So there’s this conference for wine bloggers. This year is its tenth and although I’ve known about it for a few years I’ve never been able to scrape together enough money to go.
This year’s conference is in Santa Rosa, CA (yes, the part of California that was on fire a few weeks ago) which is in Sonoma County. I’ve been to California but not to Sonoma so I’m pretty excited to spend the weekend there, especially now that I know some things about the region and especially for something wine-related.
When this year’s conference was announced I. was. READY. I started looking at flights and the host hotel and began budgeting. I plugged in different combinations of numbers trying to make them friends with the budget numbers in my daily life and after about a week I had to give up. I just couldn’t make it happen financially to get myself to this conference.
Colour me disappointed.
A couple of months ago the conference folks put out word that they were offering scholarships to help bloggers come to the conference. This was perfect! I earn enough to make my life run but not enough to add in a trip to California, so even though I don’t consider myself to be needy I gathered the courage to apply.
Fast forward a month or so and I get a random email on a Friday night saying,
“Congratulations! The WBC Scholarship Committee is happy to inform you that you are a FINALIST for the Rodney Strong Scholarship.”
Awesome! So great! I can’t wait!
(Ummmmm…. What does that mean?)
A couple days later I found out – registration and hotel plus $400 toward my flight to attend the conference! Holy crap, I’M GOING TO CALIFORNIA!
Needless to say, I’m super excited. Here is a not-at-all exhaustive list of things I’m looking forward to:
- Meeting other wine bloggers and building a community
- Showing off the blog I’ve built over the last three years
- Introducing Palate Practice to wine brands
- Introducing Niagara wine to my fellow wine bloggers (I’m bringing a couple bottles to share)
- Learning more about the wine of Sonoma and California (and, of course, tasting it)
- Feeling that sweet, sweet California sunshine
It feels like there’s so much to do before I go, but that’s probably just my excitement talking. This time next week I’ll be on a flight out – I promise I’ll take lots of notes and will report back!
Wish me luck!