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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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Blogger Profile: Passionate Foodie

Richard Auffrey is a Passionate Foodie, wino, and sake lover!  He currently writes for his blog, as well as local newspaper, while also teaching wine education classes.  Being a certified Spanish wine educator, Richard will be a great resource for us!  Richard is a prolific blogger, with over 2000 posts to date, which range from cider to sake, and are always interesting.

This will be Richard’s first WBC, and he is looking forward to the opportunity to meet in real life, many bloggers that he has built relationships with online.  He is also looking forward to trying the wine s of the Walla Walla area, and learning more about Washington wine country.  He will bring another East Coast body to the conference, as well as a foodie perspective, which will highlight the wine and food pairing we will be participating in.

Please take a moment to say hi to Richard on TWITTER and check out his blog, Passionate Foodie!

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Blogger Profile: Art Predator / Wine Predator

Gwendolyn Alley is our most prolific blogger applicant.  With four active blogs that cover a wide range of topics from wine to bicycle culture, she puts pen to paper to talk about her adventures in California. As a college writing teacher, she teaches about how to write your experiences down in meaningful ways.  Writing about her adventures in wine on Wine Predator, she tells us what she is drinking and learning through her stories and video posts about the people that produce the wine, the land they come from and the wine itself.

As a WBC veteran, Gwendolyn will be a great asset to the new attendees to find out what she learned at the last 2 American WBCs as well as the European WBC.  How can we transition what she’s learned in to action items?  She is an established blogger who is excited about bringing the WBC to those who will not be in attendance, and write about the event from a literary angle.  We look forward to having you!

Please check out Gwendolyn’s blogs and follow her on TWITTER:

Art Predator

Wine Predator

The Write Alley


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Blogger Profile 4 – Beau’s Barrel Room

Beau Carufel is a hard working blogger from San Diego.  His blog, Beau’s Barrel Room, is a great place to catch up and read in depth reviews and analysis on a wide variety of wine subjects.  Beau grew up in the wine business, but only started blogging in october of 2009.  Growing up in the wine business, Beau gained a passion for wine, and loves its complexity, beauty, and it’s ability to stimulate our senses.

Beau’s Barrel Room allows him to write not only about the wines he drinks, but the wine life he lives.  Wine has become his passion and the blog has become and important way of expressing himself.  Beau feels that wine has given him a direction and tangible goal in life to express himself; growing up in the industry can make you a bit nonplussed by its pleasures and he has recently realized his love of the juice.  Writing his blog allows him to get one step closer to his goal, to be immersed in everything wine.

As a newer blogger, he is looking forward to attending the WBC to learn from more experienced bloggers, get fresh ideas, and network with some 300 bloggers and industry people from around the world.  This will be his first Wine Bloggers Conference, but also his first social networking & wine event he’s attended.  We look forward to seeing you in Walla Walla and sharing some insights about blogging, and hearing from you about growing up wine!

Take a look at his blog, and give him a shout on Twitter!

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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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Blogger profile #3: The Vino File

Scott Wadlow started The Vino File in January of this year, and is breaking in to wine blogging with a bang.  The Vino File is a wine blog from a novice wine lover who is learning to become an expert, and enjoying the path amongst the vines through his creative outlet on the blog.  The Vino File is an educational journey through wine, and really shows the passion of a young wine drinker as he discovers the beauty of the bottle.

Scott is excited to join us at the Wine Bloggers Conference this year, where he, as a new blogger, can learn how to hone his quality and delivery on The Vino File.  He is also excited to be a part of such an important and growing genre.  We’re looking forward to having you in Walla Walla, and sharing information!

Please take a moment to say hello via Twitter and follow his blog!

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Blogger Profile – Wineing Woman

Amanda Maynard is the Wineing Woman.  She has been involved in wine since she could legally drink it, and currently writes her blog from the Boston area.  Contrary to most 21 year olds, Amanda spend her legal drinking age studying for the WSET, and learning about wine.

After the first WSET class, Amanda fell in to the wine industry and is loving life and learning a lot.  One of my favorite things about her is that as young wine lover, she is still learning and will never be done learning about wine.  She blogs about what she knows, and as a 24 year old, she is constantly learning more and as a result her blog is full of discoveries and excitement.  As a young professional in the industry, she will offer a unique perspective at the WBC from both a blogging and industry angle.

She is excited about the Wine Bloggers Conference, for the wealth of opportunity it affords bloggers, new and old.  She says that being amongst her fellow wine bloggers will help inspire her as a new blogger.  Being able to learn from more experienced bloggers and sharing ideas with all of the participating will expand her knowledge even more.  And then there is the wine!  Amanda is looking forward to expanding her wine knowledge with new regions, and exploring Washington wine will help her write more about the new wines.

We look forward to seeing you in Walla Walla Amanda!  Please take a moment to check out her blog and follow her on Twitter!

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Congratulations to all our winners!

It’s official!  The WBC Scholarship is sending some lucky bloggers to Walla Walla, and the Wine Bloggers Conference is SOLD OUT!  Today, I’m kicking off a series of profiles on our bloggers, as well as our generous supporters, so you can all see who believes in bloggers.

First, I’d like to introduce you to Emma Criswell. Emma’s blog is Dances with Wine, but she also writes for Palate Press, as well as an online wine magazine called The Second Glass.

She is about to graduate with her Masters degree in media and cultural studies, with an emphasis on wine culture, and will be a great addition to our blogging posse as a first time attendee in Walla Walla.  Emma is excited to attend this years conference to augment her thesis research, and to network nad learn from experienced professionals and bloggers.

Emma is looking forward at starting her career in wine here in California!  If you’re at the WBC, please stop by and say hi to her.


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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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Over 300 wine bloggers, food bloggers, and industry representatives think that the third annual Wine Bloggers Conference is important!  The conference sold out in record time, and there is now a waiting list.
What this means for the scholarship is that we will have to close applications early, in order to allocate the 10 spaces we reserved for scholarship recipients ASAP since they are going to be very much in demand this year.
So, for all of you Wine Bloggers that are applying for a scholarship, the deadline is TOMORROW!  That’s Friday April 9th. I will however give you the weekend to get your apps in, since this is very short notice.  We will be allocating the funds next week, on a merit basis and you will be notified if you are awarded a scholarship.
We still desperately need your help and donations!  We are not currently able to fund every request that came in; there are currently 13 scholarship applications on deck.  The committee will need to make some difficult decisions over the weekend, and without your generous support, we will be unable to fulfill all of their wishes.
Please note that we now have some cool offers of support coming in from the field.  Please tune in to Wine Biz Radio FRIDAY April 9th to find out what the special offers are!
And please, keep those donations coming.


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