Apr 05

April 5, 2013 (Baltimore, Maryland) – Drink Local Wine LLC, the organization whose goal is bringing greater attention to regional wines, announces that for the first time, it will add an afternoon session at its fifth annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland on April 13, 2013.

Dr. Joseph Fiola, Viticulture and Small Fruit Specialist of the University of Maryland Extension, will present Maryland wines from alternative grape varieties or processes from his research program, in a post-lunch session prior to the start of the Twitter Taste-Off.  Session IV: Tasting Maryland’s Future will take place 1:30 – 2:15 pm at the Tremont Hotel in the Corinthian Room, and is a logical sequel to Session III on Maryland’s New Guard which examines trends.

In this session, Dr. Fiola will pour three pairs of wines; two whites, two reds, and two dessert wines, made from grapes (or new processing styles) he has been conducting research trials with that he believes perform well in various regions of Maryland.


The varieties tasted are planted at the four UMD regional research vineyards – the western mountains, the Southern Shore, and 2 sites on the Eastern Shore.  This provides the best varietal/environment pairing opportunities that need to be tested and exploited for each unique region.


Small batch winemaking studies of the varieties are conducted and evaluated (university and industry), which ultimately results in regional winegrape variety recommendations, explains Dr. Fiola, who has over 25 years of academic and industry experience in research and extension in small fruit production and breeding, viticulture and enology.


Non-grape wines and blends as well as varietals will be poured. “Grape geeks” will enjoy tasting unique varieties from experimental trials and comparing these wines to mainstream varietals and blends, making their own judgment on their potential for Marlyand.  No extra fee will be charged for participating in this session.



Registration for the full conference is $125 and includes a continental breakfast; entry to all sessions; lunch with paired tasting of Maryland wine; and the Grand Tasting of Maryland Wines and Twitter Taste-off. Tickets are also available for the Grand Tasting only for $40.


Those interested in attending the conference may visit http://www.marylandwine.org/dlwc13 for register and find out more information.
Drink Local Wine is an organization founded on the principal that there are great wines to be found everywhere, not just in the best known regions. A non-profit organization, the DLW mission is to promote the wines of these lesser known regions throughout the United States and Canada.  The brainchild of Dave McIntyre and Jeff Siegel, who writes the Wine Curmudgeon blog, the organization holds two major events each year — a conference spotlighting regional wine and Regional Wine Week, when bloggers and writers from across the continent write special pieces about their favorite regional wines.

The 2013 conference was held in Baltimore, Maryland on April 13, 2013. For tickets or more information, go to www.DrinkLocalWine.com.


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