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 reno@zephyradventures.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 Adventures, assisted by co-founder Vincent Group Consulting. Zephyr Adventures (@ZephyrAdventure) 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. Zephyr Adventures also organizes the Wine Tourism Conference and the associated Wine Tourism Day and Great American Wine Festival, International Food Bloggers Conference, Beer Bloggers Conference, and Fitness and Health Social Media Conference.

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The Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 to support and promote Santa Barbara County as a premium wine producing and wine grape growing region. The Association includes winery members whose annual production is at least 75% Santa Barbara County labeled, as well as grower/vineyard members and business associations.The Vintners’ Association produces festivals, seminars and tastings and provides information to consumers and the wine and travel media.@SBCWines

For the past 17 years, the mission of Touring & Tasting Marketing and Media has been promoting tourism to the wine regions of North America. Their award-winning national publication Touring & Tasting has earned the reputation as “The Definitive Guide to Wine Country” – providing an indispensable resource for anyone interested in traveling to wine country and the wine country lifestyle.  Touring & Tasting works closely with tourism entities, vintners associations, wineries, tasting rooms and accommodations throughout the country. @touringtasting

Paso Robles Logo_PrimaryHalfway between the two main California metropolises of Los Angeles and San Francisco is Paso Robles Wine Country. Located along California’s famed Central Coast, the Paso Robles winegrape growing region’s climate is perfect for the production of award-winning premium wines. A long growing season of warm days and cool evenings give rise to vibrantly ripened fruit with dynamic flavor profiles that translate beautifully in your glass of Paso Robles wine. @PasoRoblesWine

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Bridlewood Estate Winery rests on a high bench of ancient seabed, facing Pacific breezes that meander through the Santa Ynez Mountains to the South and the Purisma Hills and San Raphael Mountains to the north. The mountains run east-west, allowing the fog to roll in from the Pacific Ocean, which slows the ripening process and paves the way for a long growing season. With more time to mature and develop, the grapes develop a crisp balance between acid and sugar. @BridlewoodWine

FizzleFizzle helps people make their thing online. You want to do great work; work you care about, work that supports your family, work that contributes something meaningful to the world. Fizzle creates products and publications to serve the indie entrepreneur* on the journey to creating something they care about.

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As  visitors quickly discover, Santa Barbara has a magic unlike anywhere else on Earth, a unique feeling that’s more than wine and arts, more than sunshine and the crisp air off the Pacific, more than amazing food, wine and natural beauty.

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Grand.WinebowWinebow is a leading importer of premium Italian wines distributed nationwide under the Leonardo LoCascio Selections (LLS) label, and is also a major importer and distributor of wines, spirits and Japanese Sake.

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In Santa Barbara wine country, it all started with Sanford. In 1971 Sanford Winery and Vineyards discovered an overlooked, grape-growing treasure in the Santa Rita Hills. Recognizing a magical combination of climate and soil conditions much like those in France’s famed Burgundy province, Sanford planted the area’s first Pinot Noir in its Sanford & Benedict vineyard. Pinot Noir has thrived in the Santa Rita Hills ever since, and so has Sanford Winery.

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Founded in 1972, Rutherford Hill Winery is a pioneer in the development of California Merlot. The grape growers who founded Rutherford Hill carefully studied the geography of the region and capitalized on climate and soil conditions that resembled those of Pomerol, the small but distinctive Merlot-growing region of Bordeaux. What a promising discovery that was ? one that has borne plenty of fruit ? specifically, the lush, purple-black grapes that have contributed so much to Rutherford Hill’s success. Today, Merlot remains the flagship wine of the company with 75 percent of Rutherford Hill’s production dedicated to this varietal, one of the leading Merlots of Napa Valley.

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Ballard Canyon lies in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley AVA of Santa Barbara County, and the majority of vineyards are planted to Syrah. The TTB published Ballard Canyon AVA on October 30th, 2013, and all of the growers are dedicated to Syrah production.  Our goal is to mold Ballard Canyon in the way of the Old World, where varietal is synonymous with place.  Because of the timeliness of the AVA approval, we feel that the Bloggers will be keen to taste the wines and learn about the AVA.  The wines poured will be the very first vintage labeled Ballard Canyon.

