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Donor Profile: Hudson Valley Wine Goddess

Debbie Lessner-Gioquindo is the Hudson Valley Wine Goddess!  Growing up in the Hudson Valley, she became interest in wine in the late 90s.  Through the years, she has learned a lot about wine, and meandered much of the world’s wine country.  through her blog, Debbie shares her knowledge, and focuses on the oldest wine region in the US – the Hudson Valley. Debbie loves to spotlight this region to bring attention to an overlooked area.  Last year, she brought some of the areas wines to Sonoma, so us west coasters could taste the history and unique wines of the region.

Debbie is a great supporter of social media, and while we will miss her greatly at the WBC this year (something about a kid graduating from high school), she will be following along on twitter and our blogs.

Please say hi on TWITTER and visit her blog to learn about the Hudson Valley!

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Donor Profile: Valeri the Wine Lass

Valeri Smith is becoming an institution around twitter, with her wonderful updates and tastes of wine in 140 characters or less.  She describes herself as a SuperRecruiter (currently for the health care industry) and a wine lover, and can be seen around the twitterverse tasting wines and enjoying travels in wine country.  Valeri has the dubious distinction of being the very first donor for the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship, and we thank her for her support!

While we won’t see her at the WBC this year, I hope that she will soon start her own blog and join us on the dark side community wine channel soon.

Please take a moment to give Val a shout on TWITTER!

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Donor Profile: Cleavage Creek Winery

Cleavage Creek Cellars is a unique business that was founded on the philosophy that with enough money, energy,a dn passion, we can find a cure for breast cancer.  Budge Brown was a successful businessman and farmer, when he lost his wife Arlene to the disease.  From this tragedy, budge took action.

In 2007, the first Cleavage Creek wine was released, to national and international acclaim.  With bottles that feature images of breast cancer survivors, each bottle tells a story.  Ten percent of the gross profits are donated to the cause, which has been over $70,000 to date which has gone to establish an oncology research center, assist in medical bills, and capital equipment purchases.  It doesn’t hurt that the wine is pretty damn good too.

The team at cleavage Creek works tirelessly to spread the message about breast cancer,b ut they have also been very active in social media, which has been a powerful tool in sharing their mission.  They are engaging, active, and funny – which allows them a seat in the inner circle of wine bloggers and wine community members in social media.

We salute you and your efforts to wipe out a disease that should never be a death sentence!  Kind readers, please consider purchasing some of these eight different wines to support their cause.  Please follow them on TWITTER and read more about Budge Brown and Cleavage Creek on their website!  Thanks for your support!


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Donor Profile: Lisa de Bruin – Wine Diver Girl

Lisa de Bruin is Wine Diver Girl, a blogger and wine sales professional for Hahn Family Wines.  An influential voice for new media and social media participation from the winery, she has been a cheerleader for wine bloggers in the industry.  Lisa loves diving, running, travelling, wine, and life in the Napa Valley.

She represents the best of the industry, where social media and the power of community can be used to not only sell wine but propel and individual in to new career paths.  We miss her blogging and tweeting, but wish Lisa every success in her wine sales career!

Thanks for your support, and keep up the great work!  please follow Lisa on twitter, and check out her blog.  Maybe we can get her back online soon!

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Donor Profile: Mounts Family Winery

Mounts Family Winery has been growing premium wine grapes for over 50 years, tucked away in a quiet corner of Dry Creek Valley.  From the vineyard to the bottle, quality through sacrifice is thier mission in creating delicious zinfandel, syrah, viognier, petite sirah and grenache!  There are many more wines worthy of discovery here on thier hillstop estate waiting to be tasted.

They have been welcoming to those of us in the blogging community and are active in social media and see how these new tools can help spread the word about thier wines.  I’ve been going to the winery since before I became a blogger, and fellow writers like Sonadora have been touting the merits of this hidden gem as well.  Mounts is known for their great events, including Passport to Dry Creek, and the wonderful themes they create.  Be careful, you might be asked to belly dance!

We appreciate your support and look forward to enjoying more of your juice!  If you’re in Dry Creek, please take a moment to stop by and say hi to Lana & Dave on Vine Creek Road.  You won’t be sorry!  Check them out on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the latest news too.

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Donor Profile: Academy of Wine Communications

The Academy of Wine Communications was founded in 1994 with the express goal of supporting food & wine writers and the art of wine writing.  As the methods by which writers have changed to encompass

blogging and social media, new tools and techniques continue to develop and the AWC embraces them whenever possible.  Members of the AWC see the emergence of wine blogs as an exciting new medium and wish to support bloggers in their endeavors.Members of the Academy of Wine Communications are wine and food public relations and marketing professionals.

The AWC has been instrumental in supporting writers of all kinda, and specifically bloggers.  Today, they provide it’s membership a means to network with colleagues; to meet key members of the media; hone and update their media lists; and learn classic and innovative marketing and public relations techniques.  We salute you AWC and appreciate your support!

Our friends Michael Wangbickler (twitter) of Caveman Wines & Balzac Communications, and Lisa Adams Walter (twitter) of Adams Walter Communications serve as Directors and represent the AWC at large.  Please follow the AWC on Twitter, as well as Michael and Lisa.

