WBC Scholarship Wine Club – May Selections

Spring!  It’s official!  Though it’s hard to tell given the confused weather here in California, it is indeed Spring, and with that comes the Spring WBC Wine Club Shipment.

Arriving in mid-May, this shipment is sure to tickle your tastebuds with some great small production wines.

Not a member of the wine club yet?  Here’s the scoop!

  • 3 boutique, hand crafted, hand selected wines a quarter
  • 4 shipments a year in February, May, August, and November
  • $99 per shipment (that’s just a little more than $1 a day for some scrumptious wines you probably can’t find anywhere else!

  • Drink for charity!  For each new wine club member, we are one step closer to funding a blogger / content creator in attending the 10th Annual Wine Bloggers Conference this fall.  Fifty percent of the profits from each shipment are donated to the scholarship so it really si #drinkingforcharity.

 

  • Virtual tastings of select wines will occur frequently online, allowing to hear directly from the winemakers, and like-minded wine lovers who are enjoying the wine!

And now to the May wines:

 

Paix Sur Terre 2016 Kiler Grove Vineyard Ugni Blanc

Ugni Blanc is a rare grape in the New World. but is a workhorse white in the Old World where it is also known as Trebbiano.  It is important in Cognac and Armagnac production, and is often used in large production wines in Italy.

Jumping across the pond to Paso Robles, Paix Sur Terre harvested a bountiful crop, which is good news for the cult following of this wine.  Typical of this varietal, the wine has tons of mineral tension, taut acidity and lots of refreshing citrus notes. Picked on September 10th at 22.8 brix, the fruit was whole cluster pressed to tank, chilled to 45 degrees Fahrenheit and racked into stainless Muellers.  All barrel fermented with Champagne yeast, the Ugni Blanc was aged in 100% stainless steel barrel giving it a fresh and fruity finish.

 

Kita 2013 “Spe’y” Central Coast Red Blend

Founded in 2010, Kitá Wines is a small, premium winery located in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley. The word “Kitá” means “Our Valley Oak” in the Santa Ynez Chumash native language of Samala.  Camp 4 Vineyards, the estate vineyard, once owned by Fess Parker, was purchased by the Santa Inez Band of Chumash Indians and the winery was founded.

Winemaker Tara Gomez, a member of the Chumash Band, always loved wine and received a scholarship from the Chumash to study enology at Fresno State.  Gaining hands on experience at Fess Parker during her studies, she was one of two female enologists to graduate in 1998.  Continuing her work at Fess Parker after graduation, and honed her skills both locally and internationally.

When the Chumash purchased the property, Tara returned to her roots at Kita, focusing on sustainable methods and a blend of old world and new world winemaking techniques.

This wine’s name means “Flower” in the Native language of Samala. This Rhone blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Carignane highlight the beauty of these varietals. A deep colored wine that is bursting with exuberant freshness and complexity with aromas of violet, blueberries, and cherries are accompanied by hints of coffee and cinnamon. The palate is full-bodied, yet balanced with traces of spice, blueberries, and rose petals. The acidity in the wine emphasizes the balance of dense tannins to its elegant long finish.

 

Nobelle 2013 Paso Robles Carmenère

Carmenère, originally hailing from Bordeaux, is a member of the Cabernet family and means “crimson”; it was used to produce deep red wines and often for blending instead of Petite Verdot.  In fact, Carmenère was originally thought to be Merlot in plantings in Chile!

Grown in VERY small quantities here in Califrornia, Colbert in San Miguel is one of the only vineyards to carry the varietal in the region. Carmenère always ripens late; mid-October to mid-November is the usual picking time. The leaves turn black in fall, which is very surprising and rare! 100% Carmenère. The fruit came cleanly to the winery and right after crushing (less than 24 hours later) we inoculated the batch with classic Bordeaux yeast. After press we moved the wine to a Le Roi pungeon where it aged for 24 months. 76 cases produced.This varietal has a light and delicate perfume. The density of the wine is very interesting, a lot of weight, followed by long and smooth spice. It will go perfectly with a rack of lamb with rosemary or similar, the simpler the better!

 

Be sure to sign up my May 1st if you’re not yet a member so you don’t miss out on these fabulous wines!

 

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 info@wbcscholarship.com and visit wbcscholarship.com/America.




Donor Profile: Rodney Strong Vineyards

rodney-strong-logo-white-background-hi-res (1)For the ninth straight year, Rodney Strong Vineyards continues its support of the wine blogging community via the Wine Bloggers Scholarship Fund.  Specifically, Rodney Strong sponsors the Rodney Strong Wine Blogger Scholarship, which assists up-and-coming bloggers that display quality, quantity, consistency, and a community spirit in their work.

