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Second Annual EthniFacts Scholarship Expands Globally

Submitted By: Thea Dwelle, July 20, 2016
EthniFacts announced its second annual “EthniFacts Diversity in Wine Writing Scholarship”, awarded to Julian Miquel of Social Vignerons with the goal of encouraging ethnic, gender, and cultural diversity.

“More than half of Americans under the age of 50 are now living in households that are either multicultural or blended in race and ethnicity. Our business is built around diversity and we passionately believe in encouraging diverse voices,” said Mike Lakusta, CEO and Founding Partner of EthniFacts. “This scholarship is meant to encourage participation and support of diverse candidates who have influential voices by providing them access to some of the best wine regions throughout America.”

Julian Miquel, founder of Social Vignerons, winemaker, blogger and overall passionate wine lover is the recipient of this year’s EthniFacts Diversity Scholarship. “Sometimes you just have to create a community that you want to be part of,” he says. He founded the blog to build a worldwide community of passionate wine lovers and professionals to share a knowledge, time and a good laugh.”

Last year, Julian was named the Wine Blogger’s Conference 2015 Best New Blog award. Unfortunately, due to his geographic location and lack of resources, he was not able to attend the conference to celebrate this milestone. This is the year he is dedicated to sharing his vision of making wines fun, interesting and approachable at this year’s conference.

He is a former winemaker, strategic developer of Wine-Searcher.com and overall Renaissance man dedicated to putting his passion, talent and effort into every piece of coverage about wine, its industry and the people who make what we drink on a daily basis.

The Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship was founded in 2009 to provide well established “citizen bloggers” with a stipend so they can attend the wine bloggers conference, further their knowledge, their network, the wine blogging community and the wine industry as a whole. The recipients are bloggers who are not affiliated with a winery or other company in the wine industry with a demonstrated financial need. Specific attention is paid to bloggers who post regularly, have never attended the conference before and who are students with a particular focus in wine. For more information please visit http://wbcscholarship.com/america/.

The ninth annual North American Wine Bloggers Conference is scheduled from Aug. 11-14, 2016, and brings together hundreds of wine bloggers, social media educators and leaders, and wine industry members in Lodi, CA.

The Wine Bloggers Conference Scholarship is partnered with Enobytes, an organization dedicated to sharing passion and knowledge of wine and food. This non-profit organization serves a global audience of wine lovers, and takes innovation to the next level with interactive maps, in depth wine reviews, and wine business analysis