Blogger Profile: Peter Nowack wants to be YOUR bung cooper!

10013823_10204019393827803_73961657891477687_nPeter Nowack is a man in search for the smaller wine producers. Peter prefers to make his way past the tchotchkes of tasting rooms’ flar, and the grocery store end-caps. His interest is to meet the families behind the label, and learn about their story. Peter is not interested in rating wines, but rather sharing intriguing, and thought provoking wine country stories for those who’s livelihood is based upon wine.

Offering a glimpse at the people behind the scenes, the Bungrcooper digs in to the small production winery scene, where winemakers & owners are the brand.

Read more about this year’s scholarship recipient – Peter Nowack, at Bungrcooper.



Josh likes to sherry his wine! Bloggership Recipient – Josh Decolongon

Joshua DecolongonJoshua Decolongon is self described as “clunky” (he failed at hip hop lessons) and “corked” (yes, he loves his wine).  Hailing from British Columbia, Josh had his first bottle of wine, a Burrowing Owl Syrah (from last year’s WBC host location, the Okanagan Valley), on his 19th birthday.  Luckily for Josh, the legal drinking age in Canada is 18 and he didn’t have to wait until he was 21 like we do!

Now, at the ripe old age of 22, he is a student at the University of British Columbia (UBC), leads the university’s Wine Tasting Club, has passed the WSET Advanced Level with Distinction, and is pursuing the WSET Diploma while prepping for the Certified Sommelier exam. Whew! Needless to say, wine and coffee are his two best friends.  Josh’s blog, Josh Likes Wine, is terrific and I love his humorous, engaging writing style.  In fact, I’m looking forward to hanging out with Josh at WBC…as long as he doesn’t call me Sherry

Please stop by and say hi to him on twitter, and check out his blog!  Be sure to spot the Scholarship Recipients at the conference (they will be wearing teal name badge ribbons that say…Scholarship Recipient) and introduce yourself too.

Editor’s Note:  I am super excited to welcome Josh to his first WBC.  The amazing accomplishments he has at his young age really represent what we want to attract, both at the conference, as a Scholarship Applicant, and in to the blogging community as a whole.  I truely enjoy is irreverent, fun, unique writing style, and know he will make Buellton a fabulous conference!  -Thea

Blogger Recipient: Alex Down

 Alex Down is The Riesling Revolutionary!  With a passion for Riesling, the thrilling balance of acidity, complex citrusy flavors and ability to respond to vineyard character really makes Alex’s passion come alive.

He has a particular passion for German Riesling, where he first stumbled upon this magical grape variety.

Alex strives to help wine lovers in the UK understand Riesling, spreading the Riesling gospel, one post at a time.

This will be Alex’s first Wine Bloggers Conference, and as he spends a lot of time evangelizing wine in the UK, he is looking forward to sharing notes about his favorite wines with wine lovers from around the world.  He is also looking forward to trying some delicious Riesling from the US, and expanding his knowledge to include California Riesling from our host region of Santa Barbara County.

We look forward to seeing you in Buellton Alex!

Please stop by and say hello to him at @AlexDownWine on twitter!

Recipient Profile: Kovas Palubinskas

NEWBIE! We are pleased to welcome Kovas Palubinkas (fresh meat) to the 2013 WBC in Penticton. Kovas writes 50 States of Wine and has been at it since 2011, however, this will be his very first WBC. 50 States of Wine focuses on attempting to, at a bare minimum, taste a wine from each of the 50 states. Kovas would eventually like to travel to a winery in every state, but will settle for just a taste, if need be.

An interesting goal to say the least! He should be able to knock out several states at the WBC as folks are always bringing unique things from their home states. I’ve had a wine from Indiana and a Dandelion wine from NH while in attendance, so all things are possible. Be sure to check out Kovas’ blog and give him a hearty welcome to the WBC. (I can’t find a photo of him, but will be happy to add one if it is provided!)

Recipient Profile: Becca Yeamans

Head-shotBecca Yeamans is the author of the Academic Wino and 2-time WBC scholarship recipient. Becca joined us for the first time in 2012 at the Portland, OR WBC and returns for another go this year in Penticton, BC. (See, clearly we aren’t all the scary if the newbs want to come back for a second go at it.)

This is Becca’s second year as a wine blogger as well. Her blog takes a different twist from many of the wine blogs out there and looks at scientific articles on wine, wine making, etc. She breaks down scholarly articles for the rest of us little people to help us understand the science behind wine making, tasting, drinking and much more. Becca’s background is in biology and environmental science, which seems to lend itself incredibly well to her blog’s pursuit.

We are thrilled to have Becca joining us for her second WBC and look forward to getting to know her even better.

Blogger Profile – Jane Kelly Kosek

First time WBC attendee Jane Kelly Kosek, will be joining us this year in Penticton, British Columbia. Jane and her husband Steve have beenJane Kelly Kosek Bio Photo writing their blog, 2 Hollywood Winos, for just over one year.

