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Drink Regional Wine Week Is Under Way

DrinkLocalWine’s fourth annual Drink Regional Wine Week is now under way.

The purpose of the program is to help get wine drinkers to try something local. And to make the experience of becoming a locapour even more rewarding, the organization is have a contest during the week.

Everyone (over the age of 21, that is) is invited to submit stories or anecdotes about their local pour in 47 words or less.

DrinkLocalWine’s 47 Words Contest ends at midnight ET Saturday, Oct. 15.

The rules are simple: write 47 words following the theme that there are hidden gems among the other 47 wine producing states (that is, those states outside California, Oregon and Washington). If you know one of those gems, whether it’s a wine, a producer or a region, tell us about it in 47 words. Entries can be emailed to

DrinkLocalWine board members will select winners based on creativeness, inventiveness and whether they’re 47 words long. Prizes for the winners include:

  • Tickets to DLW 2012: Colorado the fourth annual regional wine conference in Denver in April 2012;
  • Autographed copies of Todd Kliman’s best-selling book, The Wild Vine;
  • Copies of The Sipping Point, written by Laurie Forster, The Wine Coach, as well as two combo packs of the book and her DVD; and
  • Packages of Wine Shields, the innovative way to preserve open wine.

For information about Regional Wine Week, the essay contest, or to submit a story link, call 978-276-9463 or email the above address. For more on DrinkLocalWine, click here.

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Daily Dish: Hosts 1st Conference

Are you a locapour? If so, then 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 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,; 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

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

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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Griffin to Go: Any Locapours Out There?

Three Texas WinesLast year, when I visited Chile, every wine list was filled entirely with Chilean wines, except for a stray French sparkler or two. A couple of months ago, I visited South Africa where the wine lists were all local, again with the exception of one or two Champagnes. In Portugal, Spain, Germany, Cyprus, and Greece, it was the same way.

Yet in Texas, the few Texas-only wine lists I know of are at brewpubs. Why are we so different from the rest of the world?

Gretchen Neuman of Vino Verve has taken up the issue in her blog (click here). She calls herself a “locapour,” the wine version of the locavore who tries to eat only locally grown food.

As she writes: “Unknown to most people in America, there is a licensed winery in every state in the union. Yet, even the Governor of Kansas in 2007 was unaware that there were 15 wineries in her state. Among those that are aware of the presence of these wineries, many have dismissed them out of hand as producing low quality products. Are they all producing outstanding products? Maybe not. But then again, neither are the wineries in the rest of the country, or indeed the world. Yet local wineries do not seem to enjoy the same kind of encouragement that local breweries have enjoyed for the last 20 years.”

I have enjoyed a number of Texas wines in recent months that are perfect for our climate and our cuisine. McPherson Cellars’ crisp, clean viognier is the perfect antidote to the sweltering heat we have been experiencing. Becker Vineyards Provençal Rosé is made for an afternoon picnic or barbecue. And Llano Estacado’s Signature Mélange, a Rhone-style blend, is a light-bodied yet full-flavored red that won’t seem too heavy this summer.

But I haven’t seen these wines on too many wine lists, even though the viognier copped a gold medal in this year’s San Antonio Wine Festival, and the retail price on the Llano Estacado is a steal at a scant $10 a bottle.

What do you think of this situation? Do you want to see more Texas-only wine lists? Or do you prefer something more diversified? What Texas wines have you enjoyed lately? Post your answers here.

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