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    Baltimore2013 Drink Local Wine Conference

    Drink Local Wine will hold its fifth annual conference April 13, 2013 in Baltimore, at the Tremont Suites Hotel and Camden Yards. The conference will feature Maryland wines. 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 Grand Tasting and Twitter Taste-off of Maryland wines, 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.

    Tickets are now on sale . 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 presented by Bottlenotes, 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 and Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. You can find more information here.

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    Conference Agenda

    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 1

    9:00 am – 9:45 am

    Creating Maryland’s Wine Identity

    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.

    Moderator: Richard Leahy, author, Beyond Jefferson’s Vines.

    Panelists: Marguerite Thomas, author, Touring East Coast Wine Country; Robert Deford, owner, Boordy Vineyards; Dr. Joe Fiola, Cooperative Extension, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, University of Maryland.

    Session 2

    10:00 am – 10:45 am

    Drinking Local

    Does locavore mean locapour? Do Marylanders appreciate their home-grown wine, and if not, how to get the message out.

    Moderator: Dave McIntyre, Washington Post wine columnist, Drink Local Wine co-founder.

    Panelists: Jerry Pellegrino, chef, Waterfront Kitchen; Jade Ostner, Director of Events, Maryland Wineries Association; Al Spoler, co-host, Cellar Notes/Radio Kitchen, WYPR Radio.

    Session 3

    11:00 – 11:45 am

    Maryland’s New Guard

    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?

    Moderator: Kevin Atticks, executive director, Maryland Wineries Association.

    Panelists: Ed Boyce, founder, Black Ankle Vineyards; Tom Shelton, owner and winemaker, Bordeleau Vineyards & Winery; Dave Collins, co-owner, Big Cork Vineyards.


    12:00 – 1:15 pm

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

    Session 4

    1:30 – 2:15 pm



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


    Grand Tasting and Twitter Taste-Off presented by Bottlenotes

    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.

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