DLW 2011: Missouri
will feature some of the top names in Missouri and regional wine as
well a live Internet radio broadcast and an expanded version of our
trademark Twitter Taste-off on April 2, 2011, at the Doubletree
Westport in suburban St. Louis.
The schedule for the third annual event includes Doug Frost,
MS, MW, the godfather of American regional wine; Eric V. Orange, the
founder and CEO of LocalWineEvents.com; Missouri winemakers Andrew Meggitt of St. James and Cory Bomgaars of Les Bourgeois; Todd Kliman, author of The Wild Vine, the best-seller about Missouriâ€™s norton grape; St. Louis sommelier ď»żextraordinare Glenn Bardgett of Annie Gunnâ€™s; and DLW co-founder Dave McIntyre of the Washington Post. [That’s me!]
Olivia Wilder, host of the top-rated Olivia Wilder Times,
will do her radio show live from the Missouri Twitter Taste-off on the
blogtalkradio.com network, interviewing the winemakers and wine
personalities in attendance.
Some two dozen Missouri wineries will pour two wines each for the
Twitter Taste-off on April 2, where participants will blog or Twitter
about what they’ve tasted. Weâ€™ll give awards to the best wines,
as voted by the taste-off participants (who must be 21 or older).
â€œEvery year, we put together a great program, and I wonder how
weâ€™ll ever do better than that,â€ says DLW co-founder Jeff Siegel,
the proprietor of the Wine Curmudgeon blog. â€œAnd the next year we always do. I think that has a lot to say about the quality and depth in regional wine.â€
Ticket packages start at $35, which is the price for the Twitter
taste-off and a buffet reception with the winemakers and wine
personalities at the conference. Go to DrinkLocalWine.com for a complete schedule and to order tickets. For information, call (214) 727-1992.
DLW 2011 follows the success of the groupâ€™s first two conferences
— in Dallas featuring Texas wine in 2009 and in Leesburg, Va.,
featuring Virginia and Maryland wine in 2010. DLW also holds an annual
Regional Wine Week in October, in which more than 40 wine bloggers,
writers and columnists from the U.S. and Canada write about their
favorite regional wines, ranging from Ontario to New York to Florida to
Texas to Colorado.
DrinkLocalWine.com’s goal is to spotlight wine made in the 47 states
and Canada that aren’t California, Washington, and Oregon. It’s the
brainchild of Washington Post wine columnist Dave McIntyre and wine
blogger Jeff Siegel, the Wine Curmudgeon.
Conference sponsors are the Missouri Wine and Grape Board; LocalWineEvents.com; Annie Gunnâ€™s; the Doubletree Westport; and the St. Charles County Convention and Visitors Bureau.