Dec 132013
 
Regional Wines: Michael Wangbickler

Photo Credit: American Wine Society

Last month, I was graced with the opportunity of presenting a couple of seminars at the American Wine Society National Conference in Sandusky, Ohio. One of those presentations covered the subject of regional wine.

As I’ve previously stated on this blog, I’m the president of the Board of Directors for Drink Local Wine. It’s a group of folks who believe that wines from ANYWHERE in North America are worth a look and consideration when purchasing and drinking wine. So, my session focused on why we should give a fair shake to regional wineries and highlighted wines from six different producers, from six different states. This included regional wine from Texas, Virginia, Maryland, Colorado, New York, and Ohio. Oh yeah, and did I mention that we tasted each of them blind, so no one knew what they were actually tasting until I told them?

The reaction to the wines was very good. Most of them were quite impressive, and I had several attendees approach me later, letting me know how much they enjoyed the session and the wines. My ultimate goal was to open some eyes, and change some perceptions. I feel like more than a few of the people in the session walked away with a new-found appreciation for regional wine from places other than California, Oregon, and Washington. We’re changing perceptions, one wine enthusiast at a time.

Here is a copy of the slides from my session. Feel free to share them.