Corporate Donor: Rodney Strong Wine Blogger Scholarship!

Rodney Strong Vineyards
The wine business has always been about relationships.  Over the last 8 years, as I have been to the Wine Bloggers Conference, Robert Larsen of Rodney Strong Vineyards has shown this in spades.  Once again, in 2015, Rodney Strong has stepped up to the plate and continued to support the Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship Fund with the formation of the Rodney Strong Wine Blogger Scholarship.

Rodney Strong has always been intimately involved with bloggers, and the Bloggers Conference, reaching out and building relationships that have lasted.  Through unique experiences, tastings, and great group events, Robert and his team have built social awareness through friendship and fun.  That’s the way to do social kids!  Did I mention that they throw great events?  I highly recommend that you stop by the winery if you are in Healdsburg, and check out some of the great options – like the newly opened Terrace, food some great food & wine treats.

11401312_10204831286477434_5110769601301197844_nThis year, the Rodney Strong Wine Blogger Scholarship is specifically aimed at a blogger who exhibits quality, quantity, consistency, and a community spirit.  This year, that award goes to Matt McGinnis of What Are You Drinking.  We all agree, that Matt is a rock star and we can’t wait to have him join us at his first Wine Bloggers Conference!

Laura PerretThis year, Robert is joined by Social Media Manager Laura Perret, who will be attending her first WBC!  Make sure you stop by and say hi to them both.  We are excited to have your continued support and look forward to mingling with you in the Finger Lakes!

 

 Look for Robert in Corning, or reach out to him on Twitter.
Laura can be found behind the @RSVineyards and @davisbynumwines handles, as well as her own Twitter handle.

 

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.