Sponsors

We could not hold this conference and offer such an unbelievably low price to participants without the support of our sponsors and partners. Please take the time to read about them below. We will be adding more as the planning progresses!

  • For sponsor information, please contact Reno Walsh at 406-580-5919 or sponsor@zephyrconferences.com. In your email, please mention “Wine Bloggers Conference” as we also run other conferences.
  • Once you have determined your preferred sponsorship level, you can register on our WBC Sponsor Registration Form.
  • Please note we discourage events not included in the official agenda for a variety of reasons:  they often are invite only, which is against the spirit of the WBC; if planned during the WBC they pull from our scheduled events; and they take advantage of the WBC’s gathered bloggers without supporting the conference itself. If you have an idea for an event before, during, or after the conference, please contact us to discuss sponsorship.
  • If you would like to host a future Wine Bloggers Conference, please complete our Host Application.

Conference Organizer

Your conference organizer is Zephyr Conferences. In addition to the WBC, Zephyr Conferences also organizes the Wine Tourism Conference with the associated Wine Tourism Day plus the International Food Blogger Conference and Beer Bloggers Conference.

Zephyr Adventures (@ZephyrAdventure), our sister company, operates trekking, hiking, biking, and multi-sport tours throughout the world.  Zephyr’s active wine tours specialize in getting travelers up close and personal with not just the wineries but the vineyards of the world. In addition to Zephyr’s active tours, its sister company Taste Vacations runs beer, wine, food, and spirits tours around the world which leave the physical activity at home. We welcome you as a partner and invite you to join the Taste Vacations Affiliate Program to earn commissions of $300 and more per referral.

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Lodi WineThe Lodi Wine Commission represents 750 winegrowers farming nearly 100,000 acres of wine grapes, the largest grape-growing region in the US in terms of acreage. The Lodi region has a history of grape growing dating back to the 1860s, now sports 750 growers and 75 wineries, and has the industry leading sustainability program.  The kind folks at Lodi Wine are our main local hosts at the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference.  Check them out on facebook, twitter, and instagram!

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WBC_Grand_LivermoreLess than an hour east of San Francisco, Livermore Valley Wine Country welcomes visitors with a flourish of vineyards, wineries, and wine country experiences. Amid picturesque canyons, ridges and outposts of suburbia, the lush vines and convivial tasting rooms increasingly define the quality of life in the valley. To the delight of residents and visitors alike, the region is enjoying a wine renaissance harking back to the golden years of early California wine history.  Check them out on facebook, twitter, and instagram!

Grand_AmadorVintner_ExcursionThe Amador Vintner’s Association has 40+ extraordinary member wineries and tasting rooms in Amador County showcasing award-winning Zinfandels, Barberas, and Rhones. Take a drive through the rustic vistas and rolling scenic vineyards of Amador’s Gold Country.  Check them out on facebook and twitter!

Grand.PalmBayWine lovers delight in the discovery of unique tastes from regions around the world — whether it’s Malbec from the high-altitude vineyards of Mendoza, or Sauvignon Blanc from Casablanca, Chile, or even classic Chianti from Tuscany.  At Palm Bay we thrive on seeking out wines with a distinct point of view, shaped by origin, terroir and winemaker.  Join us in celebration of authentic wine excellence!  Check them out on facebook and twitter!

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Few wine regions can claim pure expression—Alsace is an exception. A top white wine region in northeast France, Alsace is home to a patchwork of 13 distinct soil types, more than any other French wine region. Together with an extraordinary climate—one of the driest in the country—each of Alsace’s terroirs yields its own expression of noble grapes, such as Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer. Every swirl of the glass releases aromatic layers of floral or mineral character, and every sip reveals fresh and vibrant fruit. That’s the pure expression of Alsace. To learn more, find them on Facebook, on twitter at @drinkAlsace and on instagram!

