Talk about a plethora of wine blogging riches this week -- Birthday Week and Regional Wine Week at the same time.
I wrote the kickoff piece for the annual DrinkLocalWine event, a look at the five biggest changes in regional wine since we started DLW in 2008 with the first wine week:
Nothing demonstrates the increasing importance of regional wine like the sweet red wine craze. For years, the knock on regional wine was that not only was it poorly made, but that it was -- “shudder” -- sweet. Now, who is making millions of dollars from sweet red wine? The biggest California wineries. And where did they get the idea? From the regional business.
We'll have posts about regional wine from around the country all week, as well as several longer stories like mine. DLW co-founder Dave McIntyre looks at the strides regional wine marketing has made on Wednesday, and Lenn Thompson of the New York Cork Report discusses regional wine writing on Friday.