A social media consultant by day and a future sommelier by night, French-Canadian Marie-Hélène Boisvert has been L’apprentie Sommelière (The Apprentice Sommelier) since 2013. She aims to simplify wine pairings, share regional information and just help people make better choices about wine.
In addition to her blog, Marie-Hélène writes for SAQ (wine Québec monopoly), two TV channel blogs and Le Messager Weekend, a local Montréal paper. She has been known to party in the Banfi Bathtub, and travels in packs with the other Canadian contingent at WBC this year. Watch out she’s fun!
This is Marie-Hélène’s first WBC. You can follow her on Facebook and on Twitter as well!
Cindy has been writing her blog, Grape Experiences, since September 2011. At some point she decided that tasting copious amounts of wine was great but she wanted to learn more. After passing the WSET Advanced/Level 3 exam she began to swirl, sip, and savor wine as another step towards sharing this knowledge with her readers from around the world. Living in Chicago, Cindy loves to attend wine dinners and tasting events as well as meet winemakers and others who enjoy sharing their wine journey with her.
Cindy is thrilled to have been able to contribute to the scholarship fund and help others attend such a fantastic conference this year. As a full time teacher, she understands how mentoring others in any way is crucial to lifelong learning about wine and the continuation of the art of wine blogging.
Editor’s Note: Thank you Cindy for your participation and help in judging the awesome scholarship kids this year! We look forward to seeing you in the Finger Lakes!
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Kayla Koroush, the California Barrel Thief, wants to show you how to pair wine with French fries! Blogging since 2013, Kayla Koroush’s approach is that wine, and the knowledge that comes along with it, should be accessible to everyone. She wishes to “push the industry in front of the people and show them the artistry and passion”. She also aims to take the pompousness out of wine by delivering content that is relatable and relevant in all walks of life.
Her passion for wine came through winery visits. Those visits turned into a deeper curiosity and she left her job as a preschool teacher to work in the wine industry.
This is Kayla’s first WBC. Read more about her at Le Barrel Theif or follow
her on Twitter at @CABarrelThief!
Writing a profile for Craig Camp of Cornerstone Cellars. Quite alright though, I’m a huge fan of Craig, so I certainly don’t mind singing his praises every year! Craig was one of the first wine bloggers I “met” via the wine internet world. He got me press passes to an event nearly 8 years ago when no one had really heard of wine bloggers and certainly didn’t consider them press!
Craig has been a long time and fervent supporter of wine bloggers and the Wine Blogger Scholarship. We appreciate his enthusiasm for what we do and his continued support of our scholarship.
As always, we looked forward and enjoyed seeing Craig at the conference!
Why do I love Amy Corron Power? Let me count the ways. One, she’s a fellow wine blogging attorney. Two, she’s super smart. Three, she’s damn funny. Four, she is one half a really awesome wine blog, Another Wine Blog. Five, she and her husband Joe make me completely jealous on Twitter tastings with their amazing food pairings. I’m sure I could keep going for quite some time, but that would become nauseating.
Amy is the recipient of a WBC Scholarship this year, after many years as a staunch supporter of and donor to the fund. We’re delighted that she was chosen and look forward to her always fabulous insights into the conference.
Debbie Gioquindo is a remarkable woman with many hats! This generous donor is not only the co-
founder of Happy Bitch Wines, but is also a Certified Travel Counselor, a Certified Specialist of Wine, and a wine location specialist. She spins her craft through her wine blog Hudson Valley Wine Goddess with the primary mission of educating folks about wine.
With a strong background in Marketing, Debbie also consults for wineries and other small business for their marketing and social media needs, while also conducting wine tastings and wine seminars to promote wine education in the Hudson Valley and beyond.
As if she didn’t already have so much on her plate, Debbie is also the chairperson of the Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition that is takes place every year at the Hudson Valley Wine Festival.
Follow Debbie on Facebook and Twitter and find her at WBC!
Thank you, Debbie, for your generous and continued support of the WBC Scholarship!
Blogging for the last 2.5 years, Alissa is the one and only SAHMmelier! This former teacher-come-stay-at-
home-mom (and award-winning poet!), Alissa has a passion for wine, food, and education. Through her blog, SAHMmelier, Alissa aims to make wine approachable. As a foodie, she enjoys experimenting with food and wine pairings and provides recipes to her readers. As a mom, she likes to add in a little heart-felt humor or sentimental struggles, as any parent would understand.
