Announcing the Second Annual EthniFacts Diversity Scholarship

Wine Blogger’s Conference Scholarship and EthniFacts Announce Second Annual Multicultural Scholarship

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San Francisco, CA – Today, the Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship Foundation and EthniFacts, announced the second annual “EthniFacts Diversity in Wine Writing Scholarship”, to encourage ethnic, gender, and cultural diversity in the North American Wine Bloggers Conference attendees.

“More than half of Americans under the age of 50 are now living in households that are either multicultural or blended in race and ethnicity. Our business is built around diversity and we passionately believe in encouraging diverse voices,” said Mike Lakusta, CEO and Founding Partner of EthniFacts. “This scholarship is meant to encourage participation and support of diverse candidates who have influential voices by providing them access to some of the best wine regions throughout America.”
Regine Rousseau from Shall We Wine was last year’s inaugural recipient. “The conference truly exceeded my expectations and direct contact with winemakers and winery representatives broadened my understanding of the region and how climate impacts wine making overall,” she said. “This scholarship is about diversity and blogging is about diversity of voices. I am so appreciative of the opportunity afforded to me by EthniFacts.”

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.

  • Citizen Blogger with no paid wine writing experience
  • Diversity Candidate

“We appreciate the partnership with EthniFacts and are so excited that we are extending this partnership into the future,” said Thea Dwelle, chairman of the 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 scholarship provides diverse candidates with a reason and opportunity to join us.”

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 are students with a particular focus in wine.

The ninth annual North American Wine Bloggers Conference is scheduled from Aug. 11-14, 2016, and brings together hundreds of wine bloggers, social media educators and leaders, and wine industry members in Lodi, CA.

The Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship is partnered with Enobytes, an organization 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.

Andrea Robinson to Keynote Wine Bloggers Conference

It is with great delight that we are pleased to welcome Andrea Robinson, Master Sommelier, as our keynote speaker this summer in Lodi!

Andrea was raised in southern Indiana, and attended college at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. It was at SMU that her love of wine was fostered.  She graduated with a degree in economics, and began working as an investment banker; after a fateful Charles Krug tasting, she quit banking and started traveling, with an eye on learning more about wine.

After returning from Europe, she started working at the illustrious Windows on the World in New York, ,where she made history as being the restaurants first female cellar master.

One of only  26 women in the world to hold the title Master Sommelier, Andrea has achieved a long list of wine related accolades including 3  James Beard awards, Best Sommelier in the US (the first woman!), and the Dean of Wine Studies for the French Culinary Institute. In addition to these numerous awards, she has written four top selling wine books, hosting several tv shows, and has created a series of wine glasses for everyday use.  These accomplishments serve as an inspiration for women in the wine world globally.

As with all who achieve greatness, and inspiration status, there is the possibility of the next brightest star. They could easily be waiting in the wings, but are unable to attend the conference due to lack of funding. Be part of the solution! Donate to the Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship fund today so the next generation of empowered, smart, savvy women in the wine world can further their education, wine knowledge, and network.

Editor’s Note:

We are so excited to welcome Andrew Robinson back to the Wine Bloggers Conference!  In 2010, she joined us in Walla Walla, and has been a proud supporter of wine writing throughout the years.  She joins a long list of powerful women who have seen the value in the Wine Bloggers Conference, including Jancis Robinson and Karen MacNail (former keynote speakers).  We are proud to support diversity in digital wine writing.  With our partnership with EthniFacts, we strive to support rising women wine writers.  Lodi boasts many world class female winemakers as well as strong female family leaders that are 3rd, 4th and 5th generation Lodi wine families.  We hope you will consider supporting an emerging Woman Wine Writer today by donating to the WBC Scholarship fund!  If you would like to earmark your donations for the diversity grant, please include a note in your donation form.

Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship 2016: Applications are open!

11953202_1020350674672352_8890161867509675900_nThe 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.  

As, unfortunately, not all who wish to attend can afford the costs associated with the conference, the scholarship was established to assist in this effort.  The citizen blogger scholarship 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 weekend of August 13-15, 2016, hundreds of wine bloggers, social media educators and leaders, and wine industry members will gather in Lodi, California, for the ninth annual North American Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC) the premier conference for new media and the wine industry.

