2011 Wine Bloggers Conference

Drum roll please… After an online vote against steep competition, Charlottesville, Virginia has been selected to be the host of the 2011 Wine Bloggers Conference to be held July 22-24. Coming off a successful 2010 conference in Walla Walla, Washington, the selection of Virginia is a win for local wine and demonstrates the growth andRead more

DrinkLocalWine.com 2010 Conference: Twitter Tweet-Up

A few weeks prior to the DrinkLocalWine.com conference, a few of us tossed around the idea of a Twitter Tweet-Up in Virginia. Jennifer Breaux Blosser, Director of Sales and Hospitality at Breaux Vineyards, jumped on board and rolled out the red carpet for our small group this past Saturday. Anyone who follows my blog, knowsRead more

DrinkLocalWine.com 2010 Conference: The Other 47

The DrinkLocalWine.com conference festivities kicked off with an informal gathering of wine writers at Lansdowne Resort to enjoy a tasting of wines from the other 47 states.  Hosted by Dezel Quillen at On The Potomac, we each brought an assortment of wines from New York, Texas, Colorado, Maryland, Hawaii, Utah, North Carolina, and Virginia, theRead more

DrinkLocalWine.com 2010 Conference: Reflections

The second annual DrinkLocalWine.com conference has come and gone, but the friendships formed are here to stay. Held in picturesque Loudoun County, Virginia, the 2-day conference included a reception/winemaker dinner on Saturday night (invitation only) followed by Sunday’s activities which included a series of panel discussions and the popular Twitter Taste-off featuring some of theRead more

DrinkLocalWine.com: Spotlight on Virginia

DrinkLocalWine.com this week announced it will hold its second annual conference April 24-26, 2010, in Loudoun County, Virginia.  The event, presented by the Virginia Wine Board, will focus on the diversity and quality of the 157 wineries in The Old Dominion. “The Virginia Wine Board is pleased to sponsor the second annual Drink Local WineRead more

I Heart Petit Verdot

You could say Petit Verdot had me from hello (okay, maybe the first pour). I still remember standing in the Linden Vineyards tasting room where the love affair began. At the time, Linden was one of the few producers in Virginia bottling Petit Verdot as a single varietal wine. Primarily used in Bordeaux blends, theRead more

A Sparkling Thanksgiving

I’m usually traveling for Thanksgiving visiting family and of course, local wineries. But this year, I decided to avoid the hustle and bustle of airports and enjoy a quiet dinner at home in Central Florida. Cruising the wine aisles at Whole Foods the day before, I had two requirements for my Thanksgiving wine, 1.) aRead more