Washington Wine Round-up: Special Wine Bloggers Conference Edition

Below is a link to known posts from last weekend's 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference. The list has been compiled from various links sent on Twitter, Google alerts, searches, and the like. I have attempted to capture as many as possible. However, I am sure the list is quite far from complete. My apologies in advance to anyone I missed. Feel free to leave comments with links to additional posts. Please note that some of these posts relate to Washington wine while others are specific to the event itself. Enjoy!

Wine & Dine Walla Walla
gives a WBC wrap-up.

Drink Nectar
writes about speed wine blogging. Josh also writes about five things he is going to do because of WBC. See his post in advance of the conference here.

Wine & Beer of Washington State
gives five sound bites from the conference.

Through the Walla Walla Grapevine
writes about the conference and the blogging 101 panel. Catie gives a preview of the conference here.

Yak Yak Wine
gives some favorite moments from the conference. See more here.

DeVine Table
writes about the food and wine pairings.

Wine and Food World.com
revisits a 97-point wine, the Molly Dooker Velvet Glove.

Wild 4 Washington Wine
gives a quick conference update and a reflection.

Elixir Vitae
writes about Buty Winery.

gives some thank yous.

Okanagan Writing Services
writes about the conference.

Reign of Terroir
gives a Walla Walla Redux.

Caveman Wines
writes about the panel on growing your audience from other bloggers to consumers.

Wine Peeps
give highlights from the conference. They also write about the live red wine blogging, and white wine blogging.

Whyte Wine
provides the slides on the Advanced Wine Blogging Strategies panel.

General Wine Thoughts
writes about the WBC-or-Bust trip and the conference (scroll past the numerous screens of tags along the top).

Dirty South Wine
gives as brief recap of the conference.

writes about what he learned at the Wine Bloggers Conference. Brian also writes about the Spokane section of the WBC trip, the drive back to Spokane from Walla Walla, gives a semi-live WBC blog, another, and writes about the front end of the WBC-or-Bust trip.

Tim’s Blog
writes about what he learned about WBC10.

Notes from the Cellar
gives ten things learned at WBC10 (I am sensing a theme here).

Social Media Chef
gives ten reasons for not making a WBC10 top ten list.

WineTube TV
talks with Andrea Robinson.

Toledo Wines and Vines
writes about the food and wine pairing. They also write about the Washington Wine Commission dinner, the mystery bus tour, live red wine blogging (see part I here), the Yakima Grand Tasting for WBC-or-Bust, Walla Walla Vintners, live white wine blogging (see part I here), Cave B, the winemaker dinner at the Waterfront, the Woodinville Grand Tasting, and Chateau Ste. Michelle.

Another Wine Blog
gives random thoughts from the plane ride home. See more thoughts on the conference here as well as a bit on the WBC-or-Bust roadtrip.

writes about what they found the most inspiring.

Wilma’s Wine World
gives part I on the conference.

Tasting Room Confidential
writes about the Wine Blogger Awards.

writes about Mourvedre.

RJ’s Wine Blog
gives some live conference tasting notes. He writes another post about the conference here.

The Melting Tea Pot writes about the conference.

talks with Andy Perdue of Wine Press NW. He also writes about changes brought on by wine blogging and wine writers v. wine writers.

1 Wine Dude
, winner of Best Overall Wine Blog, gives thank yous.

writes about the conference.

Wine Country BC
talks on Wine Biz Radio.

Simple Hedonisms
writes about the conference. He also writes about food and wine pairing.

Wine Tasting San Diego
gives a view from Eagle’s Nest Winery.

Vino Chick
writes about the conference. See another post here.

Beau’s Barrel Room
gives a Top Ten Pre-Conference list.

Sip With Me!
writes about what she learned at wine camp.

Steve Heimoff
writes about the conference.

Wine & Dine Walla Walla
gives as snapshot of things people have said.

Wine Tonite!
gives Top 10 Memorable Moments from the conference. He also writes about the bus trip from Yakima.

Cork Popper
gives some WBC10 photos. See a post on the conference here, South African Sauvignon Blanc, and highlights from the morning tasting.

