So here I am, standing in my hotel room. Bags packed and I’m putting my name badge on for the last time. I look around the room and take a deep breath. I realize it’s all over.
Carolyn Blakeslee is The Frugal Wine Snob. She is a mom, a food and wine writer, gardening columnist, magazine publisher, book editor and publisher, artist, musician, and wine geek. Wow! That was a mouthful!
At The Frugal Wine Snob, Carolyn blogs about wines that cost less than $20, but taste like a whole lot more.
Carolyn’s a-ha moment came a few years ago when she was tasting a Côtes du Rhône that was brilliant, rich, and – only cost $16. It was a revelation.
The Frugal Wine Snob is a labor of love and learning. It’s a place to keep track of the wines that she’s especially enjoyed, a place to share her finds, and engage with the wine community. Carolyn especially likes wines that are way off the beaten path, as well as wines that can be picked up at the grocery store.
This will be her first Wine Bloggers Conference, and we look forward to having her in Portland!
Please steop by and say hello!
Nannette Eaton IS the Wine Harlot! The Harlots’ object is to, quite simply, get people to enjoy wine. While some sites can be dull or unapproachable, Wine Harlots strives to get people out of their comfort zone and join in a global journey of wine, one bottle of a time.
In addition to the website traffic success, the Wine Harlots brand is consistently named one of the wine influences in social media, with 35,000 Twitter followers and a semi professional career in wine globe trotting.
Jennifer Dahlin is a brand new spanking blogger! In the short span of a few months, she has developed and launched the Virtual Wine Bar.
Her goal is to bring wine, food and friendship together, in a welcoming and unpretentious environment. The mission statement of Virtual Wine Bar is to actually provide a place that is like a real wine bar, while offering options like the Front Door, Wine List, Menu, and Daily Nosh.
I am looking forward to seeing you at this year’s conference, and can’t wait to see what the Virtual Wine Bar does next!
Please stop by and say hi to Jennifer:
Shawn Burgert likes to wander as he wines. His blog, the Wandering Wino, is designed to a helpful and informative place where wine travellers can find information on tasting rooms, but also find out more about the culture of wine.
Shawn is a creative and entertaining writer, and likes to write on topics that stand out from the crowd. He seeks to create thought provoking content that the rest of the pack isn’t talking about! that’s fairly difficult given the thousands of wine blogs, but I love the style. Did I mention he also has mad photography skills?
Growing up working in the restaurant industry, he developed a Champagne taste on a beer budget. While working his way to a Level 1 Somm certificate, Shawn tries to maintain his grounded identity, and stays in touch with his inner wino, while sticking to a budget (sometimes?).
His wit and sarcasm are appreciated, and he has built a community of readers on both Wandering Wino as well as Mi Wine Barrel. Narrowly missing out on the festivities in Charlottesville last year, Shawn watched intently as he was benched from engaging with his wine blogger posse. He is excited to be participating in this years conference so he can learn more about social media, Oregon wine, and the wine blogging community. He is also looking forward to meeting the many people that he has connected with online keeps him from going crazy as we count down the days.
We look forward to having you in Oregon! Please stop by and say hi! Check out the wandering wino here:
Helen Kremer, a busy mom and legal professional, is also a freelance writer. With her own blog A Taste of Grace – l”espirit de vin, she can focus in food & wine. She has been enjoying wine for years, and now gets to share what she’s learned about wine, and herself with her readers.
Helene is especially looking forward to attending WBC in Portland for the infusion of ideas, inspiration, and education that the other bloggers can give her, and help her improve her craft.
A Taste of Grace hopes to help you get to know yourself, and to drink what you like not what you’re told. Rules? What rules!
We look forward to sharing the Wine Bloggers Conference with you Helene!
Please stop by and say hello!
Kellie Stargaard is an avid wine drinker who looks for wines that can be enjoyed every day at affordable prices; in additional, she enjoys presenting wines in a non intimidating way.
The Wine Chicks Guide to Everyday Wines weaves a story about life and wine experiences, from her home base in the Georgia mountains. Kellie loves how wine is for sharing, and she enjoys sharing what she’s learned with her readers.
We look forward to seeing you in Portalnd!
Please stop by and say hello to Kellie at:
Becca Yeamans, The Academic Wino, has been blogging for about a year and dedicates her site to understanding and sharing the current research and oenology and viticulture, as well as providing her own personal insights on the current state of wine research.
Wow! That was a lot in one sentence. Becca’s goal is to analyze and review at least one article in wine a week, while including her personal journey through wine. She has a unique perspective as the Academic Wino is one that delves in to the areas that few dare – the science behind the wine and viticulture. Her technical approach is understandable to both the lay person and the industry insider, and it gives her readers a wealth of information.
While Becca has no formal training in winemaking or wine tasting, she is far from the average bear, and has a pursuit of knowledge that is admirable. With her BA in Biology, she went on to earn her Master’s in Environmental Sciences in – where else – the rolling hills of Charltottesville, VA.
While living in Virginia, she worked in the local wine industry and her wine education took off. After completing her studies, she worked in the wine industry and took additional courses in oenology and viticulture. Quite the underachiever right?
While we missed her at last year’s conference, I am excited that she will be joining us in Portland! Please stop by and say congrats and welcome to her! I think you’ll find her blog a fascinating look at a business from a unique angle.
Kim Johnson has been blogging only for a short time, but she has developed a loyal fan base for her information on affordable California wines.
She is a wine lover and everyday wine drinker, with a passion for wine! She loves to read and study the subject, and has lived all over northern California, seeking the wines she enjoys so much. At D’vine Wine Time, she hopes to share her love of these wines with you.
This will be Kim’s first WBC and she is thrilled to be participating, to learn from the large group of diverse and experienced bloggers in Portland this August.
Please stop by and say hello!
Caroline has been passionate about wine for more than a decade, and has worked in wine branding and marketing for several years. In 2010 she received her Advanced WSET Certificate, and is working on her Diploma.
Writing for her own blog, Missin Wine, as well as several other publications, she has been writing for 3 years about wine marketing, travel and wine itself. She loves to research her topics in depth, and works to convey her passion and love for wine with an educational twist. Like myself, she likes to talk about the story behind the wine, and works to discover new regions and unique producers.
This will be Caroline’s first WBC. While she has atteneded the EWBC (now Digital Wine Communications Confernece), she is excited to attend the American version and share information and wine with her fellow bloggers.