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Blogger Profile: Kayla Koroush of The Barrel Theif

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Kayla Koroush, the California Barrel Thief, wants to show you how to pair wine with French fries!  Blogging since 2013, Kayla Koroush’s approach is that wine, and the knowledge that comes along with it, should be accessible to everyone. She wishes to “push the industry in front of the people and show them the artistry and passion”. She also aims to take the pompousness out of wine by delivering content that is relatable and relevant in all walks of life.

Her passion for wine came through winery visits. Those visits turned into a deeper curiosity and she left her job as a preschool teacher to work in the wine industry.

This is Kayla’s first WBC. Read more about her at Le Barrel Theif or follow

her on Twitter at @CABarrelThief!

Corporate Donor: Craig Camp of Cornerstone Cellars

Writing a profile for Craig Camp of Cornerstone Cellars. Quite alright though, I’m a huge fan of Craig, so I certainly don’t mind singing his praises every year! Craig was one of the first wine bloggers I “met” via the wine internet world. He got me press passes to an event nearly 8 years ago when no one had really heard of wine bloggers and certainly didn’t consider them press!

Craig has been a long time and fervent supporter of wine bloggers and the Wine Blogger Scholarship. We appreciate his enthusiasm for what we do and his continued support of our scholarship.

As always, we looked forward and enjoyed seeing Craig at the conference!

 

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Blogger Profile: Amy Corron Power of Another Wine Blog

Why do I love Amy Corron Power? Let me count the ways. One, she’s a fellow wine blogging attorney. Two, she’s super smart. Three, she’s damn funny. Four, she is one half a really awesome wine blog, Another Wine Blog.  Five, she and her husband Joe make me completely jealous on Twitter tastings with their amazing food pairings. I’m sure I could keep going for quite some time, but that would become nauseating.

Amy is the recipient of a WBC Scholarship this year, after many years as a staunch supporter of and donor to the fund. We’re delighted that she was chosen and look forward to her always fabulous insights into the conference.

Donor Profile: Debbie is a Happy Bitch and the Hudson Valley Wine Goddess!

webemailusefinal227 copyDebbie Gioquindo is a remarkable woman with many hats! This generous donor is not only the co-
founder of Happy Bitch Wines, but is also a Certified Travel Counselor, a Certified Specialist of Wine, and a wine location specialist. She spins her craft through her wine blog Hudson Valley Wine Goddess with the primary mission of educating folks about wine.

With a strong background in Marketing, Debbie also consults for wineries and other small business for their marketing and social media needs, while also conducting wine tastings and wine seminars to promote wine education in the Hudson Valley and beyond.

As if she didn’t already have so much on her plate, Debbie is also the chairperson of the Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition that is takes place every year at the Hudson Valley Wine Festival.

Follow Debbie on Facebook and Twitter and find her at WBC!

Thank you, Debbie, for your generous and continued support of the WBC Scholarship!

Blogger Profile: Stay-At-Home-Mom (SAHM) with a passion for wine!

Blogging for the last 2.5 years, Alissa is the one and only SAHMmelier!  This former teacher-come-stay-at-
home-mom (and award-winning poet!), Alissa has a passion for wine, food, and education. Through  her blog, SAHMmelier, Alissa aims to make wine approachable. As a foodie, she enjoys experimenting with food and wine pairings and provides recipes to her readers.  As a mom, she likes to add in a little heart-felt humor or sentimental struggles, as any parent would understand.

After being involved with a strong and active community of Women Wine Writers online, Alissa is looking forward to the opportunity to meet and interact in person with many of those she calls her inspirations and mentors.

Finally, Alissa is based in the Texas Hill Country, so attending the WBC will give her the opportunity to introduce and promote Texas wine.

Let’s give Alissa a warm welcome to the WBC family! Follow her on Facebook: and Twitter and give her a shout out at the conference!

 

Corporate Donor: Amy Anderson Gross makes Wine4.me!

Wine4.MeAmy Gross has been a friend of the WBC Scholarship for 3 years, and this year – she’s pulling double duty with Wine4.Me, as both an event sponsor and a Scholarship donor!  Amy has been a driving force in the challenge grant program we have – called #MakeThemPay.  We salute you for your enthusiasm and support of bloggers and wine! 

Wine4.Me is a new app that allows wine drinkers to find wines they like easily, by selecting characteristics of your favorite wines and creating your personal taste profile.  From that profile, you will get a list of other wines that you are likely to enjoy.  Pretty cool right?  Co-Founder and CSO Michael Tompkins, our head science guru, heads this part of Wine4.Me and he’s the one who developed the algorithm that makes Wine4.Me possible. Our team worked with sensory scientists, winemakers, and winery owners to develop our patent-pending system of evaluation. Then, we recruited some of the best wine evaluates in the country to evaluate the wines in our database. We called on more winemakers, wine educators, wine writers, sommeliers and more to evaluate the wines, and then we tested them.

