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II Annual European Wine Bloggers Conference Extraordinarily Brief Update

European Wine Bloggers ConferenceI am currently writing this from my VIP Grand Lisboa hotel room using every single ounce of energy I have left to get word out that all is well. As many of you already know, Ryan and I have spent the last 5 days in Lisbon hosting the II Annual European Wine Bloggers Conference, and to say it was a success would be an understatement, it was INCREDIBLE. And to give you a sense of what people are saying, take a peek at the following:

Event Manager of the VIP Grand Lisboa, “I thoroughly enjoyed your group this past weekend. They were considerate, passionate, interesting and willing to share their knowledge with me about ways we can improve the hotel’s services. I can’t say I fully understand their suggestions [social media], but their desire to share their thoughts so passionately is very appreciated.

Manager of Restaurante Alfandega, “I’ve rarely come across such a happy and fun bunch of people. We couldn’t have been more pleased to have them at our restaurant on their final night.” (said to me while dancing to a Beastie Boys song at 2am)

Managing Director of DOC-DMC, “Obrigada Gabriella for bringing this event to Portugal!! I was happy to take part in it, and I promise to work on my doc-dmc.blog! (message sent through Facebook).”

Marketing Assistant of Amorim, “Just to thank you for everything and to congratulate  – you, Ryan and all the ones that helped you – for the organization and great success of one more edition of EWBC!”

George Sandeman, Responsible for Public Relations of Sogrape Vinhos and Spokesman of Wine in Moderation, “I loved the (very short) bit of the conference I attended, and only wish I had done the whole thing. I enjoyed chatting with Ryan and in two minutes learned some key stuff. I want to plan to come to the conference next year, and will talk to WINE IN MODERATION about participating again as a sponsor.”

This is only the beginning of the comments rolling in, and I’ve barely glanced at the 200+ new messages in my email box yet. I’d love to share more with you, and I will, but serious nap time is required, as indicated by the fact that I’ve rewritten the same sentence a half dozen times.

Allow me to end today’s incredibly brief update with a THANK YOU to the amazing EWBC community who graced us with their amazing presence, to Viniportugal for their undying support, and to all the amazing sponsors and producers who believed in this project. None of this could have worked without you.

Cheers,

Gabriella and Ryan
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  • javier

    You have made a great job. Congratulations. I really believe you are developing one of the more interesting Wine Community in Europe. The EWBC is not an event more in the Calendar. It’s the year meeting point for most of us.

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  • http://jimsloire.blogspot.com Jim Budd

    Great conference thanks Gabriella, Ryan and Robert

  • http://sacrebleuwine.com/ Galen Struwe

    Heard many great things about the conference this year and now wish we had attended.

  • http://jerezwine.com Justin Roberts

    Yes, excellent conference. You guys outdid yourselves. Looking forward to 2010 already.

  • John

    I heard this was awesome great job.

  • http://www.cortesdecima.pt Carrie Jorgensen

    What a great thing that the EWBC 2009 took place in Portugal! Speaking for the whole Portuguese wine industry – “Thank you Catavino, Robert Mcintosh and Adegga for making it happen and bringing the EWBC 09 to Lisbon! Hope the next time EWBC takes place in Portugal, it will come to Evora (Alentejo) or Porto!

  • http://www.thewinemaestro.co.uk Brett Jones

    A very interesting few days where I learnt a lot and understood more about social media. I enjoyed the community spirit, putting people to all the names and faces that I know over the internet, and making many new friends too!
    Portugal looked after us very well and the visits to Alentejo, where Cortes de Cima looked after us so well, Tejo, where Amorim and Lagoalva welcomed us, and then the Douro Boys, where we were given such kind hospitality.
    Thank you very much Gabriella, Ryan and Robert for all your tremendous hard work, as well as the cable guys and your sponsors.
    Looking forward to the next #EWBC!

  • http://lissondiary.wordpress.com Iris

    just anted to know whether I could find a list of the participants and of all the blog-posts recording their experiance somewhere on the Web – just by filling in EWBC 2009 on goggle it find more announcing than relating articles…

  • http://www.vendervino.com Ignacio Segovia

    Hello Gabriela:
    At the end I was lucky to lose that plane ticket. Because that night was the best in those three days Lisbon.
    You have done a good job. Congratulations.

    • http://www.catavino.net Gabriella

      I couldn’t agree more Ignacio. Sunday night at Alfandega was a special night indeed, and one that we need to ensure happens at all EWBC conferences when possible :-)

  • Troy

    congrats folks. wish I could have been there, but very happy to see that the doc-dmc folks showed up. they are much fun.

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