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Scholarship Recipient: Christine Havens

Christine Havens considers herself an emerging writer, and loves to keep a pulse on what the current industry trends are.  This includes digital channels, and specifically wine apps.  With her background in winemaking background, and her globetrotting wine tasting adventures, she is currently waiting her WSET Level 3 exam results (im)patiently.

Her blog, Christine Havens, is both an extension of her Vivino wine reviews, as well as a place to feature some fantastic recipes.  She has been writing for the last two years, and is the #1 Vivino user in followers!  That is not an easy feat with millions of users worldwide.

She is excited to travel tot he Finger Lakes this August for her first Wine Bloggers Conference, and to experience a wine region she is unfamiliar with.  Let’s show her how the Finger Lakes can do more than Riesling, and give her a warm welcome!

You can follow Christine on:
Blog:  Christine Havens,
Twitter:  MsCMHavens
Facebook:  Christine.Havens

Instagram:  ChristineHavens

Corporate Donor: Rodney Strong Wine Blogger Scholarship!

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The wine business has always been about relationships.  Over the last 8 years, as I have been to the Wine Bloggers Conference, Robert Larsen of Rodney Strong Vineyards has shown this in spades.  Once again, in 2015, Rodney Strong has stepped up to the plate and continued to support the Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship Fund with the formation of the Rodney Strong Wine Blogger Scholarship.

Rodney Strong has always been intimately involved with bloggers, and the Bloggers Conference, reaching out and building relationships that have lasted.  Through unique experiences, tastings, and great group events, Robert and his team have built social awareness through friendship and fun.  That’s the way to do social kids!  Did I mention that they throw great events?  I highly recommend that you stop by the winery if you are in Healdsburg, and check out some of the great options – like the newly opened Terrace, food some great food & wine treats.

11401312_10204831286477434_5110769601301197844_nThis year, the Rodney Strong Wine Blogger Scholarship is specifically aimed at a blogger who exhibits quality, quantity, consistency, and a community spirit.  This year, that award goes to Matt McGinnis of What Are You Drinking.  We all agree, that Matt is a rock star and we can’t wait to have him join us at his first Wine Bloggers Conference!

Laura PerretThis year, Robert is joined by Social Media Manager Laura Perret, who will be attending her first WBC!  Make sure you stop by and say hi to them both.  We are excited to have your continued support and look forward to mingling with you in the Finger Lakes!

 

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

 

Scholarship Recipient: Matt McGinnis

Matt McGinnis wants to know What You Are Drinking!  Writing for the last 5 years, he continually strives to improve the quality of his blog and is excited to be joining us in the Finger Lakes for the Wine Blogger’s Conference.  His blog, What Are You Drinking, explores the everyday adventures of life, paired with delicious drinks.  Matt likes to dive in to the people along with the drinks, and spends a great deal of time interviewing brewers, distillers, and wine makers to share with his readers.

Matt is also a Certified Sommelier, and often judges beverage competitions.  Recognized as a Top 10 Food Blogger in 2013 and 2014 by the Austin Chronicle, we are lucky to have Matt join us in the Finger Lakes!  As a self-employed consultant (hrmm sounds familiar), he is excited to be selected as the Rodney Strong Vineyards Wine Blogger Scholarship winner of 2015, which will enabled him to join us for the Wine Bloggers Conference.

A prolific writer & contributor to several online publications, Matt gets around town and has really made a name for himself over the last 280 blog posts (5 years).  I look forward to reading more and meeting him in person in August!

Please stop by and say hi to Matt!

Blog:  What You Are Drinking!

Twitter:  MattMcGinnis

Facebook:  WhatRUDrinking

 

Coming up next:  Meet Rodney Strong Vineyards’ Robert Larsen and Laura Perret, the dynamic duo behind the Rodney Strong Wine Blogger Scholarship!

 

 

 

Challenge Donation: Make Wine4.Me pay!

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Amy Gross has been a friend of the WBC Scholarship for 4 years, and this year – she’s at it again, along with Wine4.Me, her predicative analytics software company which uses sensory science and fancy algorithms to build smartphone apps and software for retailers.   Once again, Amy & Wine4.Me are sponsoring the Donation Challenge!  We like to call it #MakeThemPay.

First, a little bit about Wine4.Me:

Wine4.Me is all about helping consumers get the right wine for them, personally, every time.

Wine4.Me, the smartphone app, is available free for the iPhone and features objective characterizations of the best-selling wines in the US. When you use Wine4.Me, you tell the app which wines you like, and the patent-pending predictive analytics will tell you what other wines you will enjoy.

Wine4.Me is the only smartphone app and software platform which harnesses the power of sensory science, together with top-notch wine evaluators and unbeatable predictive analytics to match YOU with the right wine, every time.

Now, a little bit about the Donation Challenge.

Wine4.Me has agreed to donate $500 – yep five hundred smackers – the WBC Scholarship! Hoorray!  But…as usual, there is a catch.  We only get the money if we can get YOU to donate $500 first!  That’s why it’s a challenge.  So, everyone, dig deep, find that extra $20, $50, or $100, and let’s make this happen!  Every penny counts – and when we hit our $500 goal, we get another $500, making an additional $1,000 for the scholarship.  That would help us send more bloggers to the Finger Lakes in August!  Let’s make some dreams come true and DONATE TODAY!

