IFWTWA Professional Development

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 opportunities.

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Must be a member to participate in or view this webinar series.

— Registration Open —

Michigan Wine Collaborative AdSeptember 23, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific:
Michigan Wine Collaborative
with Emily Dockery (MWC), Heather Durham-Birley (Rove Estate), & Nancie Oxley (St. Julian)

Michigan 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.

To register, email Cori Solomon at [email protected] 

Upcoming Webinars:

October 7: Craft Wine Association. 
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.

October 14: Mr. Tequila

October 21: Park City

November 4: Corning & The Southern Finger Lakes.
In Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes you’ll find quintessential small-town Americana without compromising on world-class experiences. Between the extraordinary landscape and outdoor adventures, first-rate culinary options, world-renowned art, and the laid-back, and spectacular wines, it’s difficult to find anywhere quite like it.

November 18: Birmingham

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  • Costa Mesa – City of the Arts
    Costa Mesa Create you escape adAt 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. Learn about this vibrant travel destination, just perfect for your next getaway or article.

  • Valle de Guadalupe with Stacie Hunt 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
    Video editing project in a laptop screen at a wooden workplaceFrom 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, VP CityPASS (July 8, 2020)
    CityPASS LogoCityPASS® 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.
    Travel Advisory: Our thoughts are with our customers and friends around the world during these difficult times. Currently, many of our attractions are temporarily closed. To learn more about these closures, as well as product expiration and validity information, our return policy, and how to contact us, please visit our Support Center. We hope you are looking forward to future travels as much as we are.  
  • Chocolate Bliss with Susie Norris (June 24, 2020)

    Chocolate Bliss by Susie Norris Book CoverPastry 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, Certified DOCa Rioja Educator, WSET Level 3, Silver Pin Sommelier (June 10, 2020)

    Sierra Cantabria rolling vineyards & hillsRioja 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. 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 (May 27, 2020)
    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.  

    Travel Advisory: SJCVB is now welcoming visitors back to the Islands under Phase 2 guidelines! Find details here. For information about online access to virtual Island experiences, island businesses and products go here.

  • Celebrate Oregon Wine Month with Travel Medford & Rogue Valley Vintners (May 13, 2020)
    Travel Medford rows of grape vines on rolling hillsCelebrate 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.
    Travel Advisory: Learn more at Kickstart Southern Oregon – SOS: Southern Oregon Strong

  • Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels with Kimberli Munkres (April 29, 2020)
    Wonderfully Palm Springs AdJoin hosts Cori Solomon and Dave Nershi as they welcome guest Kimberly Munkres for IFWTWA’s second webinar focusing Palm Springs Small Boutique Hotels. Learn about what Palm Springs has to offer in accommodations from trendy to retro mid-century architecture. COVID 19 is changing our world. Find out why small boutique hotels should matter and how you can work with these types of hotels during a time of limited travel. You won't want to miss this interactive presentation.
    Travel Advisory: 
    COVID-19 INFO from PSPSH  Palm Springs small hotels will began reopening on June 12th, just in time for that perfect road trip. And 'they' we can’t wait to have you back! Over the past few weeks, hotel owners and general managers have collaboratively created a baseline of safety sanitation standards to manage the many changes required due to COVID-19 while still providing you with an exceptional guest experience. You will also receive a set of hotel-specific guidelines when you receive your reservation confirmation. Stay small and stay safe.

  • Magical Malbec with Dave Nershi (April 15, 2020)

    Four Malbec Wine bottlesOur first webinar will help get members ready for Malbec World Day with an educational segment on one of our favorite grapes.
    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.

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