This year, Rodney Strong has gone above and beyond, in supporting the Rodney Strong Scholarship but also by supporting #winelovers against cancer and providing a supplemental scholarship grant via their sponsorship of 100% natural recycled cotton canvas swag bags.  Cancer is close to Chris’ heart, and we are thrilled to have his support this year.

Be sure to stop by the Scholarship booth at Friday’s Expo Lunch and pick up bag, complete with Rodney Strong swag!  If you want to augment your experience, a donation to the scholarship will also provide you with a loaded bag full of fun WBC goodies you are sure to enjoy for years to come.  Stay tuned for more fun from Rodney Strong at #wbc16!13709760_10153849632148434_6689562739989999957_n

Amanda Barnes, of Around the World in 80 Harvests, is the recipient of the 2016 Rodney Strong Wine Blogger Scholarship.  Last year, Matt McGinnis was the inaugural recipient of this very special grant.

Founded over 50 years ago, Rodney Strong Vineyards is a family owned winery that grows and produces wines exclusively from Sonoma County grapes. The winery was the 13th bonded winery in the country, and it aspires to conserve and protect the environment through sustainable practices, solar power, and fish friendly farming.

This year, Chris O’Gorman, newly appointment Director of Communications for Rodney Strong, will be representing the winery in Lodi. Be sure to say hello to Chris and the Rodney Strong team!

“I’m super excited to attend my first WBC, meet new and established digital influencers, and attend the fun excursions and seminars,” says Gorman.  “I’m sure this will be the first of many!”

We are excited to have your continued support, and look forward to seeing you in Lodi!

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Announcing the Second Annual EthniFacts Diversity Scholarship

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

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San Francisco, CA – Today, the Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship Foundation and EthniFacts, announced the second annual “EthniFacts Diversity in Wine Writing Scholarship”, to encourage ethnic, gender, and cultural diversity in the North American Wine Bloggers Conference attendees.

“More than half of Americans under the age of 50 are now living in households that are either multicultural or blended in race and ethnicity. Our business is built around diversity and we passionately believe in encouraging diverse voices,” said Mike Lakusta, CEO and Founding Partner of EthniFacts. “This scholarship is meant to encourage participation and support of diverse candidates who have influential voices by providing them access to some of the best wine regions throughout America.”
Regine Rousseau from Shall We Wine was last year’s inaugural recipient. “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.

  • Citizen Blogger with no paid wine writing experience
  • Diversity Candidate

“We appreciate the partnership with EthniFacts and are so excited that we are extending this partnership into the future,” said Thea Dwelle, chairman of the scholarship committee. “Many bloggers do not have the ability to fund a trip that may cost $1000 by the time hotel, flight and conference registration are totaled, and this scholarship provides diverse candidates with a reason and opportunity to join us.”

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 ninth annual North American Wine Bloggers Conference is scheduled from Aug. 11-14, 2016, and brings together hundreds of wine bloggers, social media educators and leaders, and wine industry members in Lodi, CA.

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 info@wbcscholarship.com and visit wbcscholarship.com/America.

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.

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

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Corporate Donor: Nomacorc

nomacorcNomacorc has been shaking things up in the wine industry for over 15 years (since 1999), creating alternative closures that bring new meaning to synthetics.  Born from founder Gert Noel’s passion for finding a better way to prevent cork taint (TCA), together with his son Marc spend years researchign and developing an alterntive to other non-corc that were on the market at the time.

Thus, the Nomacorc was born.  Today, the research continues, and Nomacorc manufacturers several models of corc – from and have proudly served more than 20 billion closures.  Yes!  20 billing!  With over 5,000 winery clients, alternative closures are here to stay, and the latest development in 100% carbon footprint free, all natural closures (Nomacorc Bio) they have really changed the game.

Nomacorc has always been involved with the Wine Bloggers Conference, and firmly believes in the power of digital media.  In full disclosure, I write for their in depth and well rounded industry blog, and they are always looking for new ways to connect with digital writers and bloggers to show how alternative closures are the way of the future.

This year, Nomacorc has generously donated to the Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship fund, in an effort to bring new and emerging writers to the Wine Bloggers Conference.

We salute you for your creativity, innovation, and support!  Stop by and say hi to Nomacorc.  I have it on good authority that they have some cool swag to give away!  Plus, their proudcts are just plain cool

You can read more about Nomacorc here:
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Corporate Donor: Protocol Wine Studio

protocol wine studio Protocol Wine Studio is a team of sommeliers and professionals who are dedicated to the wine trade and all those who support it.  Protocol’s goal is to explore expanding dimensions of the wine world to evolve concepts in wine sales and education.
To this end, every Tuesday, Protocol Wine Studio leads #WineStudio, a twitter chat, that focuses on one brand or region every month.  Recently, participants have been exploring the Montes Wine portfolio, in a deep dive with winemakers and Montes team members, via Skype and twitter.  The best part about this, is that WBC15 participants will get to taste these wonderful wines as Montes is a WBC Sponsor as well, showcasing the “Wine Across the Andes” discovery tasting session.

