Regional Wine Week 2009

Regional Wine Week

Remy Charest, Palate Press, Regional Wine Week is Back

Richard Leahy, Richard Leahy’s Wine Report, Great Wines Made from Obscure and Off-the-Wall Grape Varieties

Terry Sullivan, Examiner.com, How to join other wine enthusiasts by participating in Regional Wine Week

Terry and Kathy Sullivan, The Wine Trail Traveler, Visit a Local Winery; Make Local Wine;

VinoVerve.com, It’s Regional Wine Week

Paul Vigna, The Wine Classroom, Regional Wine Week off and running

Arizona

Andrew Stover, Chief Wino, A Fine White Wine from Arizona

Abby Wine, Southwest Travel Examiner, Wine Flows from Southern Arizona

Canada

Rémy Charest on the controversy over Cellared in Canada– an important issue for many in the U.S. as well; Harvesting in Prince Edward County

Colorado

Harold Baer, Colorado Wine News,Colorado (subscription only)
Connecticut

Marguerite Barrett, VinoVerve.com, Cheers to Dalice Elizabeth Winery

Georgia

Jane Garvey, Georgia Magazine, Georgia’s Wine Country Grows North and South

Joe Herring, The Suburban Wino, It’s Drink Local Wine Time; Get Your Butt to the Mountain

Gil Kulers, Wine Kulers, Viva! The Revolution of Local Wines

Ed Thralls, Wine Tonite, on getting away to the North Georgia Mountain wine country

Hawaii

Dave McIntyre, Dave McIntyre’s WineLine, on America’s Southernmost Winery

Indiana

Howard Hewitt, Grape Sense, Nothing Like Turtle Run’s Dry Tortuga

Iowa

Gretchen Neuman, VinoVerve.com, on Wallace Winery

Maryland

Brian Kirby, The Other 46, Maryland’s Growing Wine Industry; Making a Statement

Gary Moore, Vinotrip, The Best and Worst of Maryland This Year

Terry and Kathy Sullivan, The Wine Trail Traveler, Visit Local Maryland and Virginia Wineries – Use an Itinerary; Maryland and Virginia Wineries Adopt ‘Adaptive Reuse’; Virginia and Maryland Wine Trails; Black Ankle Vineyards in Maryland

Paul Vigna, The Wine Classroom, on Limoncello and Grappa at Fiore Winery; and Harvest Help Needed at Serpent Ridge

Michigan
Joel Goldberg, MichWine.com, Top 10 reasons to drink Michigan wine

Sandra Silfven, Detroit News, New French Road Cellars up north is ready to make wine to spec for other vintners

Midwest
Make Wangbickler, Caveman Wines, There’s Wine from the Midwest, doncha know

Nebraska

Gretchen Neuman, VinoVerve.com, Now that is a Field of Dreams

New Jersey

Marguerite Barrett, VinoVerve.com, Villa Milagro Vineyards

New Mexico
Jared Germain, Jared Wines Up, Viva New Mexico

New York
Michael Birchenall, Food Service Monthly, New York’s Chateau Lafayette Reneau Riesling Honored On Capitol Hill by ASWA

Michael Gorton, Undertaking Wine, Pindar Johannisburg Riesling 2007

Joe Suzadail, Why Wine blog, Regional Wine Week, Days 3 and 4

Jared Skolnick, Vine Views, A Wedding Celebration with LI Wine & NY Cheese

Lenn Thompson, New York Cork Report, What We Drank; Low Yields at Wiemer Vineyards; New Winemaker at Heron Hill; The Pinot Press at Arrow Head Spring Vineyards; Heron Hill’s Blaüfrankisch Reserve; A Sorting Tale of Caution at Heart and Hands Winery; Harvest Update at Peconic Bay Winery; Stoutridge Winery 2007 Frontenac from Hudson Valley; Harvest Update at Hearts and Hands; Long Island Merlot Alliance 2006 Merliance

Pennsylvania
David Falchek, Scranton Times, Is breakout grape chambourcin Pennsylvania’s red?

Jennifer Stockdale, Pittsburgh Wine Examiner, A Cabernet You can Hang Out with

Jennifer Stockdale, East Coast Wine Geeks, Mt. Hope Estates

Paul Vigna, The Wine Classroom, Vineyards for sale in Southcentral PA; Harvest at Hauser Estate

Rhode Island

Dave McIntyre, Dave McIntyre’s WineLine, Rhode Island Tranqulity

Texas

Harold Baer, Colorado Wine News, Texas (subscription only)

Amy Corron-Power, Another Wine Blog, Kismet and the Most Amazing Texas Wine

Russ Kane, Vintage Texas, Gone to the Dogs; Calling all Texas Wines; If I was appointed the Texas Wine Czar;

Jane Nickles, Drink Local Wine!

