovely wines.

The Live Blogging event was a very good experience and looking forward to doing it again next year.   I would suggest a couple of things to the organizers for next year: 1) Give a bit more time for tasting, questions, etc; 2) Try to spread out the table in two rooms to help keep the noise level down as I nearly lost my voice having to shout for one and half hours to get anyone to hear me, 3) It might be a bit easier on the bloggers palates to start with whites in a staggered start, 4) cheese and/or bread should be provided to the bloggers to help clear their palates, 5) two glasses — one for white and one for red, and 6) allow time for bloggers to follow up and meet with the wineries before the next event on the schedule.

We got some fantastic comments/blog entries for people that tried the Roussanne.  The comments will be posted below with links to the appropriate blog entries:

Wine Dude Blog

Lionheart Wines 07 McGinley Vineyard Rousanne (wow… really?).   There going for overall balance (my kind of winemakers! :-) .   Stirred on the lees in nuetral French oak barrels.   The nose is OFF THE CHART!   Kiwi, tropical fruits, and flowers all over the place.   Totally killer.


Anything Wine Blog

2007 Lionheart McGinley Vinyeard Rousanne ($33) from Santa Barbara County. Nose - Key Lime pie, honey with hints of orange zest Taste – nice minerality and apple with citrus and tropical tree fruit. This is a great wine, a bit pricey, although if you get the club price it is $23. Wow the winemaker just said they are only prodcuing 275 cases of wine.


Caveman Wine Blog

Wine #9 – A Roussane 2007 McGinley Vineyards from Lionheart Wines. Not usually a fan, but this is nice. Bright apple and pear. Kiss of oak. First verture with wine. $30 retail. 275 cases total of everything. Wow! Their website is www.lionheartwines.com.


CheapWineRatings.com Blog

Lionheart Wines

Banana, peach and tropical aromas.   Nice crisp acidity and good roundness from malolactic fermentation–giving it a creamy mouth feel.  Nice long finish with a touch of minerality.

Wine: Lionheart Wines
Varietal: Roussanne
Vintage: 2007
Rating: 89
Price: $30


Lenndevours Blog

Lionheart Wines 2007 McGinley Vineyard Roussanne. Sweet lemon preserves. Some florality. Nice and creamy-pineapple mid-palate and flowers and citrus on the finish. Really nice. Made at crushpad. (4:06 p.m.)


Millennial Wino Blog

Wine 9

Lionheart Wines – what do we have here? A Roussane. I’ve never had a Roussane. It’s light and airy, not a wine that I would necessarily choose off a list of shelf. Think a hot day on the deck – nice and refreshing. It’s an old world grape – made in somewhat the old world style.- old world, not what you’d expect here in California. trpoical fruit, smooth without being flat, and has enough acidity to pair with foods – this would be great with 


My Daily Wine Blog

Lionheart Wines 2007 Roussanne
lemon curd and pineapple on the nose, some viscosity in the mouth, full bodied, ripe apricots in the mouth, light golden color, creamy with a good acid on the finish. $30


My Wine Education Blog


kevingerl:  2007 Lionheart Roussaane from McGinley Valley. A self taught winemaker


kevingerl:  On lies for 10 months in neutral french oak with ml fermentation. Recco with grilled fish/pork or Hawaiian pizza. Salt from ham works well with the wine. This is nice tart without a lot of acid. I think it’s a drink soon but overall :->



kevingerl:  275 cases total across 4 different grape wines


Ablegrape Blog

2007 Roussanne, Lionheart Wines. M, youthful, peach, floral, hints of wax and lychee, and a creamy note (100% malo, says winemaker). Pretty nose. Full bodied, with medium-high acidity, medium-plus alcohol, creamy mouthfeel, and a pleasantly long, grapefruity finish. Dig this. The winemaker, Leon Glover, said he’s going for a “distinctive, bold” wine, and I’d say he succeeded.


Dr. Xeno’s Wine Blog

6.  2007 Lionheart Wines Santa Barbara County McGinley Vineyard Roussane

OK.  Only 26 cases…get some now!!
C: lighter golden straw

N: Great pear and peach, followed by some wonderful pineapple and blossoms of florals. Some creaminess and lemon custard here too.

P: Full-bodied with intense pineapple flavors that seem sweet and yet the wine finishes nicely crisp with a little cream underneath and further tropical fruit from the nose.  Very good!




