Memories of Wine Bloggers Conference Past

After four years of wishing and hoping, the Wine Bloggers Conference is finally coming to Canada.

When I attended my first WBC in 2009, I thought it would be a great event to have in the Okanagan, but I had no idea how quickly the organizers would bring it here. And now, it’s only two months away.

Realizing that, I can’t believe this will be my fifth WBC.

Each conference was so different and yet so much is a blur. Five years ago, I was trying to get my head around web 2.0 and social media, but in one weekend the wine bloggers showed me what to do with Twitter and Facebook and WordPress and more.

The 2009 Wine Bloggers Conference was perhaps the single pivital event that made me decide to pursue a career in Internet marketing.

I spent the whole of 2010 taking online courses through University of San Francisco. Those bloggers inspired me to redesign this very blog with an increasingly prevalent WordPress, an effort that gave me a whole education in web design and blogging.

With the knowledge I gained – from basically trying to keep up with my new blogger friends – I began to design other people’s blogsites as well as tutoring WordPress and consulting on Internet marketing. Now I have a whole new profession to keep me busy.

If I hadn’t attended the WBC in 2009 I might still be communicating via email blasts and HTML. So thank you, Wine Bloggers Conference, for saving me from that fate.

Here are a few memories of Wine Bloggers Conference past I caught on video

Blogger Bus Busted – WBC 2012, Portland

On our visit to wineries in Oregon, the local police stopped our bus and made us get off – at a winery! It seemed so realistic, but it turned out to be a hoax perpetrated by the good-humored citizens of Carlton.

I love how officer Goodbody says, “I’m really hot and really sweaty,” and “this (pot) bus is involved in a situation.”

And how our sly guide Carl Giavanti, complains,”we’re just going into town, this is a wine conference,” as if he wasn’t in on the joke. Very funny.

That story’s here

Speed Tasting – WBC 2010, Walla Walla

Heard of speed dating? The Wine Bloggers Conference invented Speed Tasting, where winemakers have 5 minutes to woo you with their wine while you sniff, sip, spit and type without spilling wine on your laptop. Part lecture, part game show. Always invigorating.

Wineries in order of appearance: Desert Wind, Longshadows, Maryhill, Hogue Cellars, Buty, Dusted Valley, DeLille and Centine.

That story’s here

Wine Blog Awards – WBC 2010, Walla Walla

The Wine Bloggers Conference started with a bang as the 2010 Blog Awards were introduced by Alan Kropf of Mutineer Magazine. I love seeing all our blogs flashing on the big screen.

That story’s here

If you have some favorite Wine Bloggers Conference videos you want to share, please post links to them in Comments below. Literal memories are welcome too!

See you in Penticton!

The Wine Bloggers Conference is June 6-8 at the Lakeside Resort in Penticton, BC.
Registration is still open at

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Mari Kane

Mari is a writer, blogger and WordPress consultant, living in Vancouver, BC, the most wine-soaked town north of the 49th Parallel. She also blogs about WordPress web design at Blogsite Follow her on Twitter or Google Plus.

7 thoughts on “Memories of Wine Bloggers Conference Past

  • April 8, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Looking forward to seeing you in Penticton!! it’s awesome to hear that you’ve been able to make a career for yourself, which began from your interests and wine blogging!! Contrats and well done!

    • April 8, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      Thanks Cindy!
      To quote Lyle Lovett, “Ain’t it funny the way things go.”
      See you soon.

  • April 8, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Vurrry Interesting!! Now I know what you are up to!!

  • April 8, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Vurrry Interesting!!

  • April 14, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I was also looking forward tothe conference in Pentiction (would have been my first WBC), but my WSET Leve 3 is scheduled over the same weekend. SO disappointing.

  • April 14, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    That’s too bad, Brian. Can’t you re-schedule the WSET?

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