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

Wines:
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

Wines:
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

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