Lionheart 2007 Roussanne… tastes like a chick wine (ha!)… very summer-y, nice, poolside by the bottle good times.. tropical – key lime!



drXeNo YO YO! Lion heart! mmmmmm #ttl about 16 hours ago from twhirl in reply to drXeNo


@Oenophilus YO YO! Whazzup! Where you be at! #wbc about 16 hours ago from twhirl in reply to Oenophilus


275 Cases! Out of Crushpad. I heart @crushpad!!!! #ttl about 16 hours ago from twhirl


LIonheart roussane has a very carmellly characteristic. Creamy custard. mmmmm #wbc about 16 hours ago from twhirl


2007 Lionheart Rousanne lemon, tropical fruit…guava? peach #wbc about 16 hours ago from twhirl



The Wine Case Blog

Lionheart Wines

2007 McGinley Vineyard Roussanne from Santa Barbara County, clocking in at 14,47% alcohol. Nice peachy, exotic aromas, with a touch of almonds. Nice mouthful, with decent acidity holding it together well. Little bitterness on the back end – from the maceration on the skins, says the winemaker. I like it. 10 months in French Oak. I’ve found many California Roussannes to go overboard, but this holds itself together well, and I think it could even age for a few years, like the best from the Rhône. Well-done.


Vine Views by Jared Skolnick

2007 Lionheart Wines McGinley Vineyards Rousanne ($30).  Winemaker is a self-taught chef and winemaker.  I would absolutely mistake this for a Viognier in a blind tasting (asssuming I was even close that day!)  The floral notes on the nose are more indicative of the Rousanne, but the fruit notes are very much like Viognier.  The palate is well banaced, but is a little light on acid.  The finish is a bit flat without the crisp acids.


Vineyard Adventures Blog

*Lionheart Wines 100% Rousanne – Tropical fruit – pineapple, good acidity, light handed oak, on lees for 10 months. Best pairing according to the winery is hawaiian pizza. I would tend to agree. The flavors match with the pineapple and the acidity is strong enough to be cleansing to the palate. $30


What a Trip Blog – Nancy D Brown 

Lionheart Wines  Leon C. Glover, owner/winemaker is sharing his 2007 Roussanne from Santa Barbara County.  If you like hawaiian style pizza, Glover said, “it sounds kind of stange, but it’s really a good match.” You can purchase the wine, which retails for $30, on-line at www.lionheartwines.com


Winecast Blog

lionheart roussanne 2007 – white pear/mandarin orange/honey aromas… full, rich pineapple fruit with lychee on the finish; very good #wbc about 17 hours ago from web


http://winefactsblog.com/2008/10/  (go back to it in a few days) 


Loves Wine Blog

4:16 Pacific time. 45 mins into the “live blogging” I’m on.
Lionheart Roussane — a white crisp wine. Pale straw. Pleasing amount of fruit, Well balanced, nothing overwhelms. Sells for about $30. Clean fresh tart fruit on the nose. I would enjoy this, esp. in warm weather, 


Wine Peeps Blog
2007 Lionheart Wines McGinley Vineyard Roussanne (
Santa Barbara County, California): Lime, pear, and floral aromas. Pineapple and lemon also come through on the palate. Crisp acidity and a bit creamy. Good mouthfeel. Smooth finish. Very refreshing.
Quality: 4 stars (out of 5)
Price: $30


Wine Enabler.com Blog

Lionheart Wine 2007 – This is a 100% Roussane with lots of varietal character – grilled pineapple, melon, and a little apple in the nose. In the mouth, this is a full bodied wine. Twenty months on the lees give this Rhone style wine an added level of complexity. It seems a little overdone, but we liked it anyway. ($30) 3.5-stars


Wine Scholarship Blog

Long break for some reason there. Now we have lioneart wines with a 2007 Roussanne from Santa Barbara County. This has a nice balance between fruit and spice. I get some nutmeg here. The fruit is pretty tropical here, pineapple and stuff like that. I can’t really write anymore about this. They’re saying this is the last wine and I’m thankful.


Winesleuth’s Weblog

Lionheart wine ‘07 Roussane- the winemakers said that they were looking to make a balanced wine, higher in acidity then most, 100 percent roussane from Santa Barbera County, nose of orange blossom, tropical fruits, on the lees, lovely fruit upfront, tropical pineapple, creamy, bit of minerality, caramilized pineapple, lovely, great example of white Rhone vatietal, slightly nutty.

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2 Responses

  1. I totally agree with points 3,5, and 6. I think that things got a bit mixed up and that’s why reds came after the whites but 2 glasses is a good idea and crackers would be excellent. And having an informal session afterwards with the winemakers would always be appreciated.

  2. oops, I meant that’s why whites came after the reds!

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