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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Scholarship Recipient: Amanda Barnes – Around the World in 80 Harvests

Meet Amanda Barnes, creator and editor of Around the World in 80 Harvests, a wine blog chronicling her travels visiting 80 wine regions around the world. The name of her blog is a nod to the adventure novel by Jules Verne, Around the World in 80 Days.

This year, Amanda is the recipient of the Rodney Strong Wine Blogger Scholarship, specifically awarded to a digital writer who exhibits quality, quantity, consistency, and a community spirit.   This is the 2nd Annual Rodney Strong award, and we are excited to have this strong relationship!  The first recipient was Matt Mcginnis (2015) from Texas, and we look forward to our continued relationship.  Stay tuned for more in the Rodney Strong Scholarship!

An award winning freelance writer, Amanda moved to South America in 2009 to follow her curiosity and passion for wine. “What I love about wine is that its origin and impact has so much reach: nature, science, art, culture, history, and travel,” says Amanda. “The list of potential subjects is almost endless, which gives you a lot to write about – much more than just the bottle in your hand!”

In 2012 and 2013, Amanda was the runner up for UK Young Wine Writer of the Year Award, and runner up for the Great Wine Capitals Blogger of the Year award. She is also a member of the UK-based Circle of Wine Writers.

Today Amanda focuses on sharing the stories of the wines, winemakers and wineries of Chile and Argentina. This includes providing content for Oz Clarke’s Pocket Wine Guide and Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book among other publications.

“It’s my first time attending a Wine Bloggers Conference and I can’t wait to meet other bloggers and learn about what is exciting in their wine markets right now. Wine blogging is a niche and it is inspiring to meet other like-minded bloggers in this growing community.”

Connect with Amanda online at her BLOG and on TWITTER.

 

Editor’s Note:
We are so excited to welcome our international bloggers this year, Julien and Amanda!  We can’t wait to meet you and show you all about WBC!

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.

Scholarship Recipiant: Matthew Wieland has his Wagon of Wine loaded!

Matthew Wieland begin his adventures in wine in Minnesota, not exactly a mecca for high quality wine discovery.  Fortunately, his mother had a penchant for Washington and California wine, and planted a seed in Matthew’s vinous core.

Building an appreciation for more complex wines over the years, he lived in Washington, and now lives in Portland – a prefect place to hone in on the idiosyncrasies of Pinot Noir.

In less than a year, he has created a blog and a following that is well respected by the local wine community in Portland and beyond.  He is excited to attend WBC as he seeks to expand his network, and find inspiration for future work.

As a 10th grade English teacher, he is one of our everyday heros.  We look forward to having him in Corning!  This will be Matthew’s first WBC, so let’s seek him out and show him how it’s done!  Stop by and say hello:

Blog:  Wagon Wine

Facebook:  Wagon Wine page

Twitter:  @wagonwineblog

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 

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Corporate Donor: Angelsmith Digital Marketing

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Angelsmith is a San Francisco Bay Area-based digital marketing agency and social community solutions developer that has long been involved in the world of digital wine writing, as well as the wine industry.  With more than 100 years of combined experience among its team, they have a unique perspective on the wine industry and what it means to be a digital writer today.

Carin Oliver, Chief Innovation Officer is well known to the wine bloggers community and has been a WBC attendee and community member who has been creatively developing processes to help consumers.  Angelsmith truly values wine bloggers and their contribution to the community, and is proud to support them.

We appreciate your support and community involvement!  If you are in the Bay Area or see the Angelsmith team at an event, but sure to say hello!
Please stop by and say hi:

Website:  Angelsmith

Facebook: angelsmithinc

Twitter:    angelsmithinc

 

Ethnifacts Blogger Scholarship Recipient: Regine Rousseau of Shall We Wine!

Meet Regine Rousseau, Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship and Ethnifacts Diversity Scholarship Recipient!

With a mission of Learn, Drink and Repeat, Regine Rousseau of Shall We Wine  dedicates her blog dedicated to sharing her passion for wine.  She has shown herself to be a natural fit for the Wine Blogger’s Conference, and we are excited to have her at her first WBC.

Regine is the recipient of the inaugural EthniFacts Diversity in Wine Writing Scholarship, which was designed to encourage ethnic, gender, and cultural diversity in the North American Wine Bloggers Conference attendees.

Her blog is unique because it is so multi-faceted.  Regine’s passion for consumer education motivated her to create Shall We Wine TV where she interviews wine industry professionals. In addition to a traditional wine blog, she also uses her background as a fiction writer to make wine a central character in a fictional series called the Champagne Diaries focusing on the love lives of four friends and the champagne or sparkling centered around each story.

Regine is particularly excited to be joining the Wine Bloggers Conference as she sees writing as a lonely passion, and has her creativity ignited when in the company of other writers.  And that, Regine, is exactly why the Wine Bloggers Conference was founded!  She is particularly eager to better understand the business of blogging and become a better wine blogger.

Regine holds her Level II certification from The International Sommelier Guild, has also written wine columns for two Chicago newspapers and is currently pursuing a Master of Champagne certification from The French Society.  We love an overachiever!

Please stop by and say hello to Regine:

Blog:  Shall We Wine

Facebook:  RegineRousseau | ShallWeWine

Twitter:  ShallWeWineChi

 

 

 

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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Scholarship Recipiant: Mykhael Wilson is the PUrveyor of Happiness

10660252_10154676417435537_3760445843687845241_nIt was a fateful day in May of 2003 when Mykha’el had his first sip of wine.  He was soon to be 21 (what a rebel!) and a friend opened a Chianti Classico for a pasta dinner.  It was love at first sip.

“I have always had an appreciation for the relational and celebratory  aspects of wine and quickly became obsessed with how there is always something more to learn about wine.  I love that is it living and continues to evolve.”

Mykha’el worked in the wine industry doing back office phone and e-mail sales and had the opportunity to take place in blending trials for various wineries he worked with.  His blog, www.purveyorofhappiness.me  is so named because he felt he was selling clients happiness in a bottle.

“I am thrilled to be able to attend this year’s Wine Blogger’s Conference as I just moved to upstate New York and am excited to explore the Finger Lakes with fellow bloggers.  I am also grateful for the generosity of those that are allowing me to go”.  This will be Mykha’el’s first WBC and he is very excited to be attending the conference in his backyard.

Please stop by and say hi at:

Blog:  Purveyor of Happiness
Twitter:  @mykhael

Facebook:  mykhael.wilson.9

 

 

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.

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