A couple of weeks ago I wrote about receiving a scholarship to the North American Wine Bloggers Conference, or #wbc11 on Twitter. The conference, in Charlottesville, VA, expects to host over 325 wine bloggers from across the country. This is the first year the conference is being held on the east coast, drawing attention to the lesser known wine regions of the other 46 states. Virginia itself has more than 200 vineyards and wineries and more than 200 years of tradition behind them. This week the nominees for the WBC Awards were announced. Before voting I wanted to be sure that I had the opportunity to review every nominated blog and consider its category. There is so much good material out there. I learned new things all day long as I reviewed the blogs. I’ve said it before – there has never been a better time to be a new wine enthusiast. Some of the sites are visually outstanding, with incredibly detailed maps and pictures of the vineyards, the winemaking processes, the people. Some blogs specialize in reviews, and now several are dedicated to reviewing value priced wines. Some people blog about the business side of the wine industry, and some highlight the lifestyle in wine country, or provide lovely information on their region and what distinguishes it from the rest. I am in awe of the devotion some people obviously have for their craft. I’m looking forward to a great learning experience at the conference. I invite you to take a look at the nominated sites as well. There is something for every area of interest. Check out the nominees’ page: http://wineblogawards.org/.
Below is the list of categories and nominees:
Best New Blog
Best Winery Blog
Best Single Subject
Best Wine Reviews
Best Industry Blog
Best Graphics, Photography, Presentation
Best Overall Wine Blog
Help spread the word. Good Luck to Everyone!