Tomorrow I head to BlogHer. Whoa! It seems like I have been preparing for weeks and all of the sudden it is here. This will be my second year at BlogHer. And wow have things changed. Last year I went knowing no one, barely blogging, and with no plan. This year I am headed there with four friends from CoMo, two different blogs, and a carefully executed plan.
And this year I am concentrating on the things that are most important to me. I turned down party invites to spend more time with friends I don’t get to see very often. Instead of attending sessions just to attend them, I am concentrating on the few that are really important to me. I blocked out only one two hour period for the special needs mini conference and let myself do whatever I wanted the rest of the time.
The biggest decision I made this year was to approach a sponsor. I wanted to partner with someone who I felt comfortable promoting and who fit in with the message of my blog and my personality. And I am thrilled that I found the most amazing sponsor that more than does both: Missouri Wines.
Did you know that some of the oldest vines in the country are from Missouri? That’s why the slogan of Missouri Wines is the country’s first wine county. And now I get to share some of the varietals coming from those vines with friends at BlogHer.
It’s not all about the wine though. As a localvore, I am proud to be representing my state. There’s a movement called the other 46 which is about celebrating the wine made in the states that aren’t the wine superpowers (California, Washington, Oregon, and New York.) Don’t get me wrong, I won’t be giving up my Oregon Pinot Noirs, or for that matter my Malbecs, anytime soon.
But I do want to support my local producers. I make an effort to shop local businesses, support the farmer’s market, and buy meat and dairy from local producers. So I should be supporting my local wineries (and breweries too.) I want to spread the message that if you are a localvore you should be localpouring too. Shop local? Sip local!
You can learn more about Missouri Wines on their website, read more about them on the Wine Wednesday series of my local blog, or just come ask me about them at BlogHer! I am happy to talk your ear off and share a glass of wine with you.