Registration is open for the 2011 Wine and Grape Policy Conference. The annual Wine and Grape Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. is an important opportunity for members of WineAmerica and WGA to discuss and evaluate Federal policy issues of interest to our industry, and to communicate our stances directly to Members of Congress and the Administration. These meetings play an important role in the critical process of relationship building which is central to our mission of favorably influencing policy outcomes. It is also a great opportunity for wine industry leaders from across the country to network with each other in formal and informal settings. We hope that you will join us in May for this very important meeting. Registration for the meeting can be found here:
The 2011 Wine Tourism Conference http://winetourismconference.org/ is brought to you by Zephyr Adventures and MartinCalder Productions . An anticipated 300 national and international delegates representing wine and travel businesses, meeting planners, educators and other stakeholders in the wine tourism industry will convene in the Napa Valley on November 16 and 17, 2011 to address industry trends and the issues that impact wine tourism for both new and old world wine regions. You may want to attend this conference to keep abreast on what the latest trends and best practices are in the wine tourism industry or you may want to attend and showcase your wine region as a wine tourism destination as a conference sponsor. Sponsorship information can be found on the blog under SPONSORS or click here: http://winetourismconference.org/sponsors
The Wine Bloggers Conference http://winebloggersconference.org/america/ travels from the west coast to the east for a three day event taking place July 22 – 24 in Charlottesville, VA. 300 plus wine bloggers, new media innovators and wine industry representatives will convene to taste wine and discuss the intersection of wine with the world of new media including blogging, social media, and more. This conference offers several excellent opportunities for you to get your wines in front of some of today’s most influential wine & food bloggers. Visit http://winebloggersconference.org/america/ and click on SPONSORS for more sponsorship information.
The 2011 International Food Blogger Conferences take place August 26-28 in New Orleans LA and November 11-13 in Santa Monica CA : http://www.foodista.com/ifbc2011/ Both of these conferences offer a wonderful opportunity for a wine to stand out amongst a largely Food Blogger base of attendees. We are expecting 250 to 300 to attend the New Orleans conference and 230 to 260 to attend the Santa Monica conference. With a focus on food, writing, and technology, IFBC is the premier event for not only food bloggers, but anyone interested in engaging with industry leading authors, chefs, bloggers and more. For the past two years the IFBC has sold out months in advance and continues to be the largest event of its kind. Sponsorship Opportunities can be found on the conference blog or click here: http://www.foodista.com/ifbc2011nola/sponsors/
Law and Public Safety Committee
Assembly of the State of New Jersey
545 Cedar Lane
Teaneck, NJ 07666
Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel
by Michael Kaiser
Today at 1 pm the Maryland State Senate and Maryland State Assembly will hold hearings regarding the two pending legislative proposals that would allow direct-to-consumer wine shipment in Maryland. WineAmerica, in conjunction with the Maryland Wineries Association supports House Bill 234 and Senate Bill 248. Below is the text of our letter of support that is being put into the legislative record.
For more information please visit the Maryland Wineries Association website.
by Michael Kaiser