Lodi has been engaged with wine bloggers for several years, and frequently hosts both media trips as well as virtual tastings for wine writers around the world to experience the breadth of wines available in this region.  With the large number of wineries and variety of wines being produced, Lodi is the perfect location for wine bloggers to converge for a deep dive into wine, and the wine business.  

Situated just over 100 miles from the San Francisco Bay Area, and a short drive from the Sacramento metro area, Lodi is ideally located in California’s Central Valley.

An historical winegrowing region since the 1850s, the AVA was established in 1986.  Lodi’s rich farming history has helped maintain diversity in winegrowing, with a focus on Zinfandel, Iberian / French varietals, and more.

Applicants to the Wine Bloggers Conference are asked to describe their blog, their financial need pertaining to the conference, and why they are deserving of sponsorship. Stipends are awarded through a committee selection process based on the above mentioned focus criteria.

Funds are generated by donations from participating wineries and other industry entities as well as generous individuals. In 2015, the scholarship fund assisted 11 wine bloggers in attending the Wine Bloggers Conference in Corning, New York – the heart of the Finger Lakes, – from all over the world.  We supported 3 Canadians, a Brit, and several North American bloggers.  This international event brought wine writers from all over the world, bringing new light to the wine industry in the region, and creating wine tourism memories to last a lifetime.  One hundred percent of the funds supported the scholarships and bloggers received an average of $1000 to attend the conference including registration, travel costs and accommodations.

 

Thanks to a partnership with Enobytes, the Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship Fund is accepting donations as a US based 501(c) non profit organization. This means, that you can donate to the scholarship fund TAX FREE (subject to your tax professional’s advice of course). Donations are accepted via our donor page personal or corporate check (please let us know if you prefer this option as there are some specific rules for the 501c).

 

What we need:

We are looking for donations, of any size, that will go in to a fund to be awarded to bloggers based on need, length of blogging history, and written statements of why they qualify for assistance and wish to attend.

 

We give preference to established citizen bloggers, students in wine (MBA, BA, enology, viticulture, business administration), and bloggers who have never attended a Wine Bloggers Conference before.

 

We ask that corporate sponsors donate a minimum of $95, which covers the registration fee for a citizen blogger (though we gratefully accept ANY donation, large or small!).

 

What you get in return:

Premier Donors (donations of $1,000+) will receive free advertising on both Enobytes (banner ads) and my personal blog, as well as the WBC Scholarship site. These are to be formatted and scheduled dates will be chosen at the agreement of both parties.

You will also receive a write up on the WBC Scholarship Fund blog outlining your business and why you believe in bloggers and the conference.

 

In addition, we ask each winner to write a post stating what the WBC meant to them, what they learned, and personally thanking each donor.  Each Premier Donor is also entitled to participate in the Scholarship Donor party, where you can meet & greet the Scholarship Committee and all recipiants.

 

We are also looking for glass sponsors, to assist in creating keepsake glasses with your logo, as well as ours, on them to take to the parties and take home.  This was a huge success last year and we wish to keep it going for many years to come.  For $1,000, you will assist us in designing a stemless keepsake glass that will be sold at the Scholarship table, as well as given to donors of $50 or more.   This donation will sponsor 100 glasses.  Leftover glasses can be reused for your events or kept for the next Wine Bloggers Conference.

 

Gold Donors ($500) are entitled to particpate in the Donor Party and will have a bio featured on the website.

 

Silver Donors ($250) will have a bio featured on the website.

 

In 2016, we will be hosting a Donor table, where the WBC Scholarship Committee and former recipients will be available to answer questions, pour your wine or share your business information, and interact with the attendees.  This is a fantastic opportunity for you to present your company to over 300 industry & blogger attendees during the “Meet the Sponsors” event.

