Tuesday, May 28, 2013

2014 Wine Bloggers Conference Location Vote

2014 Wine Bloggers Conference Location Vote

We are less than two weeks away from WBC13, in Penticton, BC. Even so, decisions must be made for Wine Bloggers Conferences going forward. WBC14 is in the works, with 3 California wine regions vying for an opportunity to host the conference. Here is the information that the WBC shared regarding the three contenders:

Santa Barbara County
"Nearly 200 wineries call the premium wine producing and wine grape growing region of Santa Barbara County home. Its unique topography and climate offer a diverse growing atmosphere, which would all be showcased during the 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference. There are four official appellations (Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Ynez Valley, and Sta. Rita Hills) and several other micro-regions within the broad Santa Barbara County designation. It is a region that offers a wealth of diversity featuring Burgundian-influenced Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to Syrah, Mourvedre, and Sauvignon Blanc. The region also offers the potential for planned excursions/dinners in the vineyards and wineries of the Santa Ynez Valley (Buellton, Lompoc, Foxen Valley, Solvang).

Coincidentally, 2014 marks the 10-year anniversary of Sideways, the movie that propelled not only this region but also California wine in general into mainstream, popular culture. No doubt the local wineries will be planning for this anniversary, and our conference will benefit as well from their efforts."
“'Lodi Wine Country' has been one of California’s major winegrowing regions for over 150 years (yes – even through Prohibition!). It sits 100 miles east of San Francisco near the San Joaquin/Sacramento River Delta, south of Sacramento, and west of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Here, wineries and farms run by 4th and 5th generation families operate in tandem with a new group of vintners who have brought creative winemaking and cutting-edge technology to the region. Lodi is home to a number of major wineries (Robert Mondavi Woodbridge, Turner Road Vintners, Sutter Home Winery, Bear Creek Winery, Michael David Winery, and Oak Ridge Winery) and more than 75 “boutique” wineries. You’ll would certainly visit a few of these on excursions out to wine country.

Grape growing is truly the center of the culture, and the Lodi AVA specifically has about 100,000 acres of winegrapes farmed by more than 750 growers to yield over 20% of California’s total wine grape production. In addition, its signature Lodi Rules accredited sustainability certification makes the region a leader in sustainability."
Paso Robles/San Luis Obispo
"San Luis Obispo County offers a shared opportunity to welcome the 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference to Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo. Conference and guest accommodations (as well as our general sessions, to be staged in an outdoor tent structure) would take place on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Pismo Beach / Shell Beach with excursions into both Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo wine regions.

Pismo Beach offers the perfect pairing of wine and waves in a warm an inviting atmosphere. Beautiful beaches and a taste of California wine country are at your fingertips with oceanfront hotels and distinct restaurants. Visitors can learn about the local culture and discover new varietals produced here in the historic winemaking regions of Edna valley, Arroyo Grande and Paso Robles, all of which are located just 10-30 minutes outside of downtown Pismo Beach and area attractions. Our wine country offers a refreshing perspective and insight on artisanal winemaking by some of the most respected winemakers in California."
Four factors will impact choosing the host location: the public vote, a private vote of past and current WBC attendees, any restrictions on timing provided by the potential hosts, and the strength of each location’s bid from our point of view as conference organizers. The 2014 date and host location will be annouced live at the 2013 Wine Bloggers Conference in Penticton.

I know I have an idea of where'd I like the next conference -- how about you?

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  1. All three sound good to me:)

  2. Seriously, don't think you can go wrong with any of them, but I'd probably give a little nod to Paso Robles/SL...

  3. Depends on what you want. Personally, I probably enjoy the Paso wines more, but a couple days in Santa Barbara trumps any difference in wine. Seriously, SB which the beach and weather etc-it's hard to beat during the summer.

    1. You're right about that Mark, though it will also be interesting to taste SBC wines if it ends up there -- I've had more from Paso Robles and Lodi. Really can't go wrong with any of them. :)