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Kayla Koroush, the California Barrel Thief, wants to show you how to pair wine with French fries! Blogging since 2013, Kayla Koroush’s approach is that wine, and the knowledge that comes along with it, should be accessible to everyone. She wishes to “push the industry in front of the people and show them the artistry and passion”. She also aims to take the pompousness out of wine by delivering content that is relatable and relevant in all walks of life.
Her passion for wine came through winery visits. Those visits turned into a deeper curiosity and she left her job as a preschool teacher to work in the wine industry.
This is Kayla’s first WBC. Read more about her at Le Barrel Theif or follow
her on Twitter at @CABarrelThief!
Why do I love Amy Corron Power? Let me count the ways. One, she’s a fellow wine blogging attorney. Two, she’s super smart. Three, she’s damn funny. Four, she is one half a really awesome wine blog, Another Wine Blog. Five, she and her husband Joe make me completely jealous on Twitter tastings with their amazing food pairings. I’m sure I could keep going for quite some time, but that would become nauseating.
Amy is the recipient of a WBC Scholarship this year, after many years as a staunch supporter of and donor to the fund. We’re delighted that she was chosen and look forward to her always fabulous insights into the conference.
Blogging for the last 2.5 years, Alissa is the one and only SAHMmelier! This former teacher-come-stay-at-
home-mom (and award-winning poet!), Alissa has a passion for wine, food, and education. Through her blog, SAHMmelier, Alissa aims to make wine approachable. As a foodie, she enjoys experimenting with food and wine pairings and provides recipes to her readers. As a mom, she likes to add in a little heart-felt humor or sentimental struggles, as any parent would understand.
After being involved with a strong and active community of Women Wine Writers online, Alissa is looking forward to the opportunity to meet and interact in person with many of those she calls her inspirations and mentors.
Finally, Alissa is based in the Texas Hill Country, so attending the WBC will give her the opportunity to introduce and promote Texas wine.
Let’s give Alissa a warm welcome to the WBC family! Follow her on Facebook: and Twitter and give her a shout out at the conference!
Valerie Stride has one simple goal for her site – to unlock the mystery of the wine world – especially the wines of British Columbia. Her blog The Demystified Vine! focuses on teaching her readers about wine, wineries in British Columbia and to use her WSET certification to educate others. Her blog is meant to unleash a new understanding about wine and all its beauty, but also allow more appreciation to grow for those who are curious.
She’s a fellow wine enthusiast and works for a local winery out of the Similkameen Valley in British Columbia and is focused on enhancing the consumer experience. She’s witty, she’s fun, she’s knowledgeable so please stop by and say hello on Twitter, and Facebook!
This is Valerie’s second Wine Blogger’s Conference and we look forward to seeing her in Buellton!
Peter Nowack is a man in search for the smaller wine producers. Peter prefers to make his way past the tchotchkes of tasting rooms’ flar, and the grocery store end-caps. His interest is to meet the families behind the label, and learn about their story. Peter is not interested in rating wines, but rather sharing intriguing, and thought provoking wine country stories for those who’s livelihood is based upon wine.
Offering a glimpse at the people behind the scenes, the Bungrcooper digs in to the small production winery scene, where winemakers & owners are the brand.
Read more about this year’s scholarship recipient – Peter Nowack, at Bungrcooper.
Joshua Decolongon is self described as “clunky” (he failed at hip hop lessons) and “corked” (yes, he loves his wine). Hailing from British Columbia, Josh had his first bottle of wine, a Burrowing Owl Syrah (from last year’s WBC host location, the Okanagan Valley), on his 19th birthday. Luckily for Josh, the legal drinking age in Canada is 18 and he didn’t have to wait until he was 21 like we do!
Now, at the ripe old age of 22, he is a student at the University of British Columbia (UBC), leads the university’s Wine Tasting Club, has passed the WSET Advanced Level with Distinction, and is pursuing the WSET Diploma while prepping for the Certified Sommelier exam. Whew! Needless to say, wine and coffee are his two best friends. Josh’s blog, Josh Likes Wine, is terrific and I love his humorous, engaging writing style. In fact, I’m looking forward to hanging out with Josh at WBC…as long as he doesn’t call me Sherry!
Please stop by and say hi to him on twitter, and check out his blog! Be sure to spot the Scholarship Recipients at the conference (they will be wearing teal name badge ribbons that say…Scholarship Recipient) and introduce yourself too.
Editor’s Note: I am super excited to welcome Josh to his first WBC. The amazing accomplishments he has at his young age really represent what we want to attract, both at the conference, as a Scholarship Applicant, and in to the blogging community as a whole. I truely enjoy is irreverent, fun, unique writing style, and know he will make Buellton a fabulous conference! -Thea
Alex Down is The Riesling Revolutionary! With a passion for Riesling, the thrilling balance of acidity, complex citrusy flavors and ability to respond to vineyard character really makes Alex’s passion come alive.
He has a particular passion for German Riesling, where he first stumbled upon this magical grape variety.
Alex strives to help wine lovers in the UK understand Riesling, spreading the Riesling gospel, one post at a time.
This will be Alex’s first Wine Bloggers Conference, and as he spends a lot of time evangelizing wine in the UK, he is looking forward to sharing notes about his favorite wines with wine lovers from around the world. He is also looking forward to trying some delicious Riesling from the US, and expanding his knowledge to include California Riesling from our host region of Santa Barbara County.
We look forward to seeing you in Buellton Alex!
Please stop by and say hello to him at @AlexDownWine on twitter!
Blogging at The-Wine-Key, Charlotte Chipperfield brings everything wine, tasting notes, restaurant reviews, her favorite quotes and her industry commentary to her readers with wit and humor.
Her passion for food and wine was born after her experiences with wine on two continents and she’s now immersed in everything wine — evidenced by the fact that she’s currently studying for and seeking her Sommelier certification.
We’re looking forward to seeing Charlotte for her first WBC in just a few days, but in the mean time, please say hello to her on Twitter at @simplygrapes
Kathleen Rake can usually be found toiling away between the Vines in British Columbia, where she has had the good fortune to merge her passion of writing with her passion for wine. Kathleen founded Click Media Works, where she toils away the days bringing her expertise to your project.
She also writes her wine blog, Between the Vines, which utilizes her WSET Advanced Certificate in Wines & Spirits (Level 3) as she works towords her diploma. Through her blog, kathleen loves to share her excitement of wine and new discoveries, so that her readers can also get excited.
While having a bit of a British Columbia wine bias, she is excited to be joining us in Virginia next week to discover new wines from different reasons, that she would not otherwise be able to experience, living in Canada.
As a participant in the past two Wine Bloggers Conferences, Kathleen enjoyed sharing her experiences with my readers, friends and followers, and was happy to help support others so they could participate. This year, we are proud to return the favor, and welcome kathleen to Charlottesville.
Pease stop by and give her a twitter shout out at @kathleenrake!
Bridget Cheslock is a Jill of all trades. First are foremost, she is a Certified Sommelier, but is also an actress and cook. She is currently pursuing her WSET Diploma, Master of Wine, and has always wanted to go to the WBC.
Through her site Glamourous Gourmet Girl, she travels around the world in a bottle, sharing her experiences. This will be her first Wine Bloggers Conference and she is excited about hearing Jancis Robinson deliver the keynote. We look forward to seeing her soon and reading more of her posts! Please give her a shout out on TWITTER and check out the blog!