That’s a wrap!

I still have to finish all of my individual thank yous for all of the support and great bloggers we’re getting to Virginia.

But, with 14 short days left until the 4th Annual Wine Bloggers Conference commences in Charlottesville, I just wanted to make sure that we shared all the good news!

This year, we have fourteen blogger recipiants.  This is a new record!  The Scholarship is in its third year, and I’m seeing the number 20 for next year!

The bloggers are:

  1. Nannette Eaton – Wine Harlots | @wineharlots
  2. Denise Medrano  – The Wine Sleuth | @winesleauthuk
  3. Jason Phelps – Ancient Fire Wine | @ancientfirewine
  4. Rich Reader – VineBuzz | @vinebuzz
  5. Chandra Savage – Mo Wine
  6. Lorie Perrone – Wining Ways
  7. Kris Chislett – Blog Your Wine@krischislett
  8. Douglass Trapasso – Chicago Pinot | @demilove
  9. Raelinn Doty – Wine Ophelia | @raelinn_wine
  10. Bridget Cheslock  – Glamourous Gourmet Girl
  11. Charlotte Chipperfield – The Wine Key
  12. Kathleen Rake – Between the Vines | @kathleenrake
  13. Jon Thorsen – Reverse Wine Snob |@reversewinesnob
  14. Kay Zink – A to Zinfandel

Our corporate sponsors, who have our undying gratitute and support!
Amy Corron Power – Another Wine Blog | @winewonkette
Melanie Ofenrich – Dallas Wine Chick | @melanie0
Joe Herrig – Suburban Wino | @suburbanwino
Liza Swift – Brix Chicks | @brixchicks_liza
Amanda Maynard – Wineing Woman | @wineingwoman
Megan Kenney – Wannabe Wino | @sonadora
Scott Wadlow – The Vino File | @thevinofile
Debbie Gioquindo – Hudson Valley Wine Goddess | @hvwinegoddess

The Committee
Thea Dwelle – Luscious Lushes (yeah ok that’s me but hey, I need blog love too!) | @luscious_lushes
Amy Corron Power – Another Wine Blog | @winewonkette
Jason Mancebo – $20 Wine Blog | @20dollarwine

Congrats to our bloggers and thank you to our donors, and our committee!
Please take a moment to reach out to everyone and say hey.
If you’re in Virginia, come by and see me – I have cool namebag swag!  Each badge ribbon is $2, 3 for $5, and all proceeds go to support the scholarship next year.
We have:


Who says there are no second chances?

says there are too second chances!  As proof of this, this dynamic wine technology company that offers solutions for wineries wanted to make sure that no one would be left out.  Heck, fundraising is HARD people!  Without the help of people like Vin65 the Scholarship would be hard pressed to send 5 people, let alone 14.

Vin65 has created websites for the likes of Twisted Oak, IBG, Crushpad and more.  Their missing is simple – to make engaging, pleasing, and simple to manage websites for the wine industry.  Customers shouldn’t have to spend hours searching for what they need.  Vin65 makes it easy.

This year, in addition to their generous support of the WBC Scholarship, Vin65 also decided to do something a little bit different.

Andrew Kamphius, the founder and lead tech brain, asked me how he could contribute more.  With help from PR extrodinare Mellissa Dobson, we decided that a second chance Vin65 Second Chance Scholarship would be a great way to help a blogger who for one reason or another, didn’t make the final cut. WOW!  Not only will you give us enough funding to ensure that one blogger can go to WBC, but you’ll help us take someone who is relegated to the waitlist as well?  AWESOME!

I’m pleased to say, that with Vin65’s help, this year we were able to send 14 bloggers to the WBC, which *gulp* starts on Thursday evening in Charlottesville, VA.

Congratulations to Bridget Cheslock, the winner of the Vin65 Second Chance Scholarship! You will be a welcome addition to the blogger crew and we are happy to afford you this opportunity.

Sincere thanks to Vin65 for their ongoing support of the scholarship.  Technology and wine goes hand in hand with wine bloggers, and Vin65’s dedication to the WBC Scholarship is 3 years strong.


Donor Profile: A think tank for wine businesses, Vintank

Vintank envisions bringing wine closer to technology.  To do this, they are working hard every day to build a framework where wine and technology collide.  Developing new strategies and ideas, these experienced wineaux and tech geeks analyze, research, and form strategic evaluations to help solve complex problems.

Vintank has been supportive of the WBC Scholarship over our lifetime, and we thank them for their continued belief in bloggers and the Wine Bloggers Conference!  Through their support and promotion of wine bloggers individually and their promotional services given to the finalists in some top blogger contest (such as the Murphy Goode social media guru run a couple of years ago), Vintank gets things done.

GIve them a shout at @vintank and check out what they do.  It’s pretty cool!  Plus they know how to throw a party.

