Sunday, June 20, 2010

WBC10 and WBCorBust Here I Come!!!

It's finally here! The 2010 North American Wine Bloggers Conference will be taking place later this week in Walla Walla, Washington. I recently read an article stating that the state of Washington would love more wine lovers to visit and that they could use a boost for their wine industry. Well, I'm here to say that Walla Walla and the state of Washington had better watch out! They're not going to know what hit them! Talk about a boost! Three hundred wine lovers, writers, winemakers, media consultants etcetera will be descending upon this small town in southeastern Washington. They will be writing, blogging, tweeting, Facebooking, and broadcasting everything wine! After this week, everyone will know where Walla Walla, Washington is and that there are so many excellent wines coming from there and other parts of the state! It's going to be amazing and one of the biggest things to happen for the wine industry there! I am so happy and proud to be a part of this event!

On New Year's Eve, I made a conscious decision to be one of the three hundred. Attending last year's conference was an amazing and priceless experience. The people I met, the friendships I made and the things I got to see...I never could have done this on my own. Now the time is finally here, six months of waiting finally over! And I get to do this again as a newbie. I've never been to Washington and I can't wait to go.

During the interim, I entered a contest called WBCorBust. The contest, sponsored by WineChatr and the Washington Wine Commission (along with a multitude of other great sponsors), began as a way for non-Washington bloggers to showcase the industry there and create excitement. I chose to do it because I wanted to learn more about the area and its wines. I had some great help from Washington winemakers Chris Camarda of Andrew Will, Charles Smith of Charles Smith Wines and K Vintners, Don Phelps of Hard Row To Hoe and Dave Merfield of Northstar Winery. They made some amazing wines and I am grateful to them for sharing their passion with me! At the beginning of May, I found out I actually won! I was so stoked! This was icing on the cake for what was already going to be an amazing journey! Along with eleven other winners, I get to ride across the state of Washington in style! Below are some of the highlights and events we will be partaking in:


Food and wine pairing and tour at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville

Woodinville Grand Tasting at Willows Lodge

Lunch at the Barking Frog

Palate Refresher & Brewery tour at Pike Brewing Company

Seattle Winemakers Dinner at Waterfront Seafood Grill

Brunch & Wine Tasting at the Cave B Inn in Quincy

Vineyard visit & farm-sponsored vineyard lunch among the vines
at DuBrul Vineyard in Sunnyside

Yakima Valley Grand Tasting at Prosser's Vintners Village

Walla Walla Vintners Pizza Social (wood-fired pizza!!!)

Walla Walla B&B Experience


Wine Tasting and Meet The Sponsors

Taco Truck Tasting Lunch with famed Walla Walla Taco Trucks

Keynote speech by Steve Heimoff of Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Wine Blog Awards Presentation

Breakout Sessions (great stuff--all three days)

Live Wine Blogging (this is so much fun--like speed blogging)

Pre-dinner reception and dinner with Ste. Michelle Estates

After hours Walla Walla walkabout (visiting the Walla Walla tasting rooms!)

Visits and lunch at local wineries and vineyards

More Live Wine Blogging

Pre-dinner reception and dinner with the Washington Wine Commission

Keynote speech with Writer Lettie Teague

After hours reception with Wines Of Spain

Food and Wine Pairing and lunch with Food Network Chef Jeffrey Saad

Post conference excursion to Red Mountain AVA

Visits to Col Solare, Hedges, Ciel Du Cheval Vineyard and Terra Blanca

Red Mountain AVA Grand Tasting

Outdoor dinner at Sunset at Terra Blanca

Phew! This will be some week! And let me tell you, my liver will be hating me and my eyes will be thanking me. But best of all, a piece of my heart will undoubtedly remain in Washington forever. To all my friends (old, new and friends to be), I raise my glass--a toast to what will be one of the best weeks of our lives! I'm ready! Bring it on!


  1. Grace,
    I am so excited to go to WBC and meet you! I actually will be at Cave B on Thursday, so I'll see you then!

  2. We couldn't get tickets and we are so envious! Have a blast and have a few reds for us!

  3. K Vintners & Charles Smith Wines present:
    Big John Bates & the Voodoo Dollz on June 25th
    Live Rockabilly, Library Wine Tasting, Awesome Food, Beer & More Wine
    Downtown Walla Walla 7:30pm Doors, 10pm Show
    Hope you can join us!

  4. Have fun and be sure to keep the posts flowing as well as the wine!


  5. Grace - love this post! Looking forward to hearing all about WBC10. I'm pledging to be there in 2011! Cheers!

  6. This sounds like SO much fun, I wish I could be there WITH you! Oh, wait! I AM going to be there with you! I can't wait to meet you on Wednesday as we start making our treck toward Walla Walla!

    See you then,

    Phil Anderson
    General Wine Thoughts

  7. Wasn't planning on attending this year, now my Doc says no travel at all for awhile. Have fun, enjoy and if voting for next years location, please consider NY Finger Lakes.
    Looking forward to your WBC10 post.