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!

 

2017 Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship Applications are OPEN!

Applications are now open for the 2017 Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship!

The Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship was founded in 2009 to provide established non-professional writers and content creators, including blogs, video content, and alternative media in attending the Wine Bloggers Conference.  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 scholarship recipients are writers and content creators who are not affiliated with a winery or other company in the wine industry with a demonstrated financial need. Specific attention is paid to individuals who post regularly, have never attended the conference before and who might be students with a particular focus in wine.

The weekend of November 10-12, 2017, hundreds of wine bloggers, social media educators and leaders, and wine industry members will gather in Santa Rosa, California, for the tenth annual North American Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC) the premier conference for new media and the wine industry.

This 10th Anniversary Celebration will bring together more than 300 people in the place where the Wine Bloggers Conference began in 2008.  Sonoma County has been intimately engaged and influential with wine bloggers for several years, and frequently hosts both media trips as well as virtual tastings for wine writers around the world to experience the breadth of wines available in this region.  With the large number of wineries and variety of wines being produced, Santa Rosa is the perfect central location for a deep dive into wine, the wine business, and evolving topics in content creation.

Situated just over 50 miles from the San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Rosa is the heart of Sonoma County and is a short drive to several famous AVAs such as Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, and Alexander Valley.

Applicants to the Wine Bloggers Conference 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 2016, the scholarship fund assisted 7 wine bloggers in attending the Wine Bloggers Conference in Lodi, and has assisted over 70 individuals over the last 9 years.  One hundred percent of the funds supported the scholarships and bloggers received an average of $1000 to attend the conference including registration, travel costs and accommodations.
In 2016, the Scholarship announced a partnership with World’s Best Wine Clubs, a Paso Robles firm specializing in unique wine clubs for fundraising, to create the WBC Scholarship Wine Club.  This club offers three small production California wines to members four times a year, and fifty percent of all proceeds go to the WBC Scholarship Fund.  This exciting new option allows the Scholarship to partner with wineries from around the state and beyond to provide exposure and raise funds.

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.)

In Santa Rosa, we will once again be hosting a Donor table, where the WBC Scholarship Committee and former recipients will be available to answer questions, pour your wine or share your business information, and interact with the attendees.  This is a fantastic opportunity for you to present your company to over 300 industry & blogger attendees during the “Meet the Sponsors” event.
For more information please contact info@wbcscholarship.com and visit wbcscholarship.com/america




WBC Wine Club: February Shipment

Wow!  2017 is here, and we are really gearing up to get donations for #WBC17.

With only 8 months left to fund some awesome content creators, we need your help!

Remember this past November when we announced our partnership with Worlds Best Wine Clubs?  Well it’s time for the February shipment!

As you recall, we have partnered to bring you 3 delicious, small production, fun California wines, while benefiting the WBC Scholarship.  Each quarterly shipment is a mere $99, and 50% of the proceeds go to the scholarship!  It’s the ultimate meaning of #DrinkingforCharity.

Now, we come to the great wines of the February shipment!

BellaGrace 2016 Amador County Vermentino

When most people hear the name Vermentino, they think of crisp, citrusy, slightly briny wines from Sardinia and Corsica, the original birthplace of the grape. But few know that Vermentino is also a staple white grape in southern France and the Rhone Valley under the name “Rolle.” This is why you are startinBellaGrace 2016 Sierra Foothills Vermentinog to see more and more Vermentino wines popping up in the warmer-weather, more Rhone-friendly parts of California, such as Paso Robles, Santa Babara County, and the Sierra Foothills.

Be among the fortunate exclusive few to get to sample BellaGrace’s 2016 offering of Vermentino shortly after it is bottled and before it is released to the general public. A multiple medal winner for the 2015 vintage, BellaGrace’s Vermentino tends to have bold notes of tropical citrus like guava and pineapple, along with a lemon peel nose and a hint of minerality from the calcareous soils in the Foothills. Is higher-elevation warm weather Vermentino superior to Coastal seaside Vermentino? This is your opportunity to put your own stamp on this wine and be among the first to taste it!

I was lucky enough to visit Bella Grace while at the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference, and this fantastic, family owned winery is producing a wide variety of yummy things.  I’m particularly fond of their Rhône varietals, as well as the Vermentino!

