February 7, 2012
We held our First Annual Wine Sisterhood Gathering Sunday-Tuesday, February 26-28, 2012 in the gorgeous Napa Valley.
Here’s the UPDATED AGENDA of what took place (PDF that you can download and print).
Home Base: Avia Hotel. This is a super-stylish boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Napa. This is where we stayed and where the morning wine education and social media seminars were held.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS plans
Sunday Evening: Welcome reception and Oscar Party. Get right into the wine and social media swim. Get a hands-on Foursquare and Twitter experience.
Monday morning: After an optional private group fitness session and breakfast, the gathering begins with a welcome by Wine Sisterhood Founder, Terry Wheatley. Then we break out into smaller groups for our seminars and workshops.
Our superstar presenters included:
Wine expert, author and head Thirsty Girl Leslie Sbrocco.
Our own Wine Sisterhood Personal Sommelier (and wine director at Acme Fine Wines) Erin Sullivan.
Christine Trice, creater of OMG I So Need a Glass of Wine or I’m Gonna to sell My Kids and founder of Brown Bag Botanicals.
Bottlenotes founder Alyssa Rapp (creator of The Daily Sip and The Daily Pint).
Spit Bucket co-founder and President Jen Amis.
Web pioneer and digital diva Aliza Sherman
Digital Media Entrepreneur and Lifestyle Expert Sonia Hunt
Welcome - Wine Sisterhood Boss Lady Terry Wheatley welcomes attendees.
Session 1 – Beyond Facebook & Twitter: A Social Mobile Revolution. Digital Diva Aliza Sherman presents a session about social mobile apps like Instagram, Foodspotting, Corkbin, Pinterest and beyond to provide women with tools to document their experiences business & beyond. From the basics to the hottest new apps and trends.
Session 2 - Food and Wine Pairing Seminar. Wine personality, Emmy winner, author and Head Thirsty Girl Leslie Sbrocco breaks down the principles of wine and food pairing as only she can do.
Monday lunch: One group will head to the fabulous Bottega Restaurante in Yountville (celebrity chef Michael Chiarello); and the other goes to Kitchen Door (recently written up in Food & Wine Magazine) located in the charming Oxbow Public Market in Napa. We’ll enjoy lovely family-style lunches, and of course, some delicious wine.
Monday afternoon: The Kitchen Door crew will head over to Conn Creek Vineyards for an amazing Napa Valley Appellation and Wine Blending Seminar. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to put your own wine blend together–this is your chance.
The Bottega babes will be whisked to Swanson Vineyards, where they’ll enjoy a private, guided tasting of the wines and the beautiful ambience of one of Napa’s most elegant tasting salons.
Monday dinner: Lobster Feed at Black Stallion Winery with family member Cheryl Indelicato.
Cheryl will introduce us to her newly released, female-focused wine called Handcraft which will be coming soon to wine shelves near you.
Tuesday day: After an optional fitness session and breakfast, we roll into day two of seminars and sessions.
Session 1 – Taking Social to the Next Level: Online Video. Award-winning former Television Anchor, Host and Creator of Extraordinarymommy.com Danielle Smith will introduce you to the social media power of VIDEO. Learn how easy it is to document places and events, interview people, promote your business and yourself!
Special Session – Brands and Branding. Digital Media Entrepreneur & Lifestyle Expert Sonia Hunt will put into perspective marketing and technology as it pertains to brands, whether for a business or one’s personal brand.
Session 2 – The Wisdom of Women: Telling Our Stories. Moderated by Aliza and Danielle, find out how to tell YOUR story for pitches, presentations, social media, important personal opportunities and life passages. Hear how dynamic female wine entrepreneurs have used social media to bring their stories to life and move their businesses forward. Featuring Alyssa Rapp of Bottlenotes; Jen Amis of Spit Bucket; Christine Trice of OMG I So Need A Glass of Wine Or I’m Gonna Sell My Kids; and Erin Sullivan of Acme Fine Wines.
Closing Remarks – Aliza Sherman. A wrap-up on what we’ve learned and how to apply it to our professional and personal lives. Each participant will receive an ebook on social media best practices written exclusively for the Wine Sisterhood Gathering.
Tuesday lunch: The two groups will play switcheroo, visiting the restaurant they didn’t visit the day before. So everybody has a chance at a Michael Chiarello sighting!
Tuesday afternoon: Same deal–those who blended at Conn Creek head to Swanson and vice-versa.
Tuesday Late Afternoon: The groups will join up together at the Round Pond Estate for a private wine and olive oil tasting.
Tuesday farewell dinner: We all head up to St. Helena to Farmstead Restaurant where Chef Steven Barber will prepare a southern-inspired, Napa Valley-style, farm-to-table meal just for us.
After a final toast, we go back to the Avia to pack our bags for a departure the next morning.