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Daily Dish: DrinkLocalWine.com Hosts 1st Conference

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Are you a locapour? If so, then DrinkLocalWine.com wants you.

The Web site, which focuses on North American wine that isn’t made in California or the Pacific Northwest, is hosting its first-ever conference and Twitter Taste-Off on Aug. 15 in Dallas at Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts Dallas.

Presented by the Texas Department of Agriculture, the GO TEXAN DrinkLocalWine.com Conference is open to the public and will feature some of the top wine writers and bloggers from across the United States and Texas.

Co-founders and conference organizers Jeff Siegel of The Wine Curmudgeon, Dave McIntyre of the Washington Post and Dave McIntyre’s Wine Line have lined up nearly 20 wine writers and bloggers from Texas, California, Virginia, Colorado, Maryland, Georgia, Missouri and New York who will attend the conference, including:

  • Terry Thompson Anderson, The Food and Wine Gourmet
  • Harold Baer, Colorado Wine Report
  • Jay Bileti, Arizona Vines & Wines
  • Amy Culbertson, 360 West Magazine
  • Jessica Dupuy, Texas Monthly and Dupuy Dish
  • John Griffin, SavorSA
  • Russ Kane, Vintage Texas
  • Gil Kulers, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Wine Kulers
  • Richard Leahy, Vineyard and Winery Management and Richard Leahy’s Wine Report
  • Wes Marshall, Appellation America
  • Nancy Nichols, D Magazine
  • Jane Nickles, WineSpeak 101 and wine educator at Texas Culinary Academy
  • Lisa Petty, Dallas Observer and Channel 5 (DFW NBC affiliate)
  • Kim Pierce, Dallas Morning News and Decanter
  • Joe Pollack, St. Louis Eats & Drinks
  • Terry and Kathy Sullivan, Wine Trail Traveler
  • Mike Wangbickler, Caveman Wines

My name is on that list, and I will be appearing on the first panel, “What’s New in Texas Wine,” with Mary Kimbrough, FoodRoots.com; Chelsey Sanders, Lone Star Wines; and Wes Marshall, who has written extensively about Texas’ wine trails.

It will be followed by “Not Cabernet or Chardonnay: What Grapes Work Best in Texas?” with Guy Stout, master sommelier and grape grower; Neal Newsom, Newsom Vineyards; Greg Bruni, Llano Estacado; and Leahy.

“Why Don’t Retailers and Restaurants Like Regional Wine, and What You Can Do About It?” is next. It features Caskey, Kulers and Hunter Hammett, Fairmont Hotel Sommelier

The conference concludes with a Texas Twitter Taste-Off, moderated by Kane, where conference attendees will taste some 40 Texas wines and blog or Twitter about them.  Their votes will select the top four favorite wines.  Participants in the Texas Twitter Taste-Off must be 21 or older.

Conference registration has begun. Online registration is $35 and day-of-the-event registration is $45.  To register, go to DrinkLocalWine.com.

Texas is the fifth-largest wine producing state in the country, with more than 180 wineries and 280 commercial vineyards. For more information about the Texas wine industry, go to www.GOTEXANWine.org.

By the way, a locapour is someone who drinks locally grown and produced wines. For more on the subject, click here.

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