Another successful Wine Bloggers Conference came and went! Our own editor-in-chief, Greg Dal Piaz, attended, as did our itinerary contest winner, Shannon Jones of the wine blog, Grape Occasions. Read on for her coverage of the fourth annual industry meetup in the charming town of Charlottesville, Virginia, and be sure to check back for a follow-up article. We're already looking forward to next year's conference, set to take place in Portland, Oregon!

As a native of the great state of Virginia, I was extremely proud to see my home state's burgeoning wine industry and hospitality highlighted as host of the fourth annual North American Wine Bloggers Conference this weekend in beautiful Charlottesville, Virginia. The three-day event brought together wine bloggers and wine industry leaders to learn and discuss wine in the new media world. It was the perfect group to see, sense and sip Virginia wine.

We are now the fifth largest wine producing state in the country and home to six of the United States' 187 AVAs (designated grape growing regions). With 193 wineries in production, 35 added just last year, the state saw a 13% increase in sales over the prior year, although the entire state still only produces 500,000 cases annually.