Love local wine? Then head to Loudoun this weekend for the DrinkLocalWine.com conference. Loudoun’s reputation as a culinary and wine destination continues to grow by serving as host to the second annual conference.
Several Loudoun wineries will be featured as part of conference, to be held this coming weekend on Sunday, April 25, at Lansdowne Resort outside Leesburg. Jennifer McCloud of Chrysalis Vineyards, Jennifer Breaux Blosser of Breaux Vineyards, and Loudoun-based sommelier and Virginia wine ambassador Mary Watson-DeLauder will serve as panelists for the conference. The panel discussions will focus on issues unique to Virginia and regional wine – its grapes and terroir, how the state's winemakers have used social media to advance their cause, and why local wine should be part of the local food movement.
Additionally, the conference will feature a Twitter Taste-Off, where attendees can taste wine and report via social media in real time. Loudoun wineries participating in the Taste-Off include Breaux Vineyards, Chrysalis Vineyards, and Fabbioli Cellars.
Some of the best writers about U.S. regional wine, including Lenn Thompson of the New York Cork Report, author and critic Todd Kliman, Brian Kirby of TheOther46.com, North Carolina foodie Elizabeth Weigand, and Washington Post wine columnist Dave McIntyre, will attend. “People always ask me if I'm surprised that we get so many fine writers and bloggers to attend the conference, and I always say no,” says DLW co-founder Jeff Siegel, the Wine Curmudgeon. “There is an incredible community that is writing and blogging about regional wine, and there is an audience that is eager to read them.” In addition, Olivia Wilder of Blog Talk Radio will do her Sunday night show live from the conference.
Make it a weekend and add some winery and destination dining experiences to your itinerary. To plan your visit, go to VisitLoudoun.org.