The 5th annual Drink Local Wine Conference will kick off later this week on April 13, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. The conference will shine a light on Maryland wines, one of the fastest growing wine regions in the USA.
The conference is open to the public and culminates with a grand Twitter Taste-off of Maryland Wines. Tickets are available from the Maryland Wine Association.
Here is a peek of the conference agenda:
9:00 am – 9:45 am
Creating Maryland’s Wine Identity
The history of Maryland wine from the 1940s to the present, which grapes grow well here and where, and what styles of wine are prospering.
Moderator: Richard Leahy, author, Beyond Jefferson’s Vines.
Panelists: Marguerite Thomas, author, Touring East Coast Wine Country; Robert Deford, owner, Boordy Vineyards; Dr. Joe Fiola, Cooperative Extension, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, University of Maryland.
10:00 am – 10:45 am
Does locavore mean locapour? Do Marylanders appreciate their home-grown wine, and if not, how to get the message out.
Moderator: Dave McIntyre, Washington Post wine columnist, Drink Local Wine co-founder.
Panelists: Jerry Pellegrino, chef, Waterfront Kitchen; Jade Ostner, Director of Events, Maryland Wineries Association; Al Spoler, co-host, Cellar Notes/Radio Kitchen, WYPR Radio.
11:00 – 11:45 am
Maryland’s New Guard
Who is setting the quality standard for Maryland wine today?
What new grapes, trends or wine regions will we be following in the years to come?
Moderator: Kevin Atticks, executive director, Maryland Wineries Association.
Panelists: Ed Boyce, founder, Black Ankle Vineyards; Tom Shelton, owner and winemaker, Bordeleau Vineyards & Winery; Dave Collins, co-owner, Big Cork Vineyards.
Grand Tasting and Twitter Taste-Off presented by Bottlenotes
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Twitter Taste-Off is the grand finale of the DLW Conference.
Held at The Warehouse at Camden Yards