Announcing the Second Annual EthniFacts Diversity Scholarship

Wine Blogger’s Conference Scholarship and EthniFacts Announce Second Annual Multicultural Scholarship


San Francisco, CA – Today, the Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship Foundation and EthniFacts, announced the second annual “EthniFacts Diversity in Wine Writing Scholarship”, to encourage ethnic, gender, and cultural diversity in the North American Wine Bloggers Conference attendees.

“More than half of Americans under the age of 50 are now living in households that are either multicultural or blended in race and ethnicity. Our business is built around diversity and we passionately believe in encouraging diverse voices,” said Mike Lakusta, CEO and Founding Partner of EthniFacts. “This scholarship is meant to encourage participation and support of diverse candidates who have influential voices by providing them access to some of the best wine regions throughout America.”
Regine Rousseau from Shall We Wine was last year’s inaugural recipient. “The conference truly exceeded my expectations and direct contact with winemakers and winery representatives broadened my understanding of the region and how climate impacts wine making overall,” she said. “This scholarship is about diversity and blogging is about diversity of voices. I am so appreciative of the opportunity afforded to me by EthniFacts.”

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.

  • Citizen Blogger with no paid wine writing experience
  • Diversity Candidate

“We appreciate the partnership with EthniFacts and are so excited that we are extending this partnership into the future,” said Thea Dwelle, chairman of the 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 scholarship provides diverse candidates with a reason and opportunity to join us.”

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 are students with a particular focus in wine.

The ninth annual North American Wine Bloggers Conference is scheduled from Aug. 11-14, 2016, and brings together hundreds of wine bloggers, social media educators and leaders, and wine industry members in Lodi, CA.

The Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship is partnered with Enobytes, an organization 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 and visit

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!



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:


Donor Profile: I know it’s SOMEWHERE in the “Vino File”

Spoiler Alert: Scholarship Redux….well, kind of.

Scott Wadlow, the publisher of “The Vino File” brings a wonderful voice of character to the wine blogosphere.

Of course, Scott writes interesting wine reviews on a range of varietals and types of wines. He uses a well defined point scoring system, likes to educate his readers and, of course, be educated by them and also appreciates an interaction on a variety of mediums including on twitter where he answers to @thevinofile.

..and while Scott likes to engage his readers for a variety of reasons the one he’s most excited about is plain old FUN. That’s right. Nothing complicated, no creative adjectives or $10 words. Fun.

There’s great transparency in the simple things. Nothing to get in the way. Nothing to confuse. Read some reviews, drink some wine, engage in a discussion or two, learn a bit, teach a bit. Simple. FUN!  I think what Scott is getting at is, for him, it’s not about the technical geekdom of a wine but rather about the experiences that wine brings to enhancing life.

It’s quite nice to see that enhancing life is a big part of his “Raison d’être“….and now to the REDUX part. Scott was a WBC Scholarship recipient in 2010. I met him in Walla Walla, WA for the first time and really enjoyed his take on blogging. This year, he returns the favor so that someone else may enjoy the experience that he did, may meet new friends and colleagues and might just learn how to have some fun!



Donor Profile: Doug Levy is a (formerly) Marin Foodie!

Doug Levy is a lawyer, a foodie, and a blogger, who currently resides in New York.  A former reporter for USA Today,  Doug’s love of food started when he was in college living in Berkeley, where the local Gourmet Ghetto beckoned.  Travelling around the world, Doug has enjoyed some of the best food and wine there is to offer.

A former WBC Scholarship recipient, Doug looks forward to learning from guest speakers Jancis Robinson, as well as long time bloggers at this years conference.  We thank you for your support of other bloggers!

Give Doug a shout out on Twitter and check out the blog!

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: Amanda Maynard wines!


Amanda Maynard is a Wineing Woman.  Only 25, she is currently working in the wine industry from her home town of Boston.  As an attendee, and scholarship recipient at the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference in Walla Walla, Amanda knows first hand how important the scholarship and the WBC are.

At 21, she started her love affair with wine.  The more she drank it, the more she was fascinated by it.  In the early stages of her tasting career, she happened across a WSET Intermediate course which inspired her to learn more about wine, and challenged her to think about wine in depth.

Last year, in Walla Walla, she met other bloggers, was inspired by other attendees, and learned from rock stars of the wine world about different styles of writing and blogging, as well as developing lasting friendships with other attendees.  Attending the conference gave her more perspective of why she blogs and why she is passionate about wine.

Keep up the good work Amanda!  Thank you for being an inspiration to all of us, and for supporting the next generation of WBC Scholarship recipiants!

Please say hi to Amanda on TWITTER nad check out her blog, The Wining Woman!





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

Donor Profile – Soirée

Many thanks to the gang at Soirèe for their generosity in their 2nd year supporting the WBC Scholarship Fund.

Soirèe is a bottle-top wine aerator that fits securely into any whine bottle allowing you to pour directly through the Soirèe and actively infuse your wine with oxygen. Using the Soirèe to aerate your wine, you will notice the subtleties and character of the wine emerge immediately upon entering your glass.

The Soirèe team has became involved with the WBC at the 2009 edition where we first met them and were introduced to their bottle top decanter. They do a great job supporting bloggers and the local wine community. We’re big advocates of the Soirèe and highly recommend using it when you’d like to actively decant a nice bottle.

Soirèe compliments both red and white wine and is available at your local wine shop, at retailers such as Whole Foods, Target & more and of course online at