If you attend the WBC, you will also get a flashy new “Corporate Donor” ribbon for your badge that identifies you to our attendees as someone who supports bloggers.  Each recipient will also have a badge identifying them, and they will be seeking out corporate donors and individual donors for personal introductions.
For more information please contact info@wbcscholarship.com and visit wbcscholarship.com/america

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Scholarship Recipiant: Matthew Wieland has his Wagon of Wine loaded!

Matthew Wieland begin his adventures in wine in Minnesota, not exactly a mecca for high quality wine discovery.  Fortunately, his mother had a penchant for Washington and California wine, and planted a seed in Matthew’s vinous core.

Building an appreciation for more complex wines over the years, he lived in Washington, and now lives in Portland – a prefect place to hone in on the idiosyncrasies of Pinot Noir.

In less than a year, he has created a blog and a following that is well respected by the local wine community in Portland and beyond.  He is excited to attend WBC as he seeks to expand his network, and find inspiration for future work.

As a 10th grade English teacher, he is one of our everyday heros.  We look forward to having him in Corning!  This will be Matthew’s first WBC, so let’s seek him out and show him how it’s done!  Stop by and say hello:

Blog:  Wagon Wine

Facebook:  Wagon Wine page

Twitter:  @wagonwineblog

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Corporate Donor: Cornerstone Cellars

I have been fortunate enough to know Craig Camp of Cornerstone Cellars since the first Wine Bloggers Conference in 2008.  Cornerstone has now branched out in to Oregon, and with Craig’s direction has created wines that are distinctly terroir driven, and represent the best of class for the vineyard selection.  Along with Cornerstone Rocks!  A fun quirky label that plays with blends, Cornerstone Napa and Oregon have something for everyone!

Craig Camp is a veteran fine wine professional with more than three decades of experience in every facet of the industry including importing, exporting, distribution, marketing, sales and production.  Joining Cornerstone in 2009, he has been a stalwart blogging supporter and still maintains his own blog about wine, the industry and Napa Valley, The Wine Camp Blog.One of the most influential social butterflies in the wine indsutry, we look forward to tasting, tweeting, and enjoying the Finger Lakes with Craig!  One of the few “Veterans” of each and every Wine Bloggers Conference, his unwavering dedication and support is appreciated beyond words.Thank you for your continuing support!

Stop by and say hi to Craig at:

Twitter:  CraigCamp

Facebook:  CraigCamp

And Cornerstone Cellars, Napa Valley at:

Twitter:  CornerstoneNapa 

Facebook:  CornerstoneNapa

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Scholarship Recipient: Melissa Cook, the Willamette Valley Wonder Woman!

Melissa Cook has been the Willamette Valley Wonder Woman since April 2012. A mother of three, she has chronicled “a mixture of her life and loves” at Melissa Kaylene. She has a simple, yet profound, motto for her life, which reflects on her blog. “Creating. Simplifying. Inspiring.”

Melissa was first introduced to wine by her husband, who is a vineyard manager. The first varietal she was drawn to was Riesling. Taking a non-expert approach, Melissa hopes that her readers step out of their comfort zone and try something new, just as she does when she shares her experiences with wine. She enjoys the art of integrating wine into a celebration, whether it be a special anniversary dinner or a showcase of the wine itself.

This will be Melissa’s first WBC and we look forward to seeing her in the Finger Lakes!

Stop by and say hi at

Blog:  Willamette Valley Wonder Woman

Facebook:  MelissaKaylene

Twitter:  melissakaylene

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Corporate Donor: Angelsmith Digital Marketing

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Angelsmith is a San Francisco Bay Area-based digital marketing agency and social community solutions developer that has long been involved in the world of digital wine writing, as well as the wine industry.  With more than 100 years of combined experience among its team, they have a unique perspective on the wine industry and what it means to be a digital writer today.

Carin Oliver, Chief Innovation Officer is well known to the wine bloggers community and has been a WBC attendee and community member who has been creatively developing processes to help consumers.  Angelsmith truly values wine bloggers and their contribution to the community, and is proud to support them.

We appreciate your support and community involvement!  If you are in the Bay Area or see the Angelsmith team at an event, but sure to say hello!
Please stop by and say hi:

Website:  Angelsmith

Facebook: angelsmithinc

Twitter:    angelsmithinc

 

Ethnifacts Blogger Scholarship Recipient: Regine Rousseau of Shall We Wine!

