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IFWTWA members continually grow in this fascinating business of writing, photographing, and sharing about food, wine, and travel. The International Food, Wine & Travel Writers AssnTM is proud to offer our members the following learning and participation opportunities through our Webinar Series.

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Must be a member to participate in or view IFWTWA webinars.

April 28, 2021 at 5 PM Pacific:
Celebrate Walla Walla Month with L’Ecole No 41

Celebrate Walla Walla Month with LEcole Number 41Join Cori Solomon and Scott Kendall co-hosts as we discover the Whidbey and Camano Islands with our guest host, Sherrye Wyatt.

Please join Cori Solomon and David Nershi Co-hosts as we venture to Washington State to celebrate Walla Walla Month with L’Ecole No. 41 with our guest hosts. Marta Timóteo, Constance Savage, and Marty Clubb, owner of L’Ecole.

L’Ecole is a pioneer in Washington Wine. Learn their story, why they have made an impact on Walla Walla and the Washington wine scene, and of course, sample their outstanding wine. Today they are a third-generation family-owned, artisan winery located in the historic Frenchtown School depicted on our label. Founded in 1983, it was the third winery established in the Walla Walla Valley and the twentieth in the Washington State, and it has become one of the most prominent and visible Walla Walla Valley wineries with national and international distribution.

This webinar is a wine share and in order for the wine to be sent to you, you must register by Thursday, April 15th. Those registering please include your mailing address. Those that register after the 15th can join the webinar but will not be sent any wine.

The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, April 28, at 5 pm PDT. To sign up, contact Cori Solomon at [email protected]. We will start with a presentation from our guests followed by a Q & A and will finish with the wine share. he wine share will be based on who signs up first as time may prevent us from having everyone share.

Please note by receiving wine samples you are agreeing to publish an article and/or give social media exposure.

Upcoming Webinars
Webinar Series Schedule (subject to change). All times are Pacific time zone.

  • May 12, 2021 5 PM
    Travel Panel with IFWTWA Associate Members

  • May 26, 2021 11 AM
    Visit Albuquerque with Brenna Moore

  • June 9, 2021 11 AM
    Discover Claremont with Ron Antonette

  • June 23, 2021 11 AM
    Developing and Maintaining a Relationship with CVBs and DMOs with Noreen Kompanik

  • July 14, 2021 5 PM
    Chinese Wine: Culture, Obstacles, and the Future

  • July 28, 2021 11 AM
    St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches with Barbara Golden

  • August 9, 2021 5 PM
    Utopia Winery - Live Webinar from the Willamette Valley with Carl Giavanti

  • August 25, 2021 11 AM
    Photography Post Production with Julie Diebolt Price

  • October 6, 2021 5 PM
    Craft Wine Association with Carole Lawson

IFWTWA Webinar Series
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Visit Phoenix Culinary Adventure Cook-Along
with Sherrye Wyatt and Doug Mac

Visit Phoenix Culinary Adventure Cook-Along

Visit Phoenix and Plant-Based Farm-to-Table Food Art leader Melanie Albert, founder and CEO of Experience Nutrition bring us a fun, hands-on virtual cook-along experience creating a beautiful Raw Carrot Cake. Create your cake with Arizona Medjool dates and enjoy the aromatherapy of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom while making your own eye-catching, delicious carrot cake.

How and Where to Sell Your Stories
with Chris Cutler and Amy Piper

How and Where to Sell Your Stories with Amy Piper and Chris Cutler

Join co-hosts Cori Solomon and David Nershi for a professional development webinar focused on the important topic of selling your work. Our knowledgeable guest hosts will be writer, photographer, and editor Chris Cutler (president of IFWTWA) and Amy Piper, luxury travel and food writer.


A successful food, wine, or travel writing career takes a lot of work on your part, but there are many ways to find publications that will pay for your work. Besides good writing skills, there are several habits you’ll need to adopt to spread your name and open the doors of opportunity for you. Join Chris and Amy as they discuss how and where to pitch and sell your stories.

Deep In The Heart Of Texas, Part 2: Texas Fine Wines
with Denise Clarke

Deep In The Heart Of Texas, Part 2: Texas Fine Wines with Denise Clarke

Texas Fine Wine, a group of five exceptional Texas wineries, will host a tasting and webinar to talk about the 5th largest wine producing state in the country.

The group includes Bending Branch Winery in Comfort, Brennan Vineyards in Comanche, Duchman Family Winery in Driftwood, Pedernales Cellars in Stonewall and Spicewood Vineyards in Spicewood. Texas Fine Wine will cover all aspects of the Texas wine industry including history, AVAs, climate and soils, and promising varieties in addition to information about each of the wineries.

Join director and certified wine educator Denise Clarke, along with members of the Texas Fine Wine group, for a fun and educational webinar.