An independent film producer by trade, Jane’s blog provides a “he said, she said” perspective on wine and wine regions peppered with stunning photography of their local travels.

Congratulations to Jane! I know she’ll walk away with great memories and a plethora of information.

Follow Jane and husband Steve’s blog on Twitter and Facebook.

Blogger Profile: Gwendolyn Lawrence Alley

Gwendolyn Lawrence Alley

Gwendolyn Lawrence Alley

Gwendolyn publishes the blog, Wine Predator and has been writing her blog since 2007.  This year, she is one of the lucky recipients of a WBC scholarship. She is a WBC veteran and has attended all but one conference. In addition to writing her blog, Gwendolyn is a mom, college teacher, and writing coach. An avid traveler and foodie, Gwendolyn is always seeking to learn more about wine and sharing her experiences with her readers. She resides in Southern California and is always up for an adventure in wine, food, and travel.

Gwendolyn is very energetic and a lot of fun to be around. We always enjoy her company at the conferences and are excited to see her in Penticton! Be sure to check out her blog and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter. See you soon Gwendolyn!


Editor’s Note:  Gwendolyn is a passionate supporter of the WBC, and the WBC Scholarship.  She was a Scholarship Recipiant in 2010, when we travelled to Walla Walla, Washington.  She is working on her PhD, and we are happy she has the time to join us!

Donor Profile: Jason Phelps – Ancient Fire Wine

Jason Phelps

Jason Phelps

Jason Phelps writes the blog, Ancient Fire Beverage Blog. He joined us for the first time in 2011 in Virginia as a WBC Scholarship recipient and was also with us last year in Portland. In addition to writing his blog, Jason is also a winemaker, home brewer, and cider and mead maker. He loves traveling and exploring the world of food and wine. A resident of New Hampshire, Jason’s writing has been published in various magazines, newspapers, and blogs.

Jason is a repeat donor. His continued support ensures that we continue to help our newer bloggers have the opportunity to attend the WBC and benefit the way he has. Thank you for your continued support Jason! Please be sure to check out his blog and connect with him on Twitter and on Facebook.





Ready, set, GO!

Well here we are, just 94 days from the first North American Wine Bloggers Confernece to be held outside of U.S.  I’m thrilled to be returning to Penticton, British Columbia, in the heart of the Okinagan Valley wine region to the 6th WBC!  That’s right, I’ve been to every one and intend to maintain my Veteran status.  Are there any other veterans out there?  Let me know, as I have a special gift for you!
We already have nine scholarship applicants, and I expect them to start rolling in fast and furiously as we near the deadline, of April 15th.  yep, for you American’s that’s tax day!  Of course, we will accept your tax deductible donation any time, so please – feel free to donate early & often.
wined upSpeaking of which, my friends over at The Wine’d Up have, once again, craetd a super challenge!  They are giving aaway a room at the WBC to one lucky blogger.  But wait! There’s more!  Like a ginsu knife that keeps on giving, The Wined Up is donating $5 per entry to the Scholarship (maximum of 50 entries)!  That’s a double whammy!  Not only do you get entered to get a free hotel room, saving you a couple WBC13.pnghundred smackers, but you
earn %4 for the Scholarship.  C’mon, go ahead and apply!

Welcome to Penticton!

The 2013 Wine Bloggers Conference will take place June 6-8 in Penticton, British Columbia. Up to 400 citizen wine bloggers, industry bloggers, and other wine and social media professionals will gather from throughout the world to meet, learn, and share at this, the sixth annual conference.

Penticton is beautifully situated on two lakes, with hills on all sides, and vineyards on the lakeshore bluffs. It even has an old railroad bed converted into a trail that starts in town, overlooks the lake, and runs through vineyards. The Okanagan Valley wine-growing region runs from Kelowna in the north down through Penticton, Oliver, and Osoyoos, just above the Washington border. It is a long, beautiful valley with hills on both sides and there are sections where the vineyards around Oliver where vineyards cover the hillsides.

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.

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 June 6-9, 2013 hundreds of wine bloggers, new media leaders, and wine industry members will gather in Penticton, British Columbia, for the sixth annual North American Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC) the premier conference for new media and the wine industry. For the first time the WBC will cross international lines as it travels to Canada’s newest wine growing region for this three-day symposium that builds on our past successes and brings attendees a unique opportunity to learn about and discuss the intersection of wine with the world of new media including blogging, social media, and more.

I’m pleased to say that hte applications are now OPEN!

To be considered for a bloggership, please complete the required fields on the form here.  Emailed applications will not be accepted.  WBC Scholarship Application

Applicants 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 2011, the scholarship fund assisted 14 wine bloggers from the USA and Europe to attend the Wine Bloggers Conference in Charlottesville, VA. With an average personal donation of $100, and corporate sponsorship of $300, the scholarship fund raised over $8500. 100% of the funds supported the scholarships and bloggers received an average of $800 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).

For more information about the scholarship, please see our Press Release here.


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