Just a quick announcement today — but one that I’m really excited about. Carrie Dykes is joining our writing team as a contributor and is working on her first story already.

For those of you who don’t know Carrie, she is a wine writer and reviewer living in the Hudson Valley region of New York. As a staff member of Wine Enthusiast Magazine, she contributes to print and web and is in charge of coordinating in-house tastings for review. She also reviews Virginia wines herself.

Her by-line can be also be found in Hudson Valley Wine Magazine and InCider Japan. She is also an international wine judge for the IWSC, where she uses the skills she has learned in her WSET Diploma training.

Welcome to the team, Carrie!

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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