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2014 Wine Bloggers Conference

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As I mentioned in a previous post, I will be attending the Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Barbara in just a few short days! This year the conference is being held in Santa Barbara County, which I am very excited about. Although I have not yet been to Santa Barbara for wine tasting, I have become increasingly interested in wines from this region so I can’t wait to get to the source and learn more about the terroir.


Santa Barbara County is most well-known for it’s Pinot Noir, but there are several other varietals that thrive in this climate, including Chardonnay and Riesling. There will be many opportunities to taste the wines of Santa Barbara during the conference, from partners like Sanford Winery and Bridlewood Estate Winery. I also plan to do my own pre-conference tasting on Thursday afternoon, when I will visit Babcock, Foley, Gainey, Dragonette and Alma Rosa – or as many as time (and tolerance) allows. Any other suggestions?


But this conference isn’t just about Santa Barbara wines – there is so much more! There are breakout groups for blogging technique, search engine optimization, wine certification, tasting like the pros, and other tips to improve your blog. We will also sample wines from Portugal and Greece, as well as other blends from around the world.

I’m eager to learn more about the business of wine blogging, but I am also very excited to meet a community of bloggers. There are many veterans of the conference – and also a lot of newbies like myself – from all around the world! I’m lucky that I live so close because it’s only a 4.5 hour drive down the 101, but some people are traveling all the way from New York, France and London.

I can’t wait!

About Kelsey

Kelsey is a food and wine lover residing in Napa, California, where she does marketing for a boutique wine collective. She previously lived in San Francisco for over six years, where her blogging journey began. She loves to cook seasonal meals and experiment with new wine pairings. She has been drinking and learning about wine with her father since she was 14, and cooking in the kitchen with her mother since she was 6. Both of her parents taught her well about seasoning and flavors, and she continues to learn more with every meal that is made.

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