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Nestled against the Sierra Foothills, in the heart of California’s scenic Gold Rush Country, Ironstone Vineyards will surprise and delight you with a winery that places as much emphasis on the natural beauty and history of our surroundings, as we do on the quality of our wines.  Check them out on facebook, on twitter at @IronstoneWinery, and on instagram!

WIN_logo_taglineWine Industry Network (WIN) is THE business resource for the wine industry. Winery and viticulture professionals use WIN for free to research products and services from premium industry suppliers, find contact and product information, and receive free supplier news, deals, and updates through the bi-weekly Link newsletter in one or more of the professional categories that best match your needs.  Check them out on facebook and on twitter at @WineIndustry!

Grand.ucdavisUC Davis is known for cutting-edge research and teaching related to wine, its technologically advanced Jess S. Jackson Sustainable Winery Building, and its community gateway, the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. In fact, some people point to just 2 degrees of separation between UC Davis’ Department of Viticulture and Enology and anyone in the wine world. Join the UC Davis FacebookTwitter and Instagram communities!

Grand.VisitOaklandNot surprisingly, Oakland is topping nationwide lists as an emerging destination. From a booming food scene to the hippest music and artists in the country, Oakland’s movers and shakers are making waves. The Visit Oakland Public Relations Department can provide local, national and international journalists with the latest destination information to help you understand what makes Oakland shine.  Check them out on facebook, on twitter at @visitoakland, and on instagram!

Yealands_PNGYealands is based in the Awatere Valley – the southernmost, coolest and driest of Marlborough’s growing regions – and is one of only a handful of wineries around the world to be certified as carbon neutral and the first-ever to be certified from inception. The estate, which comprises 133 blocks (2,500 acres), was founded on 08-08-08 by dynamic environmental entrepreneur Peter Yealands. Combining the very latest cutting-edge green technology and highly innovative thinking, the Yealands name quickly became synonymous with a passion for crafting ultra-premium wines in the most environmentally-friendly manner.

Peter’s motto “Think Boldly, Tread Lightly and Never Say it Can’t Be Done” guides his dedication to the land. His holistic approach to ever-evolving sustainable vine growing practices has not only garnered global acclaim for beautifully crafted wines, but also admiration for his visionary tenacity. In 2014, Yealands was selected as the “Green Company of the Year” by The Drinks Business.  Check them out on facebook, on twitter at @yealands, and on instagram!

Grand_Wine-searcherThe Wine-Searcher database and search engine bring together 8,570,152 wines and prices from 68,060 merchants around the world. It was created in 1999, and is now used by millions to locate, compare and purchase wines. The database grows daily and is constantly monitored for quality. Manual and automated procedures are run daily to remove lists that are out-of-date or incorrect in any way. If you are a merchant or winery, it’s free to add your price list.

Grand.W2OGroupEnjoying wine should be an extraordinary experience. Magical, even. Each and every bottle should deliver peak aroma and taste without the long wait of decanting.
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Velv is a new way to bring wine to its optimal taste and aroma almost as soon as you open the bottle, something decanters and aerators can‘t do. And there’s something else Velv can do that no other method can achieve. Something that offers a wine experience unlike any you’ve had before.  But that’s all we’ll say for now.

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 Premier.sucuri.netSucuri Inc. is the leading provider of web-based integrity monitoring, malware detection, and malware removal solutions – delivered as a service. Sucuri’s web monitoring solution is used today by more than 50,000 sites worldwide.  We will build the best and most affordable cloud-based security technologies and service that every website, regardless of platform, can employ. We will offer to website owners the most concise security resource on the web for the security of their website[s].  In simple terms, we clean up the mess. If your site gets hacked, blacklisted or infected with malware, we fix it for you. If your site is clean, we monitor it to let you know if a problem ever happens. We work fast, we’re affordable, and we get things done.  Check them out on facebook, twitter, and instagram!

