Excursions

Please see below for an overnight pre-conference excursion to the Paso Robles wine area and a post-conference lunch at Bridlewood Winery Estatate. You can register for the excursions when you register for the conference. If you are already registered for the conference, please fill out this separate excursion registration form. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. There is an additional charge for each option. Details below.

Pre-Conference:: Paso Robles Wine Country Excursion
This Excursion is Full

Wednesday July 9, 2014 – Thursday July 10, 2014

The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance pre-conference excursion begins with a winery-hosted tasting and lunch en-route to Paso Robles from San Jose airport.

Paso Robles Logo_PrimaryGuests will then be immersed for the next 24 hours in all things Paso Robles AVA. This includes focused tasting seminars, a small-brand walk-around tasting and barbecue, marquee vineyard visits with tastings and farewell luncheon with presentation.

We estimate you will taste up to 150 wines from up to 50 brands and leave with a new-found knowledge of the Paso Robles terroir, its wines, and its people. All this in 24 hours? Absolutely! Come Grow Wild in Paso Robles Wine Country.

Cost of this excursion is $100 for Citizen Bloggers who agree to post at least one blog post about their experience on the excursion. The excursion cost is $200 otherwise and for non-Citizen Blogger attendees. The cost includes all of the above as well as transportation from SJC to the conference and overnight accommodations in the Paso Robles area.

This excursion will depart by bus from the San Jose International Airport (SJC) at approximately 12:30 PM (time subject to slight change but it won’t be earlier than this) on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014. If you live or will be in the area and wish to meet in Paso Robles, you can do that and then either drive from Paso to the conference the next day or join us on the bus. Attendees are responsible for making it to the departure spot on time and are responsible for making their own arrangements home after the conference. If you’re flying into SJC, we recommend booking an “open-jaw” ticket and departing from a Southern California airport. Check out the Details page for more information on transportation options to and from the conference.

Post-Conference:: Explore Bridlewood Estate Winery — Lunch

Sunday July 13, 2014

Following what is sure to be an outstanding Wine Bloggers Conference, Bridlewood Estate Winery invites you to gather with new friends and reconnect with those met long ago before we bid farewell to WBC14. This off-site excursion will take place at the iconic Bridlewood Estate Winery, nestled in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley.

130726_0201Bridlewood’s range of critically acclaimed Syrah, Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon wines tell the colorful story of the Central Coast: the adventurous spirit, the relaxed lifestyle, the fresh, local foods and the incredible vineyards.

As part of the excursion, attendees will enjoy a Santa Barbara-style lunch provided by local caterers New West accompanied by Bridlewood wines by the idyllic estate pond. Then, all participants will have the opportunity to partake in an engaging and interactive educational session that is sure to spark conversation.

Cost of the excursion is $15 per person and will include lunch and round-trip transportation to Bridlewood Estate Winery from the conference hotel. The buses will depart for Bridlewood at 12:00 PM and return participants to the hotel by 3:30pm.

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Post Conference:: Explore Santa Barbara — Dinner

Hosted by Visit Santa Barbara, this excursion begins at 3:45pm (at the conclusion of the Bridlewood Estate excursion), making it an excellent option to create a full post-conference day in the region. The city of Santa Barbara is one of the premier beach towns in California and this excursion shows off the best of the city from a wine lover’s viewpoint.

The excursion includes bus transport from Buellton to Santa Barbara; small-group tours of the eclectic Funk Zone neighborhood with its tasting rooms and food trucks, led by local winemakers as your tour guides; and a pizza party at the Santa Barbara Winery. The excursion finishes in Santa Barbara and you are free to stay the night or continue onward. If you stay the night, you can easily fly out from Santa Barbara or arrange transport to LAX the next morning.

The cost of the excursion is only $15.00 per person.

Itinerary & Logistics

Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • 3:45 PM – Bus departs Santa Ynez Valley Marriott (bring your luggage)
  • 4:45 PM – Bus arrives at the Santa Barbara Winery for a warm welcome to Santa Barbara (store your luggage here)
  • 5:30 – 7:15 PM – Explore the Funk Zone tasting rooms by foot in small groups led by a local winemaker and enjoy small bites from local food trucks
  • 7:30 PM – Return to the Santa Barbara Winery to enjoy additional wines from wineries with tasting rooms located in downtown Santa Barbara paired with freshly prepared pizza from a local chef
  • 10:00 PM – Event concludes. Uber cars will be on hand and available to transport attendees to area hotels and/or to your final destination, if needed. You are responsible for this transportation cost.

