Whew! What a weekend! The DrinkLocalWine.com's Conference, which took place here in Loudoun at Lansdowne Resort, brought bloggers and journalists together, and sent hundreds of tweets, postings, and other electronic communications fast and furious into the twittersphere, blogosphere, and social media-rama. Who knows how many tweets, re-tweets, and three-tweets ultimately will occur as a result of this event? I, dear readers, do not. One thing I do know: Loudoun, Virginia: DC's Wine Country definitely raised its profile as a wine country to watch.
The conference produced some great content. It focused on local wine (Virginia and Maryland) and featured some great panel discussions including "Thomas Jefferson Was Right: The Grapes That Work Best for Virginia," "Social Media: How Regional Wineries Can Get the Word Out," and "If Local Food, Why Not Local Wine." The panels created lively discussions, especially the social media panel. The highlight of the event, however, was the Twitter Taste-Off. This event, which featured more than 30 Virginia wineries and 8 Maryland wineries, offered real time tasting and tweeting. The participants then selected their favorites with two Loudoun wines winning three awards:
- Best Red Wine: Breaux Vineyards Reserve Merlot 2002
- Best White Wine: Chrysalis Vineyards Albarino 2008
- Media Award: Breaux Vineyards Reserve Merlot 2002
Thanks to all who attended, especially the bloggers and the Virginia Wine Mafia (you know who you are!). To follow the conversation from the conference, go to Twitter.com, search under the hashtags: #DLW10 and #DLW10VA.