Premier.SACAirportThe Sacramento International Airport is the gateway to Northern California’s world-class destinations including Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, and the wine regions of Napa, Sonoma, Lodi, and more. The airport has non-stop flights from 30 destinations. When you are considering visiting California’s wine regions, consider using Sacramento International Airport!  Check them out on facebook and twitter!

Premier.Gloria FerrerA pioneering history and approach to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay have made Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards a leader in California sparkling wine for almost 30 years.  Founded in 1986 in Sonoma, California, by the Ferrer family of Spain, Gloria Ferrer combines the best of sparkling winegrowing history with the bounty of the Carneros winegrowing region using time-honored méthode champenoise winemaking traditions and centuries-old sustainable practices.  Gloria Ferrer produces the most awarded California sparkling wines that have won over 400 gold medals and received over 50 outstanding 90+ point ratings in the last 5 years.  Check them out on facebook, twitter, and instagram!

Grand.VisitLodiWhether you are in Lodi for business or pleasure, for relaxation or rejuvenation, Lodi will surprise and delight. Pass the afternoon sipping wine with a local winemaker. Shop for that perfect antique or gift in our historic downtown. Stroll barefoot along the beach at Lodi Lake. Tour a museum. Catch a concert or play at our performing arts theatre. Dine in casual or upscale surroundings.  Find out why wine experts and visitors alike are referring to Lodi as one of Northern California’s top wine country destinations! Lodi is located just 35 miles south of Sacramento and 90 miles east of San Francisco.  Check them out on facebook, on twitter at @visitlodi, and on instagram!

Premier Partner WineCountryMediaAt WineCountry.com, we have a passion for wine – it influences everything we do and inspires a lifestyle that celebrates wine country destinations across the U.S. We’ve parlayed our passion into a quest to know everything about wine and incorporate it into our everyday lives – from the winemaking process and the winemakers to the chefs who cook with it and the purveyors whose livelihood depend upon it. At WineCountry.com, we delight in sharing these resources with you.

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Since 1883, Concannon has crafted outstanding wines at our historic Livermore Valley winery. Concannon Vineyard has produced distinctive estate-grown Livermore Valley wines for more than a century. We are well-known for our delicious Bordeaux-style wines and our signature Petite Sirah.

Live Wine Blogging

Live White Wine/Rose Blogging Wineries

Klinker Brick Winery    @KlinkerBrick
Trione Vineyards    @TrioneWinery
Michael David Winery    @MDWinery
Oak Farm Vineyards    @OakFarmVineyard
d’Art Wines    @dArtWines
Lange Twins Winery & Vineyards    @LangeTwins
Bokisch Vineyards    @bokischwine
Harney Lane Winery    @HarneyLaneWine
The Lucas Winery    @LucasWinery
Peirano Estate Vineyards    @peiranowinery
Oak Ridge Winery    @OakRidgeWinery
Corner 103    @Corner103
Troon Vineyard    @TroonWines
Verdad Wine Cellars    @Qupewines
Left Coast Cellars    @LeftCoastWine
Kenefick Ranch    @kenefickranch

 

Live Red Wine Blogging Wineries

Klinker Brick Winery    @KlinkerBrick
Trione Vineyards    @TrioneWinery
Michael David Winery    @MDWinery
Prie Winery    @Priewinery
Freelance Wines
Lodi Vintners    @LodiVintners209
Lange Twins Winery & Vineyards    @LangeTwins
Harney Lane Winery    @HarneyLaneWine
Abundance Vineyards    @AbundanceWine
Peirano Estate Vineyards    @peiranowinery
Oak Ridge Winery    @OakRidgeWinery
Corner 103    @Corner103
Windrun Wine    @Windrun_Wine
Troon Vineyard    @TroonWines
Naked Winery    @nakedwinery
Terlato Wines / Federalist    @FederalistWines
Cultivar Wine    @CultivarWine
Ehlers Estate  @EhlersEstate