Deep In The Heart Of Texas, Part 1: Visit Austin
with Julie Chase

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What you hear is true. With vibrant entertainment, art and culture, inspiring cuisine, and stunning outdoor experiences, Austin lets you create a soundtrack all your own. So take a look around, and put the Live Music Capital of the World®on your playlist. Learn more during this special webinar with guest Julie Chase, vice president and chief marketing officer for Visit Austin

Improving Your Online Presence

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First impressions are formed within seconds of meeting an editor, publisher, potential sponsor or client. But what if they are not meeting you personally? Then, those valuable first seconds occur while they read your bio and see your portfolio. Knowing what to include and how to present yourself quickly and effectively is key. Guest host Diane Dobry: Course director at Full Sail University, PR master’s degree program.

Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes

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In the Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes, you’ll find quintessential small-town Americana without compromising on world-class experiences. Between the extraordinary landscape and exciting outdoor adventures (there are nearly 1,000 miles of wilderness footpaths for one thing), charming small towns, the variety and affordability of activities, world-renowned art, one of the country’s top wine regions, a burgeoning craft brew scene, and the laid-back, unpretentious vibe that distinguishes the region’s personality, it is difficult to find anywhere quite like The Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes.

Visit Park City

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Park City, Utah has just come through a very successful summer visitor season – exceeding all local projections – as the town promoted a ‘Stay Safe to Stay Open’ campaign. The winter season will focus not only on downhill sports, but also dog sledding, sleigh riding, tubing, snowmobiling, ice skating, snowshoeing and cross country, yoga in the caves, the Midway ice castles and the Comet Bobsled at Utah Olympic Park.  Join Dan Howard (Visit Park City) in learning what lies ahead for Park City.

Craft Wine Association

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The Distinctive American Wine: The mission of the Craft Wine Association is to make Craft Wine as available as craft beer and spirits by certifying wineries and building a thriving marketplace for hand-crafted, American wine. Learn about the growth of this group and how they serve small wineries and the Craft Wine community.

 Michigan Wine Collaborative

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Michigan Wine Collaborative grows more than 30 varieties of wine grapes and its unique terroir is influenced by the Great Lakes. The main grape-growing region is at the same latitude as Bordeaux and Willamette Valley. Michigan wines are gaining international notoriety. Find out what all the excitement is about.

Costa Mesa—City of the Arts

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At the heart of Southern California is Orange County, the destination of choice for more than 46 million visitors each year. And nestled within Orange County is the internationally acclaimed arts and theater district – Costa Mesa—City of the ArtsLearn about this vibrant travel destination, just perfect for your next getaway or article. 

Valle de Guadalupe
with Stacie Hunt

Valle de Guadalupe

The Valle de Guadalupe (Guadalupe Valley) is an area of Ensenada Municipality, Baja California, Mexico increasingly popular for wine and Baja Med cuisine.

Everything you want to know about Video
with Scott Kendall and Ken Bornstein

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From tips on shooting video to editing, member Scott Kendall along with Ken Bornstein, film and TV editor in Los Angeles, present a panel discussing and answering questions about shooting a video. 

 CityPASS Program and the Return of American Tourism
with Deborah Wakefield

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CityPASS® tickets, a must-have travel accessory for tourists who want to immerse themselves in a destination’s top attractions while enjoying big savings. Learn about visitation planning by attractions and expectations for the return of travel post-Covid-19.

 Chocolate Bliss
with Susie Norris

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Pastry chef, educator, and food-focused traveler, Susie Norris taught baking at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and ran an award-winning artisan chocolate business in Los Angeles for a decade. Your perfect chance to develop articles and social media posts for World Chocolate Day (July 7).

 Rioja: Where Worlds Collide
with Nina Sventitsky 

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Rioja is Spain’s oldest and most famous wine region, known for wines that can age for decades. This region in Northern Spain has close ties to France, Great Britain, and America. Led by Nina Sventitsky, we will explore how outside forces shaped one of Europe’s premier wine regions and how to travel within Rioja to experience this history. Get ready to learn about the old and the new, architecture, and gastronomy and the strong abiding culture of Rioja, Spain. Open a bottle of wine and “share” with others on the webinar. 

 San Juan Islands: Inspiration for the Senses
with San Juan Convention and Visitors Bureau

San Juan Islands

Explore the natural beauty, abundant wildlife and calm island culture of the San Juan Islands, located between three Northwestern cities, during this webinar with the San Juan Convention and Visitors Bureau.   

Celebrate Oregon Wine Month
with Travel Medford & Rogue Valley Vintners 

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Celebrate Oregon Wine Month with Travel Medford and Rogue Valley Vintners and infuse your life with the unexpected sights, sounds, and experiences of the Rogue Valley. Open a bottle of wine and “share” with others on the webinar. Here is a list of Rogue Valley wineries.

 Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels
with Kimberli Munkres

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We are a consortium of over 75 independently owned, boutique hotels loaded with visually-appealing inspiration. From quirky to charming, mid-century modern to clothing optional, Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels has the perfect stay.

 Magical Malbec
with Dave Nershi

Four Malbec Wine bottles

Participants are invited to open a bottle, share their tasting notes with the group and why they chose that Malbec. This will give you time to prepare your stories or social media posts for Malbec World Day, April 17.