Blogger Profile – Jane Kelly Kosek

First time WBC attendee Jane Kelly Kosek, will be joining us this year in Penticton, British Columbia. Jane and her husband Steve have beenJane Kelly Kosek Bio Photo writing their blog, 2 Hollywood Winos, for just over one year.

An independent film producer by trade, Jane’s blog provides a “he said, she said” perspective on wine and wine regions peppered with stunning photography of their local travels.

Congratulations to Jane! I know she’ll walk away with great memories and a plethora of information.

Follow Jane and husband Steve’s blog on Twitter and Facebook.

Donor Profile – Allison Markin

“Will work for wine” those four words were the beginning of a journey for Allison Markin of All She Wrote. Allison uses her media and marketingAllison Markin bio photo skills at All She Wrote to create successful and meaningful social media campaigns. Her clients include those in wine, culinary, hospitality and tourism.

A resident of British Columbia Allison was a huge proponent of bringing the conference to Penticton. In addition to all the hard work she has been putting into the conference her donation to the scholarship allowed bloggers to attend and learn about those great Canadian wines.

A huge thank you to Allison for all her hard work behind the scenes, coordinating transportation for thirsty bloggers and her contribution that allows more bloggers to experience Penticton’s wonderful wine country.

You can follow Allison on Twitter and Facebook.

Donor Profile – Mia Malm

Wine industry veteran Mia Malm heads up Malm Communications a boutique public relations and social media firm specializing in wine, food andMia Malm Bio Photo luxury lifestyle.

After a stint in dancing, singing and acting she traded in her Big Apple lifestyle to live among the grape vines in Napa Valley. There Mia’s passion for fine wine and food shines through.

Mia is well established in the wine community and is one of the very few in the US to hold a Diploma in Wine & Spirits (DWS).  Upon arriving in Napa she spent several years working with Constellation Brands, Robert Mondavi, Kim Crawford and many other powerhouse wineries. Mia truly has an innovative vision and a pulse on today’s wine consumers.

Please send a big shout out to Mia and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Blogger Profile: Gwendolyn Lawrence Alley

Gwendolyn Lawrence Alley

Gwendolyn Lawrence Alley

Gwendolyn publishes the blog, Wine Predator and has been writing her blog since 2007.  This year, she is one of the lucky recipients of a WBC scholarship. She is a WBC veteran and has attended all but one conference. In addition to writing her blog, Gwendolyn is a mom, college teacher, and writing coach. An avid traveler and foodie, Gwendolyn is always seeking to learn more about wine and sharing her experiences with her readers. She resides in Southern California and is always up for an adventure in wine, food, and travel.

Gwendolyn is very energetic and a lot of fun to be around. We always enjoy her company at the conferences and are excited to see her in Penticton! Be sure to check out her blog and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter. See you soon Gwendolyn!


Editor’s Note:  Gwendolyn is a passionate supporter of the WBC, and the WBC Scholarship.  She was a Scholarship Recipiant in 2010, when we travelled to Walla Walla, Washington.  She is working on her PhD, and we are happy she has the time to join us!

Donor Profile: Jason Phelps – Ancient Fire Wine

Jason Phelps

Jason Phelps

Jason Phelps writes the blog, Ancient Fire Beverage Blog. He joined us for the first time in 2011 in Virginia as a WBC Scholarship recipient and was also with us last year in Portland. In addition to writing his blog, Jason is also a winemaker, home brewer, and cider and mead maker. He loves traveling and exploring the world of food and wine. A resident of New Hampshire, Jason’s writing has been published in various magazines, newspapers, and blogs.

Jason is a repeat donor. His continued support ensures that we continue to help our newer bloggers have the opportunity to attend the WBC and benefit the way he has. Thank you for your continued support Jason! Please be sure to check out his blog and connect with him on Twitter and on Facebook.





Pay it forward!

Good morning kids!  There are only 43 days left until we jet off to Penticton!  But did you know, today is Pay it Forward Day?
For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, pay it forward is simple.  Pay for someone’s coffee.  Pay for someone’s toll.  Or better yet, help send a writer to the 6th Annual Wine Bloggers Conference!

We are still trying to meet our challenge, to Make Tom Pay, which will give us a double bonus.  Remember, we have $130 more to go before Tom Wark matches our $500 challenge!  After that, Amy Anderson Gross will match Tom’s donation, by a dollar more!
So won’t you pay it forward today?

The WBC Scholarship is proud to be associated with Enobytes, a 501c education institution.  That means your donations are tax deductible for US tax payers!


Scholarship Applications are now CLOSED!

We’re sorry, but application for the 2013 Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship are now closed.

