I’m thrilled to announce that my first piece for Wine Enthusiast magazine is now live on their website as well. 

I’ve dabbled in tasting and writing about the wines of my home state for years but pulling this short piece together forced me to be much more comprehensive in my tasting and interviewing. 350 words isn’t much space, so I had to cut a lot of great information, but wow — I found so many passionate, talented winemakers and grape growers in my research.

Like literally any other wine region in the world, there is a lot of not-great wine being made in Pennsylvania, but when you find the right people, growing the right things in the right places and doing the right things in the cellar, the results in Pennsylvania are on par with most anywhere.

Like I said, I had to cut a lot of copy from this piece — so expect a lot more Pennsylvania coverage here on the site.

Read the Wine Enthusiast story online.


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 NewYorkCorkReport.com 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 TheCorkReport.us 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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