2016 Wine Bloggers Conference Coming to Lodi, California


Hundreds of Wine Bloggers to Attend Conference in Lodi’s Premier Wine Country August 11-14, 2016

Wine Bloggers Confernce 2016Lodi, CA, August 17, 2015 – It was announced over the weekend at the 2015 Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC) that the 2016 conference will take place August 11-14th in Lodi, California. Hundreds of citizen and industry wine writers for online platforms and print publications, will gather with other wine and social media professionals from around the world to meet, learn, and share at WBC’s ninth annual conference. This is the first time the conference has come to Lodi.

The annual Wine Bloggers Conference is the pre-eminent gathering of citizen wine bloggers, industry bloggers and wine writing professionals who come together for educational sessions, networking and social gathering.  It is the platform from which many learn about regions, wine brands, new offerings and evolving trends.  Wine blogging continues to drive consumer interest with wine in interactive and innovative ways, and the region of Lodi, with over 750 growers and 85 wineries, has similarly been progressive in its outreach and education to the trade, media and consumer audiences.

With its dynamic wine country and historic downtown, Lodi is well positioned to host WBC 2016. Attendees will gather in downtown Lodi’s charming Hutchins Street Square to spend four days immersed in educational wine seminars, networking, grower and winery visits, wine tastings, and – of course – blogging. WBC is an excellent opportunity for wineries to showcase their wines to a discerning and influential audience. Programming and dinners are expected to take place at various wineries and local businesses throughout the region. Given Lodi’s grounding in the grower culture, this conference will allow wine bloggers, writers, winery representatives, regional association representatives and others to interact directly with growers, many of whom have been in the region for 5 to 6 generations, thus providing literal hands-on experience for the attendees.

The Lodi Winegrape Commission’s Executive Director, Camron King, announced the 2016 location over the weekend at the 2015 Wine Bloggers Conference in the Finger Lakes Wine Country in Corning, New York, host location to this year’s Conference.

Following the announcement, King said: “The historic Lodi wine growing region is excited to welcome the wine blogging and writing community as well as our colleagues in the industry and others into our vineyards, wineries and our home. Lodi is an important part of the American wine industry and we are pleased to be working with Zephyr Adventures to put together the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference that will be educational, immersive, relevant and enlightening to the blogging community, but will also provide attendees with an in depth Lodi vineyard experience like no conference has provided before!”

Plans for the conference continue to develop and will be announced through the Wine Bloggers Conference over the coming months at www.winebloggersconference.org. All interested in learning more about Lodi and being involved in the conference should start making their plans to attend soon.  Registration for WBC 2016 is now open.

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About Lodi Wine Country

Located south of Sacramento and west of the Sierra Nevada, the Lodi wine region features 110,000 acres of vineyards that thrive in the classic Mediterranean climate of warm days and cool evenings.

With more than 100 varieties currently being cultivated, Lodi offers a diverse portfolio of wines. While long renowned for its high-quality Zinfandel production, including an estimated 2,000 acres of pre-Prohibition own rooted vines, the area also produces award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Chardonnay. More recently, Lodi has begun gaining consumer traction for its other exciting varietals such as Albariño, Tempranillo, Kerner, Gewurztraminer, Graciano and Vermentino, among many others.

A major winegrape growing region since the 1850s, today Lodi boasts over 750 growers. The region also serves as home to more than 85 boutique wineries specializing in small-lot, handmade wines that have garnered major awards at domestic and international wine competitions.  In addition, Lodi is one of the leading wine regions when it comes to sustainable viticulture. The Lodi Winegrape Commission created Lodi Rules™, California’s first third-party-certified sustainable winegrowing program.

For more information about the Lodi wine region, visit www.lodiwine.com.

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About the Wine Bloggers Conference

The Wine Bloggers Conference is the premier gathering of online wine writers. Entering its ninth season, the conference provides a forum for bloggers and writers to network; includes educational content on blogging, technology, and social media; and provides intense experiences in the local host wine industry.

The Wine Bloggers Conference is organized by Zephyr Adventures, which has been running active tours around the world for the last 18 years. In addition to Zephyr’s active tours, its sister company Taste Vacations runs wine, beer, food, and spirits tours that leave the physical activity at home. Zephyr also organizes the Beer Bloggers & Writers ConferenceInternational Food Blogger ConferenceFitBloggin’ Conference, and Wine Tourism Conference.

For more information please contact info@winebloggersconference.org.