2012 Wine Bloggers Conference in PDX: Wine Predator to Ignite!

It’s almost that time again–time for the annual Wine Bloggers Conference!

This year we’re meeting in Portland –close to the Willamette Valley home of Oregon’s justly famous pinot noir and pinot gris! I barely scratched the surface with my trip there last July– highlighted by my visit on my last night to Coleman Vineyard south and west of McMinnville (Gotta love Coleman’s Facebook about page which says: Think globally. Eat locally. Dress casually.) More on Coleman soon!

I’ve made the pilgrimage to the Wine Bloggers Conference a regular part of my wine, writing, and blogging education: I attended the inaugural conference in 2008 as well as 2009 in Sonoma, followed by 2010 in Walla Walla. I also attended the 2009 Wine Bloggers Conference in Lisbon as a guest of Enoforum Wine.

I keep going back to the Wine Blogger Conferences because I learn so much about writing and wine–two of my favorite activities combined into one!! It’s amazing to try so many wines from so many regions in such a short time. And over the years I’ve made some wonderful friends as well as connections in the business.

This year in Portland, over 350 consumer and industry wine bloggers will gather on Thursday August 16 for a welcome by Oregon Wine Board. Highlights include speed tastings, a keynotes by Bonny Doon’s Randall Grahm and Sideways novelist Rex Pickett, plus many sessions on topics related to wine and writing including IgniteWine! where I will be presenting on “Sex, Wine and the Semi-Colon.” I’m currently debating whether I should include real-life examples of typos or mechanical errors that I come across in wine blogs–but I know that will open mine up to criticism and I am sure there are a few mistakes around here too! What do you think? Is it a good idea or not?

For an example of a great IgniteWine presentation, check out the video above!

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3 thoughts on “2012 Wine Bloggers Conference in PDX: Wine Predator to Ignite!

  1. Hi Gwendolyn-
    We met in Walla Walla two years ago, but I didn’t see you in Charlotteville last year.
    Anyway, I too have been asked to present an Ignite! on Wine Blending at Home.
    I’ll give you a suggestion if you give me one.
    As for yours, I would definitely use the real-blogs offending quotes, but block out all attributes so you don’t piss anyone off. But first, go through your previous blogs to make sure your grammar is perfect.
    To illustrate wine blending at home I’m trying to decided on text, photos or both. What do you think?
    See you there!


    • I’d do all three–people learn and “get” it different ways depending on how best their brains work.

      I’d also bring some wine and do some blending on the podium!

      I do hope you bring it up that is just fine to blend wines at home that you buy and have open and find lacking. I do this often and people can be shocked! (but it’s fine and fun!!)

      And yes I missed out on last year’s conference as I was on a road trip to Idaho, WA, OR and CA tasting and writing and doing some ground work for a book project.

      see you soon!


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