Donor Profile: Dallas Wine Chick, Melanie Ofenloch

Melanie_Times_Ten_400x400Melanie Ofenloch, The Dallas Wine Chick, has a philosophy – no wine snobs allowed.  While her profession is marketing, and she recently laucnhed her own consulting business, her passion is drinking wine.  She doesn’t consider herself a wine expert – just an everyday person with a love for the grape, a few annual Pilgrimages to wine regions and at the end of each year, an ugly Visa summary to prove it (her words not mine)!

It took Melanie a long time to realize an everyday person (especially her) could write a wine blog.  She admits that she’s not a sommelier, winery owner, wine marketer or wine expert. But, how many of us are experts? Wine is a product that should be discovered, shared and enjoyed.

Her wine roots are humble.  Growing up, Melanie was given a glass of Uncle Louie’s homemade wine, which was quite an experience – and not a good one.  In college, she shared Gallo pink blush jugs with college roommate for weekend parties.  When she was newly married, Melanie and her husband discovered inexpensive Italian wines together.  She took her first trip to Napa, to realize what a great wine could be and found that wine would become a journey of discovery.  Learning about wine has been wonderful, but Melanie believes that experiencing wine is the fun part.

Editor’s Note:

Melanie is an important part of our Scholarship Committee, and we appreciate her contributions on the committee and her donation!  Even after taking the plunge in to self-employement (gee, wonder what that’s like heehee) she has been instrumental in working with the Ethnifacts team to get the Diversity Grant funded, and has helped with PR activities that are essential to the scholarship.  Thank you Melanie for being an enthusiastic part of our team!

Please reach out to Melanie at @dallaswinechick and check out her awesome blog!

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: 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:Megan Kenny really wants to be a wino!~

I think she’s already there myself, but Megan is the Wannabe Wino.  She helped me start the WBC Scholarship 3 years ago, and balances a busy full time job for the government with being a new mom.  Oh, and did I mention the most prolific wine blogger out there?

Megan first fell in love with wine, and Sonoma wine in particular, when visiting for her honeymoon several years ago.  A life long wine drinker, this true installed a passion in her.  Arriving home with several cases of wine, she wanted to learn what other people thought of the wines she discovered.  She didn’t find much information on the wines, but she did find a lot of wine blogs.  Hooked immediately, she started writing Wannabe Wino.

Her blog chronicles wine tasting adventures as she and her husband (and new daughter) drink thorough her collection of wine.  Living in the DC metro area, it will an easy hop for Megan to join us in Virgiina.

I can’t wait!

Please give her a shout at @sonadora and check out her blog!  Some of my favorite wine reviews are there!


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: Brix Chick Liza Swift

Liza Swift is a Brix Chick!  Seeing adventures in wine all around her, she writes about what she has poured , tasted, and done recently in wine.  A four year WBC veteran, Liza has been an integral part of the WBC each and every year.  Her support of the Scholarship has been much appreciated and we can’t wait to see what she cooks up in Virginia this year!

I first met Liza at a Pinot Noir event, where she and fellow Brix Chick Xandria were busy slurping, sipping, and tasting furious notes about what they tasted.  Her encouragement helped me start my own blog, and she is an inspiration to others.  Holding down a full time job in tech and attending as many wine events as possible, Liza is a whirlwind of fabulousness!

Thanks Liza!

Please give her a shout out at @BrixChicks_Liza and check out the blog!


Donor Profile: Joe Herrig, the Suburban Wino

Joe Herrig is The Suburban Wino blogging to y’all from the Peachtree State, just outside of Atlanta.  Joe is one of those rare specimens, that Atlanta blogger!  In the company of greatness included Hardy Wallace of Dirty South Wine and Ed Thralls of Wine Tonite, Joe brings us food and wine adventures sure to tickle even the ficklest palate.

Blogging since 2008, he has earned his CSW credential after much research many tasting and events.  Like most wine bloggers, Joe toils away his days at a regular job, but spends his free time tasting, tweeting, and writing.  With a Journalism degree, it’s a perfect combination!

Joe is a veteran WBC attendee and we are looking forward to seeing him in Virginia.

Give Joe a shout out on TWITTER and stop by his blog to check it out!  You can also bug him on Facebook HERE, since I know he’d appreciate that.

See you in a couple of weeks!

Donor Profile: The Dallas Wine Chick, Melanie Ofenloch!

Melanie Ofenloch is the Dallas Wine Chick!  Her philosophy is great, and pretty much sums it up:  no wine snobs allowed.  In her real life day job, Melanie is a PR and Marketing professional, but her passion is drinking wine.  She’s a great resource, and a lot of fun and we thank her for her support!

Melanie is more than your average Josephine wine drinker, but she is modest about her wine drinking skills.  She’s not a sommelier, winery owner, wine marketer or wine expert (who says?) but she is very knowledgeable and share that on her blog, Dallas Wine Chick.  She loves to discover new wines and share, and supports other bloggers in doing this.

Melanie will be with us in Virginia, and we thank her for her support of the WBC Scholarship!  Please give her a shout out when you see her in Charlottesville and stop by her blog and ping her on twitter!


Donor Profile: Blogger and supporter, Debbie Lessner-Gioquindo

Here we are, only six weeks away from the 4th Annual Wine Bloggers Conference in Charlottesville!  I can hardly believe that this event is already in it’s fourth year, and that the WBC Scholarship is already on it’s third round.

This fund could not be possible with out several people, including Debbie Lessner-Gioquindo, the Hudson Valley Wine Goddess.  Debbie is an annual donor, and is steadfast in her support of the Scholarship.

Growing up in the Hudson Valley, she became interested in wine in the late 90s.  Throughout the years, she has learned a lot about wine, and meandered much of the world’s wine country.  through her blog, Debbie shares her knowledge, and focuses on the oldest wine region in the US – the Hudson Valley. Debbie loves to spotlight this region to bring attention to an overlooked area.  Last year, she brought some of the areas wines to Sonoma, so us west coasters could taste the history and unique wines of the region.

Debbie is a great supporter of social media, and while we will miss her greatly at the WBC this year (something about a kid graduating from high school), she will be following along on twitter and our blogs.

Please say hi on TWITTER and visit her blog to learn about the Hudson Valley!