Lisa Petty, NBC DFW, Celebrate Texas Wine

Kim Pierce, Dallas Morning News,

Joe Pollack, Palate Press, Texas Wines

Jeff Siegel, The Wine Curmudgeon, Winecast 12: Russ Kane of Vintage Texas; Wine of the week: Red Caboose Syrah-Tempranillo 2007; Texas wine: What’s right, what’s wrong, and what still needs to be done; Winecast 13: Bruce Anderson, Sunset Winery

Virginia
Scott Greenburg, Washington Examiner, Virginia Wines Are Closer Than You Think

Dave McIntyre, Dave McIntyre’s Wineline, A Smokin’ Albarino; Herbs with Wine at Corcoran Vineyards; and in The Washington Post, Loudoun County “In Grape Shape”

Terry and Kathy Sullivan, The Wine Trail Traveler, Visit Local Maryland and Virginia Wineries – Use an Itinerary; Linden Vineyards; Maryland and Virginia Wineries Adopt Adaptive Reuse; Virginia and Maryland Wine Trails

Wisconsin

Kristine Hansen, Uncorked Value, on Simon Creek Vineyards

DLW 2013 set for Maryland

Local Wine will hold its fifth annual conference April 13, 2013 in Baltimore, focusing on Maryland wine. The state’s industry is one of the fastest growing in the country, and its 61 wineries are almost 50 percent more than in 2010.

The state’s four growing regions allow it to produce a variety of wines, including the classic European varietals but also some that are distinctly New World in style. The Maryland Winery Association is the conference’s primary sponsor.

“We’re growing a world of wine styles and varieties throughout Maryland, and we’re excited to share them through Drink Local Wine,” says Kevin Atticks, the Maryland Wine Association’s executive director.

DLW 2013 will include a Maryland Twitter Taste-off, featuring two dozen of the state’s best wineries, on April 13, plus three seminars featuring some of the top names in Maryland and regional wine.

Maryland’s modern wine history dates to the 1970s, but grapes have been planted in the area since the 17th century. Most of the state’s wineries are in the Piedmont Plateau in central Maryland, but grapes also thrive in the Eastern Shore, Southern Plain, and Western Mountains.

DLW 2013 follows the success of the​ first four conferences — in Dallas featuring Texas wine in 2009, in Loudoun County featuring Virginia wine in 2010, in St. Louis featuring Missouri wine in 2011, and in Denver featuring Colorado wine in 2012. DLW also holds an annual Regional Wine Week, 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.

Drink Local Wine 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.

2010 conference schedule

April 24

• Reception, 5 p.m. Boxwood Winery (invitation only)
• Winemaker dinner, 7 p.m. Tuscarora Mill restaurant (invitation only)

April 25

Conference held at Lansdowne Resort

• Conference registration, 8:30 a.m.

• Thomas Jefferson was right: The grapes that work best for Virginia: 9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Moderator: Richard Leahy, Vineyard & Winery Management magazine. Panelists: Matthew Meyert, Williamsburg Winery; Jennifer McCloud, Chrysalis Vineyards; and Matthieu Finot, King Family Vineyards.

• Social media: How regional wineries can get the word out: 10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Moderator: Michael Wangbicker DWS, CWE. Panelists: Lenn Thompson, New York Cork Report; Jennifer Breaux Blosser, Breaux Vineyards; Jeff Siegel, the Wine Curmudgeon. Fine UK wineries lovers find the best mobile casino no deposit bonus a good starting point to play UK casinos.

• Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

• If local food, why not local wine? 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Moderator: Dave McIntyre, Washington Post. Panelists: Mary Watson-DeLauder, Lansdowne Resort; Andrew Stover, Chef Wino; Todd Kliman, Washingtonian magazine.

• Twitter Taste-off, 2:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m. (Participants must be 21 or older.) Moderator: Kenton Fabrick, Twitter guru extraordinaire

• Winemaker dinner, 7 p.m. Magnolia’s at the Mill restaurant (invitation only)

April 26

• Loudoun County winery tours (self-guided, media only), 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Ichabod crane and rip van winkle? this ain’t your grand father’s Hudson valley!!!

I live down the road from a high school named for Washington Irving’s famed character Ichabod Crane (from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow), and a few miles from the Rip Van Winkle Bridge that connects Hudson to the Catskills. Quaint folktales all. And yes, Irving was the first American literary superstar. And that is something about the Hudson Valley that is quite apparent when you live here – you live in history like they do in Boston. Around every corner is some part of American history.
hudson river
There is firstly, the majestic Hudson River, discovered by Henry Hudson more than 400 years ago. The English and Dutch were ensconced here by the mid-1600s. New York has now been a state in the union as long as it was a colony.

