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

Biltmore Estate 2008 North Carolina Chardonnay

Home to more than 90 wineries and the country’s most visited winery in Biltmore Estate, North Carolina is on the up and up when it comes to local wine. Focusing on native Muscadine and European-style vinifera grapes, the number of wineries have more than quadrupled since 2001 [1]. Ranked 7th for wine production in theRead more

Elk Creek Vineyards 2007 Estate Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc has always been a staple in my household, especially those from the other 46 states. The Elk Creek Vineyards 2007 Estate Cabernet Franc I recently poured only reaffirmed my feelings for the grape. Garnering a respectable 83 score from the Wine Enthusiast, Elk Creek Vineyards is demonstrating Cabernet Franc has a bright futureRead more

Sharpe Hill Vineyards

I recently poured a local wine that left me completely speechless and with a big smile on my face. The wine, a 2007 Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay from Sharpe Hill Vineyards, is easily the best kept secret on the east coast. Featured in the April ’09 issue of Wine Spectator, the Chardonnay won the magazines “FinalRead more

TasteLive Finger Lakes Pinot Noirs

I participated in my first TasteLive event this past week with a small group of friends in downtown Orlando. The event, a tasting of Finger Lakes Pinot Noirs was coordinated and hosted by Lenn Thompson, founder and chief editor of the popular New York Cork Report, in conjunction with the Finger Lakes Wine Country TourismRead more