And the winner is!

The WBC is only 37 days away!

I can hardly believe it, and I’m so excited.  Considering that the registrations are now full, I am very pleased to announce that the WBC Scholarship Fund has been able to help 11 bloggers get to the WBC this year!  We currently have 2 people on our waiting list, and who knows what next year might bring.

On that note, I’d like to profusely thank all of the donors, but also tell you a little bit about the recipients.  Some of these folks you might know, some you might not, and some preferred to remain nameless.  Check out their blogs!  Get to know them!  Seek them out at WBC 09!

Rick Bakasis a wine and food blogger dedicated to the education around how and why wine and food pair together.  A labor of love, Rick tweets and blogs about the best wine pairings, recipes, and all things social media!  After creating and managing brands for 8 years at NIKE, Rick made the lifestyle choice to move in to the wine business.  Lucky him!

Shea Coulson -Just Grapes is a blog all about providing a non-commercial perspective on wines available in the British Columbia market. Shea also would like to help promote and build Vancouver’s small wine blogging community.  I’m glad to welcome Shea to the WBC Canadians, along with Brad

ley Cooper, Kathleen Rake and Karen Gurney BC Club at WBC!

Grace Hoffman – is the one of the driving forces behind Wine Beagles, a wine review application on Facebook.  Grace is also working on her own wine blog, CellarMistress, which will be out soon.  The goal of this new website is to help smaller and family owned wineries in California, Washington and Oregon get their story out there to the public – which is a passion of mine as well!  As Grace pointed out, some of these places are amazing and it’s important to promite them.

Dale Cruise – is a Massachusetts-based website developer and wine writer who is helping to change the wine world.  Dale has been quoted in many publications such as the WSJ, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Stars and Stripes.  Dale as also had pieces appear in The Second Glass, Bostonist, Eat Drink or Die, and  Dale is actively involved in the wine community and has appeared on  Wine Library TV taped in Boston, and is a member of the Boston Wine Writers.  His blog has been described as a daily journal of what Dale is drinking, and he also keeps a terrific list of who’s who on Twitter in the wine blogging world.

Ryan Reichert – Ryan’s blog is about exploring wine, wineries, wine regions, and other wine related topics in a simple, laid back, non-pretentious manner. I really want to encourage all my readers to not let wine make them uncomfortable, and to trust their palates – regardless as to what they think their abilities are. I get some of the best tasting terminology from people who have no wine background at all.  As a millennial, he has been interested in wine for over 2 years, and is excited about the opportunity to network with winos and bloggers alike.

Bean Fairbanks blogs about news, reviews and events pertaining to the quality wines and beers of Washington state.  Wine Beer Washington shares their passion about wine and food, to help Washington wineries and breweries promote their product and citizens to learn about the delicious bounty available.  Bean has also taught online blogging courses, and is a great asset to the blogging community.

Russ Beebe – chronicles anecdotes, photoessays and California wine country experiences from the hiking trail to the tasting room.  Russ specializes in leading hiking tours through wine regions in the Bay Area and beyond.  The blog has grown beyond Russ’ expectations, and has opened many doors doors toward meeting and discovering new winemakers, wines, technologies, and like-minded souls across the globe.  A tech writer by day, a wine hiker by night, this will be Russ’ second WBC and we look forward to his energy!

Doug Levy – is the author of A Marin Foodie’s Diary, which is a chronicle of both wine and food finds in and around Marin County.  Doug uses this as a platform to engage in wine discussions with friends and others from around the gastronome.  A former USA Today reporter, Doug has traveled the world enjoying great food and wine from street vendors to four-star restaurants.

Mark Buckley is a budding Napa Valley Winemaker and Enophile.  Mark has been in the wine business for over 10 years, and is currently getting his Enology Winemaking degree.  Mark started his wine career by making wine labels and then branched into my own Printing and Graphics company in 2005.  He currently does upscale events and enrolled to become a certified sommelier this summer.

Janesta Downey – Janesta is one of the newest members of the BrixChick blogging triad!  After spending 20 years in technology, she is taking some time off to drink and learn about wine.    She is enjoying her adventures and is excited about becoming a part of the blogging community.


  • Congratulations to all the worthy candidates!

  • I second Gabriella – congrats everyone and I look forward to seeing you all at the WBC.

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    Congrats to all the scholarshipped bloggers. Sorry I can't make it this year – and congratulations to the WBC for filling its 250 spots already.

    Will catch up with you next year.

  • This is fantastic news, and it will be great to meet (and meet again) fellow bloggers–especially those who wouldn't have been able to attend without the scholarships. Terrific news, and congratulations to the scholarship recipients.

  • I can barely begin to say how grateful I am to have the WBC09 Scholarship bestowed upon me. I'm looking forward to being present at the Conference in part because I'm eager to express my gratitude personally to the Scholarship Fund Donors – and to the Committee. This past year has been the toughest I've experienced, but things are suddenly beginning to feel a little less burdensome because I'm feeling the love! Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • This is really a great initiative. I can only hope I'll be able to help in the future. Huge thank yous to everyone involved – and I can't wait to meet you all at the conference! Counting the days.

  • Words cannot express how I am feeling right now as one of the recipients of this bloggership! The past couple years have been rough for me, personally, and I finally feel that there's a light at the end of the tunnel and I can see a bright, clear future ahead! I can't thank you, the committee members, enough for considering me and helping me fulfill my wish to be among all the great bloggers, winemakers, wineries and industry members I'm going to be meeting at this conference! You have truly done a wonderful thing for which I will be forever grateful for! I am looking forward to meeting all of you and thanking you in person!

  • See you all in California…just a month away!

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