Meet Julian Miquel, founder of Social Vignerons, winemaker, blogger and overall passionate wine lover is the recipient of this year’s EthniFacts Diversity Scholarship.
“Sometimes you just have to create a community that you want to be part of,” he says. He founded the blog to build a worldwide community of passionate wine lovers and professionals to share a passion, knowledge, time and a good laugh.”
Last year, Julian was named the Wine Blogger’s Conference 2015 Best New Blog award. Unfortunately, due to his geographic location and lack of resources, he was not able to attend the conference to celebrate this milestone. This is the year he is dedicated to sharing his vision of making wines fun, interesting and approachable at this year’s conference.
He is a former winemaker, strategic developer of Wine-Searcher.com and overall Renaissance man dedicated to putting his passion, talent and effort into every piece of coverage about wine, its industry and the people who make what we drink on a daily basis.
A social media consultant by day and a future sommelier by night, French-Canadian Marie-Hélène Boisvert has been L’apprentie Sommelière (The Apprentice Sommelier) since 2013. She aims to simplify wine pairings, share regional information and just help people make better choices about wine.
In addition to her blog, Marie-Hélène writes for SAQ (wine Québec monopoly), two TV channel blogs and Le Messager Weekend, a local Montréal paper. She has been known to party in the Banfi Bathtub, and travels in packs with the other Canadian contingent at WBC this year. Watch out she’s fun!
This is Marie-Hélène’s first WBC. You can follow her on Facebook and on Twitter as well!
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!