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Headed To My First Wine Bloggers Conference


In two days I am heading out to my first Wine Bloggers Conference, #wbc2018.  I have heard stories and cautionary tales and I am beyond excited, and a bit nervous, to hang out and write and party and tour with this crazy group of people.  This is a group who are following their dreams of bringing insights to their readership, sharing and teaching about wine and the wine industry.

These are my people.  The people who drop everything to travel, to see the sights and taste the environment.  The teachers and educators who remember by storytelling.  If I had been born before the written word, I would have been a story teller.  I remember my dad telling stories by the fire, us children gathered around hanging on every word and infusing emotions… I am sure to offer some great stories after this trip as well.

I arrive in Walla Walla, WA Wednesday night and will be picked up from my hotel first thing Thursday morning by the owner of Force Majeure for a tour of the new facilities, a vineyard walk, a view of The Rocks District AVA, a discussion with a Geologist and then lunch and tastings at Force Majeure with Todd Alexander, former WineMaker from Bryant Family Vineyard.  This is only in the morning Thursday.

By the afternoon we will be heading in to the conference for our sessions.

Thursday night I have the fortune of being able to visit Caderetta’s glass house for a guided tasting dinner.

Friday and Saturday are full of speed tasting and blogging sessions and seminars.

Follow me for updates and speed tasting insights on twitter #artisanwinegrp11, instagram, facebook and my later blog entries.  I cannot wait for the challenge!

About Author

After graduating from Brandeis University, Alison worked as a teacher at two op high schools in the country and spent her summers traveling the world. On one of her adventures, she visited Stellenbosch and Paarl in South Africa, which ignited a lifelong passion for learning about wine. In 2004, she worked as a Wine Consultant for the Traveling Vineyard and began to study wine more intensively. While working as a high tech recruiter, she completed her Advanced Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust in the UK in 2018. Her wine travels have taken her to the wine growing regions of the US, Europe, Africa and Australia. Alison is a member of the Boston Sommelier Society, a member of the Guild of Master Sommeliers and is a Wine, Travel and Lifestyle Media Influencer. She recently created and released her successful wine tasting card game VINO!. Currently, Alison is running her business, Artisan Wine Group, offering private and corporate wine events and sharing VINO! across the globe.

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