AronHill Vineyards NV KickAss “Britchen Red” Paso Robles Red Blend

One of the only mother-daughter owned & operated wineries in the Central Coast – let alone California – AronHill Vineyard worships at the alter to two things: fantastic Primitivo from Paso Robles, and an enduring love of all things equine. Their KickAss wines are a natural expression of everything owner/winemaker Judy Aron and her sales and marketing guru daughter Kathryn love about their lives in the Central Coast: a strong, fiery steed to ride, and exquisite estate grapes to blend together into a wine for all time.

The “Britchin Red” (you horse people must love the pun) is a non-vintage blend of grapes from two of Paso Robles’s premier vintages: 2012 and 2013. The wine is combination of AronHill Estate Primitivo and Cabernet Sauvignon, and Westside Paso Robles Zinfandel. The final product is more than the sum of its parts – rich, zesty, tannic but smooth, with deep candied black cherry and plum notes along with a strong black pepper finish. It’s the wine you’ll want to enjoy after a long trail ride while enjoying an immaculate mountaintop sunset.

 

Tlo 2012 Central Coast GSM

Sometimes it takes a trip to Croatia to awaken a passion for winemaking. That is exactly what happened to Tlo Wines owner and winemaker Andy Zaninovich, except his trip did not occur during adult hood, but rather as a child. While visiting relatives in the still Communist-controlled country, Andy ventured down into the cellars of his uncles and assisted in the winemaking process, learning the art and becoming mesmerized by how sweet, round robust grapes could be transformed into a unique, sour, dry concoction with complexity and character.

Decades later, it was this memory that spurred Andy to try his own hand at winemaking. With the garagiste movement exploding in the Central Coast, Andy threw in his lot and dedicated himself to making wine that recaptured those same memories and passions he felt as a child in the cellars of Croatia. His 2012 GSM blend is 37% Grenache, 34% Syrah and 29% Mourvèdre harvested by hand from the cool, fog-drenched Arroyo Grande Valley in southern San Luis Obispo County. Aged 18 months is 25% new French oak, the wine explodes with rich and vibrant blackberry and smoked fig flavors with a distinct peppery zing from the cool-climate Syrah. A primal example of the classic Rhone blend, this wine will give you a new appreciation for exactly why Rhone varietals thrive on the Central Coast.

AronHill KickAss Britchen Red

 

Are you drooling yet?  Well head on over to World’s Best Wine Clubs and sign up!  Look over to your right to see how many more memberships we need to fund a scholarship to Santa Rosa!

For every 10 wine club members, we can send a content creator to Santa Rosa!

Exciting news! WBC Scholarship Wine Club has arrived!

It is with great pleasure that I announce the start of the WBC Scholarship Wine Club, another awesome wine club brought to you by World’s Best Wine Clubs.

 

The Wine Bloggers’ Conference Scholarship Fund and WorldsBestWineClubs.com have partnered to create The Wine Bloggers’ Conference Scholarship Fund Wine Club. Now all attendees and alumni of the Wine Bloggers’ Conference and their friends and family can enjoy some of the finest boutique wines from California delivered to their door every quarter while helping to raise money so that deserving citizen bloggers can attend the upcoming Wine Bloggers’ Conference.

Four times per year (in February, May, August, and November) for just $99 per shipment, you’ll receive three handcrafted, highly rated wines from three of the finest boutique wineries in California. These wines come from some of the finest established wineries in California and have been expertly curated and hand-selected for you by America’s Uncommon Wine Expert, WorldsBestWineClubs.com founder, and WBC alumnus Chris Kern.

Best of all, 50% of the profits from every club shipment are donated directly back to the WBC Scholarship Fund to assist with their mission 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.

Sign up now and receive three unique, highly rated wines delivered to your door every quarter for just $99 per shipment, and help make a difference in someone’s life today.

Become a member of the Wine Bloggers’ Conference Scholarship Fund Wine Club today!

The first shipment will contain some fabulous small production wines, so get yours while you can!

 

Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship 2016: Applications are open!

