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.

 

Blogger Recipient: Alex Down

 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!