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 Profile: Valerie Stride demystifies wine

valerie stride

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!


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.
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Blogger Profile: Charlotte Chipperfield is “The-Key”

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







Blogger Profile: Kay Zink writes about wine, A to Zinfandel

Kay Zink has always had a love of all things international, including international wines.  Earning a dual Bachelors Degree inn Business and French, Kay’s passion for the world didn’t stop there.  She plowed through her Master’s in International Marketing and further studies in French.  Phew!  Not to be marked an underachiever, she left Texas for Wall Street in the 80s.  Jump forward a few years, and Kay was driving around LA.  A career change landed her in IT (yay! Us wine bloggers have a bit of an IT posse going here), she left the tech world in 2007 to focus on wine.

After this wild ride in the professional world, Kay pursued a formal study of wine.  She currently holds a Wine Fundamentals 1 Diploma from the International Sommelier Guild and is now working towards her CSW (Certified Specialist of Wine) certification.  In her spare time, she is a member of hte Wine Century Club, where you taste 100 varietals of wine to earn a certificate of achievement.

New to the blogging world, Kay has been a wine consultant and has a large following on Facebook.  She also runs a boutique social media and online marketing firm that specializes in wine and food.  She is looking forward to honing her blogging skills and learning how to document her ourney of education and self renewal as well as meeting some of the finest and most influential bloggers at the WBC.

Welcome Kay!  I look forward to meeting you and sharing our wealth of knowledge!

Please check out Kay’s blog and her Facebook. She can also be found on Twitter!


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!

Blogger Profile: Katheen Rake loves to meander Between the Vines!

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!



Blogger Profile: A Glamourous Gormet, Bridget Cheslock

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!



Blogger Profile – Jon Thorsen is NOT a wine snob

Jon Thorsen is the “Reverse Wine Snob” where he reviews wines under $20. Jon describes himself as “A wine consumer trying

to find great grape without breaking the bank!” He’s a first time WBC attendee, so please reach out and say hello if you see him there.

Based in Minnesota, Jon has a really interesting scoring method where he places value on both quality and price (QPR) in a balanced manner. Check out his rating system and try a few of his budget priced recommended bottles.


..and be sure to follow the Reverse Wine Snob on Twitter!



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!





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