11953202_1020350674672352_8890161867509675900_nThe 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 August 13-15, 2016, hundreds of wine bloggers, social media educators and leaders, and wine industry members will gather in Lodi, California, for the ninth annual North American Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC) the premier conference for new media and the wine industry.

Lodi has been engaged with wine bloggers for several years, and frequently hosts both media trips as well as virtual tastings for wine writers around the world to experience the breadth of wines available in this region.  With the large number of wineries and variety of wines being produced, Lodi is the perfect location for wine bloggers to converge for a deep dive into wine, and the wine business.  

Situated just over 100 miles from the San Francisco Bay Area, and a short drive from the Sacramento metro area, Lodi is ideally located in California’s Central Valley.

An historical winegrowing region since the 1850s, the AVA was established in 1986.  Lodi’s rich farming history has helped maintain diversity in winegrowing, with a focus on Zinfandel, Iberian / French varietals, and more.

Applicants to the Wine Bloggers Conference 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 2015, the scholarship fund assisted 11 wine bloggers in attending the Wine Bloggers Conference in Corning, New York – the heart of the Finger Lakes, – from all over the world.  We supported 3 Canadians, a Brit, and several North American bloggers.  This international event brought wine writers from all over the world, bringing new light to the wine industry in the region, and creating wine tourism memories to last a lifetime.  One hundred percent of the funds supported the scholarships and bloggers received an average of $1000 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).

 

What we need:

We are looking for donations, of any size, that will go in to a fund to be awarded to bloggers based on need, length of blogging history, and written statements of why they qualify for assistance and wish to attend.

 

We give preference to established citizen bloggers, students in wine (MBA, BA, enology, viticulture, business administration), and bloggers who have never attended a Wine Bloggers Conference before.

 

We ask that corporate sponsors donate a minimum of $95, which covers the registration fee for a citizen blogger (though we gratefully accept ANY donation, large or small!).

 

What you get in return:

Premier Donors (donations of $1,000+) will receive free advertising on both Enobytes (banner ads) and my personal blog, as well as the WBC Scholarship site. These are to be formatted and scheduled dates will be chosen at the agreement of both parties.

You will also receive a write up on the WBC Scholarship Fund blog outlining your business and why you believe in bloggers and the conference.

 

In addition, we ask each winner to write a post stating what the WBC meant to them, what they learned, and personally thanking each donor.  Each Premier Donor is also entitled to participate in the Scholarship Donor party, where you can meet & greet the Scholarship Committee and all recipiants.

 

We are also looking for glass sponsors, to assist in creating keepsake glasses with your logo, as well as ours, on them to take to the parties and take home.  This was a huge success last year and we wish to keep it going for many years to come.  For $1,000, you will assist us in designing a stemless keepsake glass that will be sold at the Scholarship table, as well as given to donors of $50 or more.   This donation will sponsor 100 glasses.  Leftover glasses can be reused for your events or kept for the next Wine Bloggers Conference.

 

Gold Donors ($500) are entitled to particpate in the Donor Party and will have a bio featured on the website.

 

Silver Donors ($250) will have a bio featured on the website.

 

In 2016, we will be hosting a Donor table, where the WBC Scholarship Committee and former recipients will be available to answer questions, pour your wine or share your business information, and interact with the attendees.  This is a fantastic opportunity for you to present your company to over 300 industry & blogger attendees during the “Meet the Sponsors” event.

If you attend the WBC, you will also get a flashy new “Corporate Donor” ribbon for your badge that identifies you to our attendees as someone who supports bloggers.  Each recipient will also have a badge identifying them, and they will be seeking out corporate donors and individual donors for personal introductions.
For more information please contact info@wbcscholarship.com and visit wbcscholarship.com/america

Scholarship Recipient: Melissa Cook, the Willamette Valley Wonder Woman!

Melissa Cook has been the Willamette Valley Wonder Woman since April 2012. A mother of three, she has chronicled “a mixture of her life and loves” at Melissa Kaylene. She has a simple, yet profound, motto for her life, which reflects on her blog. “Creating. Simplifying. Inspiring.”