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Donor Profile: Melissa Dobson

Melissa Dobson is a social media mentor, and strategist for wineries and small businesses. Social media is a passion of Melissa’s, and she will talk you through the basics or help you keep your fans engaged with creativee ideas to make your posts and pages dynamic.  Melissa loves to focus on small boutique wineries and businesses to help them develop social media strategies and stand out amongst the crowd!  Some of her clients include the Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship sponsors Vin65, and Wark Communications, as well as Haber Family VineyardsFinger Lakes Wine Country Tourism Marketing AssociationFinger Lakes Wine Alliance, and Specialty Wine Retailers Association.

She also writes the blog Family, Love, Wine from her home in the Finger Lakes region of New York, where she enthusiastically writes about local wines and happenings!

Thank you Melissa, for your continuing support – we look forward to seeing you again at the WBC!  You can follow Melissa on twitter at @melissadobson as well.





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Donor Profile 2: Hahn Family Wines

Hahn Family Wines has been one of the movers and shakers in social media when it comes to winery involvement.  with Lisa de Bruin (@winedivergirl)  and Philip Woodrow (@hahnwines & @philular) heading the charge, they have becoming a leader in social media interaction.  As Bill Legion, President of Hahn Family Estates said last year,

The blogging community is a vital part of the future of the industry. We are using our vineyards (and the wine) because that’s who we are. I believe that the more the blogging community learns about wine, the better it is for all of us. The internet and Social Media allow you to establish a relationship and an emotional connection to someone that I have never met face to face. It allows me to create connections with multiple people in multiple countries simultaneously and in a very personal way.

Hahn Family Wines is located in the Santa Lucia Highlands, in California’s central coast.  They are inspired to elevate Monterey wines to the highest levels of quality, and make wines that are special and distinct.  One of the things that makes Hahn special is that they create wines at every level, from “Banned in ‘Bama Cycles Gladiator – which has been the subject of quite some controversy due to its rather racy label (well racy if you’re from the Bible Belt and no sense of humor) which is budget friendly and conservative Alabama riot inciting, to the Lucienne single vineyard Pinot Noirs – Hahn wines are there for everyone.

Thank you Hahn for your continuing support for the WBC Scholarship and your contributions to social media, not to mention your love of bloggers!  I am looking forward to my 1 year old Pinot noir vine’s birthday this weekend!

Editor’s Note: Last year, several California bloggers were invited to participate in a unique opportunity to plant our own vines in a special Bloggers Block at the winery in the Santa Lucia Highlands.  This experience allowed the attendees to learn detailed information about the vineyard from the vineyard manager and staff, but also see and taste the local terroir from grape to glass with winemaker Paul Clifton.  Stay tuned for the update soon!

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And now, a word about our sponsors…

First of all, we thank all of our generous donors who believe in blogging!  They have come through yet again, and supported our cause for blogging and the Wine Bloggers Conference in style.  Here, we will take a peek at each of our generous supporters and who they are!

Vin65 builds stellar winery websites and e-commerce solutions that work.   They offer solutions for managing winery websites including website design, e-commerce, content management, and customer relationship management, and have clients included Crushpad, Mission Hill (the largest winery in Canada), and stores such as Burgundy and Beyond and Everything Wine. They recently released a smart phone application that allows wineries to take their e-commerce solutions mobile, which makes the buying power of the mobile wineforce that much more powerful.

We sincerely thank Vin65 and the entire team for their continuing support of the WBC Scholarship!

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Here a wine there a wine

It’s hard to believe that the Wine Bloggers Conference is coming up in 71 short days.  Currently, the WBC is sold out, and there is a waiting list that grows every day.  We here at the WBC Scholarship Fund are clinging tightly to 10 slots for scholarship reciepiants, but we’re struggling to find funding for those 10 kids.  Times are tough, Walla Walla is expensive to get to, etc etc.

Enter Kaz & randy of the really big shoe, Wine Biz radio.  Last week our illustrious hosts shouted from the treetops how important the Wine Bloggers Confernece is becoming; the week before the interpid Tom Wark discussed hwo wine blogging has developed and channged in the past 5 years, and how it is influencing the wine industry.

To stand behind that belief, Kaz of Kaz Winery has offered a pledge gift of wine.  that’s right kids, those cool chatchis that get you to give money to the public TV stations has gone mainstream – to the WBC!  If you, our kind and dear readers and friends, can scrape up $100 or more from your couch cushions, tip jars, stripper money, bras, or the dust garden behidn the couch, kaz will give you some of his really cool wine in exchange.  All you have to do is tweet, email, text, smoke signal or run up to me and scream “KAZ SENT ME!” drop a cool C Note in my hand (or PayPal Account) and there you go.

If you’re curious what the scholarship has meant to people, check out the Wineing Woman’s post here, or last year’s post by recipiant Grace Hoffman.  If THAT doesn’t warm your cockles, then can I just get you drunk and take yo

See how easy that was?  C’mon!  What do you have to lose!

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