Second annual Regional Wine Week set for Oct. 11-17

Rosie What do we do for an encore after the success of the first regional wine week last October and the conference in Dallas last month? We’re getting ready to hold our second annual Regional Wine Week, Oct. 11-17.

This year, we’re shooting for more than 50 bloggers and writers from around the United States and Canada (who aren’t in California or the Pacific Northwest) to write about “wine from around here” -– wherever “here” might be. You can write about any wine you want, and you don’t have to be some of sort of wine geek. If you like local wine and you have a blog, we want you.

If you’d like to participate, send Dave McIntyre an email or drop us a note here. All you have to do is to post something during the week of Oct. 11-17 and send us the link. We’ll post the link on, which will act as a portal to allow interested readers to find you and other bloggers who are writing about local wine. All we ask that you mention and Regional Wine Week in your posts and on your blog leading up to Oct. 11 so we can get that viral Internet thing working.

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If you’re looking for a great opportunity for a wine tasting, Georgia Aquarium invites you to be a part of our fourth annual wine tasting event, AquaVino. Georgia Aquarium’s AquaVino event is on October 29, 2009 from 7-10 p.m. This year’s event invites guests to “Sip, Savor and Sea” the wonders of the ocean. Exclusively for one night, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy more than 200 wines and 30 of Atlanta’s best restaurants. All proceeds from the event support the Aquarium’s state-of-the-art veterinary services facility through the Correll Center for Aquatic Animal Health. Please visit for more information.

Regional Wine Week 2011 links

Regional wine
• DLW co-founders Jeff Siegel and Dave McIntyre talk to Lynn Krielow on iWine Radio
• Tim McNally of WIST-AM in New Orleans interviews Andrew Meggett of Missouri’s St. James Winery; Bradley Beam of Illinois’ Willett’s Winery; Seth McFarland of Nebraska’s Mac’s Creek Winery; Will Kimberly of Iowa’s Calico Skies Winery; Josie Boyle of Michigan’s L. Mawby Winery; and Angie Winter of Minnesota’s Indian Island Winery.
• Vino Verve, How to drink local wine

• Wine a bit blog, Drink Local Week

• Toledo Wines & Vines, Tawse Winery Quarry Road Vineyard Gewürztraminer 2010

• Palate Press, Colorado aims high
• The People’s Palate, Celebrate Colorado wines!
• Colorado Wino, Canyon Wind Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
• Vintage Texas, The dream world of the other 47
• Colorado Wine Press, Meet the Winemaker: Jay Christianson, Canyon Wind
•, Why no Colorado wines?
•, Which one? I liked them all
• Local Winos Media, A local food and wine pairing video

• Atl Vino, A Day in Georgia Wine Country
• Gil Kulers, Wolf Mountain Blanc de Syrah

• Gregg Alger, Idaho Wine Commission and Huston Vineyards talks with Lynn Krielow on iWine Radio
• Melissa Sanborn, co-owner, grower and winemaker, Colter’s Creek Winery, talks with Lynn Krielow on iWineRadio

• Deerfield Review, Valentino Vineyard & Winery
• VinoVerve, Wine and Fall foliage

• Vino Verve, Bourbon or wine?

• Ancient Fire wine blog, Prospect Hill Winery

• The Wine Classroom, Dandelion wine
• Dave McIntyre’s WineLine, Maryland Renaissance
• Vinotrip, Regional Wine Week

• WiningWays blog, Regional wine week — Join in, Massachusetts winemakers
• Glamorous Gourmet Girl, Discovering Massachusetts wines

• Michigan by the Bottle, Veterra Winery podcast
• MichWine, Victims of their own success?
• Detroit News, St. Julian toasts 90th anniversary

• Atl Vino, Mo Wine Please

• In My Glass, WineHaven Marquette Reserve 2010
• In My Glass, WineHaven La Crescent 2009
• In My Glass, Forestedge rhubarb wine
• In My Glass, Forestedge early season white cranberry wine
• In My Glass, Parley Lake Winery
• In My Glass, Winehaven Stinger honeywine
• In My Glass, Minnesota port
• In My Glass, Regional wine week

