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Walla Walla to host 11th Annual Wine Bloggers Conference

Dec. 12, 2017

Walla Walla to host 11th Annual Wine Bloggers Conference
Doug Frost, a Master of Wine and a Master Sommelier based in Kansas City, Mo., served as the keynote speaker for the 2017 Wine Bloggers Conference. (Photo by Colony One Studio/Courtesy of Oregon Wine Experience)

WALLA WALLA, Wash. – It’s been seven years since the group first descended upon the Walla Walla Valley, but the Wine Bloggers Conference will be back at the historic Marcus Whitman Hotel in October 2018.

Officials said they expect the 11th annual Wine Bloggers Conference, set for Oct. 4-7, to attract more than 350 bloggers, writers, wine marketers and winery association representatives. Walla Walla and the Marcus Whitman Conference Center played host in 2010 to the third Wine Bloggers Conference. Its 2018 return will be orchestrated as a joint effort by Visit Walla Walla and the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance.

“Walla Walla is looking forward to sharing its historic town and premium, world-class wines with the greater wine community,” Muriel Kenyon, who serves as board president of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance, stated in a news release.

Last week, Wine Spectator magazine, the wine world’s leading publication, named the K Vintners 2014 Powerline Estate Syrah from the Walla Walla Valley as its No. 2 wine of 2017.

Next year marks the fourth time that the Wine Bloggers Conference will be held in the Pacific Northwest. Ron Williams, executive director of Visit Walla Walla, attended this year’s conference in Sonoma, Calif., where the 2018 destination was made official earlier this month.

“It was very gratifying when the announcement was made, and the room erupted in cheers,” Williams said. “It will be a unique opportunity for us to showcase Walla Walla to such a prestigious group of media members and marketers.”

To read full article, visit Great Northwest Wine