So, as you know, we here at the WBC Scholarship are all about getting a diverse group of bloggers together in Walla Walla to have some great wine, learn a few things, and have a great time. As you may have read, before & after the official conference, there are excursions to the Yakima Valley and Red Mountain regions. In addition, several of us are going to Portland for some pre-WBC tasting and fun. I’d also like to mention that the good folks over at WineCHATr are holding a contest for out of state (non-Washington) bloggers, for a 3 day road trip through wine country. The WBC-or-Bust campaign is hosting 12 bloggers from Seattle to Walla Walla, and they taste wine, explore the wine regions of Washington, and get to know each other for 2 days before the Wine Bloggers Conference. The road trip begins on June 23rd in Seattle, where you will be picked up downtown and taken out to Woodinville for an afternoon of wine tasting! The itinerary is: Food & Wine Pairing at Ste. Michelle Woodinville Grand Tasting at Willows Lodge Lunch at Barking Frog. Palate Refresher at Pike Brewery Ending up at the downtown Renaissance Seattle Hotel A grand Winemaker dinner will close out Day 1 Day 2 you will be carousing through Red Mountain and Yakima, to visit some premier growing areas and wineries. More information will be available shortly on that day, and you will end up in Walla Walla at the Marcus Whitman for the kick-off to the WBC! In order to qualify for the “WBC-or-BUST” campaign wine bloggers need only signup on WineCHATr.com, add a contest badge to their website, and then blog about Washington wine. At the conclusion of the campaign 12 bloggers will win a seat on the all expenses paid road trip headed to Walla Walla and the 2010 WBC. The contest ends in April 2010 and a total of 12 bloggers will be chosen on the following basis. Two winners will be chosen for posting the most Washington wine related blog entries (minimum of 150 words required for each post). Six additional winners will be chosen for the best category based posting: Top 2 Best Washington winery posts Top 2 Best Washington wine or tasting note posts Best Washington growing region post Best Washington vineyard post For all the details on how to enter, head on over to WBC or Bust for the complete rules and instructions. Special thanks to WineChatr and WBC or Bust for their support of the WBC and the WBC Scholarship! Creative ideas like this are always welcome, and the unique experience for out of state bloggers is guaranteed to delight. plus, it’s easier and cheaper to fly to Seattle, so enter and good luck!