• Life & Times of Me blog, Go Big Red.. wine that is

New England
• Ancient Fire wine blog, New England Wine Tasting
• Ancient Fire wine blog, New England has unique wine

New Hampshire
• Ancient Fire wine blog, What a harvest, Flag Hill Winery
• Ancient Fire wine blog, Three wines from New Hampshire
• Ancient Fire wine blog, Moonlight Meadery

New York
• New York Cork Report, 2011 Harvest
• WhyWine blog, Regional Wine Week and the Finger Lakes
• BobLibations, A great year for riesling
• Undertaking wine, It’s Drink Regional Wine week
• The New York Times, The good life comes a little harder in the Finger Lakes
• The New York Times, Deep lakes, icy climate, great wine
• New York Cork Report, Bloomer Creek Vineyards 2009 Auten Vineyard First Harvest Riesling
• New York Cork Report, Riesling Bubble video
• New York Cork Report, Shinn Estate Vineyards 2008 Wild Boar Doe

North Carolina
• BeWineWise, North Carolina wines 2011

•, Oklahoma wine is budding

• East Coast Wine Geeks, Pennsylvania is a wine region to be proud of
• East Coast Wine Geeks, Great things to come, J&D Cellars
• East Coast Wine Geeks, New wines at Kavic Winery
• Denise’s Press Fractions wine blog, Pinnacle Ridge Winery
• Denise’s Press Fractions wine blog, Briar Valley Vineyard
• Denise’s Press Fractions wine blog, South Shore Wine Company
• Denise’s Press Fractions wine blog, Maiolatesi Wine Cellars
•, Celebrate local wines
• Denise’s Press Fractions wine blog, Manatawny Creek Winery

• Austin 360, What’s in your fridge?
• Austin American Statesman, Lone Star Sipping
• Vintage Texas, Up the 290 wine road
• Dallas Wine Chick, Regional wine week with an aged Texan
• Wine Curmudgeon, McPherson Cellars La Herencia 2009
• TX Wine Love, Where do you buy Texas wine?
•, Drink Local Wine
• Wine Curmudgeon, Texas wine: What’s worth drinking?
• On the Wine Trail in Italy, Full Immersion

• Vermont Wine Media, Regional wine week

• Swirl, Sip, Snark, Virginia wine creates nunchuks
• Drink What You Like, Celebrating Virginia wine from abroad
• My Vine Spot, Farm to Table
• Wine Industry Insight, Ah Shaddup Awreddy with Trump Winery
• Virginia Wine in My Pocket, Peaks of Otter
• Virginia Wine in My Pocket, Get edumacated
• The Buzz Bin, My Love Affair with Virginia (and #DrinkLocal)
• Chateau Z Vineyard News, What is local wine?
• Dave McIntyre’s WineLine, Wine harvest update

DLW 2013 Conference Schedule

The conference will be held at the Tremont Suites Hotel and Grand Historic Plaza.

Conference Registration

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Join us in the Roman Strada room to check in. Light refreshments and a continental breakfast will be served.

Session I: Creating Maryland’s Wine Identity

9:00 am – 9:45 am

Moderator: Richard Leahy, author, Beyond Jefferson’s Vines. The history of Maryland wine from the 1940s to the present, which grapes grow well here and where, and what styles of wine are prospering.

Session II: Drinking Local

10:00 am – 10:45 am

Moderator: Dave McIntyre, Washington Post wine columnist, co-founder. Does locavore mean locapour? Do Marylanders appreciate their home-grown wine, and if not, how to get the message out.

Session III: Maryland’s New Guard

11:00 – 11:45 am

Moderator: Kevin Atticks. Who is setting the quality standard for Maryland wine today? What new grapes, trends or wine regions will we be following in the years to come?


12:00 – 1:15 pm

Join fellow attendees and Maryland winemakers at an elegant lunch paired with Maryland wines.

Session IV

1:30 – 2:15 pm


Shuttles begin leaving for the Twitter Taste-Off at 2:30

Grand Tasting and Twitter Taste-Off

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Twitter Taste-Off is the grand finale of the DLW Conference. Held at The Warehouse at Camden Yards,

Many area restaurants will be offering discounts and specials for conference members. A list of participating restaurants can be found on the Specials and Discounts page.