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

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Amy Gross: Twitter, Instagram

 

 

WBC Scholarship Applications are CLOSED!

We’re sorry, but application for the 2015 Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship are now closed.

We have had over 14 applications, and now the hard part begins!

The committee will review each application and make a final determination by July 1st (possibly even earlier).  With our partners at EthniFacts, Rodney Strong Vineyards and more- we hope to provide grants to as many people as possible.  However, we can’t give everyone a scholarship, and we can’t give any one a scholarship without your help.

Please spread the word and donate today!

Happy Blogging!

WBC Scholarship announces the EthniFacts Diversity Scholarship Grant!wbcscholarship

ethnifactsWine Blogger’s Conference Scholarship and EthniFacts Announce Multicultural Scholarship

(Dallas, Tx. May 27, 2015) – Today the Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship Foundation and EthniFacts, a multicultural knowledge and insights consultancy, announced the establishment of the “EthniFacts Diversity in Wine Writing Scholarship”, to encourage ethnic, gender, and cultural diversity in the North American Wine Bloggers Conference attendees.

“It is clear that while America is approaching a multicultural majority, particularly in Millennial and younger age groups, the number of diverse bloggers hasn’t kept up with that growth. The diversity of the new mainstream consumer should be reflected in those blogging to and educating this market,” said Mike Lakusta, CEO and Founding Partner of EthniFacts.  “This scholarship is meant to encourage participation and support of diverse candidates who write great blogs while providing expanded knowledge of wine regions throughout America.  ”

Candidate requirements include having a blog that maintains an active status and has been in existence for at least one year, demonstrate a clear financial need, and meet the multicultural guidelines set forth by EthniFacts and the WBC Scholarship Fund.

  • First Year Attendee
  • Citizen Blogger with no paid wine writing experience
  • Diversity Candidate

“We appreciate the partnership with EthniFacts and look forward to growing this program in the future,” said Thea Dwelle, Co-Founder and Chair of the Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship Committee.  “Many bloggers do not have the ability to fund a trip that may cost $1000 by the time hotel, flight and conference registration are totaled and this newly established scholarship will help make finances a non-issue.”

The Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship was founded in 2009 to provide well established “citizen bloggers” with a stipend so they can attend the wine bloggers conference, further their knowledge, their network, the wine blogging community and the wine industry as a whole.  The recipients are bloggers who are not affiliated with a winery or other company in the wine industry with a demonstrated financial need. Specific attention is paid to bloggers who post regularly, have never attended the conference before and who might be students with a particular focus in wine.

The eighth annual North American Wine Bloggers Conference is scheduled from Aug. 13-15, 2015, and brings together hundreds of wine bloggers, social media educators and leaders, and wine industry members in Corning, NY.

The Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship is partnered with Enobytes, dedicated to sharing passion and knowledge of wine and food.   This non profit organization serves a global audience of wine lovers, and takes innovation to the next level with interactive maps, in depth wine reviews, and wine business analysis.

For more information please contact info@wbcscholarship.com and visit wbcscholarship.com/America

About EthniFacts: EthniFacts is a knowledge and insights consultancy with a comprehensive perspective on evolving consumer culture and civic and social engagement in a new multicultural America. For more information, please contact Mike Lakusta, mlakusta@ethnifacts.com and visit www.ethnifacts.com.

Applications for the 2015 WBC Scholarship are now open!

 

 

 

Applications for the 2015 Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship are now open!  Please click on over to check it out…

APPLICATION LINK

 

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Blogger Profile: L’apprentie Sommeliere

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A social media consultant by day and a future sommelier by night, French-Canadian Marie-Hélène Boisvert has been L’apprentie Sommelière (The Apprentice Sommelier) since 2013. She aims to simplify wine pairings, share regional information and just help people make better choices about wine.

In addition to her blog, Marie-Hélène writes for SAQ (wine Québec monopoly), two TV channel blogs and Le Messager Weekend, a local Montréal paper.  She has been known to party in the Banfi Bathtub, and travels in packs with the other Canadian contingent at WBC this year.  Watch out she’s fun!

This is Marie-Hélène’s first WBC.   You can follow her on Facebook and on Twitter as well!

Donor and Committee Memeber: Cindy Rynning

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20111223 IMG_9737-2Cindy has been writing her blog, Grape Experiences, since September 2011.  At some point she decided that tasting copious amounts of wine was great but she wanted to learn more.  After passing the WSET Advanced/Level 3 exam she began to swirl, sip, and savor wine as another step towards sharing this knowledge with her readers from around the world.  Living in Chicago, Cindy loves to attend wine dinners and tasting events as well as meet winemakers and others who enjoy sharing their wine journey with her.

Cindy is thrilled to have been able to contribute to the scholarship fund and help others attend such a fantastic conference this year.  As a full time teacher, she understands how mentoring others in any way is crucial to lifelong learning about wine and the continuation of the art of wine blogging.

 

Editor’s Note:  Thank you Cindy for your participation and help in judging the awesome scholarship kids this year!  We look forward to seeing you in the Finger Lakes!

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!