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.

Donor Profile: Megan Kenney

Photo on 2013-05-04 at 12.05 #5This is a little awkward. In that no one tells you that you have toilet paper hanging from your shoe sort of way. I’m writing my own donor profile for the WBC Scholarship page.  In any event, I’m Megan Kenney, aka Sonadora, aka Wannabe Wino.  I’ve been a part of the WBC Scholarship since its inception, as Thea’s partner in crime in brainstorming the original idea and getting it off the ground. I’ve also been a donor every year (I think, right Thea??) and I’ve been on the Scholarship Committee for at least 2 years, maybe more.  So basically I’m a jack of all trades.

I’m also a wine blogger, at it nearly 7 years now. I’ve been an attendee at all but one WBC (I have an excuse, I was pregnant for the one I missed) and hope to continue attending for many years to come. Can I salute myself? That would make this even more awkward, right? Instead, I’ll just say that I’m honored to be a part of this effort and to be able to contribute to helping folks make the WBC a possibility. Oh, and P.S. Please come see me and Thea and Kathleen Rake make fools of ourselves on our panel at WBC this year.

Keynote speaker Rex Pickett will turn WBC12 on it’s side!

Rex PickettIt will great anticipation that I’m pleased to report that author Rex Pickett will be our second keynote speaker at the Wine Bloggers Conference in Portland.

Having just attended the Pinot Noir Summit this weekend, where Rex and fellow blogger Alana Gentry of Girl with a Glass hosted an intimate chat, Pickett is excited about talking to the blogger contingent about social media, blogging, and writing.

I find Rex to be engaging, self deprecating, knowledgeable, and hilarious, and am thrilled that he’s getting on a plane for little ole bloggers!

He has written several books and screenplays, and of course, notably, Sideways.  Recently, the follow up to Sideways – Vertical romps through Oregon wine country, making him a natural speaker.

Special boxed sets will be available for purchase at the conference as well, featuring Sideways and its newly released sequel, Vertical.

Please give Rex a shout out on twitter, as he’s interested in talking to us and learning more about twitter.  Give him some love!  Having already hosted one #winechat, he will follow you back, and also engage you if you have any writing questions!

I can’t wait to see what else he has in store for us!

Now, what better reason to support a blogger today?  Don’t forget, through our partnership with Enobytes, this can be a tax deductable expense.


Isaac, Eric, Asimov!


Dateline:  Charlottesville

Another well known wine critic and author turned blogger, Eric Asimov has signed up to provide a keynote at the 2011 Wine Bloggers Conference.  Asimov is the wine critic for the New York Times, where he begun work in 1984 as a National News editor, where, in 1999, he began writing about wine.  He currently writes two columns, The Pour, and Wines of the Times (which actually includes beer).  The Pour branched out in to a blog in 2004.
The additional of yet another mainstream wine writer to the agenda is one more reason why you should support wine bloggers in attending this one of a kind event (OK two of kind, because the European Wine Bloggers Conference is in October in Italy).  One of the primary objectives of the WBC is to have the attendees learn, and be inspired, by such speakers as well as other successful wine professionals and bloggers.  I am very much looking forward to the speakers this year – even if I am not looking forward to the July heat and humidity (aka HELL) in Virginia.  Fortunately, there will be plenty of air conditioning and chilled white wine to revive even the most heat withered blogger.
Please welcome Eric to the WBC in style!  You can find his BLOG here and he is also on TWITTER.
Want to send a blogger to see Eric and Jancis speak?  Please consider DONATING today!  No amount is too small, and we run on your generosity!  Through our partnership with Enobytes, we are now a handy dandy tax deduction (please ask your tax advisor because I don’t want to pull a Richard Hatch on you).