tastecamp-2017TasteCamp 2017: Maryland, presented by The Cork Report, will take place June 9-11, 2017, centered in Frederick, MD.

TasteCamp is an annual conference that I founded in 2009 with the goal of immersing bloggers, writers and members of the wine and beverage trade members in a wine region that they may not be familiar with for a weekend of talks, vineyard walks and tastings with the people making the best and most interesting wines, ciders, beer and spirits in the host region.

We started on Long Island, but have visited Virginia, the Finger Lakes, Ontario, Quebec, the Hudson River Valley and Vermont as well.

East coast wine enthusiasts know about the great wines being made in New York and Virginia, but Maryland is an up-and-comer that deserves way more attention than it’s getting. So, when it came time to decide where to take TasteCamp this year, it was an easy choice.


This is not a junket. Attendees pay for their own travel, hotel and meals. But, we do try to keep costs down through sponsorships and package deals. I’m happy to report that we have a few sponsors lined up already:

I’m working with various members of the Maryland beverage industry to put together our agenda and programming and hope to announce more details soon.

In the meantime, if you are a writer, blogger, wine buyer, sommelier or other member of the beverage trade, I’d like to invite you to join us. We only have 30 slots, so please register as soon as you can to avoid being locked out.

Note: We do have a hotel block reserved. Once you register, I’ll send the information to you (because we have limited rooms). 

Register for TasteCamp 2017: Maryland Today

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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