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.


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.

Corporate Donor: Amy Anderson Gross makes!

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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Corporate Donor Profile: Rodney Strong’s Dynamic Duo

_MG_1729Robert 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!

10325715_10152147268201482_5272434950427070960_n (1)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.





Donor Profile: Larry Schaffer of Tercero Wines

larryschafferLike many winemakers, Larry Schaffer studied viticulture and enology at UC Davis. Those that know Larry, know him in several different ways. He is a father, teacher, foodie, baker, often making us drool at his bread photo postings, garagiste of stellar Rhônes, and Larry is what some might call: Rhône to the bone!”  

Larry’s passion for Rhone varietals is expressed in his Los Olivos winery, Tercero and Rhône Ranger support. He is often seen at small “mom and pop” wine shops and events pouring wine from beakers. Yes, beakers. Like the ones in a science lab, and reason for his nickname as the “mad scientist.”

Anyone that meets Larry, or follows his Facebook postings, will likely tell you he appreciates a good dialog. Larry asks thought provoking questions, truly wants to engage, and hear people’s perspective. If you have not experienced his Mourvedre Rose, “Cuvee Christie” (GSM+), or other great wines, they are well worth seeking.

 Larry Shaffer is a true supporter of the SBC region, and as I compose this little piece on Larry, I consider him one of the good guys, and friend.

Editor’s Note:  Larry recently started the uber cool blog, Wine Verbiage, where he discusses everythign from what’s up in thePicture industry, to how to succeed in business by making really awesome wine, and what it means to be a blogger.  Go check ti out!  Stop by and see Larry on Twitter, and also at WBC where he will be pouring his wine and speaking on a panel.

Go go Vino with our Corporate Donor – Hello Vino

Hello Vino LogoHello Vino, the app that helps you choose wines, is one of our corporate donors and has generously provided the souvenir GoVino glasses which you’ll be holding in your hand at WBC! 

As a product designer, developer, marketer, and web agency business owner from San Francisco since 2002, founder Rick Breslin started Hello Vino in 2009. Hello Vino is an app for “non wine snobs” who want to match foods with wine for any occasion.  User reviews, customer ratings, photos, wine tasting preferences, food and wine pairings, wine label image scanner, and location based recommendations are just a few characteristics of this wine app highly rated by the New York Times, Mashable, and NPR. Rick Breslin


Thank you, Rick and the Hello Vino team for your support!  Please find one of the Scholarship Committee reps to get your souvenir GoVino, courtesy of HelloVino!

Editor’s Note:  Check out Hello Vino on twitter, and their app page here!  Available for both iPhone and Android, Rick and the team are avid blogger fans and have many blogger provided reviews available on HelloVino.  Want to know what  your friends are drinking?  Check it out!