Big and mighty, the river was a super highway not unlike the Mississippi at one point with the Day Liners going up and down, and Hudson River Sloops too. For centuries the Hudson Valley was the bread basket of New York City, with shipments of food actually being announced in Gotham’s newspapers. Orchards, vineyards, dairy farms, chicken farmers, supplied a steady stream of wheat, fruits, vegetables, and meats daily to the hungry city.

OlanaI live not too far from Olana and the Thomas Cole House, homes to two of the biggest artists of the Hudson River School of painting. Currier & Ives’s artists repeatedly drew inspiration from the region. There are huge mansions that belonged to the Livingstons, the Vanderbilts, the Rockefellers, and the Roosevelts, and many others, that represent the movers and shakers of times gone by. The Bald Eagle and other birds of prey have returned to fish the river. And yes, it was the home to Woodstock, and Pete Seeger and Levon Helm used to be seen walking the streets and playing for free for decades.

Most importantly, the valley claims the title as The Birthplace of American Wine, and it is hard to dispute that fact. The Huguenots and Dutch were making wine here back in the 1600s. The valley is home to America’s oldest continually operating winery, Brotherhood, established in 1837 (which is celebrating its 175th Anniversary this year), and is also the home of the Caywood Vineyards, at Benmarl Winery, which are the oldest continually operating vineyards in North America. Little known today, the region was the hotbed of the Farm Winery Act, in the 1970s, which changed the wine landscape in New York forever, and many Hudson Valley wineries including Benmarl (No. 1) and Clinton Vineyards were rewarded for their efforts by receiving the first Farm Winery licenses. More recently, places like Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery and Tuthilltown Distillery were at the forefront of the new distilling wave in New York state, and Hillrock Estate was the first farm-to-glass distillery in the US.

Hudson Valley vineyardsWhile this rich tapestry of history is always with us, it is not that which defines the region today. The Hudson Valley is one of the booming-est regions on the eastern seaboard. It is a hotbed of CSAs, small independent sustainable farms, and a food culture that combines the cutting edge of farming with the hipness of Brooklyn. The valley boasts dozens of small, artisanal creameries that make internationally recognized cheeses. Indeed, the New York Times even opined, “Call it the Brooklynization of the Hudson Valley, the steady hipness creep with its locavore cuisine, its Williamsburgian bars, its Gyrotonic exercise, feng shui consultants and deep clay art therapy and, most of all, its recent arrivals from New York City.”

I cannot lie. It wasn’t like that when we bought our farm here, but we saw it happening, and we’ve been a part of it. The food culture here is rich. Major chefs open new restaurants every month throughout the valley, stressing locavore cuisine. Many of these establishments are reviewed in the Times before anywhere else, with sneak previews given to elite food writers.

The valley also claims several food magazines including Edible Hudson Valley and Valley Table, as well as its own wine magazine Hudson Valley Wine. And it’s also home to dozens of food and spirits writers including Kevin Zraly and Steve Kolpan (both born and bred valley men), both of whom have championed the home turf, as well as Gregory Dal Piaz and others.

And the burgeoning wine region has exploded

The valley, which runs from above Albany down to New York City, is home to fabulous wineries, some of the most cutting edge cideries in America, and some of the most coveted distilleries this side of Tennessee and Kentucky, and is maker of more artisanal cassis than anywhere else in North America. The region features four separate trails: The Shawangunk Wine Trail; The Dutchess Wine Trail; the Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail, and the Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail.

Hudson Valley WineIn the last three years, more than a dozen wineries have substantially expanded (to keep up with increased demand), some of them doubling or quadrupling in size. The northern valley has seen more than 20 new artisanal farm beverage businesses start up in the last 5 years. They seem to sprout like mushrooms. The Hudson Valley his more to more than 40 wineries, as well as more than a dozen cideries, and more than a dozen distilleries. Outside investment is rampant, with the Chileans owning Brotherhood, and with English giant Grants (the world’s largest whiskey distiller and distributor) now owning Tuthilltown Spirits.

The wines have been featured in Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Sommelier Journal, and Snooth.com The distillers and cider makers have been featured in GQ, Esquire, Men’s Health, and many more. And all sectors have been covered in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal!

