Blogger Recipient: Jenn Nelson is full of Wine Antics

The WBC Scholarship Fund is delighted to award the Ethnifacts Diversity Grant to Jenn Nelson of Wine Antics.  Adding diversity to the content creation world, beyond blogging, Jenn is a military veteran and has re-invented herself many times over to become Wine Antics.

Jenn is a second-time attendee to the Wine Bloggers Conference, having made the trip to Lodi last year.




Jenn live blogs, mostly via Facebook Live, about wine, beer, and spirits on a weekly basis, and feels the platform best fits with how she enjoys sharing her love of wine with others. Jenn had been doing the Facebook Live wine thing since 2016, but had previously tried different channels before settling on Facebook.

She hales from the DC area and is looking forward to experiencing the WBC in its original home in Sonoma.

Make sure to check out her upcoming Halloween special on Facebook on Thursday 10/26!

Wine Antics (facebook)

Imbibe Live (facebook)






Blogger Recipiant: Meg Shannon has a lot of Palate Practice!


Meet Meg Shannon, one of our 2017 Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship recipients!

Meg founded Palate Practice in 2015, spurred on by a family that always welcomed wine to the table. Her stepfather introduced her to the art of wine tasting and appreciation.

Through Palate Practice, Meg invites readers to “ask your most embarrassing wine-related questions and be met with love and answers.”

Writing is her favorite part of running a blog, but as she’s gone from a casual wine taster to passing her WSET Level 3 with distinction, she’s ready to admit she’s fully crossed over into wine geek territory.

Part of what Meg hopes to get out of the Wine Bloggers Conference is developing a way to invite readers to fully nerd out with her over wine without losing her charm as a “goofy, informal, approachable friend you can come to for cool wine trivia stories and answers to wine-related questions, ” per her post on her WSET results. Of course, she also looks forward to networking with fellow wine bloggers and supporters of the industry.

Meg lives in Toronto, Ontario, so she joins the fold of awesome Canadian bloggers attending the #wbc17.  Her day job involves lobbying on behalf of the nonprofit Professional Association of Canadian Theaters and her writing interests include short story, memoir, fantasy, and playwrighting, but it’s safe to say that wine blogging reigns among her passions.  She is excited to attend her first WBC!

We can’t wait to meet you Meg!  See you in 19 days!

Blogger Recipient: Nicole Ruiz Hudson

I’m thrilled to introduce Nicole Ruiz Hudson, a food and drink writer and educator currently living in Oakland, California.

She’s happiest nipping, sipping, and hiking her way through new places. Above all, she loves how wine makes friends.

Her excitement about meeting so many wine writers and content products from around the country (and world) is palatable as we approach the conference – wine and friendship? This is a perfect pairing!

She grew up around the hotel industry and has lived all around the U.S. as well as Valencia, Venezuela.  After graduating from Harvard University, Nicole worked in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles until thoughts of food and wine got the better of her.

Upon moving to New York City, she made the switch and went to culinary school at the International Culinary Center, following it up with a WSET Diploma and Certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers. That’s quite a pedigree!

She spent three years in the Tasting Department at Wine Spectator in New York, and is now extremely excited to be back in California. You’ll now find her part-time at Bay Grape in Oakland.

You can also find her recipes with wine pairings regularly on There are also more food and travel adventures on her own blogs,, as well as her latest project,

We are looking forward to meeting you Nicole!

Please stop by and say hello at

Somms Table (facebook)


Nibbling Gypsy (facebook)





3rd Annual Ethnifacts Multicultural Scholarship Announced

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

(March 14, 2017) San Francisco, CA – Today the Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship Foundation and EthniFacts, announced the third annual “EthniFacts Diversity in Wine Writing & Content Creation Scholarship,” to encourage ethnic, gender, and cultural diversity in the Wine Bloggers Conference attendees.

This year, the Ethnifacts Scholarship has been expanded to support two individuals in attending the conference this November in Santa Rosa, California, the heart of Sonoma’s wine country.
“While it is clear that America is changing, the amount of blogger diversity hasn’t kept up with the changes in the American mainstream,” said Mike Lakusta, CEO and Founding Partner of EthniFacts. “For the past two years, we’ve seen our scholarship recipients go on to do great work in expanding their reach and readership. 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.”

2016 Ethnifacts Scholarship recipient Julien Miquel, of Social Vignerons, says:

“Being able to attend the 2017 WBC thanks to the Ethnifacts Scholarship grant allowed me to connect with so many fellow wine bloggers and wine enthusiasts, I have now friends spread around the United States and the world to share the journey with. Since, we’ve exchange thoughts, tips and perspectives on how to improve the quality of our content, what to cover in the world of wine, trends and much more. Furthermore, anywhere I am traveling to know, I am sure to find support from the network I established at the conference, and of course, someone to share a glass of wine with J”

And inaugural recipient Regine Rousseau from Shall We Wine feels that

“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.

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

“We appreciate the long-time partnership with EthniFacts and are excited to double the impact this scholarship will have in 2017,” said Thea Dwelle, chairman of the WBC Scholarship Committee. “Many bloggers do not have the ability to fund a trip that may cost more than a $1,000 by the time hotel, flight and conference registration are totaled, and this newly established scholarship will remove financial barriers.”

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 tenth annual North American Wine Bloggers Conference is scheduled for November 9-12, 2017, and brings together hundreds of wine bloggers, social media educators and leaders, and wine industry members in Santa Rosa. This year marks the tenth conference and brings some exciting changes to format, including in depth focal tastings, video content creation sessions, and a diverse group of writers, video makers, and podcasters.

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 and visit

Scholarship Recipient: Amanda Barnes – Around the World in 80 Harvests

Meet Amanda Barnes, creator and editor of Around the World in 80 Harvests, a wine blog chronicling her travels visiting 80 wine regions around the world. The name of her blog is a nod to the adventure novel by Jules Verne, Around the World in 80 Days.

This year, Amanda is the recipient of the Rodney Strong Wine Blogger Scholarship, specifically awarded to a digital writer who exhibits quality, quantity, consistency, and a community spirit.   This is the 2nd Annual Rodney Strong award, and we are excited to have this strong relationship!  The first recipient was Matt Mcginnis (2015) from Texas, and we look forward to our continued relationship.  Stay tuned for more in the Rodney Strong Scholarship!

An award winning freelance writer, Amanda moved to South America in 2009 to follow her curiosity and passion for wine. “What I love about wine is that its origin and impact has so much reach: nature, science, art, culture, history, and travel,” says Amanda. “The list of potential subjects is almost endless, which gives you a lot to write about – much more than just the bottle in your hand!”

In 2012 and 2013, Amanda was the runner up for UK Young Wine Writer of the Year Award, and runner up for the Great Wine Capitals Blogger of the Year award. She is also a member of the UK-based Circle of Wine Writers.

Today Amanda focuses on sharing the stories of the wines, winemakers and wineries of Chile and Argentina. This includes providing content for Oz Clarke’s Pocket Wine Guide and Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book among other publications.

“It’s my first time attending a Wine Bloggers Conference and I can’t wait to meet other bloggers and learn about what is exciting in their wine markets right now. Wine blogging is a niche and it is inspiring to meet other like-minded bloggers in this growing community.”

Connect with Amanda online at her BLOG and on TWITTER.


Editor’s Note:
We are so excited to welcome our international bloggers this year, Julien and Amanda!  We can’t wait to meet you and show you all about WBC!

Demand diversity: Ethnifacts Diversity Grant Announced

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, ethnifactstime 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 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.

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.

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

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

Vineyard, Vintage and Variety




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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