Melissa was first introduced to wine by her husband, who is a vineyard manager. The first varietal she was drawn to was Riesling. Taking a non-expert approach, Melissa hopes that her readers step out of their comfort zone and try something new, just as she does when she shares her experiences with wine. She enjoys the art of integrating wine into a celebration, whether it be a special anniversary dinner or a showcase of the wine itself.

This will be Melissa’s first WBC and we look forward to seeing her in the Finger Lakes!

Stop by and say hi at

Blog:  Willamette Valley Wonder Woman

Facebook:  MelissaKaylene

Twitter:  melissakaylene

Challenge Donation: Make Wine4.Me pay!

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Amy Gross has been a friend of the WBC Scholarship for 4 years, and this year – she’s at it again, along with Wine4.Me, her predicative analytics software company which uses sensory science and fancy algorithms to build smartphone apps and software for retailers.   Once again, Amy & Wine4.Me are sponsoring the Donation Challenge!  We like to call it #MakeThemPay.

First, a little bit about Wine4.Me:

Wine4.Me is all about helping consumers get the right wine for them, personally, every time.

Wine4.Me, the smartphone app, is available free for the iPhone and features objective characterizations of the best-selling wines in the US. When you use Wine4.Me, you tell the app which wines you like, and the patent-pending predictive analytics will tell you what other wines you will enjoy.

Wine4.Me is the only smartphone app and software platform which harnesses the power of sensory science, together with top-notch wine evaluators and unbeatable predictive analytics to match YOU with the right wine, every time.

Now, a little bit about the Donation Challenge.

Wine4.Me has agreed to donate $500 – yep five hundred smackers – the WBC Scholarship! Hoorray!  But…as usual, there is a catch.  We only get the money if we can get YOU to donate $500 first!  That’s why it’s a challenge.  So, everyone, dig deep, find that extra $20, $50, or $100, and let’s make this happen!  Every penny counts – and when we hit our $500 goal, we get another $500, making an additional $1,000 for the scholarship.  That would help us send more bloggers to the Finger Lakes in August!  Let’s make some dreams come true and DONATE TODAY!

Thank you Amy & team for your support, and be sure to check out Wine4.Me as well as Amy on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram!

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Amy Gross: Twitter, Instagram

 

 

WBC Scholarship Applications are CLOSED!

We’re sorry, but application for the 2015 Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship are now closed.

We have had over 14 applications, and now the hard part begins!

The committee will review each application and make a final determination by July 1st (possibly even earlier).  With our partners at EthniFacts, Rodney Strong Vineyards and more- we hope to provide grants to as many people as possible.  However, we can’t give everyone a scholarship, and we can’t give any one a scholarship without your help.

Please spread the word and donate today!

Happy Blogging!

WBC Scholarship announces the EthniFacts Diversity Scholarship Grant!wbcscholarship

ethnifactsWine Blogger’s Conference Scholarship and EthniFacts Announce Multicultural Scholarship

(Dallas, Tx. May 27, 2015) – Today the Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship Foundation and EthniFacts, a multicultural knowledge and insights consultancy, announced the establishment of the “EthniFacts Diversity in Wine Writing Scholarship”, to encourage ethnic, gender, and cultural diversity in the North American Wine Bloggers Conference attendees.

“It is clear that while America is approaching a multicultural majority, particularly in Millennial and younger age groups, the number of diverse bloggers hasn’t kept up with that growth. The diversity of the new mainstream consumer should be reflected in those blogging to and educating this market,” said Mike Lakusta, CEO and Founding Partner of EthniFacts.  “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.  ”

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 partnership with EthniFacts and look forward to growing this program in the future,” said Thea Dwelle, Co-Founder and Chair of the Wine Bloggers Conference 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 newly established scholarship will help make finances a non-issue.”

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 might be students with a particular focus in wine.

The eighth annual North American Wine Bloggers Conference is scheduled from Aug. 13-15, 2015, and brings together hundreds of wine bloggers, social media educators and leaders, and wine industry members in Corning, NY.

The Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship is partnered with Enobytes, 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

About EthniFacts: EthniFacts is a knowledge and insights consultancy with a comprehensive perspective on evolving consumer culture and civic and social engagement in a new multicultural America. For more information, please contact Mike Lakusta, mlakusta@ethnifacts.com and visit www.ethnifacts.com.

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