Thursday, August 13 marks an important passage in time – the official start to the 8th annual Wine Bloggers Conference! We are ready to rumble with all our wine blogging and writing brethren in the Finger Lakes wine region and look forward to an awesome collection of all things wine + words in Corning.
We are humbled by the enthusiasm and all the hard work and effort that the Finger Lakes wine region has put out to help us coordinate a fantastic line up up content programming, education, and events for all participants. Big shout out of THANKS to the Finger Lakes Wine Country Tourism Association for helping us herd the wine cats and bring us to this awesome part of the United States. We are honored to be in such a bucolic and sophisticated wine region and look forward to sharing the obvious passion for great wine production and the good life with all WBC wine attendees at this year’s conference.
The conference kicks off this evening with registration in the hotel lobby and a stunning Opening Wine Reception in Corning’s Gaffer District in Riverfront Park. Named a top culinary destination by the Bon Appetit Appalachia program, Corning’s Gaffer District will roll out the red carpet in the historic Riverfront Centennial Park. Wines from the Keuka Lake Wine Trail and small plates from a variety of the celebrated local restaurants pair beautifully, while the backdrop of the award-winning Historic Centerway Walking Bridge, laid over the Chemung River, and live music on the nearby Centerway Square’s public stage provide the perfect atmosphere.
Named as a tribute to the gaffers, or master glassblowers, that make up Corning’s rich glass heritage, the historic downtown is known for its exceptional shopping, dining, arts and beautifully restored buildings. The reception is co-sponsored by the Keuka Lake Wine Trail and Finger Lakes Wine Country and with support from the Corning Area Chamber of Commerce. Follow @GafferDistrict and join in the conversation using #ExploreCorning. Before heading to the reception, make sure to check in and pick up your name badge at registration in the Radisson hotel lobby.
The 2015 Wine Bloggers Conference is here! Thank you all for traveling from far and wide to be in Corning this year – we look forward to seeing you later today!