Earlier this week, the first story I’ve ever written for Wine Industry Advisor, “Long Island Wine in Pursuit of Excellence” was published. Even if you’ve been reading this site (or my previous one) for years, I think you might for the story interesting. I offer my own thoughts on the current state of Long Island wine and then interview local leaders like Anthony Nappa, Rich Olsen-Harbich and Roman Roth to get their impressions of how the region has got where it is today. Check it out.

My story is just one in a series of stories authored by a small group of East Coast-based wine writers who I will also be joining at the 2018 USBevX Conference for a panel discussion titled “Wine Writers, What Are They Looking For?” I think it’s going to be a very interesting conversation with some really really smart, thoughtful writers, including Carlo DeVito, Paul Vigna and Frank Morgan.

USBevX takes place in Washington, DC, February 21 – 22.  Launched by the Wine Industry Network in 2016, USBevX was started with the goal of establishing a world-class conference and trade show specifically for the eastern U.S. wine industry.

The organizers have put together a ton of great content.

If you’re a quality-focused producer outside of California, Washington or Oregon, you should attend this conference.. Use promocode “LENN2018” and you’ll get 50% off your registration.

I hope to see you there!



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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