Thanks to the WBC scholarship fund, I’m off to Virginia for the 2011 WBC

Jul 08, 11 Thanks to the WBC scholarship fund, I’m off to Virginia for the 2011 WBC

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In 2008 I stumbled onto this obscure conference  about wineblogging while surfing the net and decided to check it out. Back then, I had been blogging for a few months and even though I wasn’t doing it professionally, the whole blogging thing intrigued me.  I thought, “What the hell, it’s in Rioja, costs 50 euros to register and if anything, I’ll get to drink lots of Spanish wine.” I went to the EWBC’08 and had a blast! The first one was  small affair, only about 40 of us but what great, enthusiastic people I met and everyone so passionate about wine. I left Rioja on fire. While I was there, I heard about the first American Winebloggers conference which was going to be held a few months later in Napa. I briefly considered going but looking at my finances, realised it was just a pipe dream. That is until I got back to London where a nice big fat tax rebate cheque was waiting for me. You can guess where the majority of that rebate went. I went to CA (my post here) and never looked back, at least from a wine blogging perspective. I’ve been to all the EWBC’s since then but hadn’t returned to the States, the issue of money always being in the background, especially as a professional freelance wineblogger, money is shall we say, not very forthcoming, rather like pulling teeth with a pair of tweezers. So when I heard about the WBC scholarship, which is an independently administered entity founded and run by bloggers themselves, I decided to give it a shot. And I’m certainly glad I did as I was awarded a full scholarship which enabled me to fly to Virginia and participate in this year’s conference. Thanks to the many generous sponsors (full list below) not only me but 13 other worthy bloggers are being given a helping hand to meet up, learn and interact with each other. The scholarship is now in it’s 3rd year and...

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’08 US Winebloggers Conference, Oct 24-26, Sonoma, CA

As some of you may know, I attended the first annual European Winebloggers Conference (check out my September archive for posts on that ) in Rioja this past August. Well, it was so much fun and I had such a positive experience that as soon as I got back to London, I logged onto OpenWineConsortium and signed up for the US Winebloggers Conference in Sonoma Valley, CA. The US conference is going to be held at the Flamingo Resort and Spa in Santa Rosa, CA. I thought that the meeting in Rioja was chock-a-block, well the folks out in California have an even more jam-packed schedule for us. Starting things off right with a lunch on Friday at the Kick Ranch Vineyard where we will be sampling wines from the following wineries: Bedrock Wine Company,Carica Wines, Enkidu Wines, Loxton Cellars, Lynmar Winery, Pax Wines, Renard Wines, Rosenblum Cellars, Sangliere, Silent Morning Cellars, and Shane Wines. Later that afternoon there’s going to be a live wine blogging event where we get to try 14 wines from 14 different wineries and we have 1 minute to blog about it! The wineries participating: Boho Vineyards             Bonterra Clos LaChance James David Dark Horse Sean Minor Wines Kanzler Vineyards Capozzi (sponsored but not yet licensed to pour) Killer / Angel Juice        Lionheart Pinot Evil                      Twisted Oak Small Vines Wines Dr. Konstantin FrankWine Cellars Bink Wines Some of the other events scheduled over the weekend: A Blind Tasting Challenge A New Zealand tasting with over 100 NZ wines on show Grand Tasting of Sonoma wines – which should be really interesting as I’m woefully ignorant of the wine from my home state Blogger breakout sessions with a panel of experts and moderated discussions A Blogger Unconference where we bloggers control the content Dinner at the Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery on Saturday night A Luxe Sonoma Lunch which will feature “a collection of luxury and hard-to-find wines from Sonoma’s most renowned wineries” sponsored by the Sonoma County Vintners and Sonoma Winegrape...

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