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Thank you Wine Bloggers, Rioja, and Fate – EWBC 2008 a Success Story

EWBC 2008 - The Crew!It’s 7pm and most of the wine bloggers are in cars, buses, planes or trains headed home. A few remain to have one last meal together tonight and share one last toast. I’m exhausted, and very happy. For those that don’t know, in many ways, this past weekend was the most important events in our almost 4 years of living in Spain. On a bit of a whim, Gabriella, our friend Robert, and I started this adventure with a post and a lot of ignorance. We wanted to meet with bloggers to talk in person, not online. Why? Because needed to know what it meant to be a wine blogger and thought that doing so one one one was the way to do it.

Despite my fears of possible disaster, and a few close calls, this weekend turned out to be incredible. Unbelievable! And most importantly, meaningful. I’m very tired, Gabriella is almost passed out. We still have more people to say goodbye to, and lots of extra bottles to drink! This weekend we have discussed topics diverse and far reaching; we have tasted some of the best wines Spain and Portugal have to offer; and we’ve eaten better than I could have hoped for. So much great food eaten and with excellent company.

This next week, we’ll tell you some of the stories, and we’ll share some of our ideas. We hope that all those who were there will join in as we begin to explain what happened. Sorry I can’t say more right now, but I’m a bit speechless. It feels good and from the bottom of my heart, I want to say thank you all for helping to make this an amazing weekend.

Something very special just happened in Rioja.

Cheers,

Ryan

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  • André Ribeiri

    It was one of the most interesting and better organized conferences I have ever been to. To be able to finally meet some of the people I talk to everyday was an incredible experience that is certainly going to make all of us discuss in an even more open way. Congratulations to the sponsors for believing and support such a ground-breaking group of people and congratulations to the wineries that made it to the conference for having a vision, for wanting to know more and for believing that participation is the way to go. Thanks Ryan, Gabriella and Robert for the hard work you put into such a fantastic event! André

  • Javier_Navarro

    Many, many thanks to Gabriella, Ryan and Robert. The EWBC 08 was really amazing. 100/100 points to the organization of the event. It was wonderful to meet all the bloggers and speak with them about what we are doing in this moment. There is a HUGE POTENTIAL in this group. Let's see what we can do together this year before the EWBC 09… Javier <a href="http://www.tintoralba.com ” target=”_blank”>http://www.tintoralba.com

  • Javier_Navarro

    Many, many thanks to Gabriella, Ryan and Robert. The EWBC 08 was really amazing. 100/100 points to the organization of the event. It was wonderful to meet all the bloggers and speak with them about what we are doing in this moment. There is a HUGE POTENTIAL in this group. Let's see what we can do together this year before the EWBC 09… Javier <a href="http://www.tintoralba.com ” target=”_blank”>http://www.tintoralba.com

  • Javier_Navarro

    Many, many thanks to Gabriella, Ryan and Robert. The EWBC 08 was really amazing. 100/100 points to the organization of the event. It was wonderful to meet all the bloggers and speak with them about what we are doing in this moment. There is a HUGE POTENTIAL in this group. Let's see what we can do together this year before the EWBC 09… Javier <a href="http://www.tintoralba.com ” target=”_blank”>http://www.tintoralba.com

  • Javier_Navarro

    Many, many thanks to Gabriella, Ryan and Robert. The EWBC 08 was really amazing. 100/100 points to the organization of the event. It was wonderful to meet all the bloggers and speak with them about what we are doing in this moment. There is a HUGE POTENTIAL in this group. Let's see what we can do together this year before the EWBC 09… Javier <a href="http://www.tintoralba.com ” target=”_blank”>http://www.tintoralba.com

  • Robert

    almost too tired to think, but excited at the same time. It was a great weekend. Thanks to you guys, the sponsors, everyone who turned up and the people, wines and hospitality of Rioja! Now, a quick kip!

  • Ane Miren

    Gabriella, Ryan, Thanks so much for doing such a wonderful job organising this event. I had been looking forward to attending but it exceeded my expectations ten-fold. I am so happy to have met so many wonderful people and to hear what they are all doing and their ideas and plans for the future. The Conference has been a great base for building future debate and for working as a cohesive group. Many congratulations.

  • Gabriella Opaz

    Robert, Ryan and I really appreciate your willingness to come and support us. I know it took a huge leap of faith, but you all did it, and we thank you!!

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  • Alastair

    Great job guys. Super conference – very well organized and right on the money (I mean relevant, not cheap, although it was, of course, stonkingly good VFM too).

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