First, the Winestream Media started to notice regional wine. Then, the country's top chefs said they appreciated regional wine. So what better time to announce our second annual DrinkLocalWine.com conference?
We're going to hold it in Loudoun County, Va., on April 24-26, and focus on Virginia wine (and, hopefully, work in some Maryland wine, which may be the best wine in the country no one knows about). Details are here. The conference will be even bigger and better than the first one in 2009 in Dallas, which did Texas wine. We're going to invite more wine bloggers and writers (send me an email if you're a blogger who wants to come) and we have a bigger venue, which means more consumers can attend. So if you're in the metro DC area at the end of April, save the date.
We have some big-name panelists lined up for the seminars, while the Twitter Taste-off should be even more amazing than last year. Our Twitting experts said that in 2009, by the time all was said and done, some 2 million taste-off tweets were floating around the cyber-ether. We should easily pass that this year.
Frankly, I'm excited about this. Which, for anyone who knows the Wine Curmudgeon, means this must be a big deal. How often do I get excited? The Virginia wine business has been incredibly co-operative. I'd start naming all of the people who have helped so far, but then this post would never end.