Stark Silver Creek
writes about Walla Walla Vintners and gives Walla Walla in 60 seconds.

Wine Predator
writes about the Top Gun Blogging seminar. She also writes about food and wine pairing, the effective writing seminar, the red wine speed tasting, what’s next in wine writing, growing your audience, a panel discussion with three Walla Walla winemakers, the white wine live blogging session, the advanced blogging session, the winners of the 2010 Wine Blogger Awards, Steve Heimoff’s keynote, the WBC-or-Bus roadtrip, the continued adventures of the bus trip, and Chateau Ste. Michelle.

does some live wine blogging. They also write about speed tasting red wines. See another post on the conference here.

Conscious Wine
writes about speed tasting. Jeff also writes about what he learned in Walla Walla.

4488: A Ridge Blog
gives live wine blogging notes. They also write about a day in the vineyards, words of writing wisdom, write live wine blogging notes (here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here). They also do a video post on the opening night and the first afternoon.

Wine Book Girl
writes about red wine live blogging. See the white wine blogging here and here.

The Vineyard Vlog posts slides from the Top Gun Blogging panel.

writes about late night in Walla Walla. They also write about the wine blogging box and give some random thoughts from day 1.

Vintage Texas
writes about the conference through the eyes of Twitter.

The Wine Case
writes about live white wine blogging. They also write about live red wine blogging.

Weekly Wine Pick
writes that drinking begins at 10am. They also write about speed tasting white wines.

The Southern Oregon Wine Blog writes about live blogging on white wines.

The Winery Advisor
writes about wine-ing in Walla Walla.

Rick Bakas
gives a video greeting to the conference.

The Vino File
shows photos from the conference. They also write about Day 2 of the WBC-or-Bust roadtrip. Read about Day 1 here.

After Dark
writes about the conference.

The Windy City Wine Guy gives some quick takes from the conference. He also writes about a trip to Seattle for WBC-or-Bust.

And finally, my post on recent trends in the Washington wine industry from the panel discussion.

Note: If you have a written post about the conference and it is not listed above, please leave a comment with the link to the post(s).

Addendum: Also see this WBC summary post from Josh at Drink Nectar.

Sean P. Sullivan


  1. WOW- this is great Sean. Here I was trying to work and I see this! Watch for my post soon. It was great spending time with you at #WBC, hope to see you soon.

  2. You beat me to the punch bud. I'm working on the same thing now. I guess great minds think alike! You are a rock star.


  3. Hey everyone, do you think blog posts about #WBC appeal to anyone but other wine bloggers? So much of the conference was about breaking out of the circle and appealing to non-wine bloggers. Is posting about the conference helping or hurting us if we are trying to appeal to other demographics?

  4. SWG, always great spending time with you. Good question on how broad the appeal of the WBC posts will be. They are an interesting mix of topics and things, some with more broad appeal and some with less. Interested to hear what people think.

    Josh, feel free to grab any of the links for your post. Let me know when you have your post up and I will add a link to your post at the bottom of this one. Keeping rocking the wine blogging world.

  5. This is fantastic, Sean, I can't wait to peruse these posts. Nicely done.

  6. I think the appeal of WBC posts really depends on the type of post. Admittedly, a lot of the "What I learned" lists won't appeal to the wider audience, but the write-ups on what we experienced while we were in Washington probably tend to be of more general interest. I've seen some really great posts on the pre and post conference trips. I'm hoping to do some posts that more specifically deal with the wineries and places that I visited, and I think people are interested in that type of stuff. Good question, and the kind of thing that I think we should think about before we post.

  7. Great aggregation. Here are two more of mine that were missed:

    On Sean Boyd of Rôtie Cellars: http://reignofterroir.com/2010/06/24/sean-boyd-of-rotie-cellars-walla-walla/

    And a Walla Walla AVA primer. An interview with David Stephenson of Stephenson Cellars:


  8. Thanks Nancy.

    Ben, definitely looking forward to reading more about the wineries and the WBC-or-Bust trip.

