Some Views from the 2017 Virginia Wine Summit

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Earlier this week I had the tremendous opportunity to be a speaker during the 2017 Virginia Wine Summit. During the panel, titled “Defining Local on the East Coast,” I helped lead a tasting of four Virginia wines and four New York wines. Discussions of history, style, soil, acidity and — not-at-all-surprisingly — pricing ensued. The other sessions that I attended focused on varietal Petit Verdot wines and Virginia Viognier. Both fascinating and obviously a bit different from what we see here in New York.

The day prior to the Summit, all of the various panelists — mostly sommeliers and beverage directors from up and down the eastern seaboard — hopped on a bus and toured a bit of Central Virginia wine country. I tasted a lot of wines and talked to a lot of winemakers. There will be at least a handful of stories to come out of the trip — and hopefully even some Virginia wines in upcoming shipments from The Cork Club.

In the meantime, here are some of the best things I tasted and saw on the trip. Look for more starting next week.

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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 NewYorkCorkReport.com in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. Since then, the site has become the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news. Formerly the editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette, a contributor to Edible Brooklyn, wine columnist for Hamptons.com and regional editor for Appellation America covering the Long Island and Hudson River Valley regions, Lenn contributes to Edible East End, Palate Press, Patch and is the wine columnist for Dan’s Papers in the Hamptons. Lenn is also on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, a yearly regional wine immersion event for writers and bloggers. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating drinking 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.