Hotel Accommodations
Participants of this excursion are responsible for their own lodging. The Santa Barbara CVB has negotiated rates of $239 single or double occupancy ($50 off published rates) at the Fess Parker Doubletree Hotel, one of the premier hotels in the area. Reservations must be made by June 13, 2014 and you can book your room by contacting the hotel directly at 888-884-8508 and referencing “Wine Bloggers Conference”.

For less expensive accommodations, consider the nearby La Quinta Inn ($175 on Orbitz for this date), Orange Tree Inn ($160), Hotel Indigo ($189), or Avania Inn ($179).

Participation on this excursion is limited, so sign up soon if you want to conclude your WBC14 experience by having a little beach city fun with us in Santa Barbara!

  • allanwright

    Bummer! Unfortunately, we have not heard from the folks in Paso about any intent to change the starting time. Hopefully there is another option with Alaska Airlines.

  • Tasting Pour

    Alaska Airlines just changed my flight to arrive at 12:40 instead of 11:20. Your info says the bus departure time is subject to change. any chance it will be leaving later than 12:30?

  • allanwright

    Christine, I think that is too tight. Even if you don’t check luggage, if the flight lands on time you won’t be able to get out of the terminal in 20 minutes. If the flight is late, you will definitely miss the bus.

  • Girls Go Grape

    Hi all. Coming in from Vancouver, B.C. for the July 9th excursion. There is a flight that arrives at 12:10 PM. Will this be sufficient time for the 12:30 PM bus departure or would you like me to find a flight that lands earlier? Many thanks, Christine

  • The Drunken Cyclist

    In and in! Very excited for both excursions!

  • allanwright

    Yes it will!

  • http://sacreddrop.com/ April Yap-Hennig

    Will the post conference lunch be held on the 13th of July?

  • Vino Noire

    Thanks a million I will begin to search for fares from the East Coast!???? Cheers????!

  • allanwright

    12:30 PM on July 9th at San Jose International Airport …

  • Vino Noire

    I understand, but do you have an ideal which airport it will commence from on the 9th?

  • allanwright

    Coming soon! Sorry – we are at the mercy of the excursion providers.

  • http://www.zephyradventures.com Cindy

    Sorry for the delay. We’re hoping to get final details from all excursion hosts this week.

  • Vino Noire

    Hey Allan it’s the 17th where’s the pre-excursion information? ????

  • Girls Go Grape

    I would love to go on the excursion – anything is perfect! I am very much looking forward to the WBC14. Thank you.

  • Andrew Stover

    LAX and visit MALIBU WIneries/Ventura County wineries! I have some contacts in Malibu for winery visits…some super boutique stuff there!

  • allanwright

    Still working on them. Logistics are complicated because of the distances and the airports!

  • Vino Noire

    Will the 2014 excursions start with pick ups from LAX? (smile :-)

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  • Monique Soltani

    Wonderful! Thank you so much Allan!

  • allanwright

    Monique, for those of you registered for the conference already, just email sonya at zephyradventures.com. For others who are just registering, you can sign up for the excursions the same time as you do the conference.

  • Monique Soltani

    Where do we sign up for this? Pre-Conference Excursion in Kelowna, British Columbia

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  • Michele Petro

    where is the pick up at the airport?

  • http://twitter.com/ReverseWineSnob Jon Thorsen

    I’ve got two spots available for the Hood River trip if anyone is interested!

  • Allison

    @WineBloggersCon ?#WBC12? attendees- the Washington County, Oregon: Liquid Assets: Wine, Saké & Craft Beer excursion is full of hidden gems that won’t event be listed here yet. Don’t miss out on this incredible pre-conference experience. WELL WORTH IT to come in early. 

  • Anonymous

     We are not planning to offer any post-conference excursions.

  • http://twitter.com/MerrimackValley GreaterMerrimack CVB

    Will there be any post conference tours offered?

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  • http://www.wineywomen.com Kim Kolb

    Hey Allan, Am I missing where the registration link is??? or is it still pending..?