Mar 052013
 

Drink Maryland WineI’ve been involved in Drink Local Wine since it’s inception several years ago, and am now President of the Board of Directors.

Drink Local Wine is an organization founded on the principal that there are great wines to be found everywhere, not just in the best known regions. A non-profit organization, the DLW mission is to promote the wines of these lesser known regions throughout the United States and Canada.  The brainchild of Washington Post writer Dave McIntyre and Jeff Siegel, who writes the Wine Curmudgeon blog, the organization holds two major events each year — a conference spotlighting regional wine and Regional Wine Week.

DLW will hold its fifth annual conference in about six weeks in Baltimore, focusing on Maryland wine. 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.

Panels of speakers will discuss the winemaking region’s history, challenges, trends and more in three (possibly four) morning seminars. Then an elegant lunch with local ingredients will be paired with select Maryland wines.

In the afternoon, we taste through the state’s portfolio of wines and report our findings to the world via the unique feature of DLW conferences, the Grand Tasting and Twitter Taste-Off. Over 20 of Maryland’s most award-winning wineries will be participating in the fifth annual Twitter Taste-off at The Warehouse at Camden Yards. It’s a chance to sip, tweet, and tell the world about Maryland wine. Participants will taste a wide variety of Maryland’s most desired wines, and report their experiences to the world.

Tickets are on sale for the conference; you may register by visiting the DLW page on the Maryland Wine Association website.

The conference will take place on April 13th at the Tremont Suites Hotel in downtown Baltimore, Maryland. You can find more information here.

 

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  One Response to “Drink Local Wine 2013”

  1. Maryland’s wine industry is absolutely bustling, and we are ecstatic to announce the first ever Maryland Wine Week where local restaurants and retailers will be featuring “Free State” wines––the wines grown right in our own back yard.

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