Winestudio session xv: wines of the usa

Attention, Drink Local Wine friends! For the entire month of July, the wine-centric folks at Protocol Wine Studio are highlighting lesser known US wine regions through their “Wines of the USA” program. Please find the details below and join the conversation at select times and dates by using hash-tag #winestudio on Twitter. As a matter of fact, you can jump in right now and start contributing to the month long ‘local wine’ discussion and celebration. Cheers!

What is #WineStudio?

PROTOCOL wine studio presents an online twitter-based educational program where we engage our brains and palates! It’s part instruction and wine tasting, with discussions on producers, grapes, tourism, terroir, regional culture, food and wine matching and what all this means to us as wine drinkers.

Want to learn more? Jump on over to our Facebook group page.

Where is #WineStudio in July?
We decided to revisit Le Metro – Wine Underground because July is all about independence and the Le Metro curated collection just happens to contain six bottles from states you may not normally recognize as wine-producing regions. #WineStudio is here to school us on some of those states that are producing some kick-ass wine. As always, we’ll discuss each region: geography, grapes, climate, culture and cuisine and of course learn more about each winery and the good folk who lovingly produce these wines.

Week 1 July 8 – Introduction to the Le Metro collection with Aaron Epstein, Curator

A chance to crawl into the mind of a wine curator – scary stuff! 😉 Aaron is brilliant, so do pop on and learn his process of selecting the wines of July.

Week 2 July 15 – 6:00pm – 6:30pm pst: La Garagista, Vermont | 6:30pm – 7:00pm pst: Ravines Wine Cellars, New York

La Garagista 2013 “Coup de Foudre” Pétillant Naturel, Vermont
Ravines Wine Cellars 2012 Dry Riesling Finger Lakes, New York

Week 3 July 22 – 6:00pm – 6:30pm pst: McPherson Cellars, Texas | 6:30pm – 7:00pm pst: Wollersheim Winery, Wisconsin

McPherson Cellars 2013 “Les Copains” Rosé Texas High Plains, Texas
Wollersheim Winery 2013 Domaine du Sac Lake Wisconsin Viticultural Area, Wisconsin

Week 4 July 29 – 6:00pm – 6:30pm pst: Creekside Cellars, Colorado | 6:30pm – 7:00pm pst: Ankida Ridge Vineyards

Creekside Cellars 2011 “Franc” Colorado Grand Valley, Colorado
Ankida Ridge Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir, Virginia

What wine to drink on thanksgiving

Given the tradition of the holiday, Wine Columnist Lettie Teague of The Wall Street Journal recommends keeping it American and highlights several under-the-radar US wine regions worthy of attention.

on wine: lettie teague

THERE IS ONE day of the year that we celebrate our collective American-ness with a large piece of poultry and (hopefully) a nice glass of wine. I’m talking about Thanksgiving, of course. While there are other important days on the American calendar (Labor Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July), none has a specific ritual of consumption like this particular one.

Illustration by Marc Rosenthal for The Wall Street Journal

The wine served at Thanksgiving is a perennial topic among wine professionals. The same questions are posed over and over again. Should the wine be paired with the turkey or with the sides? Should it be red or should it be white? Should it be pricey or should it be cheap enough to serve an army of cousins? To which I say: Most of all it should be American. The wines of this country have evolved quite impressively over the last couple of decades. I’d like as many of them as possible on my table this year.

Of course, there are obstacles inherent to such a quest. The biggest of these is distribution. Wineries in states that aren’t well known for their wine cultures, like Colorado and Maryland, are invariably small and may lack the means, or even the desire, to distribute their wines beyond their state borders. And some states, like Texas, require wineries to obtain permits to sell outside their borders, making it almost impossible for non-residents to buy their wine. (With a state like Texas, I wonder if that’s the point?)

“I look forward to the day when the diversity of American wines on the table will matter as much as the size of the turkey.”
Each state also has its own shipping rules about how much (if any) wine can be sent to individuals. Some wineries are more flexible than others about bending the rules. A map on the website of the Wine Institute, an association of California wineries and wine businesses, shows which states allow the shipment of wine to out-of-state buyers.