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New Wines of Greece - Eternally Modern! New Wines of Greece’s mission is to increase awareness of Greece’s quality Protected Designation of Origin and Protected Geographical Indication wines in the North American wine market through traditional and cutting-edge education and promotion. @DrinkGreekWine

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Being a family-owned winery absolutely affects our winemaking here at Kendall-Jackson. It affords us the luxury to take the long view. We can take risks and grow our grapes in mountain and hillside vineyards- even though it is more difficult for both the farmer and the vine. But grapes grown on mountains have more character and more flavor—and that’s why we grow them there.

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From north to south, from east to west, from mountain to maritime vineyards, hot and dry or cool and green. In every style, from fizz to port, from crisp dry whites to elegant reds, in so many diverse ways, Portuguese Wines are unique.

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Santa Ynez Valley Wine Association represents the premier boutique wineries of California’s beautiful Santa Ynez Valley @SYVWine

B-WineLogo_FullSpiritThe family-owned Biltmore Winery opened its doors in 1985 in a converted dairy barn that sits on the grounds of Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. Biltmore produces award-winning wines using fruit harvested from its own vineyard in Asheville, NC as well as from partners across N.C. and other premium growing regions including California and Washington. Winemakers Bernard Delille from France and Sharon Fenchak from Pennsylvania bring together the art and science of winemaking to hand-craft 15 varietals and more than 45 wines each year.

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Wine Institute is the voice for California wine representing more than 1,000 wineries and affiliated businesses from the beautiful and diverse wine regions throughout the state.@WineCA

 

 

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Pismo Beach visitors enjoy a myriad of activities including golfing, bicycling, walking through the Monarch Butterfly Grove, tennis, horseback riding, scuba diving, bowling, hiking, miles of beautiful and clean beaches, exploring tide pools, coves, and caves.

imgresBevMo! is the leading alcoholic beverage-lifestyle specialty retailer in the western United States and among the largest in the country. With 150 stores, typically 10,000 square feet, in well-trafficked  retail areas in major metropolitan markets throughout California, Arizona and Washington, BevMo! provides a uniquely friendly and welcoming environment for competitively priced alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and “goes with” products such as specialty foods and snacks, cigars, glassware and related bar and wine accessories. Our friendly and product-knowledgeable sales associates assist both enthusiasts and first-time buyers of wine, spirits and beer. BevMo.com, the #1 bricks and clicks beverage-lifestyle website, enables customers to purchase items for home or office delivery or for pickup within an hour from their local store.

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Loudoun County is DC’s Wine Country®. Only 25 miles from Washington, DC, Loudoun has matured into a true culinary destination that includes over 40 wineries, an emerging craft brewery scene, an organic distillery, and foods from farms that have been producing for generations. Named one of the 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations of 2012 by Wine Enthusiast, Loudoun features six wine clusters nestled between winding roads, rolling countryside, horse farms, and historic estates. During a visit, indulge in tastings, tours, food pairings, and conversation with winemakers crafting award-winning wines. @VisitLoudoun @DCsWineCountry

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Located 100 miles east of San Francisco and 45 miles south of Sacramento near the California Delta, the Lodi Wine Region features 100,000 acres of vineyards that thrive in the classic Mediterranean climate of warm days and cool evenings. While long-known as a superior producer of Zinfandel, the area is the largest producer of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Petite Sirah, Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah, and Pinot Grigio in the state of California. With more than 75 grape varieties being cultivated in Lodi, consumers can expect to find unique, varietal wines from Albariño, Cinsaut, Tempranillo, and Pinotage, among many others. The region also serves as home to more than 80 boutique wineries specializing in small-lot, handcrafted wines that have garnered major awards at domestic and international wine competitions. Lodi leads the state in its commitment to sustainable agriculture with Lodi Rules™ – California’s first 3rd party-certified sustainable winegrowing program. @Lodi_Wine

 

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The Tri-Valley is comprised of the town of Danville and the cities of Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon and its three valleys (Amador, Livermore and San Ramon). Located just 33 miles east of San Francisco and 27 miles north of San Jose, few places are as genuine as the Tri-Valley. Discover some of the most beautiful landscape in all of California. You can savor the hospitality of our historic wine region, experience California cuisine, play at our award-winning golf courses and regional parks, stroll through our historic museums and attractions or shop our premium outlets and chic boutiques. Visit Tri-Valley, perfectly aged, without attitude.

