Karen Barnes

Karen has worked in the wine industry for over 20 years, focusing on Direct to Consumer sales and management. She began Wine Direct Marketing Services in 2002, managing wine clubs, allocation release programs, online marketing and eCommerce solutions for small and virtual wineries who want to increase and expand their Direct to Consumer business. A graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder with a degree in English and History and graduate studies in Technical Writing, Karen’s earlier career focused on non-profit management and fund-development. Karen has been a past volunteer and Chair for annual Direct to Consumer Wine Symposium, a program of Free the Grapes! She has also been an organizer for the Wine Bloggers Conference and the Wine Marketing & Tourism Conference

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