Despite such challenges, when I shopped online and at actual stores, I was able to pull together about 20 wines from 10 different states. Sometimes I only found one or two wines from a particular state. Sometimes I had to make a selection out of thousands of possible candidates (e.g., in California). Then I staged a tasting with a number of friends. The following is a brief snapshot of the wines that we liked from each state, in alphabetical order. The wines I’m including would all pair well with turkey—and they’re all reasonably priced.


The Grand Canyon state ranks pretty high on my list of unlikely places to grow wine grapes. Yet there are more than 80 wineries in Arizona, including a recent entrant, Arizona Stronghold vineyards. Founded in 2007, Arizona Stronghold is located in the northern part of the state and produces a wide range of varieties and blends from grapes that they grow and buy (some from California). The 2010 Arizona Stronghold “Mangus” ($21) is an aromatically inviting blend of several grapes, including Sangiovese. It has lovely red fruit and a bright acidity that holds up well to rich food.


The largest wine-producing state in the country does everything well, and one wine better than anywhere in the world: Zinfandel. From dense, chewy structured reds to delicious fruit bombs, Zinfandel is considered by many to be the most American of grapes. Perhaps for that reason alone, it tends to show up on a lot of Thanksgiving tables. There are quite a few that I’d choose, though two that I particularly liked were from the same winery, and offer two different styles of the grape. The 2011 Ridge Vineyards Ponzo Zinfandel ($26) is a high-toned, vibrant and structured red, while the 2011 Ridge Vineyards Paso Robles ($26) is ripe, lush and thoroughly hedonistic.


The state that gave this country its favorite potatoes does an increasingly good job with popular grapes, such as Riesling. The Sawtooth winery (seemingly named after the mountain range) is located in Idaho’s Snake River Valley region and turns out both reds and whites. The 2011 Sawtooth Riesling ($10) is a bright, pleasant off-dry wine with tropical fruit notes and a very fair price.


“I might have thought this was Champagne if I didn’t know it was from Massachusetts,” said a friend who attended my tasting. He was referring to the 2006 Westport Rivers Brut RJR Cuvée ($29), a sparkling wine produced predominantly from Pinot Noir (about 60%) south of Fall River, Mass. Never mind that Fall River is a town whose name has long been associated with mills, not grapes. The Westport Cuvée is a rich, slightly sweet and rather toasty wine that, according to the winery’s site, has been enjoyed by three presidents.


As a Midwestern native, I found it particularly gratifying to discover a Michigan Riesling for sale at my local wine shop. It seemed like a particularly profound illustration of just how much American winemaking has progressed in recent years. One of the better-known labels in the state is Left Foot Charley, a winery rather fittingly located in a former insane asylum. (Winemaking is a form of insanity—fiscal or otherwise.) The 2011 Left Foot Charley Dry Riesling ($19) is sourced from several Michigan vineyards, all credited on the back label. It’s a very sane example of the grape, marked by sweet-tart flavors and a mineral finish.

New Jersey

I have a friend who likes to bring New Jersey wine to my house. She always apologizes when she does (and often with good cause) but sometimes the wines aren’t bad at all. In the past year I’ve had a few New Jersey wines that were actually good, particularly those from the Outer Coastal Plain region, located in the southeastern part of the state. The 2011 Bellview Winery Traminette ($14) was a recent pleasant surprise—a white wine made from Traminette, a hybrid grape that tastes and smells like Gewürztraminer, its parent grape. It’s spicy and lightly off-dry—a pleasant aperitif, and perhaps a standard bearer of Traminette in the Garden State.

New Mexico

Sparkling wine from New Mexico has become fairly mainstream thanks to Frenchman Gilbert Gruet, who founded Gruet Winery near Albuquerque. Mr. Gruet was born in Champagne and his label has been producing sparkling wines for over 20 years. The winery, run by Mr. Gruet’s children, uses the same grapes as the Champenois (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir), but sells at American prices. The salmon-colored Blanc de Noirs ($13), a dry wine with a pleasantly fruity nose, is the same price as Prosecco but is more complex.