Protocol Wine Studio’s philosophy centers around a cultural aesthetic where wine gently glitters from the background and becomes part of a complete social experience—a journey of wine awareness.  Recognizing that each bottle is a potentially unbelievable experience, their capacity to share social experiences is at the core of what wine truly promises.

We salute you for your social engagement, blogger outreach, and general awesomeness, and thank you for support wine bloggers!
Stop by and join #winestudio on Tuesdays (check schedule here)

Visit Protocol’s website

Join the Facebook Group

 

Corporate Sponsor: Ferrer Family Wines

Hats off to our newest scholarship sponsor: Ferrer Family Wines! Part of The Freixenet Group, Ferrer Family Wines represents artisanal, small-production wines of Spain crafted in-house by winemakers with deep roots in their respective regions. Honoring a commitment to winegrowing that dates back to 16th century Spain, the Ferrers were one of the first Spanish families to embrace the global marketplace, with ties to the first wine importers to the former Spanish colonies in the Americas.

Logo Gold ShiningFor over 150 years, the Ferrer family has been making wine in their native Spain and bringing that knowledge on their worldwide adventures, including travelling through 1920s Europe in a bottle car. It all began when the youngest son of La Freixeneda, Pere Ferrer Bosch or El Freixenet, married Dolors Sala Vivé, the only daughter of the Sala family. The Salas had been making wine at their Casa Sala property since 1861, and Dolors’ keen interest in the process was easily complemented by Pere’s business savvy and community involvement. Over the generations, the Ferrer family continued to broaden its horizons by investing in Spain’s classic winemaking regions,including Penedes, Priorat, Montsant, Ribera del Duero and Rias Baixas.

From its operations at Segura Viudas, with its XI Century watch tower, vineyard bird blinds, ceramic fermenting tanks and advanced technology bottling facility, to its terraced vineyards of Garnacha and Cariñena grapes high in Priorat, Ferrer Family Wines, formerly The Heredad Collection, shows a respect for history and tradition, and a commitment to quality and innovation. With a foothold firmly planted in the rich soils of Spain, the Ferrer family’s vision lay well beyond their backyard. They have consistently focused on the global market and looked toward the future in spreading the word of their wines to the global consumer.

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As a corporate sponsor for the Wine Bloggers’ Conference Scholarship, the Ferrer Family seeks to introduce bloggers to their newest wines Paramus Verdejo from D.O. Rueda and Segura Viudas Gran Cuvee Reserva D.O. Cava, as well as their Bodegas Solar Viejo VAZA, a modern take on a classic Rioja.

“It’s a privilege for Ferrer Family Wines to participate in the Wine Bloggers Conference this year as a scholarship sponsor,” said Josep Ferrer, Brand Manager at Freixenet USA and fourth generation Ferrer family member. “Bloggers shape the landscape of wine today and serve as an excellent barometer for current tastes and trends.”

Be sure to stop by the scholarship table for information on these wines, as well as an opportunity to purchase your very own souvenir Paramus glass (proceeds go to the WBC Scholarship Fund). The glass is great for tasting wines during the conference as well as the perfect keepsake to remind you of this year’s WBC! For more information on Ferrer Family Wines, visit their website, here.

Corporate Donor: Rodney Strong Wine Blogger Scholarship!

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The wine business has always been about relationships.  Over the last 8 years, as I have been to the Wine Bloggers Conference, Robert Larsen of Rodney Strong Vineyards has shown this in spades.  Once again, in 2015, Rodney Strong has stepped up to the plate and continued to support the Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship Fund with the formation of the Rodney Strong Wine Blogger Scholarship.

Rodney Strong has always been intimately involved with bloggers, and the Bloggers Conference, reaching out and building relationships that have lasted.  Through unique experiences, tastings, and great group events, Robert and his team have built social awareness through friendship and fun.  That’s the way to do social kids!  Did I mention that they throw great events?  I highly recommend that you stop by the winery if you are in Healdsburg, and check out some of the great options – like the newly opened Terrace, food some great food & wine treats.

11401312_10204831286477434_5110769601301197844_nThis year, the Rodney Strong Wine Blogger Scholarship is specifically aimed at a blogger who exhibits quality, quantity, consistency, and a community spirit.  This year, that award goes to Matt McGinnis of What Are You Drinking.  We all agree, that Matt is a rock star and we can’t wait to have him join us at his first Wine Bloggers Conference!

Laura PerretThis year, Robert is joined by Social Media Manager Laura Perret, who will be attending her first WBC!  Make sure you stop by and say hi to them both.  We are excited to have your continued support and look forward to mingling with you in the Finger Lakes!

 

 Look for Robert in Corning, or reach out to him on Twitter.
Laura can be found behind the @RSVineyards and @davisbynumwines handles, as well as her own Twitter handle.

 

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