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.

Blogger Profile: L’apprentie Sommeliere

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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!

Donor and Committee Memeber: Cindy Rynning

20111223 IMG_9737-2Cindy 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!

Blogger Profile: Kayla Koroush of The Barrel Theif

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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!

Corporate Donor: Craig Camp of Cornerstone Cellars

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!

 

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Blogger Profile: Amy Corron Power of Another Wine Blog

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.

Donor Profile: Debbie is a Happy Bitch and the Hudson Valley Wine Goddess!

webemailusefinal227 copyDebbie 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!

Blogger Profile: Stay-At-Home-Mom (SAHM) with a passion for wine!

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!

 

Corporate Donor: Amy Anderson Gross makes Wine4.me!

Wine4.MeAmy 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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