A few keen friends would surely come, and a few of the more internationally focused blogs would consider it, but our targets were modest.
In our more excited moments, we hoped we’d reach 30 participants, but I don’t think we ever honestly expected that we would get up to 40 participants! Nor did we expect that many of our last minute entries would be from winery bloggers from Italy, Portugal and Spain - countries which have traditionally shown a bit of resistance when the conversation of technology and wine blogs have been muttered by marketing magazines and international press.
Well today, we are proud, and very excited, to announce that we are officially closed for registration! Allow us to stress “officially”, as we had already cut off registration once before, but with so many worthy and interested candidates interested in participating, we couldn’t quite say no. Instead, we gleefully said yes, while immediately ramping up our creative juices to both extend our resources and reconfigure our game plan. For some organizational committees, this might have caused havoc, but fortunately for us, creativity runs wild at the EWBC headquarters and admitting more interested bloggers was considered an obligation, rather than a discussion.
So with this, we’d like to say welcome to everyone coming from Australia, Canada, the United States, Spain, Holland, Germany, Italy, Portugal, the UK and France. We have three FULL days packed with over 80+ wines, 4 winery tours, 3 roundtable discussions on blogging, a Tapas tour through Logroño, a traditional Rioja asada (roast) and a tour through the famous Dinastia Vivanco wine museum. Through these three days, it our hope to not only provide all of you a chance to network with other like-minded individuals from all over the world, but also to challenge the wine blogging industry to both seek improvement, as well as unity - forming a stronger bond between wine bloggers, regardless of language or culture.
For those of you who cannot make it this year, we ask that you please support our efforts and follow us online. In addition, keep note that this is the first of many annual conferences that will be hosted in a different European country every year, as plans for the 2009 European Wine Blogger Conference in Italy are already underway.
Flickr photo contributed by Jasoon