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At Nomacorc, we go to great lengths to create the world’s best wine closures. Closures that allow winemakers to rest assured that the wine they pour their heart and soul into will be enjoyed exactly the way it was intended.


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The Ventura County Winery Association (VCWA) consists of wineries producing stellar wines in a casual, urban setting. All member wineries feature a tasting bar that is open to the public, and most have on-site production facilities. Visitors can sample dozens of wines in a variety of styles, including whites, rosés, reds, and dessert wines. Vineyards sources include off-site vineyards in Ventura County and throughout California’s top wine-growing regions.  VCWA is closely aligned with Ventura County’s agricultural community, supporting local farmers, artisans, and businesses.

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Quini is a wine tasting, rating and recommendations app developed by wine experts and scientists to make wine tasting accessible to everyone. Easily rate wines by shaping five colourful petals to create a unique bloom that captures your review in a beautiful image. Wine bloggers can share reviews and use Q Ratings (the Quini rating scores) to compare their personal taste with those of their readership and followers on Quini. App Store  @QuiniWine

 

 

Live White Wine Blogging 

Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard @FollowFess
Cornerstone Cellars  @CraigCamp
BevMo @BevMo
Hope Family Wines
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines @JLohrWines
Mionetto Prosecco @mionettousa
Cantina di Soave @cantinadisoave
Sequin Wines
Wente Family Estates
Cinnabar Winery @CinnabarWinery
Grassini @GrassiniWines
Ferrari-Carano Winery @ferraricarano
Ramey Wine Cellars
Danza del Sol Vineyard & Winery 
Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard

Live Red Wine Blogging 

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Coquelicot Wines @coquelicotwine
Cornerstone Cellars @CraigCamp
BevMo @BevMo
Hope Family Wines
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines @JLohrWines
Davis Bynum Wines @DavisBynumWines
Alexander Valley Vineyards @avvwinery
Urban Legend Cellars @ulcellars
Cinnabar Winery @CinnabarWinery
Grassini @GrassiniWines
Carr Winery @CarrWinery
Ferrari-Carano Winery @ferraricarano
Ramey Wine Cellars
Danza del Sol Vineyard & Winery 

 

  • Roger

    Quini is very excited to sponsor the 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference. We look forward to meeting everyone and to comparing wine ratings and reviews on Quini, live from the event.

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  • Dpearson

    Recently moved to Portland from Virginia’s fledgling vineyard country after living in Southwest France, southeast England and Northern California. So glad to see Oregon has great wine too!

  • Patrick Spencer

    On the plane, using GoGo Inflight @ 35,ooo ft. to say I’m very excited to be a sponsor of the WBC. See you soon!

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  • http://twitter.com/KingEstate King Estate Winery

    Really excited to be a sponsor for #WBC2010 and looking forward to seeing all our friends and making some new ones. See you soon.

    - Sasha

  • Reno Walsh

    Thank you. This is now changed to “one of Washington's smallest…”

  • http://www.ZephyrAdventures.com rwalsh

    Hello Kevin, You are correct. That post should read, “one of the states smallest AVA’s.” Thanks for keeping an eye on us!

  • http://twitter.com/KevinCole509 Kevin Cole

    Noting the above comment that Red Mountain is the state's smallest AVA – is it really? I'd have thought Snipes Mountain was…

    Thanks!

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  • http://www.mutineermagazine.com Alan Kropf

    Whoa, haven’t been any comments on here in a while…I am PUMPED for this year’s WBC!

  • http://www.californiawinehikes.com/ winehiker

    This event is shaping up ever so awesomely! Is it October 24th yet?

  • Allan Wright

    Thanks, Gary. The three of us (Tom Wark, Joel Vincent, and me) who have been working on this are quite excited about it. We hope you can make it!

  • http://www.wineandcheeseplease.com Gary Sullivan

    My hats off to all of you who are giving of your precious time to pull this together. What an awesome event! I hope I’m able to arrange my schedule so that I can attend.

    Sips n’ Nibbles……………