In alphabetical orders (by last name) please find the 10 candidates for the #IWS16 scholarship in Portugal. You will find out why they believe they should win the scholarship. Please read what they had to say before voting here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/169324946513268/permalink/915791801866575/
I am an avid #winelover, wine drinker and wine writer. I live in wine country and have worked in the business but, in an effort to make sure I didn’t get complacent and rely on “California palate” I endeavor to discover and appreciate wines from regions where they discovered wine and continue to produce old world wines for the tastes of to the old and new world wine lovers.
I will dedicate myself to immersing myself into the wines of the Douro, both fortified and unfortified, black and white varietals. The region is historically significant, geographically stunning and culturally both traditional and sophisticated. I will work on spreading the work of #winelover and growing the community. I have a significant facebook base and thousands of instagram followers….growing daily.
As an emissary for the community you are growing I will reach out to all of my audiences, including the huge base of digital nomads of which I am a part. We cruised from Cartagena to Lisbon this summer and, while the technological aspects of our international group were in focus, there is a need and a desire to learn more about cultures through food and wine. I will be leading wine education on upcoming digital nomad events and will reach out to encourage this group of young, educated and affluent professionals to attend the #winelover Douro Symposium.
To summarize, I will do my absolute best to appreciate the wines of the Douro region and spread the word on both the wines and #winelover!
Dear International #winelover Symposium Scholarship Committee,
I am Burçak Desombre aka The Pricipessa of #winelover community since few months. I have met this lovely community back in 2012 during EWBC Izmir and felled in love with the spirit. Since then I tried to be involved as much as I can and met wonderful sisters and brothers in Wine from all around world thanks to the community.
I discovered new destinations, new wines and new friends with you. The community helped me in many ways but most important of all a feeling of being connected all over the place with like minded and very kind people that I share the same passion.
I always felt as involved as possible and more and more over the years with the #winelover community. And since the idea of the Symposium came up I was very happy that we were moving on to same more serious plans with the group. I’m very happy to be involved in this plans as a board member and I’am ready to give back more to the community in any ways that I can and share what I have learnt and spread the joy for new members new events and in other ways that I can help.
As many of the #winelover – s, I try to pay my studies (WSET Dip for the moment but hope for more), travel the world to discover different wines and be present in as many wine events as possible to be a better #winelover. Things are getting unfortunately more and more difficult in Turkey especially since the 2013 Alcohol law. Obviously Turkey has other problems but this one touches my business the most. So I have had a long standing plan to leave the country and since the recent events I feel I should do it quicker than planned. So I am considering seriously to move to Portugal if I can find business opportunities.
I believe I have strong communication and organisation skills and I can also be in help with the Education task force. And if I move to Portugal I can be closer to a lot of members to be in the core of the organisations to come in the future.
This scholarship can be a great financial help for me for the moment being but I will attend the 1st International #winelover Symposium as promised even if I don’t get the it. I cant miss the “naissance” of our new baby
Wish you a lovely and winey day,
And see you very soon!
Right now i´m moving to France for three years and is the first time I travel to Europe, so everything is going to be a discovering to me and I´m going to share it with every winelover I can reach. I come from the communication world before I get into wine, and I try to tell people as much as I can about my passion, the wine and it´s world. I´m hungry for experiences, places, photos, histories and everything that I can see or feel in Europe. And I want to share it.
I think that a ling term development strategy for this community would be very useful.
Dear Winelovers I’m a 52 year old man who have invested in wine production and wine promotion. I believe I can contribute with our cause by converting all my friends and network to embrace it, as well as by helping other winelovers on promoting and organizing their events. I have a very strong relation with the “wine world” in Brazil and South America (wineries owners, sommeliers, oenologes, merchants and bloggers). I’m embracing this cause with all my heart!
Fellow #winelover-s, firstly, thank you for reviewing my application to the #IWS16 scholarship.
I have dreamt about such a symposium for several years now, for one simple reason: our future.Those #winelover-s who know me are well aware of my bubbly drive and motivation. My goal is to continue to take a proactive part in developing the future of who we are, what we can offer, and how we can keep improving our community.Briefly who I am:
- – 1 of 3 Ambassadors for France to the #winelover community
- – The Champagne Specialist
- – Organizer of 1st #winelover #Champagne #hangout (2015)
- – Consistently offering insight into visiting Champagne for professionals and amateurs
- – Active in promoting the #winelover community to new and existing members, online and in personThe future of our #winelover community as I see it includes:- #gopro – create a “pro” team within the #winelover community, so we can respond to professional requests and develop a greater awareness of wine (-making, health, consumption, education, and tours)Funding: direct a part of #gopro earnings towards ongoing and future cancer awareness, scholarship funding, and more
Synergy: help independent professional #winelover-s who promote our community within the context of their business
– Education: offer educational solutions to professionals and amateurs who wish to learn more about wine
Having been an active member of the community, my greatest wish is to take this action to the next level. Based on what is decided at the symposium, I would like to help us reach a greater audience and contribute to making the #winelover community an authority when it comes to wine education, professional services and cancer awareness.
8) Rita Takaró – Hungary
You know it already, that the mission of my life is to make the undervalued and undiscovered Tokaj region and it’s wines internationally well know because I believe that this is a beautiful treasure with lot of unique assets where I’m living now. I’ve been working hard on this mission for ten years also doing lot of voluntary work to guide people here sharing my passion and love of Tokaji wines. My faith to make things better through communities’ work is strong and this is why I’m actually working for the association Confrérie the Tokaj. Since I’m a member and specialist of the #winelover community I try to do my best to share experiences and great memories according to the concept of this great community. I am glad that I could help to organize the “Tokaj part” of the #winelover trip this June and I hope I will be able to do it every year in the future. I am very proud to be part of your #winelover mission and I would love to do even more activities to strengthen this community with all of my knowledge and passion.
9) Pinny Tam – USA
I believe I am uniquely qualified for the #IWS16 scholarship as I am a dedicated wine lover and have been trying multiple ways to pursue my passion. As you nicely put it when I met you in the Chile wine tasting event in New York a few years back, I may have caught the “wine bug”! After passing the WSET intermediate back in 2012, I have started writing a blog called Pairing Chinese Food with Wines (http://chinesefoodandwinepairings.com/). The blog led me to the Wine Blogger Conference where I met you guys, the passionate wine experts and regular wine drinkers, and anyone in-between. To promote wine knowledge for the millennials, I have become the “Wine Hero” in the Wine Riot, a major New York wine tasting event that takes place twice a year since 2015. This past December, I have also started a service that offers affordable wine tasting experience at clients’ homes. Attending the #IWS16 will be a dream coming true for me, giving me a fantastic opportunity to mingle with the members of #winelover and to obtain more understanding of the true spirit of this great community. This great experience will no doubt empower me to take on more initiatives in promoting this community of passionate and genuinely kind people who enjoy life through wines, food and friendship!
10) Tanisha Townsend – USA