About Vrazon

Organizers of #DWCC and #BDWA

VRAZONfrom veraison: the process of development whereby unripe green berries begin to be transformed into sweet, coloured grapes useful for wine production.
We are a wine marketing and conversation agency, finding ways to build “social” into the wine world through our events, blogs, podcasts, client projects, speaking engagements, workshops and occasional consultancy.
Join us at the Digital Wine Communications Conference (DWCC) or get in touch directly via email.
Wine is social by design, we’ll provide you the tools to successfully interact, communicate and collaborate online
We are Vrazon: Robert McIntosh, Gabriella Opaz & Ryan Opaz

Gabriella Opaz
Editor in Chief
Born in Chicago and lives in Porto, masters degree in Education from the University of Minnesota, published writer, dedicated runner, die-hard traveller and 15+ year veteran of the gastronomy world. Gabriella is the organisational guru and the mastermind behind Vrazon’s events. Gabriella uses her flair for organisation to create quality events, which are very user-friendly, dynamic and result in long-term engagement. She is also an award winning speaker with Toastmasters International. Gabriella is co-founder of: Catavino.net; Vrazon.com; Born Digital Wine Awards and the Digital Wine Communications Conference.

Robert McIntosh
British, but raised in Italy, Mexico and USA, now living in London. MA (Hons) in Management & International Relations from St. Andrews University. Ten years in business publishing & exhibitions before joining the wine trade in 2003 to work with UK importer Bibendum and then with wineries in Rioja. Robert, as ‘thirstforwine’, is an online wine communicator, blogger, and prolific twitter user. His main focus is on culture, marketing and communication, and advises wine businesses on how to engage their brands with the online conversation. Robert is the founder of WineConversation.com and co-founder of the Digital Wine Communications Conference and Born Digital Wine Awards. Co-founder of Vrazon.com

Ryan Opaz
Born in Minnesota and lives in Porto. Known by many around the world as a leader in the field of digital wine communication and a self-confessed "techie", Ryan advises on social media and blogging for wineries, wine retailers and restaurants. He is a regular speaker at events all over the world eg: Wine Future; London International Wine Fair 2009, 2010; Essencia do Vinho; London Boutique Winery Tasting; plus many more. Ryan is the co-founder and CEO of: Catavino.net; Vrazon.com; Born Digital Wine Awards and the Digital Wine Communications Conference.

Digital Wine Communications Conference

Annually the wine industry gathers to discuss how to communicate better at the Digital Wine Communications Conference. The event has taken place all over Europe from: Spain, Portugal, Austria, Italy, Turkey, and Switzerland. Welcoming people from 40 countries and speakers such as: Jancis Robinson MW, Robert Joseph, Andrew Jefford, Christy Canterbury MW, Randall Grahm, Jose Vouillamoz, Justin Howard-Syned MW, Elin McCoy and many more. - Visit the DWCC website.

Born Digital Wine Awards

The Born Digital Wine Awards are an attempt to give value to the new wave of online wine journalism. Each year, the best examples of electronic publishing, including videos and photography, from across the world will be reviewed by a panel of top industry professionals, with prizes awarded in a range of categories. In 2015 they welcome a special partner Wine in Moderation. - Visit the BDWA website.