After being involved with a strong and active community of Women Wine Writers online, Alissa is looking forward to the opportunity to meet and interact in person with many of those she calls her inspirations and mentors.
Finally, Alissa is based in the Texas Hill Country, so attending the WBC will give her the opportunity to introduce and promote Texas wine.
Let’s give Alissa a warm welcome to the WBC family! Follow her on Facebook: and Twitter and give her a shout out at the conference!
Amy Gross has been a friend of the WBC Scholarship for 3 years, and this year – she’s pulling double duty with Wine4.Me, as both an event sponsor and a Scholarship donor! Amy has been a driving force in the challenge grant program we have – called #MakeThemPay. We salute you for your enthusiasm and support of bloggers and wine!
Wine4.Me is a new app that allows wine drinkers to find wines they like easily, by selecting characteristics of your favorite wines and creating your personal taste profile. From that profile, you will get a list of other wines that you are likely to enjoy. Pretty cool right? Co-Founder and CSO Michael Tompkins, our head science guru, heads this part of Wine4.Me and he’s the one who developed the algorithm that makes Wine4.Me possible. Our team worked with sensory scientists, winemakers, and winery owners to develop our patent-pending system of evaluation. Then, we recruited some of the best wine evaluates in the country to evaluate the wines in our database. We called on more winemakers, wine educators, wine writers, sommeliers and more to evaluate the wines, and then we tested them.
The best part about Wine4.Me is that selections featured are widely available nationally, so you know you will be ablet to find something you like based on the recommendations. While there are many wine recommendation apps out there, this is a great feature of Wine4.Me.
Amy, the co-founder and CEO of Wine4.Me, is also the brain behind Vine Sleuth Uncorked, a popular wine blog that covers everything from local wine events, to tasting notes, and travel experiences.
Thank you Amy & team for your support, and be sure to check out Wine4.Me as well as Amy on Twitter and Facebook!
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Robert Larsen public relations guru extraordinaire, director of communications for Rodney Strong Vineyards and emcee of the winery’s blending events. Robert Larsen has been a friend of the Wine Blogger’s Conference since the beginning, missing only one year (Editor’s Note: sorry you’re still not a veteran!) in the 8 year history. He’s known for providing great wines, hosting ‘must attend’ after parties and being an all around great guy to be around.
He’s been in the PR industry since the early 90s in the wine industry. Robert is born and bred in northern California’s wine country. and is all about the discovery and development of a genuine message that makes a story resonate. He’s also a home winemaker, gardener and cook.
Together with his partner in PR crime, Rachel Voorhees, erstwhile Social Media Manager for Rodney Strong, mommy blogger, and somm, these two make a powerful duo that spread the message of Rodney Strong’s brands and history.
Did you know that it’s the 25th anniversary of Rodney Strong Vineyards? Celebrate with Rachel & Robert at WBC!
Editor’s Note: Thanks to the generous support of Rodney Strong Vineyards, we are able to provide stemless souvenir glasses at the conference this year! Please stop by the WBC Scholarship table on Thursday night or find us over the weekend to purchase your glass. If you have donated, or wish to donate $50 or more, we will gift you a pair of these glasses to take home!
Look for Robert in Buellton or reach out to him on Twitter.
Rachel can be found behind the @RSVineyards and @davisbynumwines handles, as well as her own Twitter handle.
Here we are! It’s prime WBC Scholarship season, and we couldn’t do it without you. For those that have supported our Scholarship in the past, we salute you.
After 7 Wine Bloggers Conferences, and six successful Scholarship years, we have learned a lot. One thing we have learned is that hotels have pretty sad hospitality glasses for big tastings. While I understand that it’s hard to have 300+ Riedels or other glasses on hand for these large tastings, I also know that as a wine professional and wine lover, I demand a certain level of stemware when I’m tasting wine and evaluating them. The hotel glass is something of a curse at these conferences, and after hearing many comments (and seeing it, as well as my own thoughts) about the lack of appropriate stemware, we have decided to offer a new fundraising feature this year.
For the fisrt time, we have WBC Scholarship logo glasses available for sale for $5, and as a thank you gift (think PBS Pledge Break) for anyone who donates over $50.
So get to it!