New York

There is so much good wine made in New York right now, especially from the North Fork of Long Island and the Finger Lakes, that it’s hard to describe the diversity in just a few lines. Riesling is the chief grape of the Finger Lakes, and just about everything is grown on Long Island’s North and South Forks, though Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc dominate. I’ve been particularly impressed with the bounty of good Long Island Sauvignon Blancs in recent years. While there are many notable examples to choose from, one of the most reliable is made by Macari in the town of Mattituck. Their 2012 “Katherine’s Field” bottling ($17) is a citrusy, fresh and well-rounded white.


It’s hard to achieve fame and fortune on a single grape, especially one as fickle as Pinot Noir. But Oregon’s winemakers have done wonders with Pinot in the past 40 years, and terrific examples abound—so many that it seems almost arbitrary to single one out. The 2008 Z’Ivo Eola Amity Hills Pinot Noir ($28) struck me as a particularly good example of an Oregon Pinot. Neither too flashy nor overly ripe, it’s full of earthy, savory and minerally notes. It’s also under $30—rare in an Oregon Pinot.


Washington enjoys an embarrassment of riches; nearly every grape seems to do well in its vineyards. But while the fame (and the money) is made in the reds (mostly from Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot), Washington also produces some terrific white wines. The 2011 Buty Winery white blend of Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle ($22) is one particularly outstanding example—a rich, full-bodied, beautifully balanced wine.

While the size of the turkey and the number of side dishes will always take precedence, I look forward to the day when the diversity of the American wines on the table will matter almost as much.

DLW 2012 will be held April 27-29 in Denver will hold its fourth annual conference April 27-29, 2012 in Denver, focusing on Colorado wine. The state’s industry is one of the most unique in the wine business; its high altitude produces growing conditions that are different from all but two or three other regions in the world.

Colorado’s approximately 100 wineries grow European-style grapes, and have had tremendous success with cool-climate varieties like Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Cabernet Franc. The Colorado Wine Industry Development Board is the conference’s primary sponsor.

“Our excitement about hosting the Drink Local Wine conference in Denver in 2012 runs a mile high,” says Doug Caskey, the wine board’s executive director. More, after the jump:

DLW 2012 will include a Colorado Twitter Taste-off, featuring two dozen of the state’s best wineries, on April 28, plus three seminars featuring some of the top names in Colorado and regional wine. In addition, DLW 20102 will host the Colorado Wine Challenge, where contestants will get a chance to blind taste Colorado and California wines and see if they can tell the difference.
Colorado’s wine history dates to the late 1970s, when the forerunner of Colorado Cellars opened. The number of wineries has increased 20-fold since 1990, reflecting the surge in enthusiasm for regional wine in the state. Colorado’s two AVAs include the Grand Valley in and around Grand Junction and the West Elks along the North Fork of the Gunnison. However, the largest concentration of wineries is along the Front Range east of Denver, expanding to many other parts of the state.

DLW 2012 follows the success of the​ first three conferences — in Dallas featuring Texas wine in 2009, in Loudoun County featuring Virginia wine in 2010, and in St. Louis featuring Missouri wine in 2011. DLW also holds an annual Regional Wine Week in October, in which more than 40 wine bloggers, writers and columnists from the U.S. and Canada write about their favorite regional wines, ranging from Ontario to New York to Florida to Texas to Colorado.’s goal is to spotlight wine made in the 47 states and Canada that aren’t California, Washington, and Oregon. It’s the brainchild of Washington Post wine columnist Dave McIntyre and wine blogger Jeff Siegel, the Wine Curmudgeon.

2011 conference schedule

April 2

At Doubletree Westport

• Conference registration, 8:30 a.m.

• We don’t need no stinkin’ vinifera: The grapes of Missouri, 9-9:50 a.m.: Moderator: Doug Frost, MS, MW. Panelists: Cory Bomgaars, head winemaker, Les Bourgeois Vineyards; Andrew Meggitt, executive winemaker, St. James Winery; Tony Kooyumjian, owner/winemaker, Augusta Winery.