We have had over 15 applications, and now the hard part begins!

The committee will review each application and make a final determination by June 14th (hopefully earlier).

Good luck!

As always, please spread the word.  We can’t give everyone a scholarship, and we can’t give any one a scholarship without your help.

Happy Blogging!

Make Tom pay, AGAIN!

This just in! Amy, The Vine Sleuth wil lalso be matching Tom’s match!  Tha’ts right, Tom’s 500 smackers are worth $1000!  We can do this!  With 15 applications, we NEED you!  Please make your tax deductible donation TODAY!

These two extremely generous supporters will be on hand in Penticton, wearing handy dandy “Donor” badges.  Don’t you want to be cool like them?  Make it happen!



Do you remember last year?  When we were all excited to be meandering on up to Portland for the 2012 Wine Bloggers Conference?  Well, at the time, we were pushing hard to get some donations, to support the bloggers who applied for a bloggership to attend the conference.

Luckily, support, wine PR professional, and wine blogger, Fermentation’s Tom Wark, has challenged the wine blogging community once again this year.  Tom, who has supported blogging, and this scholarship for many years, has issued an edict for you – my dear bloggers – to support our scholarship by donating up to $500.  Like a PBS pledge drive, if you meet this goal, we here at the scholarship benefit doubly!

In this matching challenge, Tom will donate an equal amount (up to a cap of $500).  I can’t tell you how far this will go!

To participate in this challenge, please donate today!  Be sure to add “Make Tom Wark pay!” in the memo, so we know that this is a matching challenge.

Every $5 counts (err well ok if could be $10 if you all chip in) so please, dig deep and help make Tom pay!  Donate today via this handy paypal link, and make sure you email us with the subject line “Make Tom Pay up!” so we can keep track of the challenge grant!

Bring it people!





Ready, set, GO!

Well here we are, just 94 days from the first North American Wine Bloggers Confernece to be held outside of U.S.  I’m thrilled to be returning to Penticton, British Columbia, in the heart of the Okinagan Valley wine region to the 6th WBC!  That’s right, I’ve been to every one and intend to maintain my Veteran status.  Are there any other veterans out there?  Let me know, as I have a special gift for you!
We already have nine scholarship applicants, and I expect them to start rolling in fast and furiously as we near the deadline, of April 15th.  yep, for you American’s that’s tax day!  Of course, we will accept your tax deductible donation any time, so please – feel free to donate early & often.
wined upSpeaking of which, my friends over at The Wine’d Up have, once again, craetd a super challenge!  They are giving aaway a room at the WBC to one lucky blogger.  But wait! There’s more!  Like a ginsu knife that keeps on giving, The Wined Up is donating $5 per entry to the Scholarship (maximum of 50 entries)!  That’s a double whammy!  Not only do you get entered to get a free hotel room, saving you a couple WBC13.pnghundred smackers, but you
earn %4 for the Scholarship.  C’mon, go ahead and apply!

Welcome to Penticton!

The 2013 Wine Bloggers Conference will take place June 6-8 in Penticton, British Columbia. Up to 400 citizen wine bloggers, industry bloggers, and other wine and social media professionals will gather from throughout the world to meet, learn, and share at this, the sixth annual conference.

Penticton is beautifully situated on two lakes, with hills on all sides, and vineyards on the lakeshore bluffs. It even has an old railroad bed converted into a trail that starts in town, overlooks the lake, and runs through vineyards. The Okanagan Valley wine-growing region runs from Kelowna in the north down through Penticton, Oliver, and Osoyoos, just above the Washington border. It is a long, beautiful valley with hills on both sides and there are sections where the vineyards around Oliver where vineyards cover the hillsides.

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.

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 June 6-9, 2013 hundreds of wine bloggers, new media leaders, and wine industry members will gather in Penticton, British Columbia, for the sixth annual North American Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC) the premier conference for new media and the wine industry. For the first time the WBC will cross international lines as it travels to Canada’s newest wine growing region for this three-day symposium that builds on our past successes and brings attendees a unique opportunity to learn about and discuss the intersection of wine with the world of new media including blogging, social media, and more.

I’m pleased to say that hte applications are now OPEN!

To be considered for a bloggership, please complete the required fields on the form here.  Emailed applications will not be accepted.  WBC Scholarship Application

Applicants 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 2011, the scholarship fund assisted 14 wine bloggers from the USA and Europe to attend the Wine Bloggers Conference in Charlottesville, VA. With an average personal donation of $100, and corporate sponsorship of $300, the scholarship fund raised over $8500. 100% of the funds supported the scholarships and bloggers received an average of $800 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).

For more information about the scholarship, please see our Press Release here.


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