    Ken, I put those two posts in my regular weekly Washington wine round-up. Will have that up tomorrow. Really nice work on those BTW.

  9. Wow! Great summary of posts so far. I'm definitely looking forward to reading as many of these as I can.

    And great question posed by Seattle Wine Gal. As for whether these posts matter to those those who aren't wine bloggers, I think they do matter! I can't speak for all of these bloggers, but I know many of them do have readership outside of the blogging world that will find many of these posts interesting and helpful. If anything I am confident that it raises awareness for Washington wines, and those readers outside of the blog world or wine industry for that matter may be more curious to pick up a bottle of Washington wine. I think it also raises awareness for how many of us are out there... and growing. And even if some of them only appeal to other wine bloggers it is nice to know we have a supportive community out there and hopefully will inspire people to expand their content to reach out to a broader audience.


  10. Great collection of links, thanks for sharing them!

    SPS, I actually wrote my post after several people asked me for more information that what I was posting to facebook. Because of that, I did the general write-up listed here, plus I wrote a fairly long forum post over on the WLTV forums.

    I've already added a second one that just focused on our vineyard tour Saturday morning, and in the next few weeks I'll probably intersperse a few more focused posts in among non-WBC ones. I'm trying to keep them interesting enough for non-bloggers and even non-wine drinkers. Honestly, most of my readers are from outside of the wine blogging community anyway. :)

    Here's the second write-up, if anyone's interested:


  11. Er, actually it was Seattle Wine Gal (SWS not SPS) who wrote the question I referenced above -- sorry!

  12. Cindy, thanks for the additional link. Keep up the good work.

  13. As a non-wine blogger weighing in to SWG's question, the WBC10 posts and tweets that interest me are ones about the wines you all tried, social media tips that could apply to any business, and twitpics of the weekend.

    I particularly appreciated the posts/tweets about wine where price was mentioned. I favorited a lot of those tweets and went to the wine shop w/ Tweetdeck opened on my iPhone. I still have quite a few to try. I'd love to see a blog with the best wines you tried under $20, then $20-40, etc.

    And if participating wineries wanted to offer a coupon code or specials for those of us following these conferences (drooling at home at all the great wine you're drinking), that'd be really cool. It would be incentive for non-wine people to follow what you guys are talking about.

    But frankly, I gloss over the posts/tweets with a lot of wine-speak and zillions of hashtags/twitter handles. I've found I click through when people are simple, pithy, fun, informative, or they have a twitpic.

  14. Laurie is the type of reader I look for. Someone who takes her hard-earned cash into consideration.
    It's my opinion that when I pay for a wine bottle, I have a better appreciation for its presentation and value. That aspect cannot be achieved in a shotgun-style tasting room flyby or a free sample.
    What also helps is the reviewer also notes what the implied value is of that wine. Was it worth it? Beats the heck out of point scales, stars, QPR, and other rectally-destined ratings. Just say it...how much should I pay for it?

  15. I'm with Mary and Laurie. There are lots of us out there that don't blog, but are (at least somewhat) knowledgeable, buy a reasonable amount of wine (and consume it!), and talk with others of a like mind. Getting other points of view and experiences are definitely useful. We're all part of a community whether we blog or just yak (and drink) with our wino compatriots about it. It's all useful!

  16. Aaaaaand there goes my afternoon! :-)

    Thanks for the round-up!

  17. Fantastic work by the hardest working man in the blog business. Thanks, Sean!

    As to whether these posts are informative to non-bloggers, I'd guess that depends on the individual reader and blog. A regular reader of a particular blog probably knows that blogger's style and wouldn't be thrown off by a post or two about the WBC. One thing I know the WBC did for me was refreshen my brain cells about blog topics and teach me ways to improve the IT side of my blog and its presentation. In the long run I think (and hope) my reader(s) will see an overall improvement based on things I garnered in W2.

  18. Dude, we aim to distract!

    Chris, thanks for the compliment.

    Seems like this self-selected group is running in favor of the WBC posts being of interest to non-WBCers. Enjoy the weekend all.

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  20. Thanks for including my posts! I've got more in the hopper also!


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