Meet Regine Rousseau, Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship and Ethnifacts Diversity Scholarship Recipient!

With a mission of Learn, Drink and Repeat, Regine Rousseau of Shall We Wine  dedicates her blog dedicated to sharing her passion for wine.  She has shown herself to be a natural fit for the Wine Blogger’s Conference, and we are excited to have her at her first WBC.

Regine is the recipient of the inaugural EthniFacts Diversity in Wine Writing Scholarship, which was designed to encourage ethnic, gender, and cultural diversity in the North American Wine Bloggers Conference attendees.

Her blog is unique because it is so multi-faceted.  Regine’s passion for consumer education motivated her to create Shall We Wine TV where she interviews wine industry professionals. In addition to a traditional wine blog, she also uses her background as a fiction writer to make wine a central character in a fictional series called the Champagne Diaries focusing on the love lives of four friends and the champagne or sparkling centered around each story.

Regine is particularly excited to be joining the Wine Bloggers Conference as she sees writing as a lonely passion, and has her creativity ignited when in the company of other writers.  And that, Regine, is exactly why the Wine Bloggers Conference was founded!  She is particularly eager to better understand the business of blogging and become a better wine blogger.

Regine holds her Level II certification from The International Sommelier Guild, has also written wine columns for two Chicago newspapers and is currently pursuing a Master of Champagne certification from The French Society.  We love an overachiever!

Please stop by and say hello to Regine:

Blog:  Shall We Wine

Facebook:  RegineRousseau | ShallWeWine

Twitter:  ShallWeWineChi

 

 

 

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Corporate Donor: Nomacorc

nomacorcNomacorc has been shaking things up in the wine industry for over 15 years (since 1999), creating alternative closures that bring new meaning to synthetics.  Born from founder Gert Noel’s passion for finding a better way to prevent cork taint (TCA), together with his son Marc spend years researchign and developing an alterntive to other non-corc that were on the market at the time.

Thus, the Nomacorc was born.  Today, the research continues, and Nomacorc manufacturers several models of corc – from and have proudly served more than 20 billion closures.  Yes!  20 billing!  With over 5,000 winery clients, alternative closures are here to stay, and the latest development in 100% carbon footprint free, all natural closures (Nomacorc Bio) they have really changed the game.

Nomacorc has always been involved with the Wine Bloggers Conference, and firmly believes in the power of digital media.  In full disclosure, I write for their in depth and well rounded industry blog, and they are always looking for new ways to connect with digital writers and bloggers to show how alternative closures are the way of the future.

This year, Nomacorc has generously donated to the Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship fund, in an effort to bring new and emerging writers to the Wine Bloggers Conference.

We salute you for your creativity, innovation, and support!  Stop by and say hi to Nomacorc.  I have it on good authority that they have some cool swag to give away!  Plus, their proudcts are just plain cool

You can read more about Nomacorc here:
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Scholarship Recipiant: Justin Koury is the Wizard of Whisky (and so much more)

Justin Koury has spent his career in restaurants and wine retail and cares deeply about hospitality and customer care. Even better, he loves sharing what he knows. This desire to impart his own learning spurred him, in 2010, to create Grapevine Consulting, a website “dedicated to all things hedonist for gourmets, gluttons, fanatics and gourmands. This includes but is not limited to Wine, Whiskey, Beer, Gourmet food and Cigars.”

His regular blog articles and reviews in these areas, along with podcast interviews of winemakers, brewers, vendors, and restauranteurs has made Grapevine Consulting a go-to site for people passionate about the good things in life. “That is why I review cigars, food, and drink: So that my friends and readers can avoid disappointment, and go straight for the good stuff!”

A recent transplant to California from the Midwest, WBC2015 is Justin’s first. Here’s hoping it won’t be his last!

Please stop by and say hi

The Blog:  Grapevine Consulting

On Twitter:  wizardofwhisky

At Facebook:  Justin.Koury.5

 

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