Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery in Woodinville admitted his PowerPoint presentation was "geeky," filled with charts, grafs and references to "structured integrity" and "fruity intensity" of Columbia Valley vino.
So I'm assuming the real appeal of the IACP panel he moderated, Uncovering the Inspiration Behind Washington Wines, was the intoxicating aroma of the conference room itself.
At least that's how it smelled from my seat near the back row.
The conference room smelled like the inside of a cask. By my count, there were 9 rows of tables, with 12 chairs at each table. At each place setting, there were five glasses of Washington wines: Januik 2004 Chardonnay, Januik 2003 Merlot, Brookwater 2003 Cabernet, Betz 2004 Syrah and Betz 2003 Cabernet.
I didn't have anything to drink, so I'm pretty sure that was 540 glasses of wine scenting the room.
Fruity intensity indeed.