Donor Profile – Hahn Family Wines

Celebrating their 30th vintage, Hahn Family Wines and Nicky and Gaby Hahn now harvest more than 1000 acres of vines in the Monterey County of CaliforniaHahn Family Winery - Hahn Estate Gate Entrance with nearly 50% in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA.

Comprising 9 brands including the famous Cycles Gladiator and the premium, estate bottled Lucienne Vineyards, Hahn Family Wines produces and distributes a wide range of wines for every palate and price point.

We’re extremely grateful for the Hahn Family’s continued support of the blogger scholarship fund as well as their commitment and support to bloggers across the wine community. They actively appreciate and support the work bloggers do with access to events such as their “Spring Fling” and other unique visit opportunities to their estate. Hahn sets an excellent example of how to engage with bloggers! Many Thanks!

Wines from the Hahn Family Wine labels are available at better restaurants, retailers and online at

Piece of Cake!

It’s pie!  It’s cake!  It’s…


We are please to announce the Layer Cake Wine Scholarship!  Winemaker Jayson Woodbridge has endowed a scholarship for the North American Wine Bloggers Conference.  This $5,000 annual endowment will allow deserving recipients to attend the North American Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC).  The WBC It is a three-day symposium which offers unique opportunities to learn about the intersection of wine with the
world of new media including blogging and various types of social media. The wine world is well represented at the Conference with attendees including noted wine bloggers, new media
innovators, and leaders from the wine industry.

The 4th Annual North American Wine Bloggers Conference will take place in Charlottesville, Virginia on July 22-24, 2011.  It has previously been held in Sonoma, Napa, and Walla Walla, Washington; other locations under consideration for future conferences are the Finger Lakes region in New York, Paso Robles, and Willamette Valley, Oregon.

This event is recognized as the premier gathering for members of new media and representatives of the wine industry at large.  “Telling the story of the vine is the life blood of the wine business,” notes Layer Cake

winemaker and owner Jayson Woodbridge. “We have such history. It needs to be passed to the next generation. Wine lovers enjoy learning about their favorite labels. These are incredible stories. Wine bloggers and new media visionaries understand this. It’s our pleasure to establish the Layer Cake Wine Scholarship and make these scholarship funds available for those aspiring to do justice to the stories of the wine world.”

My absolute gratitude and thrill at this endowment sparked me to tell Laura Kirkham, who represents Layer Cake, that  “the generosity of Layer Cake Wines and Jayson Woodbridge will go a long way towards
fostering the wine writing talents of scholarship winners”.  This is so true, and never more so than now, the official kick off for this annual Layer Cake bonanza.  I further went on to say that the Layer Cake Wine Scholarship will enable essential growth of new media within the wine community.   As the wine industry expands and flourishes, so must the outlets for wine writers. Jayson and Layer Cake have a unique perspective and appreciation for the valuable role that social media, bloggers, and wine focused media play within the wine industry. We here at the WBC Scholarship are grateful for this vision.

I firmly believe that with this additional committmeent by Layer Cake that this Scholarship will grow more diverse and larger every year.

We currently have nine applications, and are accepting citizen blogger applications until June 1, 2010. Please read the full rules here.

More about Jayson Woodbridge and Layer Cake Wine

Jayson Woodbridge is a critically acclaimed wine maker. Known for his cult hit labels Hundred Acre and Cherry Pie, he began the Layer Cake wine series as a tribute to his grandfather, striving to make affordable wines with a luxurious taste. Jayson’s grandfather told him that wine was like his grandmother’s delicious layer cake: the layers of soils under the vines produce layers of rich flavors, aromatics, and textures in the wine. Layers of chocolate, mocha, dark berry fruit, and spices found in the Layer Cake wines rival the layers of flavors complimenting his grandmother’s layer cake. The Layer Cake name evokes the memory of something comforting, rich and delicious.

A unique wine brand with multiple country AVA’s, Layer Cake is handmade in some of Jayson Woodbridge’s favorite wine regions around the world. Woodbridge actually makes wine on 4 continents. Each Layer Cake wine is crafted implementing the same small winery techniques and quality standards for which Jayson is well known. Jayson and his winemaking team travel the globe to make all of his wines. They work with small family growers, rigorously selecting only the best fruit. Current Layer Cake wines include a Shiraz from Australia’s Barossa Valley, a Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina, an old vine Primitivo, aka Zinfandel, from Puglia, Italy, a California Central Coast Chardonnay, and a California Cabernet Sauvignon.
Visit | @layercakewine | Facebook:  Layer Cake Wines

About the 2011 North American Wine Bloggers Conference

The 2011 North American Wine Bloggers Conference will be held in Charlottesville, VA July 22 – 24. The Conference is limited to 325 attendees. Wine bloggers, wine industry leaders, and numerous wine and social media professionals will gather from throughout North America and beyond to meet, learn, and share. Noted wine writer and authority Jancis Robinson (and now Eric Asimov!) will provide keynote addresses.
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For more information about Layer Cake or Jayson Woodbridge, please contact Laura Kirkham of The Laura Kirkham Agency at 760.341.1410 |