I feel a great affection for the wines of Maryland and Virginia — especially now that so many producers are choosing vineyard sites as vineyard sites (rather than home or horse farm locations.) The wines have never been better and the regions have never been more dynamic. It’s exciting. It’s also frustrating for me because I just can’t get down there as often as I’d like.

It is with that in mind that I’m happy to announce that Aaron Menenberg, who writes about wines from all over at Good Vitis, is joining the team as a regional editor covering Maryland and Virginia.

Aaron hails from Seattle, Washington, but made the move to the Washington, DC area in 2006 where he has remained, mostly, since then. Though forever a slave to Northwest wine, he has developed a taste for Virginia and Maryland wine through exploration and two vintages as a harvest intern at a Virginia winery. By day, Aaron works in politics, but he spends a good deal of time continuing his wine education through tasting, traveling and writing.

Welcome to the team, Aaron. Thrilled to have you, my friend!

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.