The best part about Wine4.Me is that selections featured are widely available nationally, so you know you will be ablet to find something you like based on the recommendations.  While there are many wine recommendation apps out there, this is a great feature of Wine4.Me.

Amy, the co-founder and CEO of Wine4.Me, is also the brain behind Vine Sleuth Uncorked, a popular wine blog that covers everything from local wine events, to tasting notes, and travel experiences.

Thank you Amy & team for your support, and be sure to check out Wine4.Me as well as Amy on Twitter and Facebook!

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Blogger Profile: Valerie Stride demystifies wine

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Valerie Stride has one simple goal for her site – to unlock the mystery of the wine world – especially the wines of British Columbia.  Her blog The Demystified Vine! focuses on teaching her readers about wine, wineries in British Columbia and to use her WSET certification to educate others.  Her blog is meant to unleash a new understanding about wine and all its beauty, but also allow more appreciation to grow for those who are curious.

She’s a fellow wine enthusiast and works for a local winery out of the Similkameen Valley in British Columbia and is focused on enhancing the consumer experience.  She’s witty, she’s fun, she’s knowledgeable so please stop by and say hello on Twitter, and Facebook!

This is Valerie’s second Wine Blogger’s Conference and we look forward to seeing her in Buellton!

 

Corporate Donor Profile: Rodney Strong’s Dynamic Duo

_MG_1729Robert Larsen public relations guru extraordinaire, director of communications for Rodney Strong Vineyards and emcee of the winery’s blending events.  Robert Larsen has been a friend of the Wine Blogger’s Conference since the beginning, missing only one year (Editor’s Note:  sorry you’re still not a veteran!) in the 8 year history.  He’s known for providing great wines, hosting ‘must attend’ after parties and being an all around great guy to be around.

He’s been in the PR industry since the early 90s in the wine industry.  Robert is born and bred in northern California’s wine country. and is all about the discovery and development of a genuine message that makes a story resonate.  He’s also a home winemaker, gardener and cook.

Together with his partner in PR crime, Rachel Voorhees, erstwhile Social Media Manager for Rodney Strong, mommy blogger, and somm, these two make a powerful duo that spread the message of Rodney Strong’s brands and history.

 

Did you know that it’s the 25th anniversary of Rodney Strong Vineyards?  Celebrate with Rachel & Robert at WBC!

10325715_10152147268201482_5272434950427070960_n (1)Editor’s Note:  Thanks to the generous support of Rodney Strong Vineyards, we are able to provide stemless souvenir glasses at the conference this year! Please stop by the WBC Scholarship table on Thursday night or find us over the weekend to purchase your glass.  If you have donated, or wish to donate $50 or more, we will gift you a pair of these glasses to take home!

 Look for Robert in Buellton or reach out to him on Twitter.
Rachel can be found behind the @RSVineyards and @davisbynumwines handles, as well as her own Twitter handle.

 

 

 

 

Blogger Profile: Peter Nowack wants to be YOUR bung cooper!

10013823_10204019393827803_73961657891477687_nPeter Nowack is a man in search for the smaller wine producers. Peter prefers to make his way past the tchotchkes of tasting rooms’ flar, and the grocery store end-caps. His interest is to meet the families behind the label, and learn about their story. Peter is not interested in rating wines, but rather sharing intriguing, and thought provoking wine country stories for those who’s livelihood is based upon wine.

Offering a glimpse at the people behind the scenes, the Bungrcooper digs in to the small production winery scene, where winemakers & owners are the brand.

Read more about this year’s scholarship recipient – Peter Nowack, at Bungrcooper.

 

 

Donor Profile: Larry Schaffer of Tercero Wines

larryschafferLike many winemakers, Larry Schaffer studied viticulture and enology at UC Davis. Those that know Larry, know him in several different ways. He is a father, teacher, foodie, baker, often making us drool at his bread photo postings, garagiste of stellar Rhônes, and Larry is what some might call: Rhône to the bone!”  

Larry’s passion for Rhone varietals is expressed in his Los Olivos winery, Tercero and Rhône Ranger support. He is often seen at small “mom and pop” wine shops and events pouring wine from beakers. Yes, beakers. Like the ones in a science lab, and reason for his nickname as the “mad scientist.”

Anyone that meets Larry, or follows his Facebook postings, will likely tell you he appreciates a good dialog. Larry asks thought provoking questions, truly wants to engage, and hear people’s perspective. If you have not experienced his Mourvedre Rose, “Cuvee Christie” (GSM+), or other great wines, they are well worth seeking.

 Larry Shaffer is a true supporter of the SBC region, and as I compose this little piece on Larry, I consider him one of the good guys, and friend.

Editor’s Note:  Larry recently started the uber cool blog, Wine Verbiage, where he discusses everythign from what’s up in thePicture industry, to how to succeed in business by making really awesome wine, and what it means to be a blogger.  Go check ti out!  Stop by and see Larry on Twitter, and also at WBC where he will be pouring his wine and speaking on a panel.