The time has come for the first Ridge Vineyards Wine Bloggers Tasting of 2012, and it is going to be a rather special edition!
On April 20, 2009, the very first post went up on “4488: A Ridge Blog,” and on Sunday, April 22nd, we’re going to celebrate our 3-year anniversary!
And that’s not all!
This year’s annual Wine Blogger’s Conference is being held in Portland, Oregon, and as yours truly will be a panelist for the following breakout session …
The Winery View of Bloggers:
We’ll hear from three industry experts (two winery representatives and a blogger turned winery marketer) who will explain whether they work with bloggers,
how they cooperate, and whether bloggers have an impact on the winery’s visitation, sales, or image.
- Ed Thralls from the Wine Tonite blog is now the Social Media Manager for Vintage Wine Estates (includes Girard, Kunde Family Estate, Cosentino, and Windsor Vineyards as well as several boutique brands)
- Christopher Watkins from Ridge Vineyards runs the winery’s blog, 4488: A Ridge Blog, a finalist for Best Winery Blog in 2010 at the Wine Blog Awards
- Sasha Kadey is the Director of Marketing for King Estate Winery in Oregon, one of the largest and most active wineries in the state
… I am going to have our Wine Blogger’s Tasting filmed, in order to provide support source material for the panel! Meaning, this is YOUR chance to become a part of Wine Blogger history!
So, if you’re a Wine Blogger, or a Wine & Food Blogger, or a Food & Wine Blogger, or a Food blogger who writes about wine, or a Lifestyle and/or Culture blogger who write about wine, then I invite you to join us!
And that’s not all!
April 22nd also happens to be the birthday of the late, great Paul Chambers, indisputably one of the greatest jazz bassists ever to walk the earth. So not only will we be listening to the music of Paul Chambers throughout the tasting, and not only will we be specifically discussing the parallel aesthetics of jazz and wine during the tasting, I am also opening up the invitations to a music blogger! So, if you’re a music blogger who writes about jazz (and hopefully, occasionally, wine!), then I invite you to join us!
As always, I will hope to have some returning “regulars” in attendance, but also as always, I will be keeping a few seats open for new guests; new blood is good!
The tasting will be held at our Monte Bello Estate, on Sunday, April 22nd, at 1pm.
If you wish to be considered for a spot at the table, please either
a) respond in the comment feed to this post
b) post on our Facebook page
c) send us a message on Twitter
And if you would, please include a link to your blog when you contact us!
Lastly, we’re going to invite one lucky wine blogger to participate virtually, so even if you can’t be in attendance at Monte Bello, there is still a chance for your to participate! If you want this to be you, let me know!
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