• Creating a buzz: How regional wine can grab the public’s attention, 10-10:50 a.m.: Moderator: Michael Wangbickler, Balzac Communications. Panelists: Joe Pollack, St. Louis Eats and Drinks; Gil Kulers, Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Kyle Harsha, Harsha Wines; Andrew Stover,

• Does ‘Locavore’ = ‘Locapour’?, 11-11:50 a.m.: Moderator: Dave McIntyre, Washington Post. Panelists: Glenn Bargdett, Annie Gunn’s; Ann Pollack, St. Louis Eats and Drinks; Todd Kliman, author, The Wild Vine.

• Missouri Twitter Taste-off (participants must be 21 or older), 1-4:30 p.m. Emcees: Russ Kane, Vintage Texas, and Eric V. Orange,

• Cabot Cheese winemaker reception and buffet, 5-7 p.m.

April 3

• Missouri winery tours, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sugar Creek Vineyards & Winery, Montelle Winery, and Mount Pleasant Winery

DLW 2012: Colorado attracts nationally-known wine writers and bloggers

Some of the top names in U.S. wine writing, including 1WineDude blogger Joe Roberts and George Taber, author of the “The Judgment of Paris,” will attend the fourth annual DrinkLocalWine Conference on April 28 in Denver. DrinkLocalWine 2012: Colorado focuses on the quality and diversity of the state’s wines, with morning seminars and afternoon wine tasting.

Also attending will be national media luminaries like co-founder Dave McIntyre of the Washington Post; and Linda Murphy of Decanter and, author of a forthcoming book on U.S. regional wine.

In addition, some of the top wine writers in Colorado will attend, including Dave Buchanan of The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction; Rich Mauro of the Colorado Springs Gazette; and Kendra Anderson, the Swirl Girl at Denver’s Westword.

For the third year in a row, Olivia Wilder, host of the top-rated Olivia Wilder Times on Art of Living Radio, will host her show live from the conference, interviewing the winemakers and wine personalities in attendance during the Nomacorc-Colorado Twitter Taste-off at 1:30 p.m. MDT on April 28.

More, after the jump:

“Nothing demonstrates how far regional wine has come than the bloggers and writers who come to the conference,” says DrinkLocalWine president and co-founder Jeff Siegel. “That so many talented and popular writers want to tell people what’s going on with Colorado and regional wine speaks volumes about regional wine’s growth
The complete media list is here.

Ticket packages begin at $35, and participants must be 21 or older. Buy tickets at The event is expected to sell out before Saturday.

DrinkLocalWine 2012 follows the success of the first three conferences — in Dallas featuring Texas wine in 2009, in Loudoun County featuring Virginia wine in 2010, and in St. Louis featuring Missouri wine in 2011. DrinkLocalWine also holds an annual Regional Wine Week in October, in which wine bloggers, writers and columnists from the U.S. and Canada write about their favorite regional wines, ranging from Ontario to New York to Florida to Texas to Colorado.

DrinkLocalWine’s goal is to spotlight wine made in the 47 states and Canada that aren’t California, Washington, and Oregon. It’s the brainchild of Washington Post wine columnist Dave McIntyre and wine blogger Jeff Siegel, The Wine Curmudgeon. For information about, call (469) 554-9463, email or follow us on Twitter.

DrinkLocalWine 2012: Colorado sponsors include the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board, the Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology, the Colorado Tourism Office, Metro State College and Nomacorc.

Regional Wine Week 2011

Everything you need to know about our fourth annual Regional Wine Week:

What it is

The 47-word essay contest

The stories
• Dave McIntyre explains why regional wine matters
• Richard Leahy on 18 regional wine grapes to try before you die
• The Wine Curmudgeon: 7 things you need to know about regional wine

The links from around the country

Tickets on Sale for DLW 2013: Maryland

Tickets are now on sale for our annual conference in Maryland. You may purchase them by visiting the DLW page on the Maryland Wine Association website.

This year, we will have:

Complimentary continental breakfast.
Three (maybe Four) Maryland and regional wine seminars, featuring some of the top names in Maryland and national food and wine.
An elegant lunch served with Maryland wines.
The Grand Tasting and Twitter Taste-off, where you can sip, tweet and repeat wine from two dozen of the state’s best producers.
The conference will take place on April 13th at the Tremont Suites Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. You can find more information here.

You must be 21 years or older to participate in the conference.