Meet Julian Miquel, founder of Social Vignerons, winemaker, blogger and overall passionate wine lover is the recipient of this year’s EthniFacts Diversity Scholarship.
“Sometimes you just have to create a community that you want to be part of,” he says. He founded the blog to build a worldwide community of passionate wine lovers and professionals to share a passion, knowledge, time and a good laugh.”
Last year, Julian was named the Wine Blogger’s Conference 2015 Best New Blog award. Unfortunately, due to his geographic location and lack of resources, he was not able to attend the conference to celebrate this milestone. This is the year he is dedicated to sharing his vision of making wines fun, interesting and approachable at this year’s conference.
He is a former winemaker, strategic developer of Wine-Searcher.com and overall Renaissance man dedicated to putting his passion, talent and effort into every piece of coverage about wine, its industry and the people who make what we drink on a daily basis.
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
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!
Robert 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!
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.