Only a week ago today, I was joined by thirty or so writers and wine trade folks in Frederick, Maryland as we kicked off TasteCamp 2017 at Burnt Hill,  Old Westminster Winery‘s future vineyard site. Over the course of the weekend, we also visited Smoketown Brewing Station, Black Ankle Vineyards, Big Cork Vineyards, Attaboy Beer, McClintock Distilling and Boordy Vineyards. During those visits, we also had the opportunity to taste wines, meads and spirits from other local producers.

Much more content coming on various things related to the event, but in the meantime, a bit of a photo essay from the trip.


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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 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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