And what kinds of wines does the Hudson Valley produce? The region offers zesty, lean whites, and soft, approachable reds, with bright fruit, nice acidity, and low tannins. Chardonnay. Riesling. Tocai Fruliano. Seyval Blanc. Cabernet Franc. Pinot Noir. Baco Noir. In the past ten years the region has bridged a gap between learning how to grow and make high quality vinifera, and make hybrids that will excite. Sparkling wine is a growing business, while small producers make micro-batches of delicious dessert wines from local fruit. And the region features many incredible winemakers, like Kristop Brown at Robibero Winery and Glorie Farm Winery, Brad Martz at Whitecliff Vineyards, Steve Casscles of Hudson-Chatham, and many others.

The Hudson Valley is the Eataly of the eastcoast. There is nowhere else like it. Great wine, cider, and spirits. Great food. Great farming. All with a little bit of hipster attitude. If there were a Disney World of food, it would be the Hudson Valley. When foodies die and go to heaven it usually means they moved to the Hudson Valley.

AutumnOf course, there is one thing that has been a constant throughout the ages – autumn. There is no more beautiful a place than the Hudson Valley in the fall. Crisp, cool nights, warm days, trees alight with red, yellow, orange, and blue skies that absolutely hurt your eyes – this is the most magical time in the valley. And you will have a ring side seat. It’s the same season that inspired the Huguenots and Dutch, the Rockefellers and the Roosevelts, that moved the brushes of Cole and Frederick Church, that inspired Pete and Levon. And it has inspired great wine, cider, and spirits.

I am so proud to live in the Hudson Valley.

Announcing regional wine week 2013

Regional Wine Week Drink Local Wine will hold its sixth annual Regional Wine Week from October 6th to 12th, where wine writers, bloggers and enthusiasts share information about wine from lesser known wine regions throughout the country — providing a one-stop shop to see what’s cutting edge in regional wine.

The fifth annual regional wine week, held last year in November, linked dozens of stories and blog posts about wine produced in more than half of the other wine states (besides Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia).

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During wine week, writers from across Singapore are asked to post stories to their blogs, Web sites, magazines, and newspapers about their favorite regional and local wines, wineries and events. Then, send us a link to the post, and our website will aggregate the stories, providing a snapshot of regional wine. Over the past four years, writers from across the country have covered dozens of states’ wine industries.

Regional Wine Week is open to anyone –- from professional wine writers to wine enthusiasts with Facebook pages or Tumblr sites. You can submit stories about anything related to wineries, winemakers and wines from anywhere in Singapore (though we prefer not to include areas like Tanglin and Mandai, since they already get enough attention).

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The DLW Blogroll

• The Wine Curmudgeon: Jeff Siegel and Texas wine.

• Dave McIntyre’s WineLine: Virginia and Maryland.

• Vintage Texas: Russ Kane follows Texas wine.

• Richard Leahy’s Wine Report: The wines of Virginia and eastern North America.

• The Wine Trail Traveler: Kathy and Terry Sullivan track regional wine across the United States.

• The Other 46: Brian Kirby writes about wine in states that aren’t California, Washington, Oregon and New York.

• The Ohio Wine Lover: Sandy Mitchel follows the Buckeye State.

• The Hudson Valley Wine Goddess: Debbie Lessner-Gioquindo and New York regional wine.

• Michigan Grapevine: Cari Noga and Michigan wine.

• MichWine: Joel Goldberg’s independent consumer guide to Michigan wine.

• The Passionate Foodie: Richard Auffrey writes about Massachusetts wine.

• East Coast Wineries: Carlo De Vito follows wine on the East Coast.

• Wine McGee: Illinois wines.

• Why Wine blog: Joe Shico writes about New York wines.

• Toledo Wines and Vines: David Nershi keeps an eye on regional wine.

• Virginia Vine Spot: Dezel Quillen writes about Virginia wine.

• The Wine Classroom: Paul Vigna writes about Pennsylvania and regional wine.

• The Wine Compass: Todd Goidbout on regional wine.

• The Cold Climate Wine Enthusiast: Cold climate wine and grapes.

• The Riesling Project: Eric Anest on riesling, local and otherwise.

• Colorado Wine Press: Kyle Schlachter writes about Colorado wine.

• Kentucky Wine Tastings: Kentucky wine made by Kentucky people with only Kentucky grapes.

• Swirl, Sip, Snark: The best and worst of Virginia wine.

• The Zin/Zen Wilderness: Richard Tackett’s take on assorted regional wine issues.

• The Growing Vine: New England wines.

• Virginia Wine Time: Two wine enthuiasts who track Virginia wine.

• Vinescribe: New York wine and more

• The 50 States of Wine: One man’s plan to drink wine from all 50 states

• UpstateDowntown: New York wine